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Packers player shocked by former teammate's tragedy


A member of the Green Bay Packers played college football with Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher at the University of Maine. He says he was shocked when he heard about the tragedy involving his former teammate.

On Saturday, police say Belcher committed suicide just minutes after shooting and killing his 22-year-old girlfriend, leaving their young daughter to grow up without parents.

"It's not real, you know? You don't really believe that something like that, so tragic, could happen to somebody that you knew and played football with," Packers safety Jerron McMillian said.

He played football with Belcher for one year at the University of Maine.

He said he remembers his former teammate in a different way.

"The tempo that he had, it was relentless, you know. Pursuit to the ball, getting to the ball. However the job needed to be done it was going to get done," he said.

McMillian said it's been hard to wrap his head around the news about his former teammate.

"It was really shocking. It was real shocking. It was unbelievable."

He told Newsline 9 he looked up to Belcher as a football player.

"He just always wanted you to do better and he always gave you little keys that he's done to be successful," McMillian said.

The two still kept in touch, reconnecting after the Packers played the Chiefs during the preseason.

You can hear more from Jerron McMillian on Tuesday night's episode of Pack Attack, airing at 6:30 on Newsline 9.


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