Former National Football League quarterback Erik Kramer was treated for a gunshot wound following an apparent failed suicide attempt, US media reported on Thursday.
The incident took place Tuesday at a motel in Calabasas, about 30 miles (50 kilometers) northwest of Los Angeles.
Police said they were alerted to the scene when someone asked them to check on the 50-year-old Kramer.
Kramer`s ex-wife told NBC News that depression and head injury were factors for Kramer, who played with the Chicago Bears, Detroit Lions, Atlanta Falcons and San Diego Chargers.
Marshawn Kramer, who was divorced from Erik five years ago, told the television network, "He is a very amazing man, a beautiful soul, but he has suffered depression since he was with the Chicago Bears.
"I can promise you he is not the same man I married. I know Erik and I would still be together if not for his football injury."
Kramer finished 13 NFL seasons with 1,317 completions for 15,337 yards and 92 touchdowns. He also rushed for 217 rushing yards and five touchdowns.
Their son, Griffen, died of a heroin overdose in 2011. Griffen was a quarterback at Thousand Oaks High School at the time of his death.