NFL Player Chris Draft Loses Wife to Cancer One Month After Wedding (VIDEO)


Keasha Rutledge-DraftIf ever a story could be both a fairy tale and a nightmare, it’s the one Chris Draft is living right now. The former NFL linebacker met and fell in love with Lakeasha Rutledge, anticipating spending the rest of his life with her. When she was diagnosed with lung cancer, they pushed through her illness together, tackling life in sickness just like they planned to in health.

They married on November 27 in Atlanta. Terminal illness didn’t rob Keasha of her radiance. She was fabulous as she was wheeled down the aisle, then insisted on walking the last few steps to meet her groom at the altar to exchange their vows.

The Drafts were married for exactly one month before Keasha succumbed to the cancer that had drained her body, but not her spirit. On New Year’s Eve, when other folks were celebrating an incoming new year, her husband and family were celebrating her. Their wedding video will melt you to tears. 

I started pulling out Kleenex around the 25-second mark:

Strong is too pale, too shallow, and too small of a word to describe Keasha’s vibrancy,” Draft said in a tribute to his wife, who was just 38 when she passed. “Quite simply, she was ferocious. She fiercely held onto life and love with a forcefulness that was absolutely awe-inspiring and completely breathtaking. Rest in peace, Mrs. Draft.”


A video montage of Keasha’s life makes it obvious that she sparkled with personality and shows how, even though they’d only been married a mere 30 days, they’d experienced the joy of genuine love. That’s priceless.  

The Draft’s family foundation, which works to impart the importance of healthy lifestyles, character development, and physical fitness to young people, has posted condolences and remembrances of Keasha on Facebook. I certainly extend mine to her husband, her parents, and all of the family and friends who obviously adored her.

This is just another heartbreaking reminder of how cancer sneaks in to devastate and interrupt everybody’s lives in some form or fashion. Have you ever helped a loved one through their diagnosis or lost someone to the disease?

Image via Chris Draft Family Foundation

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bills... billsfan1104

I wish they would tell and upliftmore men like this in the NFL. How beautiful

Lynette Lynette

yesterday I lost a friend to a fast growing brain tumor.  It was discovered 3mo ago.  She had 2 little children  4yrs DS, and a soon soon 2yr old DD.  Her husband, her children, her family & friends all are missing her.  She was an amazing woman.

Eversnow Eversnow

That was so beautiful. 

nonmember avatar MonSherrie

Such a beautiful and heartfelt story, you gained an protective angle Mr. Draft. You and yours are in my prayers. I do know how it feel to loose a loved one to that devilish of a cancer, I lost mother to breast cancer and she was only 55, she was called home on new years eve of 2008 and I'm still not use to it. The holiday isn't the same... Lots of love and prayers....

gen791 gen791

Love and prayers to his family!!!! Hugs to you all....

Bugsm... Bugsmom0307

That was so beautiful. I am literally sobbing.

palsgraf palsgraf

Wow, what a beautiful life ... and what a wonderful human being to support her and love her through thick and thin. My heart goes out to everyone left behind without Keasha.

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