“We wanted to make this post so people who knew and loved Devon could learn of his passing because we don’t have the capacity to reach out to everyone in this hard time,” the family said in a statement, per reports.
“There are no words to express the sadness that comes from losing a brother, dear friend and an amazing uncle,” the family’s statement continued. “Devon had so much love and joy to give. Always making people laugh and entertaining us with his football skills, guitar jams, silly jokes and voices, back-flip tricks, fun banter Star Wars obsession chat, Halo nights and not to mention his beautiful smile. We will miss him always.”
HuffPost reached out to Wylie’s family, but did not immediately receive a response.
Wylie starred at Granite Bay High School in the Sacramento, California, area, and at Fresno State, before clocking an impressive 4.36 40-yard dash time at the 2012 NFL Combine.
“Speed kills. That’s how I’ll make it in pro ball,” he once told the Sacramento Bee.
The Chiefs drafted Wylie in the fourth round, and he played in six games his rookie season in 2012, catching six passes for 53 yards while returning kicks and punts. He played in two games for the Titans in 2013.
After the San Francisco 49ers signed him to the practice squad in December of that year, the well-traveled Wylie told the Bee: “I know a lot of teams have been bringing me on to these practice squads, basically as an extended tryout. And for one reason or another, they need to bring in another guy because someone gets hurt. And I get booted. If they keep me, they’re going to get my best.”
In 2016, Wylie made 14 receptions for 166 yards and a touchdown for the Toronto Argonauts of the Canadian Football League.
No cause of death has been reported.