NFL Veteran Loses Wife To Cancer Only After One Month of Marriage

After only being married for one month former NFL star Chris Draft lost his wife to cancer earlier this week. Chris who is an 11 year NFL veteran married Keasha Rutelage whom he calls the love of his life in an intimate ceremony on November 27th in Atlanta. Unfortunately Keasha lost her battle with cancer on December 27th; one month to the date that the couple was married. During their wedding Keasha used a wheelchair to meet her husband down the aisle and only took a few steps to say ‘I do’ and salute her husband. Draft’s media manager, Sidmel Estes, confirmed the passing and stated that the services will be held in South Carolina on Saturday at 1 p.m. with Pastor Olu Brown, of Impact United Methodist Church in Atlanta, officiating. Also, Edwin Turnipseed, a support pastor at Impact, will participate in the ceremony. Chris played for several NFL teams during his career, including the Bears, the Falcons, the Panthers and concluding his 12-year NFL run with the Washington Redskins in 2010. Our thoughts and prayers are with their families during this time. Below is footage from their wedding…

Keasha & Chris Draft Wedding Trailer from KRJ PRODUCTIONS on Vimeo.

Your J.G.F., Marcelle English

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18 thoughts on “NFL Veteran Loses Wife To Cancer Only After One Month of Marriage”

  1. WOW! The video is amazing, and the Draft’s showed such genuine love for one another. May God keep this family during the time of grief. You have created a great memory for them to cherish.

  2. Wow….tears are flowing. It was such a blessing they were able to share even a short time together and be so happy! My thoughts and prayers are with the families. Thank you for sharing this with us. It really should hit home that tomorrow isn’t promised and we should live, laugh, love and enjoy today!

  3. My prayers and condolences to Chris, their families and friends. May God continue to bless him, because he definitely gave her a beautiful wedding. This brought tears to my eyes, thanks for sharing this story.

  4. So sorry for your lost. Thoughts and prayers go out to both families. May god continue to cover and bless you!

  5. Praying for the family. I do thank God for the time she was here. I’m sure she spread her love all around. She was a beautiful bride.

  6. May God Bless Chris for giving her such a beautiful wedding….. bring true meaning to “in sickness and in health”
    Sorry for the families lost….

  7. That was beautiful! I honestly couldn’t watch the whole video. May she rest in peace and may he find solace in knowing that she is indeed in a better place and pain-free…

  8. Beautiful wedding…a True love story..im so sorry for your lost my prayers aré with Chris and family

  9. What a powerful example of love being demonstrated by Keasha and Chris – If love is patient and kind these two wonderful people have demonstrated true love. As Chris walks through the loss of his sweet wife he can hold onto that love because love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.

  10. There is a prayer that goes,Dear Lord,I thank you for the faith that frees,The love that knows it cannot lose its own;The love that looking through the shadow, sees,that you and she(he) and I are ever one,that is the prayer of Keasha and Chris Draft

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