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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- The widow of former Grand Valley State star quarterback Cullen Finnerty wants the community to know how grateful she is for all the support she's recieved in the past year.

Jennifer Finnerty spoke in public Thursday night for the first time since searchers found her husband's body last May in Lake County. She says she doesn't know how she and her two small children could have survived what she calls unimaginable grief.

"It's been a very trying year without him...without the support and love from people that I know and don't even know the unimaginable could not have been survived."

Finnerty was found dead in Lake County almost three days after he disappeared while on a fishing trip. During what investigators believe was a panic attack, he called his wife to say he felt he was in danger. That's the last she heard from him. The coroner suspects he collapsed and died because of prescription pain killers and injuries to his brain while a football player.

"Those days of wondering why are behind us," Jennifer Finnerty said. "Going back to those moments isn't going to change the inevitable."

Finnerty brought home three Division II championships as the quarterback and leader of the Grand Valley State University football team. His teammates called him Superman, and even as the search went on and on when he went missing, Jennifer says she always believed they would find Cullen alive.

"It did not ever strike me that he was gone. It doesn't cross your mind. He was a strong, healthy, vibrant man. It didn't make any sense to me at that time."

Jennifer Finnerty participated in the Jason Kinzler Family First Foundation's annual dinner at Frederick Meijer Gardens.

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