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Three-time national championship quarterback found dead at age 30

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Cullen Finnerty, who quarterbacked Grand Valley State to three Division II championships, was found dead at age 30, a couple days after an unusual disappearance.

Finnerty was found dead in the woods on Tuesday night near his family's cottage, the Associated Press reported, although foul play wasn't suspected. He wasn't found in the water, but rather in a wooded area in Northern Michigan near the cottage. An autopsy will be needed to determine the cause of death, the AP said.

Finnerty had been missing since Sunday. His disappearance set off a huge search that included "dozens of current and former Grand Valley State players, coaches and staff" who bussed up north to help look for the quarterback who won 51 college games and titles in 2003, 2005 and 2006.

According to the AP report, Finnerty spoke to a family member on the phone Sunday and "was nervous about something," Sheriff Robert Hilts said. The family worried he might be having a mental episode, "that he was either afraid or something and ran off into the woods," Hilts said. Current Grand Valley State coach Matt Mitchell and Notre Dame offensive coordinator Chuck Martin, who took over as head coach at Grand Valley after Brian Kelly left for Central Michigan following the 2003 championship, were part of the search.

Finnerty has a wife and two children, said.

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