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cullenA service is planned for a Michigan man who played Division II football and was one of the most successful quarterbacks in college history.

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A funeral Mass for Cullen Finnerty is set for 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at St. Patrick Catholic Church in Brighton, with visitation Monday at the church.

Finnerty’s body was discovered this week in woods in western Michigan, 65 miles north of Grand Rapids, following a search by dozens of people, including former teammates, coaches and current players at Grand Valley State University in Allendale.

The cause of Finnerty’s death remains undetermined, despite an autopsy Wednesday, Hilts said. The medical examiner is now waiting on toxicology reports, Lake County Sheriff Bob Hilts said.

Tests are also being conducted on Finnerty’s brain, Hilts said. Family members had expressed concern due to concussions Finnerty had suffered in the past, the sheriff said.

The 30-year-old was with his relatives on a holiday weekend at a cottage in Lake County’s Webber Township. He disappeared Sunday while fishing a river separately from other relatives.

The Brighton native played four seasons at Grand Valley State, which traditionally has one of the premier programs in Division II college football. Finnerty compiled a 51-4 record, according to the university, winning national championships in three seasons.

D2football.com, a website focused on NCAA Division II football, named Finnerty its player of the decade in the division for the 2000s.

After graduation, he joined the Baltimore Ravens. Finnerty never got into a regular season game, although — as the Baltimore Sun reported — he was called up from the practice squad and put on the Ravens’ active roster in December 2007. The Denver Post reported Finnerty was briefly with the Denver Broncos the next year.

Grand Valley State assistant football coach Jim Schaak, who was among those taking part in Tuesday’s search, told CNN affiliate WPBN/WTOM that Finnerty was married with two young children.

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