Former NMSU star Quarterback dies at 42

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – Former New Mexico State star quarterback, Cody Ledbetter, was found dead early Sunday morning in Aledo, Texas. According to the Fort Worth Star Telegram, the 42-year-old apparently committed suicide.

Ledbetter did have his trouble with the law, as he plead guilty to having sex with a 16-year-old in 2005, and then fled to Canada. He then had domestic violence charges in Ottawa, Canada and was extradited to Texas. He was sentenced to 12 years in prison in 2011.

But Ledbetter is to this day one of the best Quarterbacks to ever play in an Aggie uniform, for 1991-1995. In 1995 he led the nation in overall offense. Ledbetter accumulated 8,207 total yards in his career, which is 2nd all-time at NMSU. He also racked up 68 total touchdowns, which is the program record.

He went on to play in the Canadian Football League for the Edmonton Eskimos and the Hamilton Tiger-cats, and eventually was an assistant high school football coach in Texas. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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