Ex-Cowboys star Gavin Escobar dies during rock climbing event

Former Dallas Cowboys tight end Gavin Escobar, who played in the NFL from 2013 to 2018, died Wednesday. He was 31 years old.

According to reports, Escobar was one of two climbers found dead in Idyllwild, California. The other victim was Chelsea Walsh. She was 33 years old.

On Wednesday afternoon, the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection reported that two mountain climbers were injured in an accident near Tahquitz Rock in the San Bernardino National Forest. Firefighters arrived at the scene and found the two individuals, who had already died.

Escobar, who joined the Long Beach Fire Department in February 2022, is survived by his wife and two children. The Long Beach Fire Department social media account posted a heartfelt message for Escobar, which read:

“It is with profound sadness that we announce the death off duty of Long Beach Firefighter Gavin Escobar. Hired on February 5, 2022, Firefighter Escobar was assigned to Station 3 on the B Team.”

Gavin Escobar’s career in the NFL

Gavin Escobar played college football at San Diego State University from 2009 to 2012. The tight end had an unblemished injury record and didn’t miss a single game for the Aztecs during his time with the ‘crew. He finished his college career with 122 receptions for 1,646 yards and 17 touchdowns. He was voted first-team All-Mountain West Conference in his final two seasons with the Aztecs.

The Cowboys picked him with the 47th overall pick in the 2013 NFL Draft. Escobar missed just two games during his four-year stint with the Cowboys. He played 62 games with the Cowboys and caught 30 passes for 333 yards and eight touchdowns.

He spent the next two seasons with the Kansas City Chiefs, Baltimore Ravens, Cleveland Browns and Miami Dolphins, but never played in the regular season. Escobar joined the San Diego fleet in the Alliance of American Football for the league’s 2019 season. He had 14 passes for 142 yards before suffering a campaign-ending injury.

Everyone at Sportskeeda sends their thoughts, prayers and condolences to those mourning the untimely death of Gavin Escobar.

Edited by Jay Lokegaonkar

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