Former Dallas Cowboys player Gavin Escobar dies at 31 after rock climbing accident

The Dallas Cowboys mourn a former team member.

Gavin Escobar was one of two victims killed in a climbing accident near the Tahquitz Peak Fire Lookout in Southern California on September 28. He was 31 years old.

According to Los Angeles Times, after being alerted by witnesses, authorities conducted a search and rescue operation. In a statement on Twitterthe Cal Fire and Riverside County Fire Department confirmed that Escobar and the other victim, who was identified by authorities as 33 Chelsea Walsh– had both “perished at the scene”.

Escobar, who was the 47e choose in the second round of the 2013 NFL Draftplayed five seasons in the league – four with the Cowboys as well as stints with the Baltimore Ravens and Kansas City Chiefs.

After being released from the Miami Dolphins in 2018, Escobar joined the San Diego fleet of the new Alliance of American Football, a professional minor league. In February 2022, Escobar became a firefighter, joining the Long Beach Fire Department in California.

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Escobar leaves behind his wife Sarah and their two daughters, Joey and Charlotte.

Following Escobar’s death, tributes started pouring in on social media for the former athlete.

Dallas Cowboys tweeted a photo of the former tight end in his uniform alongside the caption “Forever in our hearts,” while his alma mater, San Diego State University, job a photo of Escobar in his varsity uniform, with the caption “We love you, Gavin”.

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San Diego State Coach Brady Hoke released a statementby sending his condolences to Escobar’s family. “Our thoughts and prayers are with Gavin’s family,” he said. “I know his wife, Sarah, and daughters, Josey and Charlotte, meant everything to him. Gavin was a great man, father, son and teammate, and he will be deeply missed by all.”

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