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 October 2, 2022

Gavin Escobar, 31, former NFL player, found dead in California

The professional football world woke up to devastating news this week as a former NFL player was found dead as the result of a rock climbing incident.

According to the Daily Caller, Gavin Escobar, 31, a former Dallas Cowboys tight end, was found deceased along with a female, 33, at a popular rock climbing spot known as Tahquitz Rock, which is near Idyllwild in Southern California.

The Associated Press noted:

The climbers were identified Thursday as Chelsea Walsh, 33, and Gavin Escobar, 31.

Rescuers were called around 12:30 p.m. Wednesday to Tahquitz Rock near Idyllwild following a distress call, the Cal Fire/Riverside County Fire Department said on Twitter.

A team managed to climb into the steep, remote area and found both climbers dead at the scene, the department said.

Not only was he known for his days spent on the football field, but Mr. Escobar was also a proud Long Beach, California firefighter. His station posted a touching tribute via Twitter.

Escobar had ended his professional football career in 2019, having played primarily for the Cowboys, but also briefly for the Kansas City Chiefs, Baltimore Ravens, Cleveland Browns, and Miami Dolphins.

A GoFundMe fundraiser was established on Friday to help Escobar's wife and children deal with the coming days.

Clearly, Escobar was a man admired and respected by many, for many reasons.

Written By:
Ryan Ledendecker

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