Gavin Escobar who used to play tight end for the Dallas Cowboys died while rock climbing in California. The 31-year-old ex-NFL player turned firefighter was one of two climbers found by first responders at Tahquitz Rock near Idyllwild in the San Bernardino National Forest on Wednesday, authorities said on Twitter.
Cal Fire and Riverside County Fire Department said in a follow-up tweet that rescuers were able to get to where the victims were. They also noted that Escobar and 33-year-old Chelsea Walsh had both “perished at the scene.”
Escobar played in the NFL from 2013 to 2018. He was picked 47th in the second round and spent four years with the Cowboys and one year with the Baltimore Ravens.
He also played football at San Diego State University where he was named to the Mountain West Conference’s first team twice and was recognized as a scholar-athlete, according to his high school.
The Cowboys and the Aztecs two of Escobar’s former teams, paid tribute to him on social media Thursday night.
A former NFL player was one of two rock climbers who were found dead in a remote area near Idyllwild on Wednesday.
The Riverside (Calif.) County sheriff’s coroner’s office identified the victims as Gavin Escobar, 31, and Chelsea Walsh, 33, both of Huntington Beach, California. pic.twitter.com/JjisdeTUdx
— Heath (Cowboy) (@cowboy12120) September 30, 2022
The Cowboys tweeted, “Forever in our hearts,” along with a picture of Escobar wearing the number 89 shirt. “We love you, Gavin,” added the San Diego State football team.
The Long Beach Fire Department said on Facebook that Escobar joined in February after he stopped playing professional football.
“It is with deep sadness that we announce the off-duty death of Long Beach Firefighter Gavin Escobar,” the post began.
“Hired on February 5, 2022 Firefighter Escobar was assigned to Fire Station 3 on B-shift. Prior to being a Long Beach Firefighter, Gavin Escobar played professional football for the #NFL where he spent most of his time with the #DallasCowboys.”
NBC 7 San Diego says that Escobar leaves behind his wife Sarah and two young daughters, Josey and Charlotte.
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