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Ex-Cowboy Gavin Escobar dies in rock climbing accident

Ex-Cowboy Gavin Escobar dies in rock climbing accident

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Sep 30
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Retired NFL pro Gavin Escobar was found dead in the remote area near Idyllwild, Riverside County, California, in what appears to be a rock climbing accident.

According to USA Today, Escobar, along with fellow climber Chelsea Walsh, was found dead around noon on Wednesday, local time. Escobar was 31-year-old, while Walsh was 33-year-old.

Firefighters who hiked to the spot reported that the two were found dead while climbing a rock face, or the vertical surface of a rock, after a report came in of “two injured rock climbers” somewhere near the Tahquitz Rock in the San Bernardino National Forest.

It was reported that prior to the finding, it was raining, and thunderstorms passed the area. However, it has yet to be confirmed whether the weather condition played a part in the accident. Officials also have yet to release details of the accident.

Escobar spent most of his NFL career with the Dallas Cowboys from 2013 to 2016. The team drafted him as a second-rounder with the 47th overall pick, and he stayed with the Cowboys until his departure in 2016 for a short offseason stint with the Kansas City Chiefs and Baltimore Ravens. In January 2018, the New Yorker signed a reserve/future contract with the Cleveland Browns, but was soon released in April that year.

He would remain in the NFL, hopping from one team to the other, before playing for the San Diego Fleet right after his release from the Miami Dolphins in September 2018. The Fleet is one of the eight teams in the newly-founded Alliance of American Football (AAF).

Escobar closed his football career after the AAF ceased operations in April 2019. In his NFL career, the former Cowboys made 30 receptions and eight touchdowns.

The retired pro ended up working as a firefighter for the Long Beach Fire Department in California. The department released a statement announcing the passing of its off-duty firefighter.

"It is with deep sadness that we announce the off-duty death of Long Beach Firefighter Gavin Escobar," the post read. "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 Dallas Cowboys. Firefighter Escobar leaves behind his wife and two young children."

- Long Beach Fire Department

  • Dallas Cowboys

    The Dallas Cowboys are a professional American football team based in the Dallas–Fort Worth metroplex.

  • San Bernardino National Forest

    The San Bernardino National Forest is a United States National Forest in Southern California encompassing 823,816 acres of which 677,982 acres are federal.