- Gavin Escobar, who is well remembered by NFL fans as a tight end for the Dallas Cowboys, died after suffering an accident while climbing, it was reported on Thursday. She was 31 years old.
According to the authorities, two bodies were rescued on Wednesday, after a call for help had been received around noon. The two men were climbing Tahquitz Rock near the Riverside County town of Idyllwild.
Tahquitz Rock is a popular – and dangerous – giant rock in the San Bernardino Mountains. The victims of the crash were identified Thursday as Escobar, who just this February was hired as a firefighter in Long Beachand Chelsea Walsh, 33.
“Forever in our hearts,” reads the Dallas Cowboys’ message on their Twitter account.
Escobar played for the Cowboys from 2013 to 2016 as Jason Witten’s backup at tight end., and also went through the Chiefs, Ravens, Browns and Dolphins before retiring in 2019 as part of the AAF league. In the NFL he had 64 games, 30 receptions and 8 touchdowns.
As a student at San Diego State, the New York native was diagnosed with testicular cancer, which he managed to beat and then fulfill his goal of playing in the NFL. Years later he celebrated it with a photo with his family.
The Long Beach Fire Department lamented the tragedy, indicating that he is survived by his wife and two young children.
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