The accident happened in California. Former football pro Gavin Escobar was traveling with a fellow climber who also died.
Former football pro Gavin Escobar and his 33-year-old climbing companion died in a tragic accident. The two were found dead in San Bernadino National Park in California on Wednesday, after what appears to have been an attempt to climb Tahquitz Rock. Escobar was only 31 years old.
The exact circumstances are still unclear, and there is no evidence of third-party negligence, the local police said. She also reported to the American media that the two had fallen from a “great height”. Supposedly trying to climb a rock face.
As a tight end, Escobar played 62 games for the Dallas Cowboys of the NFL between 2013 and 2016. He had only started a new job as a firefighter with the Long Beach Fire Department in February. His employer wrote on Instagram: “It is with deep sadness that we announce the off-duty death of Long Beach firefighter Gavin Escobar.”
His ex-club Dallas also expressed his condolences. A photo of Escobar appeared on the Cowboys’ Twitter account with the words “Always in our hearts.” He leaves behind his wife and two young children.