Ex-Dallas Cowboys TE Gavin Escobar dies in rock climbing accident

Gavin Escobar, who played tight end for the Dallas Cowboys from 2013 to 2016, died Wednesday in a rock climbing accident that left a second person dead.

Escobar, 31, and Chelsea Walsh, 33, were found dead during a rescue attempt by the Riverside County Fire Department.

The department said firefighters attempted to walk to the location of the victims, but when they reached the climbers, Escobar and Walsh were dead.

They were found in a remote area near Tahquitz Rock in the San Bernardino National Forest. Officials said they were climbing a rock face.

Escobar’s mother told the WFAA“He was a great father, husband and son. Just heartbroken now.

Escobar went to San Diego State and was a Cowboys second-round draft pick in 2013. He played in 62 games and had 30 catches, including 8 for touchdowns.

He ended his career in 2017 with the Baltimore Ravens.

After his playing days, Escobar became a firefighter in Long Beach, California.

Firefighters announced the death on their Facebook page:

It is with profound sadness that we announce the passing of Long Beach Firefighter Gavin Escobar. Hired on February 5, 2022, Firefighter Escobar was assigned to Firehouse 3 on the B Team. 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. Firefighter Escobar leaves behind his wife and two young children.