Former Cleveland Browns tight end dies in rock climbing accident

Former NFL tight end Gavin Escobar, who spent an offseason with the Cleveland Browns, died in a rock climbing accident.

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Former NFL tight end Gavin Escobar, who spent part of the 2018 offseason with the Cleveland Browns, was one of two climbers who died in a crash in California on Wednesday according to officials, our sister station WFAA reports. .

Escobar, 31, and Chelsea Walsh, 33, were found dead during a rescue attempt by the Riverside County Fire Department around 12:30 p.m. Wednesday at Tahquitz Rock in the Idyllwild area. The department said firefighters attempted to trek to the location of the victims, but the two climbers were dead by the time they reached them.

An inquest into the cause of death is ongoing.

The Dallas Cowboys selected Escobar out of San Diego State in the second round of the 2013 NFL Draft. In four seasons with the franchise, he caught 30 passes for 333 yards and eight touchdowns while appearing in 62 games.

After the 2016 season, he signed a one-year contract with the Kansas City Chiefs, but was released before the start of the 2017 campaign. He then spent part of the season with the Baltimore Ravens, but n did not participate in a match with the team.

In January 2018, Escobar signed a reserve/future contract with the Browns but was released in April. He then spent the rest of the offseason with the Miami Dolphins before ending his football career playing for the San Diego Fleet in the now defunct Alliance of American Football.

After retiring from football, Escobar became a firefighter for the Long Beach Fire Department. According to the department, he had a wife and two children.

“It is with profound sadness that we announce the death off duty of Long Beach Firefighter Gavin Escobar,” the department said. said in a Facebook post.

WFAA’s Alex Cruz contributed to this report.