Gavin Louis Escobar was a professional American football tight end with a career spanning five seasons in the National Football League (NFL) and one season in the Alliance of American Football. His NFL tenure included playing for the Dallas Cowboys and Baltimore Ravens from 2013 to 2017, following his college football career with the San Diego State Aztecs.
Escobar transitioned to a firefighting career with the Long Beach Fire Department in February 2022 after retiring from football. Tragically, on September 28, 2022, he lost his life in a rock climbing accident near Tahquitz Rock in the San Bernardino National Forest at the age of 31. His climbing companion also perished in the incident. This article delves into his career, personal life, and tributes following his untimely death.
What Led Gavin’s Death? How Did He Die?
Former Dallas Cowboys tight end Gavin Escobar, a second-round pick in the 2013 NFL Draft, tragically died at the age of 31 due to an apparent rock climbing accident in California. The incident occurred at Tahquitz Rock in Idyllwild, where authorities received a report of two injured rock climbers. Two rock climbers, Chelsea Walsh and Gavin Escobar, were fatally injured there. When they arrived at the scene, they discovered that both victims, including Escobar, had sadly lost their lives. Further details regarding the cause of their deaths are under investigation.
Escobar, known for his standout career at San Diego State was drafted by the Cowboys and played for the team for four seasons, scoring eight touchdowns. Following Escobar’s passing, condolences poured in on social media. San Diego State’s head coach, Brady Hoke, extended heartfelt sympathies to the Escobar family, emphasizing Gavin’s role as a loving husband and father.
Warriors’ Klay Thompson Paid Jersey Tribute To Late NFL Tight End Gavin Escobar
Klay Thompson paid a poignant tribute to his late friend, NFL tight end Gavin Escobar, by wearing a Dallas Cowboys jersey as he arrived at the American Airlines Center for a Golden State Warriors game against the Dallas Mavericks. Escobar tragically lost his life in September, 2022, and Thompson, a fellow Californian, honored their shared hometown of Rancho Santa Margarita.
Escobar had a successful NFL career from 2013 to 2017, playing for the Dallas Cowboys and Baltimore Ravens. He transitioned to the Long Beach Fire Department in February 2022, where he was tragically lost. Thompson, along with his Warriors teammates, has been performing well in the Western Conference, with Thompson playing a crucial role in maintaining their offensive strength, especially during Steph Curry’s injury-related absences this season.
Gavin Escobar’s Personal Life
Despite his NFL career, Gavin Escobar maintained a relatively private life. His Instagram account, with just over 500 followers, was set to private. His wife, Sarah, who shared his adventurous spirit, is featured in his profile picture. Originally from Rancho Santa Margarita, California, she later relocated to Kansas City, Missouri. Sarah is reported to have attended San Diego State University and was part of their women’s soccer team.
Gavin’s wife, Sarah was a strong supporter of Gavin and frequently posted pictures of their time together. The couple has two children together, as seen in Escobar’s Instagram profile picture where they all pose on a rock. Sarah’s older tweets featured baby outfits, including ones for the Dallas Cowboys and the San Diego Soccer team. People on Twitter appreciated their early celebrations for their kids.