According to reports, Gavin Escobar, a former Dallas Cowboys tight end, has died in a tragic rock climbing accident.
Escobar was among two climbers who were found dead on a rockface on a mountainside in California near Idyllwild on Wednesday. He was 31.
KESQ reported that there was a report of hikers down at 12:25 p.m. close to Tahquitz Peak Fire Lookout, San Bernardino National Forest.
Riverside County firefighters found Escobar, 33, and Chelsea Walsh, 33, both dead at their arrival.
UPDATE: One of the two rock climbers found dead near Idyllwild yesterday was a former Dallas Cowboys player. Gavin Escobar, 31, became a member of the Long Beach Fire Department in February
— KESQ News Channel 3 (@KESQ) September 30, 2022
Escobar is from California. He was a second round pick by the Cowboys in 2013. Escobar spent four seasons on the Cowboys, catching 30 passes for 325 yards and eight touchdowns.
In 2017, Escobar ended his NFL career as a Baltimore Ravens player. In February, he joined the Long Beach Fire Department (Calif.).
His wife, and their two young children, are still with him. We send our thoughts and prayers to his family, friends and former teammates.