Gavin Escobar, a former tight end for the Dallas Cowboys, died in an apparent rock climbing accident in California. He was 31.
Published: 2022-09-29 10:39 pm
Gavin Escobar, ex- Cowboys tight end, dead at 31 in rock climbing accident

Gavin Escobar, a former tight end for the Dallas Cowboys, died in an apparent rock climbing accident in California.

He was 31.

Escobar and Chelsea Walsh, 33, were identified as dead by the Riverside County sheriff’s coroner’s office, according to the Palm Springs Desert Sun.

Firefighters discovered the pair dead on Wednesday in the San Bernardino National Forest near Tahquitz Rock.

Escobar was drafted by the Cowboys in the second round in 2013 out of San Diego State University. He played for Dallas from 2013 through 2016.

The former tight end joined the Long Beach Fire Department this past February.

“It is with deep sadness that we announce the off-duty death of Long Beach Firefighter Gavin Escobar. Hired on February 5, 2022, Firefighter Escobar was assigned to Fire Station 3 on B-shift,” the Long Beach Fire Department wrote on Instagram. “Firefighter Escobar leaves behind his wife and two young children.”

Gavin Escobar was one of two rock climbers found dead in Riverside County, Ca. on Wednesday.
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It was not immediately clear if Escobar and Walsh were experienced climbers.

The Riverside County Sheriff’s Department is investigating the circumstances of the deaths.

After the Cowboys, Escobar spent time with the Chiefs, Ravens, Dolphins and Browns (in a couple of those spots he was on the practice squad or offseason roster, but was not on the active roster during the season).

Gavin Escobar played for the Cowboys from 2013 through 2016.
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In his career, Escobar had 30 catches for 333 yards and eight touchdowns.

In 2019, he played for the San Diego Fleet of the now-defunct Alliance of American Football.

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