NFL

Former NFL Player, 2nd Rock Climber Found Dead In California

Sep 30, 2022, 2:16 PM
Gavin-Escobar-NFL...
Gavin Escobar #89 of the Dallas Cowboys runs after the catch as Jacquian Williams #57 of the New York Giants and Quintin Demps #35 of the New York Giants move in for the tackle in the first half at AT&T Stadium on October 19, 2014 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images)
(Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images)

IDYLLWILD, Calif. (AP) — Two rock climbers, including a former NFL player, were found dead near a Southern California peak after rescue crews responded to reports of injuries, authorities said.

The climbers were identified Thursday as Chelsea Walsh, 33, and Gavin Escobar, 31.

Rescuers were called around 12:30 p.m. Wednesday to Tahquitz Rock near Idyllwild following a distress call, the Cal Fire/Riverside County Fire Department said on Twitter.

A team managed to climb into the steep, remote area and found both climbers dead at the scene, the department said.

A small amount of rain fell in the area earlier in the day, but officials didn’t immediately say if weather was a factor in the deaths.

Escobar had been a tight end for NFL teams, including the Dallas Cowboy in a backup role from 2013 to 2016. He then had brief stints with the Kansas City Chiefs, Baltimore Ravens, Cleveland Browns and Miami Dolphins, ending his football career in 2019 with the now-defunct Alliance of American Football.

Escobar was hired in February as a Long Beach firefighter, the department said.

Tahquitz Rock, with its steep granite cliffs, is a popular destination for climbers.

Two climbers from Los Angeles fell 200 feet (60 meters) to their deaths on the rock in 2000, according to the Los Angeles Times.

NFL

Dalton-Schultz-Dallas-Cowboys-Thanksgiving-Day-New-York-Giants...
Kyle Ireland

Report: Cowboys TE Dalton Schultz Fined For Thanksgiving Day TD Celebration

Dallas Cowboys TE Dalton Schultz reportedly received a fine from the NFL for his participation in a touchdown celebration on Thanksgiving Day.
18 hours ago
James Empey - BYU Football...
Kyle Ireland

Former BYU Standout Elevated To Miami Dolphins Active Roster

The Miami Dolphins announced the elevation of former BYU center James Empey to the team's active roster ahead of Week 13 of the NFL season.
18 hours ago
Jamaal-Williams-Detroit-Lions-NFL...
Kyle Ireland

Former BYU RB Jamaal Williams Gives Lions Teammates Custom Gifts

Detroit Lions running back Jamaal Williams got the spirit of giving going in the Motor City by gifting his teammates custom robes.
3 days ago
Eric Rowe - My Cause My Cleats...
Kyle Ireland

Local Players Participate In NFL’s 2022 ‘My Cause My Cleats’ Campaign

Multiple locals NFL players participated in the league's My Cause My Cleats campaign for the 2022 regular season.
3 days ago
Julian-Blackmon-Indianapolis-Colts-NFL...
Kyle Ireland

Week 13: How To Watch, Stream, Listen To Local NFL Players

Here is how to watch all of the players with ties to the state of Utah during the 13th week of the 2022 NFL season.
3 days ago
Zach-Wilson-New-York-Jets-Chicago-Bears...
Kyle Ireland

Jets Have ‘Full Intent’ To Get Zach Wilson ‘Ready To Play Football Again’

Jets head coach Robert Saleh said his team's "full intent is to get Zach [Wilson] ready to play football again" after he was benched.
6 days ago
Former NFL Player, 2nd Rock Climber Found Dead In California