Gavin Escobar Biography

Gavin Louis Escobar was an American professional football player who played as a tight end for six seasons in the National Football League. Escobar was born on February 3, 1991, and passed away on September 28, 2022. (NFL). After playing collegiate football for the San Diego State Aztecs, he went on to have a professional football career with the Dallas Cowboys and Baltimore Ravens between the years of 2013 and 2017.

 

Early life 

 

On February 3, 1991, Escobar made his debut into the world in New York City.   He received his secondary education at Santa Margarita Catholic High School in Rancho Santa Margarita, California,  where he participated in both football and basketball for the school’s athletic teams.   In 2008, he was chosen for the offensive on the second team of the Trinity League after making 37 receptions for a total of 492 yards and scoring six touchdowns.  Against St. Bonaventure, the team that ultimately won the state Division III championship, he was awarded the player of the game for his performance after recording seven receptions for a total of 130 yards. He has 11 receptions for 163 yards during his junior year (14.8 yards per catch). Rivals.com rated him as a two-star prospect while he was being recruited.

 

College career 

Escobar was presented with a football scholarship to San Diego State University, which he ultimately decided to take. Between the years 2009 and 2012, he was a member of the Aztecs. He was placed on medical redshirt status as a true freshman following the news that he had testicular cancer, and he is currently in remission following the removal of the tumor. In 2010, he started a total of 12 games and finished the year with 29 receptions, 323 yards, and 4 touchdowns. The following season, he played a reduced role, but his production increased, and he finished fifth in the Mountain West Conference (MWC) in receptions (51), receiving yards (780), and receiving touchdowns while also finishing sixth in receiving yards per reception. This was despite the fact that he only started six of the 13 games that season (15.3). During his junior season, he finished with 42 receptions, 543 receiving yards, and four touchdowns, which put him in fourth place among all-conference players.

Escobar was chosen for the first team of the Mountain West Conference in both the 2011 and 2012 seasons. He finished his collegiate career having never missed a game while compiling the following statistics: 122 receptions, 1,646 receivinand g yards, 17 touchdowns. He was selected by the Dallas Cowboys in the second round of the 2013 NFL Draft (47th overall), which was a surprising choice for the team after having mixed results from using previous second-round draft choices in tight ends Anthony Fasano and Martellus Bennett.  He was drafted by the Dallas Cowboys.

Professional career 

Dallas Cowboys 

At the age of 22, Escobar made his first appearance in the National Football League with the Dallas Cowboys on September 8, 2013, a victory over the New York Giants by a score of 36–31. During his first season with the team, it was anticipated that he would be a pass catching option in both of the team’s tight end packages; instead, he was used very little and ended up with only nine receptions for 134 yards and two touchdowns.

Escobar remained in a backup role during his second season in the league, but James Hanna, who was utilized to block at the point of attack in the rushing game, passed him on the depth chart. James Hanna was used to block in the running game. He was utilized primarily on special teams and as a target inside the red zone, and as a result, he finished with 9 receptions, 105 receiving yards, and 4 touchdowns.

Despite wide receiver Dez Bryant missing seven games, Escobar was unable to expand his position in the team’s offense and stayed as the third-string tight end. This was the case even though Escobar had more experience than the other two tight ends.

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Tony Romo, the quarterback, missed a total of 12 games during the season, which had an effect on his output. He finished with 8 receptions for 64 yards and one score.

During the final drive of the fourteenth game of the season, which was played against the New York Jets, Escobar suffered an injury that ended his season. He tore the Achilles tendon on his right foot.
On December 25, he was moved to the injured reserve list so that defensive tackle Casey Walker could be added to the 53-man roster.

Although Escobar had a rather speedy recovery from his Achilles injury, which allowed him to have a full participation in training camp, Geoff Swaim, who exhibited stronger blocking abilities, passed him on the depth chart. As a result of Swaim’s season-ending injury, which occurred in week 10 against the Pittsburgh Steelers, Escobar was elevated to the role of backup tight end. Prior to that, Escobar had served mostly as a key member for the special teams unit and had only participated in 29 offensive plays. Because of his difficulties with his blocking, the Cowboys had no choice but to deploy offensive lineman Joe Looney as the blocking tight end in circumstances involving a limited distance to be covered. At the end of the game, Escobar had four receptions and one touchdown.

Despite the fact that Escobar possessed the necessary stature and consistently worked to improve his technique, he was never able to mature into a reliable in-line blocker. As was the case with the other Cowboys tight ends during the Jason Witten era, the team’s coaches were never able to find a complementary role for him in the passing game. As a result, Escobar was never able to start more than four games in a season and never recorded more than nine receptions in a single year. He participated in 62 games, making 7 starts, and finished with 30 receptions, 333 yards receiving, and 8 touchdowns.

Kansas City Chiefs 

On March 31, 2017, Escobar became a member of the Kansas City Chiefs as a free agency and signed a one-year contract with the team. This was done in order to offer depth in a position where there was some uncertainty. At the time, starting tight end Travis Kelce was still recovering from shoulder surgery performed over the offseason, and backup tight end Demetrius Harris had been arrested earlier that month for felony marijuana possession and possession of drug paraphernalia. On the other hand, Escobar was let go on September 2 because he was unable to move ahead of Ross Travis on the roster’s depth chart.

Baltimore Ravens 

Escobar inked a contract with the Baltimore Ravens on October 23, 2017. The Ravens were trying to improve their depth when tight end Maxx Williams re-injured his ankle, therefore they were interested in signing Escobar. On November 18th, in order to create way for Danny Woodhead, he was waived from the team.

 

Cleveland Browns 

 

On January 15, 2018, Escobar joined the Cleveland Browns on a reserve/future basis after signing a contract with the team. On April 12, 2018, he was cut go from the Browns organization.

 

Miami Dolphins 

 

On April 16, 2018, Escobar signed a contract to play for the Miami Dolphins. On September 1, 2018, he was let go from his position, but just five days later, he was re-signed. On September 11, 2018, he was granted his freedom.

 

San Diego Fleet (AAF) 

 

After being let go by the Dolphins, Escobar signed on with the San Diego Fleet of the Alliance of American Football shortly after it was established.   On April 1, 2019, he was transferred to the injured reserve list. In April of 2019, the league terminated all of its operations.   During his stint in the AAF, Escobar recorded 14 receptions for 142 yards receiving.

 

Personal life 

Sarah remained Escobar’s wife till the day he passed away. They were able to have two children as a couple. Beginning in February 2022, he served the community of Long Beach, California, as a firefighter for the Long Beach Fire Department.

When Escobar was rock climbing in the San Bernardino National Forest on September 28, 2022, about noon, he passed away from his injuries. Tahquitz Rock was nearby. He had reached the age of 31.