Geno Hayes Former Jacksonville Jaguars linebacker passes away
Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Geno Hayes has passed away at 33 Tue, 27 Apr 2021 08:00:00 -0700-Tragic news last night, as it was reported that Geno Hayes, a former linebacker for the Jacksonville Jaguars, had passed away on Monday night, according to …
Tragic news last night, as it was reported that Geno Hayes, a former linebacker for the Jacksonville Jaguars, had passed away on Monday night, according to WCTC in Tallahassee, Florida. He was just 33-years-old.
Hayes had been battling liver disease, and the Tallahassee Democrat reported last week that Hayes entered hospice care in Valdosta, Georgia due to complications from that. He was battling Stage 3 liver disease. Hayes also recently spoke to ESPN about falling into a deep depression due to his health.
Hayes played for the Jaguars for two seasons in 2013 and 2014, originally signing with the team as a free agent in March of 2013. He went on to play in 30 games for Jacksonville, with 25 starts, and recorded 128 total tackles, 11 tackles for loss, three sacks, two interceptions, four passes defended and two forced fumbles during his time in Duval.
Coming out of Florida State in the 2008 NFL Draft, Hayes was selected in the sixth round by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He spent four seasons in Tampa, and eventually became a starter for the Bucs. He then played one year for the Chicago Bears in 2012 before heading to Jacksonville the following season.
Overall, Hayes recorded 401 total tackles, 48 tackles for loss, 10 sacks, six interceptions, 21 passes defended, six forced fumbles and one fumble recovery in 101 career games (70 starts).
Our thoughts are with his family and loved ones.
Former Jacksonville Jaguars linebacker Geno Hayes passes away … Tue, 27 Apr 2021 08:00:00 -0700-Former Tampa Bay Buccaneers linebacker Geno Hayes has tragically passed away at the criminally young age of 33 from chronic liver disease.
Former Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Florida State University linebacker Geno Hayes has tragically passed away at the criminally young age of 33. Hayes was previously in hospice care and fighting for his life due to suffering from chronic liver disease.
Hayes, a native of Greenville, Florida, and well-regarded football star in the state was at his parents’ house in Valdosta, Georgia where he was being treated for liver complications. He had been on the waiting list for a liver transplant to treat the disease that runs in his family and was hospitalized over 20 times in the last year. Hayes, who described by his former high school football coach Frankie Carroll as a “fun-loving guy”. Hayes used that fun-loving spirit up until the end, and never lost his optimism that a liver would eventually come.
Hayes was also a hard worker. He didn’t have to move far when the Buccaneers selected him in the sixth round (175th overall) of the 2008 NFL Draft. Hayes, who described by his former high school football coach Frankie Carroll as a “fun-loving guy”, was also a hard worker. Using the chip on his shoulder from being a sixth-round pick, worked his way into the starting lineup by his second season with the Buccaneers in 2009 until his final season in Tampa in 2011. Hayes would be the heir apparent to Derrick Brooks in the starting lineup.
Hayes would record 257 tackles (37 for a loss), seven sacks, four interceptions, five forced fumbles with a fumble recovery, and a touchdown while playing for the Buccaneers.
He would go on to spend the last three years of his career with the Chicago Bears and Jacksonville Jaguars before becoming a free agent and eventually retiring after the 2014 season. He finished his career in the NFL with 401 total tackles, 10 sacks, six forced fumbles, and six interceptions.
Hayes is survived by his wife Shevelle and their two children.
– April 27, 2021