The NFL world received heartbreaking news on Monday night. Former linebacker Geno Hayes passed away at his parents’ home in Florida due to a liver disease. He was only 33 years old.
Hayes was a sixth-round pick out of Florida State. He spent four seasons with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers before having brief stints with the Chicago Bears and Jacksonville Jaguars.
Over the course of his NFL career, Hayes had 401 combined tackles, 10 sacks, six forced fumbles, six interceptions and two defensive touchdowns.
ESPN’s Jenna Laine reported a few days ago that Hayes was diagnosed with a chronic liver disease in 2019 and was placed on a waiting list for a liver transplant. His health was deteriorating over the past few weeks, which is why he entered hospice care.
Sad news to report as former Buccaneer LB Geno Hayes passed away tonight. Hayes had been battling liver disease and was under hospice care. Prayers to Hayes’ family and friends#RIPGenoHayes #BucsLifeMedia pic.twitter.com/ITEvDCHV2x
— Bucs Life Media (@BucsLifeMedia) April 27, 2021
After the news was confirmed that Hayes passed away, Laine posted a touching tribute for the former Buccaneers linebacker on social media.
“Geno, you left this world just a short time ago, and already the loss feels so overwhelming and immeasurable,” Laine wrote. “It was an honor to know you, to cover you, to see your dreams come true and to watch your family grow.”
Geno, you left this world just a short time ago, and already the loss feels so overwhelming and immeasurable. It was an honor to know you, to cover you, to see your dreams come true and to watch your family grow.
Please pray for his wife Shevelle and children Gemarii and Skyler pic.twitter.com/celLlcD8Dh
— JennaLaineESPN (@JennaLaineESPN) April 27, 2021
Florida State head coach Mike Norvell also released a statement on Hayes.
“Thoughts and prayer for the family and friends of Geno Hayes. He lived his life as a tremendous Seminole who impacted so many throughout his journey on and off the field. His legacy will live on.”
It’s clear that Hayes impacted a ton of people both at the collegiate and professional level.
Our thoughts are with the Hayes family during this time.
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