Former Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Florida State linebacker Geno Hayes has died after being identified with liver illness two years in the past and whereas awaiting a liver transplant. He was 33.
“We’re deeply saddened to be taught of Geno Hayes’ passing,” the Bucs mentioned in an announcement Tuesday. “Throughout his time with the Buccaneers, Geno was a beloved teammate and infrequently the primary participant to volunteer his time to our efforts in the neighborhood. He regularly visited faculties and had a outstanding capacity to attach with youngsters. Dropping him at such a younger age is heartbreaking. Our ideas are along with his household.”
Relaxation in peace, Geno 🙏 pic.twitter.com/RxSKQX8mNZ
— Tampa Bay Buccaneers (@Buccaneers) April 27, 2021
Hayes, who additionally performed for the Bears and Jaguars throughout his profession, had been positioned in hospice care at his mother and father’ house in Valdosta, Georgia, earlier this month.
Regardless of being hospitalized over 20 instances prior to now yr, Hayes was optimistic about getting a brand new liver. He instructed ESPN he had been positioned on a ready record on the Mayo Clinic and Northwestern Medication in December.
Hayes, whose well being started deteriorating quickly final month, instructed ESPN that he believed over-the-counter ache medicines he took whereas enjoying — Tylenol, Advil and Aleve — and a household historical past induced his liver to fail. He instructed ESPN he took the non-prescription medicines as a result of he believed they have been safer than photographs of Toradol.
For many of the two years he was struggling, he did not disclose his situation to many individuals outdoors of his household and shut circle of pals.
“I wished extra to know however did not wish to be a burden,” mentioned Hayes, who as an alternative opted to go to remedy to deal with his situation. Towards the top of his life, he started to open up in hopes it may assist others.
“I believe perhaps simply to encourage an individual going by way of one thing related [who] wants that further motivation,” Hayes instructed ESPN. “It might encourage somebody to by no means surrender.”
Hayes performed for the Bucs from 2008 to 2011, the Bears in 2012 and Jaguars from 2013 to 2014. He made 70 begins throughout his NFL profession, totaling 401 tackles, 10 sacks, 6 interceptions and 6 pressured fumbles.
“My prayers and ideas are with Geno Hayes’ household and family members after his premature passing,” mentioned an announcement from New York Jets coach Robert Saleh, who coached Hayes whereas with the Jaguars as an assistant. “Having the chance to spend time with him, I noticed Geno’s ardour and love for not solely soccer however for all times itself. He was a tremendous one that left a mark on everybody who had the pleasure of connecting with him.”
Hayes leaves behind his spouse, Shevelle, and kids Gemarii, 13, and Skyler, 8.