Geno Hayes, who performed three seasons at Florida State and 7 within the NFL with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Chicago Bears and Jacksonville Jaguars, is under hospice care at his parents’ home for liver complications, his former highschool coach stated.
“Geno’s in want of prayers. He’s combating for his life,” stated Haye’s former highschool coach Frankie Carroll, who visited Hayes at his mom’s house in Valdosta, Georgia final Sunday. “It’s powerful. Geno’s a fun-loving man.”
Hayes — recognized for his instincts, athleticism and quickness — at all times appeared to seek out the soccer.
“And he’d get individuals on the bottom when he acquired there,” former Florida State defensive coordinator Mickey Andrews stated. “He had a motor, a knack for finding the ball.”
Hayes signed with Florida State in 2005 out of Madison County, Florida, the place he began as an undersized defensive lineman earlier than he moved to linebacker and have become an All-American.
Hayes completed his junior season at Florida State second on the workforce in whole tackles with 94 and was first in tackles for loss with 17.5.
Bypassing his seniors season and declaring for the NFL draft, Hayes was a sixth-round collection of the Bucs in 2008. He moved into the starter’s function at weakside linebacker in his second season with the Bucs, ending with a career-best 98 tackles.
Hayes performed in 101 profession NFL video games with 70 begins unfold between the Bucs (2008-11), Bears (2012) and Jags (2013-14). He had 401 profession tackles and 10 sacks.
Billy Ray Reddick, a former teammate at Madison County Excessive Faculty and one in every of Hayes’ closest pals, has remained in touch with Hayes and different highschool teammates via a group textual content chat.
Hayes’ well being, nonetheless, has deteriorated in current weeks.
“It’s a tough tablet to swallow,” stated Reddick, who lives in Houston.