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Sport Former NFL LB Geno Hayes in hospice care due to liver complications

02:00  23 april  2021
02:00  23 april  2021 Source:   touchdownwire.usatoday.com

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Geno Hayes. who played seven seasons in the NFL, is in hospice care due to liver complications, the Tallahassee Democrat reported on Thursday.

Geno Hayes wearing a helmet © Provided by Touchdown Wire

He is at his parents’ home in Georgia, per the Democrat.

Hayes, 33, attended Florida State University and was a sixth-round pick of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

He actually replaced another Seminole great — and Pro Football Hall of Famer — in the Bucs’ linebacking unit.

Hayes moved into the starter’s role in his second season and finished with a career-best 98 tackles.


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Hayes played in 101 NFL games with 70 starts between the Bucs (2008-11), Bears (2012), and Jags (2013-14). He had 401 career tackles and 10 sacks.

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Per the Democrat:

“Geno’s in need of prayers. He’s fighting for his life,” said former Madison County coach Frankie Carroll, who visited Hayes in Georgia last Sunday. “It’s tough. Geno’s a fun-loving guy.”

High school teammate Billy Ray Reddick echoed the coach’s sentiment.

“It’s a hard pill to swallow,” said Reddick, who added Hayes’ health had deteriorated in recent weeks.

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