Former NFL LB Geno Hayes, 33, reportedly 'fighting for life' in hospice care

< Go back

Former NFL linebacker Geno Hayes is reportedly in hospice care following liver complications — and is fighting for his life.

Hayes, 33, is currently is at his mother’s home in Valdosta, Ga., according to the Tallahassee Democrat. His former high school coach Frankie Carroll told the newspaper, having visited Hayes at the home last Sunday.

“Geno's in need of prayers. He’s fighting for his life,” Carroll said. “It’s tough. Geno’s a fun-loving guy.”

The cause of the liver issues are not clear from the report.

Hayes spent seven years in the NFL with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Chicago Bears and Jacksonville Jaguars. He was drafted in the sixth round out of Florida State by the Bucs in 2008, replacing Derrick Brooks as Tampa Bay's weakside linebacker and leading the team in tackles in 2019.

He last played in the NFL in 2014 with Jacksonville, starting 11 games.