Former FSU, Tampa Bay linebacker Geno Hayes passes away

Published: Apr. 26, 2021 at 10:55 PM EDT|Updated: Apr. 26, 2021 at 11:08 PM EDT
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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) - WCTV has learned that former Florida State University and Tampa Bay Buccaneers linebacker Geno Hayes has passed away at the age of 33.

Mike Coe, head coach at Hayes’ alma mater, Madison County High School, confirmed Hayes’ passing to WCTV late Monday evening.

Hayes was suffering from Stage 3 liver disease and was moved into hospice in Valdosta last week.

Hayes was drafted out of FSU in the sixth round of the 2008 draft by Tampa Bay, where he played four seasons before signing with the Chicago Bears in 2012. He signed with the Jacksonville Jaguars the next season.

Hayes is survived by his wife, a 12-year-old son and an eight-year-old daughter.

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