The Houston Texans and Tulane University on Tuesday night confirmed the death of 37-year-old JaJuan Dawson, who died after falling from an inflatable tube being towed by a boat Sunday in Lavon Lake in Texas.
Divers located the body Monday night in Lavon Lake. An autopsy was ordered. Dawson was not wearing a life preserver during Sunday night’s outing with his family on a rented boat.
The 6-foot-1, 197-pound receiver from H.L. Bourgeois High School in Gray, La., played for Tulane before being drafted by the Cleveland Browns in the third round of the 2000 draft.
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Dawson spent the 2000 and 2001 seasons with Cleveland and 2002 with Houston. He had 52 catches for 664 yards and two touchdowns.
Dawson was inducted into the Tulane Athletics Hall of Fame in 2005 after a four-year career that saw him finished ranked second in school history with 234 receptions and 31 touchdown catches and third in Green Wave history with 3,048 receiving yards.