Quentin Groves, ex-Jaguars draft pick out of Auburn, passes away at 32
Quentin Groves, a second-round pick of the Jacksonville Jaguars out of Auburn in 2008, reportedly suffered a heart attack and died at age 32.
The former All-SEC star was in Trinidad celebrating his daughter’s birthday at the time of his death, according to a source. Details surrounding his death are not known at this time. Auburn later confirmed Saturday afternoon the report of Groves' death.
Groves, 32, is survived by his wife, Teska Baptiste, a former member of Auburn's track team, and his children.
Grove was diagnosed with Wolff-Parkinson-White syndrome, which is associated with a rapid heartbeat related to electrical impulses in the heart utilizing additional pathways.
“It’s an extra circuit in the heart, and it speeds up your heartbeat, it’s nothing too critical, but you have to take care of it,” Groves said in 2008.
Groves underwent heart surgery for a procedure called an ablation. He was cleared by doctors to play, but many teams still questioned whether he was healthy enough to play.
He played on seven NFL teams from 2008-15, spending two seasons on a practice squad. He finished his NFL career with 175 tackles, two interceptions and 9.5 sacks.
Groves was a first-team All-SEC pick at Auburn in 2006. He holds the record for sacks in a game with four, and is tied for the program's career sacks record with 26.
Condolences came in via social media:
The organization is deeply saddened to learn of the passing of former linebacker Quentin Groves: pic.twitter.com/iXgTz7q9UQ
— Jacksonville Jaguars (@Jaguars) October 15, 2016
Prayers goin out to the family of my former teammate Quentin Groves. Hell of a ball player but an even better person. He'll truly be missed
— Justin Staples (@J_Staples57) October 15, 2016
RIP to my Brother Quentin Groves!! Man I'm in disbelief I just… https://t.co/2a1z1KUFjK
— Zac Etheridge (@ZacEtheridge4) October 15, 2016
— Takeo Spikes (@TakeoSpikes51) October 15, 2016
Really in disbelief right now, one of the realist dudes I met at Auburn and still kept in touch after in the league RIP my G Quentin Groves
— Shy-Michel Basquiat (@Shyhiem410) October 15, 2016
Our thoughts are with the family and friends of Quentin Groves. pic.twitter.com/ESBCm9hjdG
— Arizona Cardinals (@AZCardinals) October 15, 2016