Tragic news today as former NFL linebacker Quentin Groves passed away in his sleep of heart failure at the age of 32. Although nothing is definitive yet, his death is thought to be connected to Wolff-Parkinson-White syndrome, which causes a rapid heartbeat. Groves had been diagnosed with the condition in 2008.
The former Auburn star was a second round pick by the Jacksonville Jaguars in 2008. He spent two seasons in Jacksonville under head coach Jack Del Rio. Groves signed with the Raiders prior to the 2010 season and spent two seasons in Oakland. He played the final three seasons of his career with the Cardinals, Browns, and Titans.
Groves was giving and caring individual who was beloved by his teammates and coaches. When he first became a Raider, he sent out a Tweet telling all his followers if they would like an autographed picture, just send him a message with their address. And he followed through on all the requests, sending out those autographed pictures to all who inquired.
I spoke to him on his final day as a Raiders player. He knew the team was going to move on from him and was quite distraught about it. He loved being a Raider and had developed a connection with the fanbase. He went on to sign with the Cardinals in the offseason.
Following the news of his death, the Raiders released a sent their condolences.
The Raiders family is deeply saddened by the passing of Fulton Walker and Quentin Groves. (1/2)— OAKLAND RAIDERS (@RAIDERS) October 15, 2016
The thoughts of the Raiders family and the entire Raider Nation are with their families and friends. (2/2)— OAKLAND RAIDERS (@RAIDERS) October 15, 2016
Groves is survived by his wife Teska Baptiste and two children.