Former Jaguars lineman Quentin Groves died of an apparent heart attack on Saturday, according to multiple reports.
Groves, 32, was a second round pick of the Jaguars in 2008. He played two seasons in Jacksonville before being traded to the Oakland Raiders for fifth round pick in 2010.
Groves was diagnosed with Wolff-Parkison-White Syndrome and underwent heart surgery in 2008 before being drafted by the Jaguars. The illness impacts the heart's speed, forcing it to pump at a rapid rate.
Groves played for the Jaguars, Raiders, Arizona Cardinals, Tennessee Titans, Buffalo Bills, Houston Texans and Cleveland Browns during his career.
“Quentin was an outstanding man, on and off the field,” said former teammate and current Jaguars tight end Marcedes Lewis, who played with Groves from 2008-09. “He made everyone around him better and always had a smile on his face. He pushed me every day in practice and was a fierce competitor. I’m very grateful to have had the opportunity to spend two seasons with him. My thoughts and prayers are with his entire family on this incredibly sad day.
He produced 175 tackles and 9.5 sacks in seven seasons.
Current Jaguars defensive tackle Sen'Derrick Marks played with Groves at Auburn.
“I had the pleasure and privilege of spending two seasons with Quentin at Auburn and I can attribute a lot of my early success in college to learning from him,” said Marks. “He was an incredible athlete on the field and a great, close friend off of it. I am lucky to have spent a lot of time with Quentin and Treska and thoroughly enjoyed every second of it. My sympathy goes to her, their kids and all of his family and friends.”
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