TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) — Less than one week after being moved into hospice care, former Madison County and Florida State football stand-out Geno Hayes has died. ABC 27 confirmed the news with Madison County head football coach Mike Coe.
Hayes was awaiting a liver transplant after fighting liver disease for several years.
He was drafted in the sixth round of the 2008 NFL Draft, enjoying a seven year NFL career. He was 33 years old. Several former players, as well as other figures in the college football scene, have expressed their condolences as they received word of his death.
Tutored Geno my sophomore yr. Then lined up next to him on the field. Great teammate, greater human. Rest well now, brother. https://t.co/01My8b4r9b— Myron Rolle, MD (@MyronRolle) April 27, 2021
The #FootballFAMULY wants to send our condolences to the family and loved ones of Madison Co. and FSU standout Geno Hayes who transitioned to glory last night! May your legacy live on through the rest of us! 🙏🏾🙏🏾🙏🏾#RIP #BigBendFootball— Coach Willie Simmons (@HCWillieSimmons) April 27, 2021
Thoughts and prayer for the family and friends of Geno Hayes. He lived his life as a tremendous Seminole who impacted so many throughout his journey on and off the field. His legacy will live on. #RIP #NoleFamily— Mike Norvell (@Coach_Norvell) April 27, 2021
My heart hurts tonight. I’m going to miss you my brother. From the beginning as teammates in the Cali Florida Bowl in high school through our years at Florida State we had some great times. I’m blessed to have known you Geno. pic.twitter.com/vUYH9j9MrD— Graham Gano (@GrahamGano) April 27, 2021
Rest in Paradise Geno Hayes.— Chris Marve (@Coach_Marve) April 27, 2021
“We are confident...to be absent from the body.....is to be present with the Lord.” 2 Corinthians 5:8
Prayers lifted for his family in their time of bereavement.
Rest well Seminole. 🙏🏿