Gaines Adams the Chicago Bears defensive end passed away this morning around 9:00 am. This report according to the coroner in Greenwood County South Carolina. Adams apparently was rushed to the hospitals emergency room where he was pronounced dead. Early indications are that gaines died of cardiac arrest caused by an enlarged heart.
He was drafted by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the first round in the 2007 NFL Draft. He played college football at Clemson. The Bucs traded Adams to the Bears in October for a second-round pick in this years draft.
“He was a great kid, a hard worker who always had a smile on his face,” former Buccaneers coach and current “Monday Night Football” broadcaster Jon Gruden told the Chicago Sun-Times. “I don’t know anybody who didn’t like Gaines Adams. He was a great teammate, just a stand-up guy, a class act.”
In 47 games over three seasons with the Bucs and Bears, Adams had 67 tackles, including 13.5 sacks.
“I remember him at the 2007 Draft as a fine young man,” NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said in a statement. “Our condolences to Gaines’ family, his teammates on the Bears and Buccaneers, and their organizations on their loss.”