Former Auburn, NFL Player Quentin Groves Dies in His Sleep at 32

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Former Auburn defensive end Quentin Groves has died at 32, a school spokesman said Saturday.

Kirk Sampson said Groves died in his sleep while visiting Trinidad, where his wife is from. Sampson said he didn’t know the cause of death.

Groves played for the Tigers from 2004 to ’07 and finished with 26 career sacks, tying the school’s all-time record. He earned first-team All-SEC honors as both a junior and a senior, and his senior class won more games (50) at Auburn than any other class in school history.

“I am devastated and in disbelief by the sudden passing of Quentin,” Auburn athletic director Jay Jacobs said. “He had a vibrant smile, a big personality and was full of life. … Quentin was one of my favorites and I always enjoyed spending time with him. He lived life to its fullest and had a great love for his family and friends.”

Medical tests at the 2008 NFL combine revealed that Groves had Wolff-Parkinson-White syndrome, which causes a rapid heartbeat. He had what is described as a “minor” heart surgery after the combine, and two months later, he was chosen by the Jacksonville Jaguars in the second round of the NFL draft.

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SOURCE: ESPN, Greg Ostendorf

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