Former NFL Linebacker, Parys Haralson, Dead at 37

FILE – In this Sunday, Dec. 22, 2013, file photo, New Orleans Saints’ Parys Haralson (98) is seen before an NFL football game against the Carolina Panthers in Charlotte, N.C. On Monday, Sept. 13, 2021, the San Francisco 49ers announced that Haralson, a former linebacker for the 49ers and New Orleans Saints, had died. He was 37. (AP Photo/Bob Leverone, File)

Parys Haralson, a former NFL linebacker who played for the San Francisco 49ers and New Orleans Saints across a nine-year professional career, died on Monday, the teams announced. He was 37.

“The 49ers are heartbroken and shocked by the news of Parys’ tragic passing,” the 49ers said in a statement. “Parys was a beloved member of our organization that lived life with an extraordinary amount of passion and joy, while leaving an indelible mark on everyone he came across.”

The cause of death is currently unknown.

The Saints also released a statement, remembering the respect Haralson earned from teammates and coaches for his “combination of dependability, leadership and professionalism.” Haralson’s final NFL season came in 2014, and he spent three years after that with the 49ers as their director of player engagement from 2016 until 2018.

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SOURCE: New York Post, Andrew Crane