Bears defensive end Gaines Adams died Sunday morning of cardiac arrest resulting from an enlarged heart, according to Greenwood County, S.C., chief deputy coroner Marcia Kelley-Clark.
Bears players and NFL commissioner reacted today to the defensive end’s tragic death:
Bears’ Brian Urlacher called Adams’ death was “crazy.”
“I didn’t know him that well because he came in during the middle of the season,” Urlacher said. “But I did know him. I still saw him every day when I went into work. It’s just weird.
“I had a teammate die when I was in college. You just don’t know how to handle it. It’s just sad, man. It’s a bad deal.”
Bears’ Alex Brown posted on his Twitter page: “Please send out your prayers to Gaines Adams family he was a great teammate and will be missed. Cherish life, we only get one. God Bless!”
Bears’ Jason McKie post on his Twitter page: “please keep Gaines Adams family in your prayers he was a great person and teammate..life is too short …we love you Gaines.”
Bears DT Marcus Harrison “We knew we were the younger crew, we felt like since we would be the D-line of the future, we knew we needed to try to click together.
“This (stuff) really tore me down this morning. I was totally not prepared for something like this. That’s my dude, for real. At work, at practice, that’s who I got down with: Gaines. This hurts.”
NFL Commisoner Roger Goodell “It’s a sad outcome, he was a terrific young man. I met him at the draft when he came in, and he stood out. He was a very caring individual. I’d seen him a couple of times, most recently in Chicago” when Goodell spoke to the Bears in November.
“He seemed like a very genuine, nice man. He seemed focused on being a good person, not just an NFL player. I was always taken with him.”
all quotes from chicagotribune.com