Former NFL linebacker Geno Hayes enters hospice care with liver disease

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Former Buccaneers, Bears, and Jaguars linebacker Geno Hayes has been moved to hospice care, two years after being diagnosed with liver disease.

Jenna Laine of ESPN.com explains that Hayes had been placed on a waiting list for a liver transplant in December, after 20 hospitalizations in the past year. He has now been moved to his parents’ home in Georgia.

“The first diagnosis they gave me was alcoholic cirrhosis,” Hayes, 33, told Laine. “But when we dug in deeper, it became just chronic liver disease, because I don’t drink like that. If I did drink, it was just like wine or something like that. But my body is made different. And that’s what [my doctor] said — ‘Everybody’s made different.'”

Hayes lost 70 pounds during his illness, dropping from 220 to 150. He said that avoided Toradol shots during his playing career, and that he only took over-the-counter pain medications in the dosages directed on the bottle. He believes that a combination of pain medication and family history caused his illness.

A sixth-round pick out of Florida State in 2008, Hayes spent three years with the Buccaneers, one with the Bears, and two with the Jaguars.

15 responses to “Former NFL linebacker Geno Hayes enters hospice care with liver disease

  1. He was a good LB. undersized LB who was all over the field sideline to sideline. Sorrry to hear about this. Prayers for Geno and his family

  2. I really hope he gets the transplant. The NFL needs to do a better of educating players on pain management. It’s failed miserably.

  3. What a rotten break for a young man with a promising future. By all appearances he’s conducted himself properly and is simply a victim of genetics.

    As I’m sure we all do, I wish him the best possible outcome…

  4. A donated kidney by my sister saved my life 27 years ago. Please, consider becoming a donor, whether that entails donating a kidney or other “living” donation, or designating yourself an organ donor for after you pass away.

  5. Life is an amazing and beautiful thing, and at the same time it can be cruel and ugly. I’m saddened this is his fate.

  6. 33 is absolutely no age to be so ill. Sending good thoughts to Geno and his family. Stay strong!

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