Gavin Escobar - San Diego State

Gavin Escobar was a 2008 Trinity League second-team selection on offense after grabbing 37 receptions for 492 yards and six scores. He had seven receptions for 130 yards against St. Bonaventure, the eventual state Division III champion. As a junior, caught 11 passes for 163 yards (14.8 yards per catch) Listed as the No. 79 tight end nationally by Scout.com. A preseason "Senior to Watch" by ocvarsity.com. Named No. 20 on the "Top 20 O.C. Recruits for Class of 2009" list by ocvarsity.com. Gavin also competed in basketball for the Eagles.



Escobar accepted a football scholarship from San Diego State, where he played for the Aztecs from 2009 to 2012. He was redshirted as a true freshman after being diagnosed with testicular cancer, which he was able to overcome after having the tumor removed. In 2010, Escobar started 12 games, posting 29 receptions for 323 yards and four touchdowns. The next year although his role decreased with six starts in 13 games, his production improved with 51 receptions for 780 yards and seven touchdowns. As a junior, registered 42 receptions for 543 yards and six touchdowns. Led the team in receptions and yards. For his college career, he tallied 122 receptions for 1,646 yards, 17 touchdowns and never missed a game. He announced that he would enter the NFL Draft after his junior season. He was also an SDSU scholar-athlete.


  • 2010: All-Mountain West Conference Second-Team Offense selection (TE)
  • 2010: First-Team Freshman All-American selection by The Sporting News (TE)
  • 2010: Second-Team Freshman All-American selection (rivals.com, College Football News and philsteel.com) (TE)
  • 2011: All-Mountain West Conference First-Team Offense selection (TE)
  • 2011: Honorable Mention All-American selection by Sports Illustrated (TE)
  • 2011: John Mackey Award Nominee (Midseason)
  • 2012: All-Mountain West Conference First-Team Offense selection (TE)
  • 2012: Honorable Mention All-American selection by Pro Football Weekly (TE)
  • 2012: John Mackey Award Nominee (Semifinalist)
  • 2012: Vince Lombardi Award Nominee (Preseason)

He was drafted #47 in the 2013 NFL Draft by the Dallas Cowboys.

Played all or parts of six season in the NFL, primarily with the Dallas Cowboys. Registered 30 career receptions for 333 yards and scored eight touchdowns. After his NFL career, Escobar joined the San Diego Fleet of the newly-formed Alliance of American Football. The league ceased operations in April, 2019. Escobar caught 14 passes for 142 yards during his time in the AAF.