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VFL Parys Haralson passes away at 37

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Syndication: Knoxville MICHAEL PATRICK/NEWS SENTINEL

Sad news — former Tennessee defensive end Parys Haralson has passed away at the age of 37. The news came down on Monday night, and Tennessee confirmed shortly after.

No cause of death has been given at this point.

Haralson was a fifth-round selection of the San Francisco 49ers. He went on to play nine seasons in the NFL, spending seven years with the 49ers. Haralson was later hired by the organization as the team’s director of player engagement. He spent his final two seasons in the NFL playing for the New Orleans Saints.

“The 49ers are heartbroken and shocked by the news of Parys’ tragic passing,” a team statement read. “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. We extend our condolences to Parys’ family and loved ones.”

At Tennessee, Haralson played four seasons and currently ranks fifth in school history for career sacks. He ranks third in tackles for loss, checking in behind legends Leonard Little and Reggie White.

He was taken 140th overall in the 2006 NFL Draft. Haralson ended his career with 28 sacks, 275 tackles and 88 career starts.