On Monday, it was revealed that University of New Mexico tight end Jaden Hullaby had passed away at just 21 after previously being declared missing. He started his football career at the University of Texas.
“Hullaby’s family said in a statement on social media on Sunday that they had feared for his safety … after they hadn’t been able to make contact with him since last Thursday. He was last seen on a freeway in Dallas, the family said. In an update on Monday — Hullaby’s brother, Landon, announced the UNM athlete had sadly passed away.” TMZ reported.
“I love you so much and I got you and the family forever I swear get your rest King,” wrote Landon.
UNM wrote, “The Lobo family is saddened to learn of the passing of former RB/TE Jaden Hullaby. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Jaden’s family and all who knew him.”
“He was a great person and someone we all enjoyed being around, coaching and spending time with,” said University of Texas head coach Steve Sarkisian said. “All of our thoughts are with his family, friends and teammates, and we want to send our deepest condolences to them in such a difficult time.”
“Hullaby was a touted running back prospect in the Longhorns’ 2020 class who switched to linebacker when he got to the Austin campus. He played in just two games in his two seasons for the school … before he transferred to UNM prior to the 2022 season. In his one year with the Lobos, he played tight end, and piled up 44 receiving yards and 59 rushing yards in eight games,” TMZ added.
“The cause of death has yet to be released by authorities. Hullaby was last seen in Dallas on Friday heading westbound on I-30 at 6:23 pm,” according to the Texas Longhorns.
No further details have been immediately made available following Hullaby’s tragic death.