An Auburn family loss: Quentin Groves Dead at 32
Known for his lightening quick action off the line, Auburn’s career sacks leader, Quentin Groves, has passed away according to multiple social media reports and confirmed by the university earlier this afternoon. He was 32. The cause of death has not been made public, but sources say the former All-SEC star was in Trinidad celebrating his daughter’s birthday at the time of his death. He died in his sleep. Our prayers and sympathy go out to the Groves family.
Groves played at Auburn from 2004 through 2007, tying Gerald Robinson as the Tigers’ career sacks leader with 26. Perhaps his most memorable game was recording 4 sacks against the Kentucky Wildcats in 2004 as a redshirt freshman, making a school record.
After graduating from Auburn, Groves entered the NFL draft and was picked up by the Jacksonville Jaguars in the second round. After two seasons, the Jaguars traded Groves to the Oakland Raiders for a fifth-round pick in 2010. After two seasons in Oakland, Groves spent a season with the Arizona Cardinals, Cleveland Browns and Tennessee Titans.
In 2008, Grove was diagnosed with Wolff-Parkinson-White Syndrome, which is associated with a rapid heartbeat related to electrical impulses in the heart utilizing additional pathways. He underwent heart surgery for a procedure to resolve the issue, returned to the NFL, but never could regain his dominance on the field. He finished his NFL career in 2015.