Former San Francisco 49ers and New Orleans Saints linebacker Parys Haralson has passed away at 37.
Haralson was a fifth-round pick for the 49ers out of Tennessee in 2006. He played seven seasons for the team before finishing his career with two years in New Orleans.
In nine years, Haralson appeared in 118 NFL games, making 88 starts. He compiled 275 total tackles and 28 sacks in his career and would go on to be the 49ers’ director of player engagement for two years.
“The 49ers are heartbroken and shocked by the news of Parys’ tragic passing,” the 49ers said in a statement tonight. “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.”
We are extremely saddened to learn of the sudden passing of former linebacker and director of player engagement Parys Haralson.
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— San Francisco 49ers (@49ers) September 14, 2021
Haralson’s former San Francisco teammates C.J. Spillman and Donte Whitner were among those to pay tribute to the Mississippi native on Twitter tonight.
Crazy how I wake up from Sleep to find out my former teammate Parys Haralson passed away in his. RIP to a 49er Legend 🙏🏽🙏🏽🙏🏽🙏🏽🙏🏽
— CJ SPILLMAN (@CJSPILLMAN27) September 13, 2021
R.I.P to my former teammate and Friend Parys Haralson aka P-Town. Praying for his family. 🙏🏾
— DonteHitner31 (@DonteWhitner) September 13, 2021
My good friend and former 49ers OLB Parys Haralson passed away. I literally just spoke to him not too long ago.
I'll miss our talks and your unwavering support. You always made me laugh and put a smile on my face while putting others first. God gains an angel. RIP 🙏
— Ryan Sakamoto (@BEASTwriter) September 13, 2021
Our thoughts and prayers are with Haralson’s family, friends and former teammates during this difficult time.
Rest in peace, Parys.