TEXAS linebacker Jake Ehlinger has been found dead in Austin just days after his brother was selected by the Indianapolis Colts in the NFL draft.
Cops said they found Jake’s body near the University of Texas campus after officers responded to a call just after 12pm today, according to reports.
Cops said they found Ehlinger near the University of Texas campus[/caption]
Jake is the younger brother of former Longhorns quarterback Sam Ehlinger[/caption]
Cops said the sophomore’s death is not being treated as suspicious and there were no signs of foul play, the Austin American-Statesman reports.
Jake, 20, is the younger brother of former Longhorns quarterback Sam Ehlinger – who was selected by the Indianapolis Colts in last week’s sixth round of the NFL draft.
Their dad, Ross Ehlinger, died at the age of 46 from an apparent heart attack in 2013 while running a triathlon.
Following the news of Jake’s tragic death, Colts owner Jim Irsay tweeted: “We grieve and weep with the Ehlinger family. Prayers, love and support.”
A Colts spokesman told the American-Statesman the team was working to get Sam on a plane back home immediately.
Jake arrived at Texas in 2019 after his playing career at Westlake High School in Austin, but he did not play the last two seasons.
Jake arrived at Texas in 2019 after his playing career at Westlake High School in Austin[/caption]
Cops said the rising star’s death is not being treated as suspicious[/caption]
Jake received interest from college programs such as Brown, Incarnate Word and Penn[/caption]
He was majoring in business at the university, according to the school’s roster.
Jake received interest from college programs such as Brown, Incarnate Word and Penn, according to the American-Statesman.
He was also a two-time member of the Big 12 Commissioner’s Honor Roll.
NFL Network mistakenly showed a picture of Jake after Sam was drafted by the Colts on Saturday, but Sam said it made him happy.
“Jake deserves all the screen time you can get,” Sam told reporters.
Miami Dolphins safety Brandon Jones tweeted: “Literally devastated. I love the Ehlinger family like my own.
“Rest In Peace Jake. You’ll be missed more than you could imagine. #48.”
And Chicago Bears’ David Montgomery wrote: “My condolences and prayers to the Ehlinger Family.”
Texas players also paid tribute on social media.
“Fly high 48,” former defensive tackle Ta’Quon Graham tweeted.
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Samuel Cosmi wrote: “My heart is hurting for the Ehlinger family. Praying God gives them strength and comfort as they go through this difficult time.”
Lillian Mills, the Interim Dean of the McCombs School of Business at the University of Texas, described Jake’s death as a “terrible loss in our community”.
“We at McCombs are heartbroken learning the news of Jake Ehlinger’s death. Our hearts and thoughts are with his brother Sam and the entire Ehlinger family tonight,” she said.
Jake was majoring in business at university, according to the school’s roster[/caption]
He was a two-time member of the Big 12 Commissioner’s Honor Roll[/caption]