Former San Francisco 49ers and New Orleans Saints OLB Parys Haralson Dies Yesterday at Age 37

Former San Francisco 49ers and the New Orleans Saints outside linebacker Parys Haralson AKA "P-Town" died suddenly Monday, at just 37-years-old.

The Flora, Missippi native was bred into prospect status at Madison Central High School, where he went All-American as a senior. Haralson's family crafted his diligent work ethic at the ripe age of 14 by having him work in his uncle's warehouse and grandfather's scrapyard.

The University of Tennessee Vols 2-time captain holds a career fifth program record with 21 sacks in college. Haralson was drafted by the San Francisco 49ers in 2006, selected in the fifth round 140th overall. In 86 games with the 49ers – the OLB put up 295 tackles, 21.5 sacks, 4 passes defended, and 7 forced fumbles with 4 recoveries. 

He would go on to be traded to New Orleans in 2013, where he played 32 games as a Saint – making 85 tackles (38 solo), 6.5 sacks, 1 pass defended, and 1 fumble recovered. In a press release about Harlson's passing the Saints said, "[He] possessed an unforgettable smile, upbeat attitude and was deeply respected by teammates and the coaching staff alike for his combination of dependability, leadership, and professionalism."

During NFL retirement, Haralson went on to earn a Master's of Business degree from the University of Miami, before returning to the Bay Area and working as the 49ers' director of player engagement for 3 years. According to the 49ers organization, Haralson's role was to support in, "engaging, educating and empowering players to reach their full potential both on and off the field."

Haralson's sudden death was announced by the 49ers on Monday without any cause of death mentioned, may he rest in peace.