Adam Gress, a Penn State offensive tackle who played in Happy Valley from 2009 to 2013, has reportedly passed away according to 247sports.com and some of Gress’ former teammates.
R.I.P Gress one the funniest and hard working guys I know. My condolences goes out to his family https://t.co/KrM5zxVpPD
— Deion Barnes (@DBarnes_18) December 22, 2017
The Penn State Football Family would like to offer our sincere condolences to the family & friends of former letterman Adam Gress. His commitment to this university & this program will never be forgotten. pic.twitter.com/RN2q8nFfVa
— Penn State Football (@PennStateFball) December 22, 2017
Heaven gained one hell of an offensive tackle this week, and even more of a special human being. Few people’s presence can light a room like you could, Gress. I’m lucky to have had you in my life, see you soon buddy.#58Forever
— Joe Marvin (@63_Productions) December 22, 2017
My condolences to the Gress family @GressSquatch had great energy & kept people around him in good spirits. Every player apart of those @PennStateFball locker rooms from 2012 – til now had a huge impact on my life. Hurts to hear this. #WeAre R.I️.P. Big Fella 🙏🏾
— Da’Quan Davis (@dcxvii_) December 22, 2017
So sadden / heart broken to hear the news about Adam Gress. Not only was he a great teammate but an awesome friend. Adam was in the 2009 recruiting class and was a big component in helping restore the roar back in 2012. Gress I love you man this one hurts to the core. #WeAre
— Stephon Morris (@Morr12S) December 22, 2017
According to reports, Gress — who was serving as a construction site manager according to teammates — was injured during a fall, and tragically never recovered. It’s unclear where the fall occurred.
Gress was part of the fabric of loyal Penn Staters who helped keep the program together once NCAA sanctions were levied against the program. He helped keep the team together, and was a large reason why Penn State was able to weather the nearly impossible task it faced in rebounding from the sanctions.
— Malcolm Willis (@M_Willis_Ichi) December 22, 2017
My thoughts & prayers are with the Gress family. RIP 58
— Bill Belton (@chillbelton) December 22, 2017
— Kevin Horne (@KevinHornePSU) December 22, 2017
Gress’ Penn State career took off upon the arrival of Bill O’Brien, who helped mold the former three-star recruit into the 6-foot-7, 320 pound behemoth he became. In 2013, Gress became a starter at right tackle, helping to keep freshman quarterback Christian Hackenberg safe in the pocket during his impressive freshman campaign.
After his collegiate career, Gress was signed by the New York Giants as an undrafted free agent. Though he did not make the final roster, Gress suited up for the Giants in the preseason — most notably during the Hall of Fame Game.
— Adam Gress (@GressSquatch) August 3, 2017
The Penn State community lost a valued member. Gress would have turned 27 next week.
Rest in peace, Adam.