Former NFL wide receiver JaJuan Dawson has gone missing after falling off of a boat into Lavon Lake in Collin County, Texas on Sunday.
Dawson was in the boat with his three children and two other family members when he fell into the lake, Lieutenant Chris Havey of the Collin County Sheriff’s Office told NFL Media. Dawson was not wearing a life vest at the time of the incident. Havey said that alcohol is not a contributing factor to his disappearance.
Dawson was drafted out of Tulane by the Cleveland Browns in the third round of the 2000 NFL Draft. He played three seasons in the NFL, amassing 52 receptions, 664 yards and two TDs for the Browns and Houston Texans.
The sheriff’s office received a 911 call at 6:28 p.m. Sunday from one of Dawson’s family members. Rescuers began searching for Dawson at 6:30 p.m. before calling off the search at 11:30 pm, according to Havey. The search resumed at 7:20 a.m. Monday and is ongoing. Aiding in the search are the Collin County Sheriff’s Office, Wylie Fire Department, Texas Parks and Wildlife and Branch Fire Department.