Gaines Adams, a defensive lineman for the Chicago Bears who was an all-American at Clemson, has died. He was 26.
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The Bears issued a statement Sunday saying the team was ``stunned and saddened'' by the news of his death.
The team said Gaines died Sunday at Self Regional Hospital in his hometown of Greenwood, S.C.
Adams was selected fourth overall in the 2007 NFL draft by Tampa Bay, but was traded to the Chicago Bears in October 2009. He had not been able to live up to expectations that he would revive the Buccaneers' once-feared pass rush, having just 17 tackles and one sack in 15 games this season.
The 6-foot-5, 258-pound defensive end was well-known among Clemson fans for breaking up Wake Forest's field goal try and returning it for a touchdown in 2006 to defeat the Demon Deacons.
Posted: 1/17/10 7:05PM ET