During every offseason, most NFL players go through the hardships of trying to stay in shape, free agency, trades, and trying to push their bodies to the brink of exhaustion in order to elevate their game. Jacksonville Jaguars practice squad safety, Earl Wolff, however, went through a different type of hardship this offseason. One that was way more serious and more dangerous than any hardship that an NFL player has experienced since the 2015 season ended. Following reports from the Fayetteville Observer, the Jaguars announced on Saturday that on February 23rd, Wolff was kidnapped by an armed gunman in Fayetteville, North Carolina.
The official police report states that Wolff was taken captive while walking to his car after visiting friends in a Fayetteville neighborhood. After being forced into his own vehicle at gunpoint, Wolff, and his kidnapper drove around for an unknown period of time before Wolff was let go in an area just south of Fayetteville as the gunman drove off in his car. Wolff’s vehicle was discovered by police in a nearby city, and a man by the name of Bobby DeShawn Bailey was arrested and charged in connection with Wolf’s kidnapping. Bailey’s charges range from robbery with a dangerous weapon, first-degree kidnapping, conspiracy, larceny, possession of a stolen motor vehicle, and possession of marijuana.
The Jaguars stated on Saturday that Wolff is ‘doing well,’ but does not wish to comment on the matter at this time and has asked for his privacy to be respected.
Obviously, a very scary situation turned out in the best way possible, as Wolff came out of the kidnapping okay and the man suspected of being responsible is currently in police custody.
Wolff is originally from the Fayetteville-area as he attended Hoke County High School before playing football at North Carolina State University. Wolff was selected in the fifth round of the NFL Draft in 2013 by the Philadelphia Eagles and played in 11 of Philly’s games during the 2013 season and seven in 2014. After being released from the Eagles before the 2015 season, Wolff was signed to the Jaguars practice squad in December.