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Former Houston Texans Wide Receiver Missing

JaJuan Dawson, a wide receiver from the Houston Texan's inaugural 2002 season, has been reported as missing at a lake near Dallas.

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News is breaking from numerous sources today that  JaJaun Dawson, a former wide receiver for the Texans, was reported as missing by his wife after he fell overboard from a pleasure boat at Lake Lavon near Dallas, TX. provided these details:

JaJuan Dawson, 37, was reported missing by wife about 6:30 p.m. Sunday at Lake Lavon north of Dallas, said  Lt. Chris Havey, a spokesman for the Collin County Sheriff's Office.

Havey said Dawson was on board a boat with his wife when he either jumped or fell into the water. He never resurfaced after  going overboard. Three children were on the boat with the couple. It was not known if the children were related to the couple.

Havey said divers as well searchers in boats combed the lake until about 11 p.m. Sunday but found no trace of Dawson. The search resumed about 7:20 a.m. Monday. So far Dawson has not been seen.

Dawson was born in Houston, and attended college at Tulane where he played wide receiver for the Green Waves football team.

In 2000, he was drafted in the 3rd round (79th overall) of the NFL Draft by the Cleveland Browns. He played in only 16 games for the Browns over the next two seasons, scoring twice on only 31 receptions, before moving on to the Texans in 2002.

With Houston, Dawson started 14 games and had 21 receptions, but never found the endzone. He briefly joined the Indianapolis Colts in 2003, but never saw playing time.

According to a LinkedIn profile, he has worked in sales for medical supply companies in Houston and Dallas since leaving the NFL.

This is very tragic news for his family and friends, and we'll keep our hopes up that they find him alive in the ongoing search efforts.  This time of year is when many families are out enjoying water related recreation, so please remember to be safe out there.