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Earl Wolff, a NFL safety who has played for the Philadelphia Eagles and now with the Jacksonville Jaguars, survived a horrible ordeal last month. While in his home state of North Carolina, the 26-year-old player was kidnapped at gunpoint but was later found unharmed by police.

Wolff, who hails from the city of Raeford, was visiting friends in the city of Fayetteville on Feb. 23 when the alleged kidnapping happened. According to reports from, the details of Wolff’s kidnapping were not made public but an arrest of an alleged suspect in the past few days  has brought new light to the case.


Former Hoke County High School and N.C. State football star Earl Wolff was the victim of an alleged kidnapping by a group of men on Feb. 23, police reports and other sources say. One of the alleged suspects was arrested Thursday, and police are looking for others.

The 26-year-old Wolff, a native of Raeford, played for the Philadelphia Eagles and is now with the Jacksonville Jaguars. Initial reports about the kidnapping and robbery did not include that he is a professional football player, but a relative of Wolff’s and a source at N.C. State confirmed that he was the person abducted by a group of men and later released unharmed south of Fayetteville.

Wolff, who was drafted in the fifth round of the NFL draft by Philadelphia, is a defensive back on the practice roster of the Jacksonville Jaguars. His family said Saturday that he has returned to Florida.

Police did share that they did not know how long Wolff went missing nor if he was an intended target. The investigation into the matter is still ongoing.

A person from Wolff’s alma mater, North Carolina State, said that she spoke with the player was “shook up” and did not want to discuss the matter publicly. A public relations manager for the Jags issued a similar statement via Twitter, asking that others respect Wolff’s privacy at the time.

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