Arizona Cardinals player Jeff Gladney died at the age of 25 in a car accident in Dallas, Texas.
The cornerback died on Monday (05/30/22) after being involved in a traffic accident early in the morning, and his agent confirmed the sad news in a Fort Worth Star-Telegram statement.
His spokesman Brian Overstreet said: “We ask for prayers for family and privacy during this most difficult time.”
The publication reports that a female passenger also died in the crash, which is currently being investigated.
No further details about the accident have been released.
Jeff’s former teammate, Philadelphia Eagles star Jalen Rigor, mourned his loss on Twitter, writing: “Losing my brother, my best friend, my right arm… not much I can take. Rest in peace, Jeff Gladney, watch brother.” over me, please.”
Jalen played college football with Jeff at Texas Christian University (TCU) in Fort Worth. Jeff was later selected in the first round by the Minnesota Vikings in the 2020 NFL Draft.
A statement released by the NFL added: “The NFL family mourns the tragic loss of Jeff Gladney and we offer our deepest condolences to his family and loved ones.”
TCU Athletic Director Jeremy Donati said: “Our TCU Athletics family, and especially our football program, were very devastated to learn of the passing of Jeff Gladney.
“After graduating and continuing his NFL playing career, Jeff has maintained close ties to TCU. He liked everything that was in his alma mater. his little son joined.
After leaving the Vikings, Jeff went to play for the Arizona Cardinals, who added in a statement: “We are devastated to learn of Jeff Gladney’s passing. Our hearts go out to his family, friends and all who mourn this great loss. “
Jeff played in 16 games for the Vikings but missed the 2021 season as he fought an assault charge in a domestic violence case.
In March, he was found not guilty, and in May he signed a new two-year contract with the Cardinals.