Gone too quickly. Many surprising deaths of NFL players, such as Jeff Gladney or Jaylon Ferguson, have caused football fans to grieve.
The Baltimore Ravens confirmed Ferguson’s death in June 2022 at the age 26. “We are profoundly saddened by the passing of Jayson Ferguson,” a statement from the team read. “He was a kind, respectful young man with a big smile and infectious personality. We express our heartfelt condolences to Jaylon’s family and friends as we mourn a life lost much too soon.”
The outside linebacker’s agent also reflected on her client’s sudden passing, telling NBC News, “He was a wonderful young man full of love and life. He will be remembered as a great father and brother, as well as a great football player. The family asks for your continued prayers.”
According to reports, the Louisiana native who was drafted in 2019 was found unresponsive and declared dead without any signs or trauma. According to ESPNAuthorities responded to a northern Baltimore call and have not yet released the cause of death.
Ahead of his shocking death, Ferguson celebrated Father’s Day with his son and two daughters. Ferguson shared his children with Doni Smith. “How am I going to tell my babies,” Smith tweeted in response to the news. “Until eternity. My love, get your rest!!”
Ferguson had previously spoken glowingly about his opportunity to expand his family. “My best friend my boy my first born my only son the one who will be the future sack daddy turned 3 years old on this date and we gone party!!!!!” he wrote via Instagram honor of his son’s special day in November 2020. “Happy birthday Jyce O’Neal Ferguson Mama and daddy love you so much and we are greatful for u.”
Gladney’s passing also shocked sports supporters when he died in a car crash at the age of 25. “We are devastated to learn of Jeff Gladney’s passing. Our hearts go out to his family, friends, and all who are mourning this tremendous loss,” the Arizona Cardinals tweeted in May 2022.
The Texas native, who was drafted into the Minnesota Vikings in 2020 was tragically killed in an accident in Dallas. His cousin Sharonda FrancoisReflection on his death, telling WFAA, “He was very loved by us all. He was a good kid all around and was well-known for his infectious smile. He was a great host for football camps, and he always took care of his family’s children at family events. I don’t think money changed him. He was still a down to earth cousin. He was just so well-loved.”
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