Jeff Gladney, an NFL cornerback for the Arizona Cardinals, died on Monday morning at the age of 25 in a car accident in Dallas.
Brian Overstreet, Jeff Gladney’s agent, confirmed the bad news to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, saying, “We ask for prayers for the family and privacy during this difficult time.”
According to the Dallas County sheriff’s office, the fatal car crash occurred around 2:30 a.m. on Monday in the westbound services lanes of the Woodall Rogers Freeway at Allen Street. A female passenger was also in the vehicle and unfortunately died as well.
The Cardinals issued a statement, saying,
“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.”
Jeff, who previously attended Texas Christan University, was selected by the Minnesota Vikings in the first round of the 2020 NFL draft.
In the aftermath of his death, the Minnesota Vikings issued a statement saying,
Jeff agreed to terms with the Cardinals in March of this year. Texas Christian University’s athletic director Jeremiah Donati said in a statement,
“Our TCU Athletics family, and especially our football program, was very devastated to learn of the passing of Jeff Gladney. After earning his degree and continuing his playing career in the NFL, Jeff maintained his close ties to TCU. He loved everything about his alma mater. [Jeff] was a frequent visitor to campus and was at our spring practices and spring game this year, proudly joined by his young son. “He will be missed by our entire community. Our thoughts, prayers, and deepest condolences go to Jeff’s family, friends, and TCU teammates.”