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The NFL world is mourning the loss of cornerback Jack Gladney who has tragically passed away in a car accident at the age of 25.
The Arizona Cardinals player’s agent Brian Overstreet confirmed the heartbreaking news.
He said: “We are asking prayers for the family, and privacy at this most difficult time.”
A female passenger has also been killed, according to multiple reports.
The NFL family mourns the tragic loss of Jeff Gladney and we extend our deepest condolences to his family and loved ones. pic.twitter.com/FgN5T62q3I— NFL (@NFL) May 30, 2022
Gladney was drafted in the first round of the 2020 NFL Draft by the Minnesota Vikings and was the 31st overall pick.
Many of his fellow NFL players and friends posted their condolences online, with many shocked of the news.
Gladney’s friend, Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Jalen Reagor, who attended TCU with Gladney, spread the news on Twitter and spoke of his heartbreak.
He tweeted: “Lost my Brother, my best friend, my right hand man… ain’t too much more I can take man damn!
“R.I.P Jeff Gladney, brother watch over me please.”
Lost my Brother, my best friend, my right hand man… ain’t too much more I can take man damn!— Reag (@jalenreagor) May 30, 2022
R.I.P Jeff Gladney, brother watch over me please.
TCU athletic director Jeremiah Donati released a statement, saying: “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.
“He 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.”
Saddened by the tragic loss of Jeff Gladney. We extend our deepest condolences to his family and loved ones. pic.twitter.com/FvilWRtNAu— TCU Football (@TCUFootball) May 30, 2022
Gladney was released by the Vikings in 2021 after an indictment for domestic violence, however, he was unanimously found not guilty of the charges.
He was signed to the Arizona Cardinals in March 2022 where he was looking to restart his career but was yet to play an NFL game for the side.
The Cardinals wrote in a statement: “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.”
NFL veteran George Iloka wrote on Twitter: “This Jeff Gladney news hitting me different. Had the privilege of playing with him during his rookie year in Minnesota. One of the most respectful and intentional rookies I’ve been around so far.
“Always had a smile and came to work. Sad sad. So young, so precious. RIP Young King.”
Gladney leaves behind his firstborn son, who turned one in February this year.
Our condolences go out to Gladney, his family, and friends during this tragic time.