Eagles wide receiver Jalen Reagor mourns the loss of a former college teammate and NFL cornerback who was killed in a car accident on Memorial Day.
Jeff Gladney, a 25-year-old Arizona Cardinals defensive backer, died about 2:30 a.m. Monday morning in a crash along the Woodall Rogers Freeway in Dallas. When first responders arrived on the scene, they found that Gladney’s white vehicle had overturned. He and his girlfriend, who has not been identified, both suffered fatal injuries, ESPN reported†
A preliminary investigation revealed that two cars were involved in the accident. According to the Dallas County Sheriff’s Office, the white vehicle had speeded before it wedged a second car from behind and then hit a pillar beam on the highway.
Gladney was originally a late first round pick of the Minnesota Vikings of Texas Christian University, where he and Reagor became close friends. Reagor was the Eagles’ first round in the same design.
Both players had a rocky start to their NFL careers.
Gladney was buried on the Vikings depth map during his rookie season and was eliminated before the start of the 2021 season after being charged with assault. He was later found not guilty and just signed a two-year deal with the Cardinals in March. Reagor struggled to find consistency in the Eagles attack and was eclipsed by other wide receivers selected in the 2020 draft – most notably Vikings star Justin Jefferson, who was selected by the Vikings right after the Eagles took Reagor.
In a series of tweets on Monday, Reagor mourned Gladney and called him his best friend.
Lost my brother, my best friend, my right-hand man… there’s not much more I can handle, man dammit!
RIP Jeff Gladney brother please watch over me.
— Reag (@jalenreagor) May 30, 2022
This is the second consecutive outdoor season that Reagor, 23, has lost a close friend. Reagor missed part of the training camp last season, for the murder of a childhood friend†
The Cardinals, the NFL and TCU have each issued statements expressing their condolences after Gladney’s death.
Reagor is entering his third season in Philadelphia, where he is now expected to play a minor role in a passing bout with AJ Brown, DeVonta Smith, Dallas Goedert and Quez Watkins. It’s time for Eagles fans to put aside their feelings about Reagor’s struggles on the pitch and just help create a better environment for him to thrive in. He is a young player who has had some setbacks. He could still contribute this year and his best days in the NFL are ahead of him.