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Jeff Gladney dies at age 25: Former first-round NFL roster involved in fatal car crash on Memorial Day

Jeff Gladney dies at age 25: Former first-round NFL roster involved in fatal car crash on Memorial Day
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Arizona Cardinals cornerback Jeff Gladney, a former Minnesota Vikings first round pick, died Monday at age 25 — confirmed by his agent, Brian Overstreet, to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram — after a car accident in Dallas.

Gladney’s fatal accident occurred around 2:30 a.m. in the west lanes of Woodall Rogers Freeway in Allen Street, according to the Dallas County Sheriff’s Office (per WFAA channel 8† Gladney was one of two victims in the crash. The second victim has not yet been identified, as the cause of the crash is still under investigation.

Gladney entered the NFL in 2020 after a stellar run at TCU, leaving the Horned Frogs with first-team All-Big 12 honors in 2019 after taking second-team All-Big 12 honors the year before. achieved. Born in New Boston, Texas, a town not far northeast of Dallas, Gladney was one of the most coveted talents at his position in the draft, spending his first season with the Vikings before signing with the Arizona Cardinals last March. , as part of their free travel agency.

The news of his passing has sent a torrent of grief to those who knew him best, including Philadelphia Eagles receiver Jalen Reagor, who played alongside Gladney at TCU.

“Lost my brother, my best friend, my right hand,” said Reagor, via Twitter† “I can’t take much more damn it! RIP Jeff Gladney. Brother please watch over me.”

The Vikingscardinals and NFL also released statements about Gladney’s passing, as did the TCU’s athletic director, Jeremiah Donati (per WFAA

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