Arizona Cardinals cornerback Jeff Gladney dies at 25

Gladney, 25, was among two people who died in the crash, according to CNN affiliate WFAA. CNN has reached out to Gladney’s rep for comment.

The accident happened around 2:30 a.m. and involved two vehicles, according to a press release from the Dallas County Sheriff’s Department. A preliminary investigation revealed that a white vehicle was traveling at high speed and mowed down a second vehicle from behind.

The white vehicle then lost control and struck a freeway dock beam, killing the man and woman inside, the statement said. The second vehicle was also occupied by a man and a woman, who were not injured.

Gladney was entering the third season of his NFL career, after playing college football at Texas Christian University. The Minnesota Vikings drafted him as a 2020 first-round pick, but the team released him before the 2021 season after he was charged with felony assault, according to the NFL website.

Gladney was found not guilty of the incident, and the Cardinals signed him to a two-year contract in March 2022. He had recently practiced with the team at NFL-sponsored team practices.

“We are devastated to learn of the passing of Jeff Gladney” the cardinals tweeted Monday. “Our hearts go out to his family, friends and everyone who mourns this tremendous loss.”
CeeDee Lamb of the Dallas Cowboys tries to catch Jeff Gladney of the Minnesota Vikings during an NFL game on November 22, 2020 in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

The Vikings also released a statement, saying they were saddened by Gladney’s death.

“Our thoughts are with his family and friends, as well as the Arizona Cardinals organization and Jeff’s current and former teammates and coaches who mourn his life lost far too soon,” the statement read. ‘crew.

NFL players across the league expressed their condolences via Twitter.

“Horrible news to hear this morning. Just tragic. Rest in peace Jeff,” tweeted Cardinals defensive end JJ Watt.
“I lost my brother, my best friend, my right arm,” the Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver tweeted Jalen Reagor, who also attended Texas Christian University. “RIP Jeff Gladney my brother watch over me please,” he added.

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