Jeff Gladney, a former first-round pick who played for the Minnesota Vikings and Arizona Cardinals, has died in a car crash at the age of 25.
A 26-year-old female passenger in the car also died, the report said.
Gladney’s former college teammate and 2020 first-round draft pick, Jalen Rager, expressed her grief on Twitter as the NFL reacted to the death of the world star.
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“I’ve lost my brother, my best friend, the man in my right hand … nothing more than I can curse people!” Receiver Rigger of the Philadelphia Eagles wrote.
“RIP Jeff Gladney, brother please keep an eye on me.”
The news was met with sadness around the NFL as the Vikings and Cardinals released statements about the deaths.
Cardinal Defensive & JJ Watt wrote, “Terrible news to hear this morning.” Just sad. Rest in peace, Jeff. “
Gladney, a cornerback, was drafted by the Vikings in the first round, including the 31st overall pick. He played in 16 games for the Vikings in 2020.
During the 2021 offseason, Gladney was arrested on charges of domestic violence and released on the same day by the Vikings and did not play in the 2021 NFL.
He was not convicted of all charges in March of this year, and was soon signed by the Cardinals.
She recently posted on social media that she bought her mother’s dream home. Gladney’s cousin was a real estate agent, and this was her first sale.
Gladney is the second young NFL star to be killed in a car crash this offseason.
Steelers quarterback Dwayne Huskins was hit by a car while crossing a highway in Florida.
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