Jeff Gladney was an American football cornerback who played in the National Football League for two seasons. He died Monday at the age of 25. He has gone far too young.
His agent Brian Overstreet confirmed that he died following a car accident in Dallas.
His fatal accident occurred around 2:30 a.m. in the westbound services lanes of Woodall Rogers Freeway at Allen Street, according to the Dallas County Sheriff’s Office.
The cause of the crash and Gladney’s death remain under investigation.
“We are devastated to learn of Jeff Gladney’s passing,” the Cardinals said in a statement. “Our hearts go out to his family, friends and all who are mourning this tremendous loss.”
“We are saddened by the tragic death of former Viking Jeff Gladney,” the Vikings said in a statement. “Our hearts go out to his family and friends, as well as the Arizona Cardinals organization.
Jeff’s current and former teammates and coaches who are mourning his life lost much too soon.”
Gladney entered the NFL in 2020 after mounting a stellar run at TCU, leaving the Horned Frogs with first-team All-Big 12 honors in 2019 after earning second-team All-Big 12 honors the year prior.
A native of New Boston, Texas, a town not far northeast of Dallas, Gladney was one of the most coveted talents at his position heading into the draft.
He spent his first season with the Vikings before signing with the Arizona Cardinals this past March, as a part of their free agency haul.
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