The Arizona Cardinals’ agent confirmed that Jeff Gladney died in a car accident at the age of 25.
“We ask for prayers for family and privacy at this most difficult time,” his agent, Brian Overstreet, said in a statement to the Fort Worth Star Telegram. The accident occurred in the early hours of Monday morning, and a 26-year-old female passenger is believed to have died in the car.
“We are shocked to learn of Jeff Gladney’s death,” the Cardinals said in a statement. “Our thoughts are with his family, friends and everyone who mourns this terrible loss.”
Gladney was a star in the TCU before being selected by the Minnesota Vikings in the first round of the 2020 NFL Draft. He played in every game of his rookie season.
“Our TCU Athletics family, and our football program in particular, were deeply devastated to learn of Jeff Gladney’s passing,” said Jeremiah Donati, TCU Athletic Director. “After graduating and continuing his football career in the NFL, Jeff has remained closely associated with TCU. He loved everything about his university. He has been a frequent visitor to campus and attended spring training and this year’s Spring Games, proudly accompanied by his young son.”
Former TCU teammate Jalen Rigor, now a Philadelphia Eagles recipient, expressed his grief on Twitter. “I lost my brother, my best friend, my right hand…that’s all I can take, damn it! RIP Jeff Gladney and Bros, please take care of me,” wrote Regor.
The Vikings released their executioner in April 2021 after he was accused of assaulting his girlfriend. He was found not guilty on these charges in March 2022 and signed by the Cardinals shortly thereafter.
Gladney is the second young NFL player to die in a traffic accident this year. In April, Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Dwayne Haskins was hit by a truck and killed after his car ran out of gas and got out of the car on a highway.