Baltimore Ravens linebacker Jaylon Ferguson was found unresponsive in his home by Baltimore police at approximately 11:25 p.m. on Tuesday. On Wednesday, his team confirmed his death.
“We are profoundly saddened by the tragic passing of Jaylon Ferguson,” the team said in a statement, according to ESPN. “He was a kind, respectful young man with a big smile and infectious personality. We express our heartfelt condolences to Jaylon’s family and friends as we mourn a life lost much too soon.”
Medics arrived at his home close to Midnight and began treating him, but he remained unresponsive and was pronounced dead by first responders. As of now, Baltimore Police do not believe foul play was involved in the linebacker’s death.
Ferguson was transported to the medical coroner’s office and awaited an autopsy to determine his cause of death. Investigators have not ruled out a possible overdose.
The 26-year-old was a native of Louisiana and attended Louisiana Tech before he was selected during the 2019 NFL draft. In addition to the Ravens, the Louisiana Tech football team issued a statement that addressed their former player’s death.
“The LA Tech Family mourns this morning’s tragic news of the sudden death of former Bulldog great, Jaylon Ferguson,” they wrote on social media. The institution included the sentiments, “We will remember his God-given talents on the field and his infectious personality off of it. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends.”
Looking back on Jaylon Ferguson’s life on and off the field
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The Ravens player was evidently talented on the field, given his FBS record for career sacks with 45. Although he only spent three seasons with the NFL, he totaled a whopping 67 tackles and 4.5 sacks during his career. However, what is perhaps the most impressive aspect of Ferguson, is the fact that his impact extended beyond football.
When his hometown was devastated by a tornado, the young man assisted in search and rescue programs by uprooting trees from the street. He also brought water and food to those in need.
“He was a wonderful young man full of love and life,” Ferguson’s agent, Safarrah Lawson, shared when his passing was announced. “He will be remembered not just as a football player, but as a great father, son, brother, and friend. The family asks for your continued prayers.”
The NFL player leaves behind three children, all of whom are under the age of 5. Given his immeasurable influence, he will be sorely missed by all those who knew him.
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