Arizona Cardinals cornerback Jeff Gladney tragically passed away in a car accident on Monday morning, according to his agent Brian Overstreet.
According to the Dallas County Sheriff’s Department, the crash took place at approximately 2:28 a.m. on Monday. When first responders arrived at the scene, they found an overturned white vehicle and two unresponsive victims. The incident report relayed that two vehicles were involved in the crash.
The white car was reportedly speeding and clipped another car before losing control and hitting a beam on the freeway. No one in the other vehicle is reported to be injured. The name of the other victim is yet to be released, as the medical examiner needs to have a positive identification of the body.
“We are asking prayers for the family and privacy at this most difficult time,” Overstreet shared with media outlets.
In addition to Gladney’s agent confirming his death with ESPN, the Cardinals issued a statement that addressed their cornerback’s passing. The statement read, “We are devastated to learn of Jeff Gladney’s passing. Our hearts go out to his family, friends, and all who are mourning this tremendous loss.”
Alongside his current team, Gladney touched the lives of countless individuals on multiple teams. A graduate of TCU, he was a first-round pick of the Minnesota Vikings prior to his release from the team on account of felony assault charges.
Jeff Gladney’s former teams issue sympathetic statements in regards to his passing
“We are saddened by the tragic death of former Viking Jeff Gladney,” his former team said in a statement. “Our hearts go out to his family and friends, as well as the Arizona Cardinals organization and Jeff’s current and former teammates and coaches who are mourning his life lost much too soon.”
As a first-team All-Big 12 pick for TCU in 2019, his ex-school was also saddened to learn about his death. Horned Frogs athletic director Jeremiah Donati issued a statement that included the sentiments, “Our TCU Athletics family, and especially our football program, was very devastated to learn of the passing of Jeff Gladney.”
Donati went on to detail the impact the cornerback had on the school and share Gladney’s journey to the NFL. “After earning his degree and continuing his playing career in the NFL, Jeff maintained his close ties to TCU. He loved everything about his alma mater,” he said.
“He was a frequent visitor to campus and was at our spring practices and spring game this year, proudly joined by his young son. He will be missed by our entire community. Our thoughts, prayers, and deepest condolences go to Jeff’s family, friends, and TCU teammates.”
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