Arizona Cardinals cornerback and former first-round NFL draft pick Jeff Gladney was killed in a car accident early Monday morning in Dallas, his agent Brian Overstreet confirmed to multiple outlets.
He was 25 years old.
"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."
The NFL released the following statement: "The NFL family mourns the tragic loss of Jeff Gladney and we extend our deepest condolences to his family and loved ones."
The crash occurred around 2:28 a.m. on Monday, according to the Dallas County Sheriff's Department. Dallas Fire Rescue confirmed a male and a female were dead after officers arrived to an overturned vehicle. The crash involved two vehicles, according to the Dallas County Sheriff's Department, and the two people in the other vehicle were uninjured.
The Minnesota Vikings selected Gladney out of TCU with the 31st overall pick in the 2020 draft. He made 15 starts and appeared in all 16 of the Vikings' games as a rookie, tallying three passes defended, one forced fumble and 81 tackles.
"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 and Jeff’s current and former teammates and coaches who are mourning his life lost much too soon."
Minnesota released Gladney last August after he was indicted on a felony assault charge. Gladney was found not guilty of the charge by a Dallas jury in March and signed with the Cardinals on a two-year deal shortly after.
Several players who were teammates with Gladney at TCU or in the pros reacted to the tragic news on Twitter.