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Arizona Cardinals Cornerback and NFL 1st Round Pick Jeff Gladney, Dies In Car Accident At 25

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FILE – Minnesota Vikings cornerback Jeff Gladney plays during the second half of an NFL football game against the Detroit Lions, Jan. 3, 2021, in Detroit. Gladney, a defensive back for the Arizona Cardinals, has died in a car crash in Dallas. He was 25. Gladney’s death was confirmed by the Cardinals and his agent, Brian Overstreet. Gladney played at TCU and was a 2020 first-round draft pick of the Vikings. (AP Photo/Duane Burleson, File)

Arizona Cardinals cornerback Jeff Gladney was killed in a car accident on Monday morning, his agent, Brian Overstreet, confirmed to ESPN.

The Cardinals released a statement Monday afternoon, confirming Gladney’s death.

“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,” it said.

Dallas Fire Rescue confirmed that the crash occurred around 2:28 a.m. on Monday, according to the Dallas County Sheriff’s Department. A white vehicle was overturned when officers arrived. The crash took the lives of  two people, a male and a female, were dead.

According to preliminary information, “the white vehicle was speeding and clipped the vehicle in front of it, losing control before hitting a beam on Woodall Rodgers Freeway in Dallas. The two people in the other vehicle were not injured.” Unfortunately, Gladney was one

“We are asking prayers for the family and privacy at this most difficult time,” Overstreet said in a statement to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.

Gladney, a first-round pick out of TCU in 2020 by the Minnesota Vikings,  signed with the Cardinals in March after a jury found him not guilty on a felony assault charge.

“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.”

Philadelphia Eagles WR Jaelan Raegor, a teammate of Gladney’s in TCU expressed his condolences in a heartbreaking tweet.

“Lost my Brother, my best friend, my right hand man… ain’t too much more I can take man damn! R.I.P Jeff Gladney, brother watch over me please.”

Gladney was 25.

Our hearts go out to his family, friends, fans, and loved ones.