Several members of the Arizona Cardinals remain in shock at the passing of Jeff Gladney, a cornerback who was killed in a car accident early Monday morning. Gladney was 25 and had just signed earlier this offseason with the NFL franchise.
ESPN reported the news earlier today and the team’s official website also confirmed the report, stating that “we are devastated” about the passing of the former first-round pick out of TCU.
Gladney was drafted by the Minnesota Vikings in 2020, and did not play in 2021 after being charged with assault. He was found not guilty in a trial, and then later signed with the Cardinals this past March.
He had signed a two-year deal with Arizona and was set to compete for a starting spot this offseason.
“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.”
Brian Overstreet, who is the agent of Gladney confirmed to ESPN about the player’s death, while the Fort Worth Star-Telegram also reported the tragic news.
“We are asking prayers for the family and privacy at this most difficult time,” Overstreet was quoted as saying in a statement to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.
Meanwhile, the Minnesota Vikings, who selected Gladney in first-round in 2020 before releasing him last August also reacted to the news of his death.
“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.”
Additionally, the NFL also said in a statement: “The NFL family mourns the tragic loss of Jeff Gladney and we extend our deepest condolences to his family and loved ones.”