Jeff Gladney, a Cardinals cornerback, has passed away at the age of 25.
Gladney was killed early Monday morning in a car accident in Texas, according to his agent Brian Overstreet of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.
The circumstances surrounding Gladney’s passing were not immediately made public.
Gladney, a former first-round pick in the 2020 NFL Draft by the Minnesota Vikings out of TCU, signed with the Arizona Cardinals in March.
The Arizona Cardinals issued the following statement about Gladney:
“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.”
As a rookie, he started 15 games for the Vikings before being released in August of last year. His release stemmed from charges of domestic violence for which he was later found not guilty.
The Minnesota Vikings released a statement on Monday expressing their sadness over Gladney’s passing.
“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.”
This season, Gladney was considered a contender for a starting position in Arizona’s secondary.