Young NFL defensive star Jeff Gladney, 25, dies in car wreck

The NFL world was rocked over the Memorial Day weekend when it was announced that a former Arizona Cardinals defensive player died in a horrific car crash.

According to BleacherReport, Cardinal cornerback Jeff Gladney died on Monday morning as a result of a car wreck. The standout player was only 25. His agent, Brian Overstreet, confirmed the tragic news to a local media outlet.

Overstreet, in a statement, said “We are asking prayers for the family and privacy at this most difficult time.” A number of players Gladney took the field with began posting tributes to him across social media, showing just how appreciated he was on and off the gridiron.

According to The Hill, the accident that claimed Gladney’s life involved two vehicles, as “one car appears to have been speeding before it clipped the other, causing it to veer and hit a pier beam.”

Before signing with the Cardinals, Gladney was well known for a stint playing defense for the Minnesota Vikings. Prior to his professional career, he was a standout college player at Texas Christian University (TCU).

“He loved everything about his alma mater,” Jeremiah Donati, the director of intercollegiate athletics at the school, said in a statement released on Twitter. “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.”

Gladney sat out for the entire 2021 season as a domestic violence trial played out, in which he was ultimately found not guilty. Shortly after the verdict, the Cardinals signed him.