Jeff Gladney, Former NFL First-Round Pick, Dies at 25; The football world mourns the loss

Former TCU star and NFL first-round pick Jeff Gladney has died.

Gladney, 25, was killed overnight in a car crash in Dallas, Texas, his agent confirmed to media on Monday.

The Vikings selected the cornerback in the first round of the 2020 NFL Draft, and he started 15 games as a rookie. The team released Gladney in August 2021 after he was charged with a domestic violence felony stemming from an April incident in Dallas.

He was found not guilty in March 2022, and the Cardinals signed a deal with the cornerback a week later.

TCU paid tribute to Gladney in a statement from athletic director Jeremiah Donati via the Fort Worth Star-Telegram:

“Our TCU Athletics family, and our football program in particular, were very devastated to learn of Jeff Gladney’s death. After graduating and continuing his playing career in the NFL, Jeff remained closely associated with TCU. He loved everything about his alma mater. He was a frequent visitor to campus and attended our Spring Practice and Spring Games this year, proudly accompanied by his young son.

“He will be missed by our entire community. Our thoughts, prayers and deepest condolences go out to Jeff’s family, friends and TCU teammates.”

Former teammates and people from around the NFL world also mourned the sudden death of the former TCU star:

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