The Arizona Cardinals’ Jeff Gladney dies in a car crash

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)
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A car crash in Dallas claimed the life of Arizona Cardinals defensive back Jeff Gladney. He was 25 years old.

Gladney’s death was confirmed by his agent and the Cardinals.

“We are deeply saddened to learn of Jeff Gladney’s passing. Our hearts go out to his family, friends, and all who are grieving this tremendous loss,” the team said.

KTVT-TV reported that the crash occurred on the Woodall Rodgers Freeway service road in Dallas. Another person was killed in the crash.

On Memorial Day, no one was available to comment on the crash, according to the Dallas County sheriff’s department.

The Minnesota Vikings selected Gladney in the first round of the 2020 draft after he played at TCU. After playing in 16 games that year, he was released before the 2021 season when he was charged with assaulting a woman.

The Cardinals signed Gladney after he was found not guilty in Dallas County, Texas, in March. Gladney participated in team drills last week.

Brian Overstreet asked for prayers for the family and privacy during this difficult time.

NFL officials called Gladney’s death a “tragic loss.”

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