The Arizona Cardinals released a statement following the tragic death of cornerback Jeff Gladney, stating that it was a tremendous loss and that they were devastated. On Monday morning, 25-year-old Gladney was killed in a car accident.
After sitting out the entire 2021 season, Gladney signed with the Arizona Cardinals this past March. "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," the Cardinals said.
Gladney was taken in the first round of the 2020 NFL draft. "The NFL family mourns the tragic loss of Jeff Gladney and we extend our deepest condolences to his family and loved ones," the NFL said in a statement.
The Minnesota Vikings also released a statement on the Gladney death
Gladney was selected by the Vikings in the 2020 NFL draft and played there during his rookie season.
Last August, Gladney was released by the Vikings after he was indicted on a charge of assault involving his ex-girlfriend. "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." Gladney played college football at TCU between 2015 and 2019.
The program also released a statement following the Gladney death. "Our TCU Athletics family, and especially our football program, was very devastated to learn of the passing of Jeff Gladney," Horned Frogs athletic director Jeremiah Donati said in a statement.
"After earning his degree and continuing his playing career in the NFL, Jeff maintained his close ties to TCU. He loved everything about his alma mater. 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. Our thoughts, prayers and deepest condolences go to Jeff's family, friends and TCU teammates."