Arizona Cardinals' Jeff Gladney dies in an SUV crash at age 25
Jeff Gladney, an Arizona Cardinals cornerback, was died in a car accident in Dallas over the holiday weekend.
He was 25 years old.
"We are heartbroken to learn of Jeff Gladney's passing," the Cardinals said in a statement.
"Our hearts go out to his family, friends, and everyone else who is grieving this enormous loss."
The Vikings said they were mourning with "Jeff's current and past teammates and coaches who are mourning his life that was cut short far too soon."
Gladney was killed in a car accident in the Dallas area early Monday, according to the NFL.
According to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Gladney's agent, Houston-based Brian Overstreet, also blamed a collision.
Overstreet did not reply promptly to demands for additional information.
Gladney was one of two people died in an incident involving a Mercedes-Benz SUV overnight on a service road for the Woodall Rodgers Freeway in Dallas, according to Dallas-Fort Worth.
Mercedes Palacios, 26, was also certified dead at the scene, according to her relatives.
According to the report, she was a passenger in the SUV.
According to NBC Dallas-Fort Worth, speed may have had a part, citing officials whose investigation was ongoing.
J.J. Watt, another Cardinals defensive standout, described the news as "tragic."
"Lost my Brother, my closest friend, my right hand man ain't too much more I can take man dang," Jalen Reagor, who played with Gladney at Texas Christian University, said on Twitter.
Eno Benjamin, another Cardinals player, tweeted: "I'm praying for the whole family.
I adore you, bro."
Gladney was from New Boston, Texas, and the university described him as "one of the best high school cornerbacks in the state."
In 2020, the Vikings selected him in the first round.
He agreed to terms with the Cardinals earlier this year.