26-Year-Old NFL Player Jaylon Ferguson Dead

Ferguson is at least the fourth NFL player under 40 years old to die this year.
Linebacker Jaylon Ferguson #45 of the Baltimore Ravens on the sidelines during the NFL game at Allegiant Stadium on September 13, 2021 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The Raiders defeated the Ravens 33-27 in overtime.
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The NFL’s Baltimore Ravens on Wednesday announced the death of 26-year-old linebacker Jaylon Ferguson.

Ferguson has been at least the fourth NFL player under 40 years old to die this year.

“We are profoundly saddened by the tragic passing of Jaylon Ferguson,” the team’s Twitter account announced. “He was a kind, respectful young man with a big smile and infectious personality.

“We express our heartfelt condolences to Jaylon’s family and friends as we mourn a life lost much too soon,” the statement added.

The athlete’s agent, Safarrah Lawson, asked for prayers and privacy for Ferguson’s family at this time. Lawson also did not provide any details on Ferguson’s cause of death.

“It’s with great sadness that we announce the passing of Baltimore Ravens LB Jaylon Ferguson. The family asks for your prayers and privacy during this trying time,” Lawson said in a statement, NFL insider Ian Rapoport reported Wednesday. 

Earlier this month, 38-year-old Marion Barber, who played for the Dallas Cowboys, was found dead at his apartment in Frisco, Texas.

His cause of death has yet to be determined.

Former Cowboys teammate Terence Newman recalled this week that Barber was in distress during their last encounter three years ago.

“He wasn’t doing too well … he looked bad … like a different person, like he couldn’t function,” Newman said, according to Sports Illustrated. “When I tell you I was scared, I thought he might swing on me.”

While speculation has stirred about Barber suffering from chronic traumatic encephalopathy, commonly known as CTE, the late player’s father, Marion Barber II, said in a recent interview that his son did not want his brain donated for CTE research.

Before his death, Barber was reportedly hospitalized for mental health concerns on two occasions.

In April, 24-year-old Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Dwayne Haskins died after he was struck by a dump truck while attempting to cross the westbound lanes of I-595 in Broward County, Florida.

A recent medical report showed that Haskins had a .20 blood alcohol content level at the time of his death and tested positive for the drugs ketamine and norketamine. Haskins also reportedly had a “female companion” in the vehicle he exited just before the accident occurred.

And in May, Arizona Cardinals cornerback Jeff Gladney, 25, tragically died in a car accident last month. Details of the crash remain unknown.

The Daily Wire will update this post as more information is provided 

Related: Sudden Death: The Surge Of NFL Tragedies, And What’s Behind It

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