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Former Vikings CB Jeff Gladney Dies At 25: 'Life Lost Much Too Soon'

Originally published on May 30

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) -- Former Minnesota Vikings cornerback Jeff Gladney has died at the age of 25 following a car crash in Texas Monday morning.

Gladney's agent, Brian Overstreet, confirmed that Gladney died in a crash near downtown Dallas, according to NFL Network. Further details about his death were not immediately available.

The Vikings released a statement following the news of Gladney's death, calling it a "life lost much too soon."

Gladney's team, the Arizona Cardinals, also released a statement.

His college team, Texas Christian University, said in a statement that Gladney "will be missed by our entire community."

Former TCU teammate Jalen Reagor, now a Philadelphia Eagle, called Gladney his "best friend."

Vikings receiver Justin Jefferson also tweeted a remembrance of the young cornerback.

Gladney was a first round pick by the Vikings in 2020. He was cut from the team a year later after he was indicted by a Texas grand jury on a felony assault charge. He was later found not guilty.

NFL: NOV 16 Vikings at Bears
CHICAGO, IL - NOVEMBER 16: Minnesota Vikings cornerback Jeff Gladney (20) looks on in action during a NFL game between the Minnesota Vikings and the Chicago Bears on November 16, 2020 at Soldier Field, in Chicago, IL. (Photo by Robin Alam/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

Gladney signed with the Cardinals in March.

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