The Baltimore Ravens are “profoundly saddened by the tragic passing” of 26-year-old outside linebacker Jaylon Ferguson, according to a statement.
The recent, untimely deaths of young NFL players, from Demaryius Thomas to Dwayne Haskins to Jeff Gladney, have deeply impacted the lives of all of those affected throughout the NFL.
On Wednesday morning, the news that 26-year-old Ravens outside linebacker Jaylon Ferguson had died profoundly impacted his team. The Ravens remember Jaylon as “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.”
Ravens share poignant message on the untimely passing of Jaylon Ferguson
As with the other heartbreaking young deaths seen this offseason, including 24-year-old Haskins and 25-year-old Gladney, who both died in car accidents, NFL teammates are expressing their grief on social media.
Baltimore Sun reporter Jonas Shaffer shared several photos of Jaylon with his family, including ones in which he is doting on his young children. Ferguson has a daughter and son, Jyce and Jrea.
The Zachary, Louisiana native was affectionately known as “Sack Daddy”, as he made 45 career sacks during his time at Louisiana Tech.
Ferguson still holds the NCAA record for most career sacks, which he recorded from 2015 to 2018. Ferguson’s NCAA record ranks ahead of notable NFL defensive ends like Von Miller, Josh Allen, Myles Garrett and Chase Young.
Ferguson was selected by the Ravens in the third round of the 2019 NFL Draft with the No. 85 pick. In three years with the Ravens, Ferguson recorded 4.5 career sacks and 67 total tackles.
While no official cause of death has been released, Baltimore Banner’s Justin Fenton reported that Ferguson was found not breathing, and a source indicates that it was the result of a “suspected overdose.”
From Ravens flock and across the NFL, condolences for the loss of Jaylon Ferguson continue to pour in as the league reflects on another life lost much too soon.