Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Jalen Reagor mourned the loss of Jeff Gladney, the St. Louis Cardinals cornerback who died unexpectedly on Monday, on social media.
Reagor took to Twitter on Monday morning, writing, “Lost my Brother, my best friend, my right hand man… ain’t too much more I can take man damn!
“R.I.P Jeff Gladney, brother watch over me please.”
Lost my Brother, my best friend, my right hand man… ain’t too much more I can take man damn!
R.I.P Jeff Gladney, brother watch over me please.
— Reag (@jalenreagor) May 30, 2022
He followed with a series of tweets, writing, “Lost for words… I just lost my best friend” and “I was just getting my mind back right… jeff you hurt me bad with this one.”
“None of this s**t makes sense,” he wrote in another, followed by: “My best friend man.. my best friend.”
Gladney, 25, died early Monday morning in a car accident, his agent Brian Overstreet confirmed. News of Gladney’s passing was first discovered through Reagor’s Twitter posts, according to one report from NBC Sports.
Overstreet told the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, “We are asking prayers for the family and privacy at this most difficult time.”
Gladney and Reagor played football together at Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, Texas. Gladney finished his career with the TCU Frogs with 43 passes defensed, five interceptions, and six tackles for loss. Gladney was drafted by the Minnesota Vikings with the 31st overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft.
He played in all 16 games for the Vikings in 2020, including 15 starts, before he signed with the Cardinals in March of this year.
The Minnesota Vikings tweeted on Monday, “We are saddened by the tragic death of former Viking Jeff Gladney. 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.”
We are saddened by the tragic death of former Viking Jeff Gladney. 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. pic.twitter.com/5bdVCXT6Gv
— Minnesota Vikings (@Vikings) May 30, 2022
And a statement from the Arizona Cardinals read, “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.”
Cardinals defensive end JJ Watt wrote, “Horrifying news to hear this morning. Just tragic. Rest In Peace Jeff.”
And Seattle Seahawks defensive end L.J. Collier wrote on Twitter, “Man aint no way man RIP jefe man i watched him come from the scout team to a team captain to a first round pick jeff was a good friend and great teammate imma miss you family RIP jeff.”
Gladney was under fire last August after allegations that he “intentionally, knowingly and recklessly” applied pressure to a former girlfriend’s neck and throat resulting in a domestic-violence assault charge, but a Texas court unanimously found him not guilty.
Other recent losses in the NFL include Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Dwayne Haskins, who was killed after being hit by a truck early in April of this year, and former New Orleans Saints player, Glenn Foster Jr., who passed away in December after being taken into custody by Alabama authorities.
Newsweek reached out to Brian Overstreet for additional comment.
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