The NFL’s Baltimore Ravens reported that their player Jaylon Ferguson has died at the age of 26. We are profoundly disheartened by the grievous passing of Jaylon Ferguson. He was a kind and respectful young man with a great smile and an infectious personality. We express our sincere condolences to Jaylon’s family and friends as we mourn the loss of a life too soon,” reads the message the team shared through its social networks. The reason for death of the player was not revealed.
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The player’s agent, Safarrah Lawson, was the first to relay the news on Wednesday via his Twitter account. “It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of linebacker Jaylon Ferguson of the Baltimore Ravens. The family asks for your prayers and privacy during this difficult time,” Lawson wrote.
The agent highlighted the linebacker’s qualities off the field: “He was a wonderful young man full of love and life. He will be remembered not only as a great soccer player, but as a great father, son, brother and friend. The family asks for your continued prayers.”
Jaylon Ferguson was born in Zachary, Louisiana. He attended Louisiana Tech University in 2014 after training at West Feliciana High School. He had a standout career there, being named Conference USA Defensive Player of the Year in 2018. He was subsequently selected in the third round of the 2018 Draft by the Baltimore Ravens, where he had been with for three seasons. In those three years with the Ravens, Ferguson played in 38 games in which he recorded 67 tackles and 4.5 quarterback catches.
During the team’s preseason this year, he received praise from his squad’s defensive coordinator, Mike Macdonald, to take over the starting job this season. “Right now he’s doing a great job. He’s competing. The techniques we’re teaching are slightly different than what he knows, but once he assimilates them he comes out full speed,” Macdonald said in May.