Recently, the NFL has been witnessing a lot of deaths among the community of veterans who are under the age of 50. The latest news, however, comes as a bigger shock than any of the previous ones. The Baltimore Ravens’ linebacker Jaylon Ferguson has unfortunately passed away at the age of just 26 years. He was far too going to be gone.
Ferguson was the team’s third-round pick in the 2019 NFL Draft and he didn’t have a straight path to the league. He has to fight for his spot by attending Louisiana Tech where he proved his worth by recording a total of 67 tackles and 4.5 sacks in 3 seasons with the team. He was also declared as the MVP in the 2018 Hawaii Bowl and then after that the next step was playing against the best so he entered the NFL Draft.
“He was a kind respectful young man with a big smile”: Baltimore Ravens HC John Harbaugh shares his condolences
Jaylon was the C-USA Defensive player of the year in 2018 and he also earned the First Team All C-USA honors twice. To his credit, he has also set the record for sack records at the school level as well as in the NCAA.
The Baltimore Ravens took him in the NFL Draft with the 85th overall pick and he spent three seasons in the city and it had become a part of his DNA in a short span of time.
The Ravens organization released the following statement on his death: “We are profoundly saddened by the tragic passing of Jaylon Ferguson. He was a kind, respectful young man with a big smile, and an infectious personality. We express our heartfelt condolences to Jaylon’s family and friends as we mourn a life lost much too soon.”
Head coach John Harbaugh and offensive tackle Ronnie Stanley were also taken aback by his sudden death. “Jaylon was a good-hearted, gentle person who loved his family and his team. He was a joy to talk with and be around every day. You always wanted to talk to ‘Ferg,’ our prayers and help go out to his family,” Coach Harbaugh said grieving the linebackers passing.
“Going against him in practice, he would always tell me when I was doing a good job, even when it meant it was against himself. He was so excited every time he had a new kid about to be born. He always talked about them,” OT Ronnie Stanley shared his thoughts on the linebacker.
The Baltimore Police reported a case of questionable death at 400, Ilchester Avenue in Baltimore’s Harwood neighborhood. Ferguson was found to be unresponsive even after medics attempted to revive him.
“Ferguson never regained consciousness and was pronounced dead on the scene by medics,” a spokeswoman for the Baltimore Police, Niki Front stated.
Going by the initial police reports, there has been no sign of trauma or foul play. The medical examiner will determine a cause of death after preparing a report. We share our thoughts and prayers with Jaylon Ferguson’s family and friends during this tough time.