Tragedy struck the Baltimore Ravens and the NFL on Wednesday when pass rusher Jaylon Ferguson passed away at the age of 26.
The Ravens announced the news Wednesday morning.
We are profoundly saddened by the tragic passing of Jaylon Ferguson. pic.twitter.com/ylBvLEzjer
— Baltimore Ravens (@Ravens) June 22, 2022
NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport also added a statement from Ferguson’s agent, Safarrah Lawson.
Terrible news: #Ravens LB Jaylon Ferguson has died at just 26 years old.
Statement from agent Safarrah Lawson:
“It’s with great sadness that we announce the passing of Baltimore Ravens LB Jaylon Ferguson. The family asks for your prayers and privacy during this trying time.”
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) June 22, 2022
NFL fans and others in the NFL world reacted to the Ferguson’s sudden passing.
Ugh. RIP. Loved his game at Louisiana Tech.
Too many young players passing away it feels like this year especially https://t.co/NQas38405s
— Louie DiBiase (@DiBiaseLOE) June 22, 2022
— Jeff-LJ-Lloyd (@Jeff_LJ_Lloyd) June 22, 2022
Absolutely tragic. I always enjoyed being around Jaylon. He had big goals and a great personality. RIP, Jaylon. https://t.co/Q4r6hsFIg6
— Ryan Mink (@ryanmink) June 22, 2022
RIP Ferg! Wow this sucks! https://t.co/D7puSok9Nq
— Full-Time Dame 💰 (@DP_NFL) June 22, 2022
Absolutely no words. Truly shocked and saddened
Rest in Peace Jaylon Ferguson
— Kevin Oestreicher (@koestreicher34) June 22, 2022
The Baltimore Ravens have announced the passing of Jaylon Ferguson. He was 26.
Rest In Peace 🙏 pic.twitter.com/XopCgzuIFw
— PFF (@PFF) June 22, 2022
Absolutely devastating. Way too young. RIP. https://t.co/0XzWXqlJZ0
— Zack Pearson (@Zack_Pearson) June 22, 2022
Just shocking news. Jaylon Ferguson was one of the best players I had a chance to see play in college.
— Eric Henry (@EricCHenry_) June 22, 2022
He’s the third active NFL player to pass away during the offseason. Dwayne Haskins of the Pittsburgh Steelers passed away in April after being hit by a truck. Arizona Cardinals defensive back Jeff Gladney passed away in May in a car accident.
The cause of Ferguson’s death was not immediately available.
Ferguson was a third-round draft pick of the Ravens in 2019 out of Louisiana Tech. In three NFL seasons, he recorded 4.5 sacks, 17 quarterback hits and made or assisted on 67 tackles.
In college, Ferguson earned the nickname “Sack Daddy.” During his senior season at Louisiana Tech, Ferguson amassed 17.5 sacks, a single-season record for the Bulldogs and the fourth-most for a single season in NCAA FBS history. Ferguson recorded a total of 45 sacks in college, which is the all-time FBS record.
Away from football, he was a father of two children, a son and a daughter.
[Baltimore Ravens, Ian Rapoport on Twitter; photo from Eric Hartline/USA Today Sports]