Jaylon Ferguson in 2020.

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.

NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport also added a statement from Ferguson’s agent, Safarrah Lawson.

NFL fans and others in the NFL world reacted to the Ferguson’s sudden passing.

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]

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