First-round NFL draft pick Jeff Gladney killed in car accident

Preliminary information reportedly shows that one vehicle was speeding and hit the back of another vehicle

Updated: May 30, 2022 - 5:40pm

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NFL defensive back Jeff Gladney died Monday in a car crash in Dallas at the age of 25.

One other person also died in the early morning crash on the service road of Woodall Rodgers Freeway, CBS reported.

Preliminary information shows that one vehicle was speeding and hit the back of another vehicle, investigators say. The speeding vehicle went out of control and hit the pier beam of the freeway. No one in the second vehicle was seriously injured. 

Gladney was a first-round Minnesota Vikings pick his last year at Texas Christian University in 2020.

The Vikings released him in August following a felony assault indictment.

Gladney joined the Arizona Cardinals in March after he was cleared of the charges.

The Phoneix-based NFL team said they were "devastated to learn of Jeff Gladney's passing."

The Vikings said in a press release that the team is "saddened by the tragic death."

TCU Athletics Director Jeremiah Donati wrote the schools' condolences in a press release obtained by CBS.

"After earning his degree and continuing his playing career in the NFL, Jeff maintained his close ties to TCU. He loved everything about his alma mater. He was a frequent visitor to campus and was at our spring practices and spring game this year, proudly joined by his young son," he said.