Arizona Cardinals defensive back Jeff Gladney dies in crash

A former TCU football star who was drafted in the first round of the NFL Draft has died.

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His agent, Brian Overstreet, confirmed that Jeff Gladney died in a car accident early Monday morning. Gladney was just 25 years old.

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Around 2:30 a.m., a tragic crash occurred in the westbound services lanes of the Woodall Rogers Freeway at Allen Street.

The cause of the accident is still being investigated.

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A preliminary investigation found that a white vehicle was speeding and collided with a second vehicle from behind.

The white vehicle then lost control and hit a freeway pier beam, killing the man and woman inside, the release said. The second vehicle was also occupied by a man and woman, who were not injured.

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Gladney was entering the third season of his NFL career, after playing college football at Texas Christian University.

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The Minnesota Vikings drafted him as a first-round pick in 2020, but the team released him ahead of the 2021 season after he was indicted on charges of felony assault, according to the NFL's website.

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Gladney was found not guilty in the incident, and the Cardinals signed him to a two-year contract in March 2022. He had recently been training with the team during the NFL's organized team practices.

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