Baltimore Ravens outside linebacker Jaylon Ferguson has died at the age of 26, the team announced Wednesday morning. The cause of his death has not been disclosed.
“He was a kind, respectful young man with a big smile and an infectious personality,” the team said. “We extend our heartfelt condolences to Jaylon’s family and friends as we mourn a life lost too soon.”
Baltimore police said officers responded to reports of a suspicious death on the 400 block of Ilchester Avenue at around 11:25 p.m. Tuesday. CBS Baltimore reported, Police confirmed that Ferguson has been identified as the man who died.
The league extended its condolences to Ferguson’s family and friends in a statement.
“We are heartbroken to hear of the tragic loss of Jaylon Ferguson,” the NFL said.
A native of St. Francisville, Louisiana, Ferguson was drafted from Louisiana Tech in the third round of the 2019 NFL Draft, where he made 187 tackles and one NCAA record 45 sacks During his four years as a Bulldog, he earned surname “Sack daddy.”
In three seasons with the Ravens, Ferguson played 38 games, 10 of them starts, recording 67 combined tackles and 4 1/2 sacks.
Entering his fourth season with the team, Ferguson was a standout at the team’s recent minicamp when he showed up to slim down and with a “clear sense of urgency.” Todd Karpovich of Sports Illustrated Affiliate Fantion,
as he entered its third season in the leagueIn 2021, Ferguson said he was picking up new techniques from some of the team’s experienced defensive linemen, such as Justin Houston, Pernell McPhee, Derek Wolff, Tyce Bowser and Kallis Campbell.
He said he is ready to “dominate” his chances on the field.
Ferguson said, “As long as I have a chance to keep playing, as long as I have a chance to continue my moves and get out of here, I will keep working, working to get better every day.” ,
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