Baltimore Ravens linebacker Jaylon Ferguson has died aged 26.
Most important points:
- Jaylon Ferguson played three seasons in Baltimore after setting a sack record in college football
- Tony Siragusa, a Super Bowl winner for Baltimore, died the same day
- The NFL has seen several high-profile deaths in the past 12 months, including Marion Barber and Demaryius Thomas
Ferguson, nicknamed “Sack Daddy,” played three NFL seasons, all with Baltimore. He set the record for career sacks in the college Football Bowl Subdivision (45) while playing at Louisiana Tech.
Police say the cause of death has yet to be determined.
“On June 21, 2022, at approximately 11:25 p.m., Northern District patrol officers arrived at a house on the 400-block of Ilchester Avenue to receive a report of a questionable death,” Baltimore police said.
“Once there, officers found 26-year-old Jaylon Ferguson, who became unresponsive while being treated by medics. Ferguson never regained consciousness and was pronounced dead by medics at the scene. There were no signs of trauma or injury at this time. malicious intent.”
Ferguson was drafted by the Ravens in the third round in 2019, having played in 38 games as a pro with 4 1/2 sacks.
“We are deeply saddened by the tragic passing of Jaylon Ferguson,” the Ravens said in a statement.
“He was a kind, respectful young man with a big smile and a contagious personality. We extend our sincere condolences to Jaylon’s family and friends as we mourn a life lost much too soon.”
Born on December 14, 1995 in St Francisville, Louisiana, Ferguson played high school football and basketball at West Feliciana.
At Louisiana Tech, his 45 sacks were one better than another Ravens linebacker, Terrell Suggs, achieved in the state of Arizona.
Ferguson was a third-team AP All-American in 2018.
“The LA Tech Family mourns this morning the tragic news of the sudden death of former Bulldog great Jaylon Ferguson,” the Louisiana Tech football program tweeted.
“We will remember his God-given talents on the field and his infectious personality. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends.”
Ferguson’s death continues a year of tragedy for the NFL.
Arizona Cardinals cornerback Jeff Gladney died in a car accident in June, while former running back Marion Barber died two days later at age 38.
Steeler’s quarterback Dwayne Haskins was killed in April when he was hit by a truck that had left his vehicle after it ran out of gas.
Last December champion wide receiver Demaryius Thomas died after an attack†
Tragedy Day for the Baltimore Family
Ferguson’s death broke news that Tony Siragusa, the charismatic defensive tackle who helped lead a solid Baltimore defense to a Super Bowl title, had also passed away. He was 55.
Siragusa broadcasting agent Jim Ornstein confirmed the death Wednesday. The cause of death was not immediately known.
“This is a very sad day,” he said.
“Tony was much more than my client, he was family. My heart goes out to Tony’s loved ones.”
Siragusa, better known as “Goose,” played seven seasons with the Indianapolis Colts and five with the Ravens. Baltimore’s 2000 team won the Super Bowl behind a defense that included Siragusa, Ray Lewis and Sam Adams.
Siragusa was popular with fans for his cheerful personality, which also helped him quickly switch to broadcasting after his playing career.
“There was no one like Goose—a warrior on the field and a team uniter with a generous, generous heart who helped teammates and the community more than most people know,” said Brian Billick, the coach of that Super Bowl-winning team.
“We wouldn’t have won the Super Bowl without him. This is such wonderful, sad news.”
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