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OWINGS MILLS, Md. Baltimore Ravens outside linebacker Jaylon Ferguson has died at the age of 26, the team announced on Wednesday.
“We are deeply saddened by the tragic passing of Jaylon Ferguson,” the team said in a statement. “He was a kind, respectful young man with a big smile and infectious personality. We express our deepest sympathy to Jaylon’s family and friends as we mourn a life that has been lost far too soon.”
Around 11:25 p.m. Tuesday, Baltimore Police said officers responded to a home in the northern district of the city where they found Ferguson responding and were being treated by doctors. Ferguson never regained consciousness and was pronounced dead at the scene by doctors, according to police.
Baltimore police said no signs of trauma or suspicion of fraud were found at this time. Ferguson’s body was transported to the coroner’s office, where a cause of death will be determined.
Ferguson, a third-round pick of the Ravens in 2019, had participated in all of the team’s offseason practices this year. It seemed he had worked hard to be in the best shape of his career and lost significant weight.
Known as the “Sack Daddy” coming out of Louisiana Tech, Ferguson holds the FBS record in career layoffs with 45. In three NFL seasons, he has collected 67 tackles and 4.5 sacks.
“The LA Tech family mourns this morning’s tragic news of the sudden death of former Bulldog big, Jaylon Ferguson,” Louisiana Tech Football Team tweeted. “We will remember his God-given talents on the field and his infectious personality outside of it. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family and friends.”
Ferguson spent most of his time during the 2019 draft, where he was the 85th selected player, helping his hometown of Ruston, Louisiana, recover from a deadly tornado. I have helped look for people while removing uprooted trees from the street. He also helped bring water and pizza to people in need.
“The last person I talked to left the facility,” Ravens linebacker Patrick Queen said tweeted. “Spent almost every day in the sauna together and tried to see who was gone longer. Said it was our turn this year man. I miss you brother.”
Ferguson had three children, two daughters and a son, all of whom are under 5 years old.
“He was a wonderful young man full of love and life,” Ferguson’s agent, Safarrah Lawson, said in a statement. “He will not only be remembered as a football player, but as a great father, son, brother and friend. The family prays for your continued prayers.”