Tragic news struck the NFL on Wednesday morning after the Baltimore Ravens announced that 26-year-old linebacker Jaylon Ferguson has passed away.
Baltimore Police responded to a home in the northern district of the city on Tuesday evening where they found Ferguson unresponsive and treated by medics.
“We are profoundly 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 heartfelt condolences to Jaylon’s family and friends as we mourn a life lost much too soon.”
Ferguson played three NFL seasons, all with the Ravens. He set the FBS career sacks record when he played at Louisiana Tech after starring at West Feliciana High School.
There has been no official determination of what the cause of death was but police said there were no signs of trauma or foul play suspected at the time. An investigative reporter for the Baltimore Banner tweeted that an overdose is suspected.
Many of Ferguson’s Ravens teammates and those around the NFL reacted to news of his passing on social media.
Ferguson was a third-round pick of the Ravens in 2019 after starring at Louisiana Tech, where he earned the nickname “Sack Daddy” for setting the FBS record of 45 career sacks.
In three seasons with the Ravens, Ferguson compiled 67 tackles and 4.5 sacks. He had participated in the Ravens offseason training activities throughout the spring and reportedly had cut weight and was in good shape.
He is survived by his wife, Doni Smith, and three children – all under the age of 5.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.