Jaylon Ferguson, linebacker for the Baltimore Ravens, dies at 26
Jaylon Ferguson, the Baltimore Ravens’ second-round pick in the 2019 NFL Draft, died Thursday morning at age 26 after suffering complications from a recent surgery. Details on the cause of death were not immediately available. The Ravens have yet to issue an official statement, but head coach John Harbaugh expressed his sympathy in an Instagram comment, saying Jaylon was more than just a player on our team; he was family to us all.
The sad news (a detailed description of what happened)
Jaylon Ferguson died of complications from a cardiac arrest caused by sarcoidosis. He was just 26 years old. Medical experts said that in some cases people with sarcoidosis can experience life-threatening attacks. Jaylon leaves behind a wife and two children, ages six and four. He was an undrafted free agent out of Louisiana Tech University but was signed by Baltimore to their practice squad before earning a spot on their active roster in 2017. The team is planning on retiring his number 92 in early March at M&T Bank Stadium as they face off against New England Patriots.
What we know about his life
Jaylon Ferguson was an American football linebacker who played college football at Louisiana Tech. He was drafted in the 4th round of 2019 by both Los Angeles and New Orleans. In a move that shocked many, Jaylon opted to sign with Baltimore. During his first two seasons in Maryland he recorded 29 sacks, becoming one of two players in NFL history to record 20+ sacks in their first 2 seasons.
When did he play football?
He played football in high school at Louisiana Tech. He won a division championship in 2013. In 2016 he played college football with Louisiana Tech University’s team. He was drafted to NFL in 2027 and played with Team Fortress from 2017 until 2019 when he joined Team Gravity. He then got traded to New Orleans Saints and later on that year was traded again to The Baltimore Ravens where he stayed until his death in 2021.
Where did he play college football?
Jaylon Ferguson played college football at Louisiana Tech. While with LA Tech, he recorded a total of 15 sacks in two seasons; he had 13 sacks in his freshman year and 2 in his sophomore season. He received numerous awards while playing college football including being named defensive player of the week 3 times throughout his collegiate career. His final accolade came when he was named as an All-American during his Junior year.
He was drafted by Baltimore in 2019 but never played a game.
The Ravens released a statement on their website: We are deeply saddened to hear about Jaylon’s passing. He was a great teammate during his time here with us. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family during this difficult time.
His cause of death
The cause of death has not been disclosed yet. The Baltimore Ravens are a professional American football team based in Baltimore, Maryland. They are currently members of the American Football Conference North Division in the National Football League (NFL). The team plays its home games at M&T Bank Stadium and is headquartered in Owings Mills. In August 2017, it was announced that NFL Hall of Famer Ray Lewis would be returning to work with Ozzie Newsome as a special assistant following his retirement after Super Bowl LII. At that time, Lewis stated that he would not be joining ESPN’s Sunday NFL Countdown team because he wanted to spend more time with his family and continue mentoring some of his players on how to become businessmen when their careers were over.
How others are reacting to his death
David Carter of Pro Football Talk said it’s unthinkable that someone could die at age 26 in his prime. It’s sad no matter what circumstances lead to it or even if it is as bad as everyone thinks. Jaylon was a star player and well-liked by fans of all teams; many expressed shock and sadness after learning of his death. He leaves behind a wife and three young children.