OWINGS MILLS, Md. The 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 an infectious personality. We express our deepest condolences to Jaylon’s family and friends as we mourn a life lost far too soon.”
At about 11:25 p.m. Tuesday, Baltimore police said officers responded to a home in the northern district of the city, where they found Ferguson unresponsive and being treated by medics. Ferguson never regained consciousness and was pronounced dead at the scene by a doctor, according to police.
Baltimore police said there were no signs of trauma found or suspicion of foul play at this time. Ferguson’s body was transported to the doctor’s office, where the cause of death will be determined. Investigators do not rule out the possibility of an overdose, a police spokesman said.
Ferguson, a third round of the Ravens in 2019, had participated in all of the team’s offseason training this year. It seemed that he had worked hard to be in the best shape of his career, and lost a significant amount of weight.
Known as the “Sack Daddy” coming out of Louisiana Tech, Ferguson holds the FBS career-high record of 45. In three NFL seasons, he had a total of 67 tackles and 4.5 sacks.
“LA Tech family mourns this morning’s tragic news of the sudden death of former Bulldog storm Jaylon Ferguson,” the Louisiana Tech football team twitret. “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 player to be selected, and helped his hometown of Ruston, Louisiana, recover from a deadly tornado. He helped search for people while removing torn trees from the street. He also helped bring water and pizza to people in need.
“The last person I spoke to left the facility,” Ravens linebacker Patrick Queen twitret. “Spent almost every day in the sauna together and try 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 be remembered not only as a football player, but as a great father, son, brother and friend. The family prays for continued prayer.”