Ravens outside linebacker Jaylon Ferguson has died at 26, the team announced on Wednesday morning. According to reports, Baltimore Police officers responded to Ferguson’s home where he was found unresponsive and being treated by medics on the scene. He never regained consciousness and was pronounced dead. 

Jaylon Ferguson Cause Of Death

Ferguson was one of the young stars on a stellar Baltimore defensive group. He had participated in all of the offseason practices this spring and was apparently in the best shape of his career. The Ravens released a statement on Twitter saying, “We are profoundly saddened by the tragic passing of Jaylon Ferguson. He was a kind, respectful young man with a big smile and an infectious personality. We express our heartfelt condolences to Jaylon’s family and friends as we mourn a life lost much too soon.”

Ferguson was a three-star recruit coming out of high school and committed to Louisiana Tech. He had a stellar career in his four years with the Bulldogs, racking up 187 total tackles, 67.5 tackles for loss, and 45 career sacks, which is an all-time FBS record to this day. His dominance at the collegiate level earned him the nickname “Sack Daddy” coming out of L.A. Tech. The Bulldogs tweeted out a statement saying, “The L.A. Tech Family mourns this morning’s tragic news of the sudden death of former Bulldog great, Jaylon Ferguson,” the Louisiana Tech football team tweeted. “We will remember his God-given talents on the field and his infectious personality off of it. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends.” 

He was selected in the fifth round of the 2019 NFL Draft by the Ravens. In his NFL career, he recorded 67 total tackles, 4.5 sacks and 13 tackles for loss. 

Baltimore Police say there were no signs of foul play or trauma suspected. A cause of death is currently being determined by the medical examiner’s office, however, investigators are not ruling out an overdose as a potential cause of death. 

Ferguson’s agent, Safarrah Lawson said in a statement, “He was a wonderful young man full of love and life. He will be remembered not just as a football player, but as a great father, son, brother and friend. The family asks for your continued prayers.”

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