Jaylon Ferguson, who set an FBS record for career sacks while at Louisiana Tech and then played the past three seasons in the NFL with the Baltimore Ravens, has died. He was 26 years old.
Police said Wednesday that the cause of death had not yet been determined.
“On June 21, 2022, at approximately 11:25 p.m., Northern District Patrol officers responded to a home at 400 Block of Elchester Avenue for a report of a suspicious death,” Baltimore Police said. Once there, officers found 26-year-old Gaylon Ferguson, who did not respond, and was treated by paramedics. Ferguson never regained consciousness and doctors pronounced him dead at the scene. No signs of trauma or suspected dirty play were found at this time.”
Ferguson, nicknamed “Sack Daddy”, was drafted by the Ravens in the third round in 2019 and played with them for his entire professional career. He appeared in 38 games and had 4 1/2 sacks.
“Gaylon was a kind, kind-hearted person who loved his family and his team. It was a pleasure talking to him and being with him every day,” said Baltimore coach John Harbo. “You always wanted to see and talk to Verg. Our prayers and help go to his family.”
Born on December 14, 1995, in Saint Francisville, Louisiana, Ferguson played football and basketball at high school in West Feliciana. At Louisiana Tech, his 45 bags were better than hers Another Ravens player is Terrell Suggs, who hit it off in Arizona.
Ferguson was the AP All-American in 2018.
“The LA Tech family is saddened by the tragic news this morning of the untimely death of former Great Bulldog, Jaylon Ferguson,” Louisiana Tech Football said on Twitter. “We will remember his God-given talents on the field and his infectious personality from that. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends.”
Ferguson started nine games as a rookie for the Ravens in 2019, and also started the team’s only playoff game that season. The full-back spent time on the COVID-19 roster early last season but ended up making 10 appearances.
“Ferg and I have had some of the same difficulties when it came to making a name for ourselves in the league,” said defender Taius Boozer. “From that, we were able to gain understanding and help each other build and grow as players. From the playbook to the field – and even off work – we created a strong bond amongst ourselves. Whether I was having a bad day or the other way around, we encouraged each other, and that’s what I appreciate the most. I’ll miss him about it.”
The Ravens finished their mini camp last week and will be out of camp until bootcamp. Wednesday was a tragic day for the franchise, with breaking news that both Ferguson and former defensive tackle Tony Serragosa had He died.
“J Ferg had the most real energy ever,” said Tony Jefferson. “Before I leave after a little camp in the locker room, he is ready to have a great year, and I think it will be his best season as Raven. He will be watching us, I know that, and will bring the team closer to his mark.”
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