OWINGS MILLS, Md. — Baltimore Ravens outside linebacker Jaylon Ferguson has died at age 26, the team announced Wednesday.
“We are deeply saddened by the tragic passing of Jaylon Ferguson,” the team said in a statement. “He was a kind and respectful young man with a big smile and an infectious personality. We send our deepest condolences to Jaylon’s family and friends as we mourn a life lost far too soon.”
At around 11:25 p.m. Tuesday, Baltimore police said officers responded to a home in the city’s North End, where they found Ferguson unresponsive and being treated by medics. Ferguson never regained consciousness and was pronounced dead at the scene by medics, police said.
Baltimore police said there were no signs of trauma found or suspected foul play at this time. Ferguson’s body was taken to the medical examiner’s office, where a cause of death will be determined. Investigators are not ruling out the possibility of an overdose, a police spokesman said.
Ferguson, a Ravens third-round pick in 2019, had attended all of the team’s offseason practices this year. It appeared that he had worked hard to be in the best shape of his career, losing a significant amount of weight.
Known as the “Sack Daddy” coming out of Louisiana Tech, Ferguson holds the FBS record for career sacks with 45. In three NFL seasons, he totaled 67 tackles and 4.5 sacks.
“The LA Tech family is mourning the tragic news this morning of the sudden death of former Bulldog great, Jaylon Ferguson,” the Louisiana Tech football team said. tweeted. “We will remember his God-given talents on the pitch and his infectious personality off it. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends.”
Ferguson spent most of his time in the 2019 draft, in which he was the 85th player selected, helping his hometown of Ruston, Louisiana recover from a deadly tornado. He helped search for people while removing uprooted 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 said. tweeted. “I spent most days in the sauna together trying to see who was gone the longest. I said it was our turn this year man. I miss you bro.”
Ferguson had three children, two daughters and a son, all under the age of 5.
“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 also as a wonderful father, son, brother and friend. The family asks that you continue to pray.”