Ravens’ Jaylon Ferguson dies at 26: Linebacker was a third-round pick in 2019 NFL Draft

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Baltimore Ravens linebacker Jaylon Ferguson has died at the age of 26, the team announced on Wednesday. Ferguson was a third-round pick of the Ravens in 2019 who earned his way into the NFL by becoming a star player for Louisiana Tech. In three seasons with the Ravens, Ferguson totaled 67 tackles and 4.5 sacks. 

Ferguson was the C-USA Defensive Player of the Year in 2018 and earned first-team All-C-USA honors on two separate occasions — while setting school and NCAA sack records in the process.

After earning MVP honors in the 2018 Hawaii Bowl, the Louisiana native was selected by the Ravens in the 2019 NFL Draft as the 85th overall pick, spending three seasons in Baltimore and ingratiating himself with the city. The Ravens organization issued the following statement after Ferguson’s death:

“We profoundly saddened by the tragic passing of Jaylon Ferguson. He was a kind, respectful young man with a big smile and infectious personality. We express our heartfelt condolences to Jaylon’s family and friends as we mourn a life lost much too soon.”

Ravens head coach John Harbaugh and offensive tackle Ronnie Stanley also shared their thoughts after Ferguson’s passing (via The Baltimore Sun).

“Jaylon was a good-hearted, gentle person who loved his family and his team,” Harbaugh said. “He was a joy to talk with and be around every day. You always wanted to see and talk to ‘Ferg.’ Our prayers and our help go to his family.”

“Going against him in practice, he would always tell me when I was doing a good job, even when it meant it was against himself,” Stanley said. “He was so excited every time he had a new kid who was about to be born. He always talked about them.”

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