Jeff Gladney, 25 Died Alongside Girlfriend Mercedes Palacios, 26 in Car Accident

Jeff Gladney, 25 Died Alongside Girlfriend Mercedes Palacios, 26 in Car Accident
Source: New York Times, azcebtral.com and The Arizona Republic
  • Jeff Gladney was an American professional football player
  • He was recently drafted for the Arizona Cardinals on March 16, 2022
  • Gladney died in a car accident in Dallas on Monday morning, May 30

Jeff Gladney, 25 is no more with us!

Jeff, a cornerback for the Arizona Cardinals, died in a car accident in Dallas on Monday morning, May 30.

The Dallas Country Medical Examiner’s Office confirmed on Tuesday, May 31, that the NFL star was one of two people killed in the crash. Unfortunately, it was later discovered that the collision also killed a 26-year-old Fort Worth resident Mercedes Palacio alongside former TCU football.

Jeff Gladney dies at the age of 25 in a tragic car accident
Jeff Gladney dies at the age of 25 in a tragic car accident (Source: Fox 8)

According to various outlets, Palacio is identified as Gladney’s girlfriend. The fatal incident happened around 2:30 a.m. when the NFL star’s white SUV allegedly lost control after slipping another vehicle and colliding with a motorway median.

Similarly, the incident took place in the Westbound service lanes of Woodall Rogers Freeway at Allen Street.

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The vehicle in which the two were riding was speeding whereas the second vehicle was also carrying two passengers. However, they were not injured.

Well, our heartfelt condolences go out to their friends & family member, and may the departed souls rest in peace.

Tributes

As soon as the tragic news is confirmed, the Cardinals released a statement,

“We are devastated to learn of Jeff Gladney’s passing. Our hearts go out to his family, friends and all who are mourning this tremendous loss.”

Jeff Gladney had been playing for the Arizona Cardinals
Jeff Gladney had been playing for the Arizona Cardinals (Source: Dallas Morning News)

Gladney signed with Arizona Cardinals on March 16, 2022. According to the team, the player was “expected to play a significant role on defense this season”. During his college year, he played for Texas Christian University before being selected as a first-round NFL draft pick for the Minnesota Vikings.

Similarly, the Vikings released a statement,

“We are saddened by the tragic death of former Viking Jeff Gladney. Our hearts go out to his family and friends, as well as the Arizona Cardinals organization and Jeff’s current and former teammates and coaches who are mourning his life lost much too soon.”

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Jeremiah Donati, the athletic director at TCU, also paid tribute via a social media platform. He penned,

“Our TCU Athletics family, and especially our football program, was very devastated to learn of the passing of Jeff Gladney. After earning his degree and continuing his playing career in the NFL, Jeff maintained his close ties to TCU,”

Jeff Gladney passed away along with girlfriend Mercedes Palacio
Jeff Gladney passed away along with his girlfriend Mercedes Palacio (Source: EURweb)

Gladney then continued,

“He loved everything about his alma mater, He was a frequent visitor to campus and was at our spring practices and spring game this year, proudly joined by his young son. He will be missed by our entire community.”

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