August 27, 2021; Kansas City, Missouri, USA; Minnesota Vikings cornerback Jeff Gladney (20) against the Kansas City Chiefs while playing at GEHA Field at Arrowhead Stadium. Compulsory Credit: Danny Medley – USA Today Sports

Former Minnesota Vikings cornerback Jeff Gladney dies, according to Eri Meirov Pro football focus.

Gladney was 25 years old.

Drafted by the Vikings in the 1st round of the 2020 NFL Draft, Gladney spent a season in Minnesota before joining the Arizona Cardinals this spring. In Arizona, Gladney sought a career recovery after being released by the Vikings in 2021.

As a rookie, Gladney was sharp and often played like a security guard, a strong tackle machine who started 15 of 16 games during his first voyage. Gladney and then-teammate Cameron Dantzler devised the Vikings for life after Javier Rhodes and Trey Owens.

Jeff Gladney
August 28, 2020; Egan, Minnesota, USA; Minnesota Vikings defensive back Jeff Gladney. Compulsory Credit: Brad Rampel – USA Today Sports

In the spring of 2021, however, Gladys was arrested for assault in Texas. He was released less than a year later. Meanwhile, the Vikings have cut Gladney before the proper process is over.

Gladney’s collegiate teammate at TCU confirmed the tragedy on Twitter.

Details about the cause of Gladney’s death are unclear.


Dustin Baker is a political scientist who graduated from the University of Minnesota in 2007. Subscribe to her daily YouTube channel, VikesNow. She Hosts a podcast With Bryant McKinney, which airs every Wednesday Raun Sai And Sally from Minneapolis. His Viking Fandom dates back to 1996. Listed Criminal Pleasures: Peanut Butter Ice Cream, ‘The Sopranos’ and The Doors (Band).

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