The Baltimore Ravens announced the death of 26-year-old outside linebacker Jaylon Ferguson on Wednesday morning.
We are profoundly saddened by the tragic passing of Jaylon Ferguson. pic.twitter.com/ylBvLEzjer
— Baltimore Ravens (@Ravens) June 22, 2022
The Ravens released no other details about Ferguson's death. Tim Prudente of the Baltimore Banner reported that Ferguson was found in a home in North Baltimore after police were called at 11:30 p.m. on Tuesday night. The Baltimore Police are investigating Ferguson's death, which Baltimore police spokesperson Lindsey Eldridge called "questionable" despite there being no visible signs of trauma or foul play on Ferguson's body.
“I can say that we are not ruling anything out,” Eldridge told the Banner. “We don’t determine cause of death, but we consider the possibility that it could be an overdose.”
Ferguson's agent, Safarrah Lawson, released a statement to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport about Ferguson's passing.
Terrible news: #Ravens LB Jaylon Ferguson has died at just 26 years old.
Statement from agent Safarrah Lawson:
“It’s with great sadness that we announce the passing of Baltimore Ravens LB Jaylon Ferguson. The family asks for your prayers and privacy during this trying time.”
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) June 22, 2022
Ferguson, a Louisiana native, attended Louisiana Tech after graduating from West Feliciana High School. He redshirted as a freshman and went on to have a record-breaking college career. His 45 sacks over four years remain an NCAA record, and it earned him the nickname "Sack Daddy."
In the 2019 NFL draft, Ferguson was taken by the Ravens in the third round. He played in 38 games over three seasons, starting 10 and totaling 4.5 sacks and 67 tackles. He was placed on the COVID-19 list twice in two years: once in November 2020, and again in September 2021. According to ESPN, Ferguson had participated in all of the team's offseason practices this year.
NFL mourns death of Ferguson
As NFL players, fans, and media members woke up and saw the news on Wednesday morning, tributes to Ferguson began pouring in.
J Ferg I love you my brother 😢💔🕊 https://t.co/lltgAjiHue
— Mark Ingram II (@markingramII) June 22, 2022
rest easy 45 🕊🖤
— pro. (@jamesproche3) June 22, 2022
💔 my young life . Love you bro https://t.co/OIe33wj94v
— Tony Jefferson II (@_tonyjefferson) June 22, 2022
— Pat Ricard 🥞 (@PRic508) June 22, 2022
The LA Tech Family mourns this morning's tragic news of the sudden death of former Bulldog great, Jaylon Ferguson.
We will remember his God-given talents on the field and his infectious personality off of it.
Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends.
RIP, 45. pic.twitter.com/tRuLp1BEcD
— LA Tech Football 🏈 (@LATechFB) June 22, 2022
My brother. I love you man 💔
— 🦈 (@Patrickqueen_) June 22, 2022
Always had REAL convo's!! Joked together, laughed together, prayed together, fought on the field together!! Just a genuine spirit. Love this man! Will miss you bro 💜 https://t.co/yVKZRRNwXa
— Josh Bynes (@bynestime56) June 22, 2022
RIP Jaylon Ferguson😔
— 🦅MaddMaxx🦅 (@CrosbyMaxx) June 22, 2022