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Baltimore Ravens outside linebacker Jaylon Ferguson has died at the age of 26.
The NFL team announced the tragic news of their young star's passing on Wednesday with an emotional tribute on their Twitter page. His cause of death has not yet been disclosed.
A statement released by the Ravens read: "We are profoundly saddened by the sudden 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."
Ferguson's agent Safarrah Lawson also commented: "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."
He was drafted in 2019 out of Louisiana Tech by the Baltimore Ravens as a third-round pick. The 6ft5in star held the NCAA's Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) record for career sacks with 45, earning him the nickname 'Sack Daddy'.
Ferguson had since gone on to complete 67 tackles and 4.5 sacks for the Ravens. And ESPN claim he had taken part in all of the team's 2022 offseason practices.
Ravens defensive coordinator Mike Macdonald had also spoken highly of him ahead of the new campaign, acknowledging that Ferguson was "doing a great job".
Macdonald said: "Jaylon, right now, he's doing a great job. He's competing.
"The techniques that we're teaching are slightly different than he knows, so that's a little bit of a learning curve for him, but once he gets out there full-go and rolling, then I expect him to compete."
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