Cornerback from Texas was drafted by the Minnesota Vikings, who said those who knew him on the field were "mourning the loss of his life too soon."

Minnesota Vikings cornerback Jeff Gladney in a game against the Detroit Lions in Detroit on January 3, 2021. Gladney, who signed with the Arizona Cardinals this offseason, died in a car crash in Dallas on Monday. He was 25 years old.

Minnesota Vikings cornerback Jeff Gladney in a game against the Detroit Lions in Detroit on January 3, 2021. Gladney, who signed with the Arizona Cardinals this offseason, died in a car crash in Dallas on Monday. He was 25 years old.

The NFL, the Cardinals and the Minnesota Vikings, who drafted Gladney in 2020, announced the losses in a statement Monday.

We are devastated by the news of Jeff Gladney's death, "said the Cardinals." Our hearts go out to his family, friends and those who are mourning his loss. "

The Vikings said they "lost Jeff's current and former teammates and coaches who mourned for his life too soon."

The NFL said Monday that Gladney was killed in an accident in the Dallas-area earlier in the day.

Gladney's agent, Houston-based Brian Overstreet, also mentioned a crash, according to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. Overstreet did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

NBC Dallas-Fort Worth reports that Gladney is one of two people killed in an overnight Mercedes-Benz SUV crash on a service road for Woodall Rogers Freeway in Dallas.

Mercedes Palacios, 26, also confirmed his death at the scene, his family confirmed at the station. He was a passenger in the SUV, it said.

Speed ​​could play a role, NBC Dallas-Fort Worth said, citing ongoing officials.Associate Cardinal Defensive Player J.J. Watt called the news "just sad."