“He was a kind, respectful young man with a big smile and infectious personality,” the Ravens said in a statement. “We express our heartfelt condolences to Jaylon’s family and friends as we mourn a life lost much too soon.”
The team did not provide a cause of death.
Ferguson played three seasons for Baltimore after the team drafted him in the third round of the 2019 NFL Draft out of Louisiana Tech. The St. Francisville, La., native started nine games as a rookie in 2019 before playing in 24 games, mostly as a reserve, over the past two seasons.
Ferguson entered the NFL after a prolific college career in which he set the FBS career sacks record with 45. Nicknamed “Sack Daddy,” he led the country with 17 1/2 sacks as a senior in 2018, setting a Louisiana Tech record and earning Conference USA Defensive Player of the Year honors. He broke Terrell Suggs’ career sacks record by recording 2 1/2 in his final college game.
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