Jaylon Ferguson’s family is trying to quash rumors surrounding the death of the Ravens player

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The family of late Baltimore Ravens midfielder Jaylon Ferguson released a statement Thursday to dismiss rumors about the cause of his death.

Ferguson’s fiancée Donnie Smith posted the comments on Twitter.

It came as TMZ Sports, citing Baltimore police, reported that “investigators are not ruling out the possibility of an overdose.”

Jaylon Ferguson (45) of the Baltimore Ravens looks on during the first half at M and T Bank Stadium on November 7, 2021, in Baltimore.
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“It is with great sadness that we acknowledge the unexpected death of our beloved Gaylon Ferguson. Gaylon was a loving father, son, brother, fiancé and an exceptional athlete. His kindness, great heart and infectious personality will be missed by many, but his legacy will live on. We sincerely appreciate the calls, texts and posts of support from his many friends and fans as he learned of his tragedy.” Statement.

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“Despite the speculation in previous reports, at this point in time Gillon’s death has not yet been determined. This is one of the darkest moments of our lives and we are still completely shocked. We ask that you please respect our privacy as we move through this difficult time.”

“Once again, thanks to everyone for the love and special thanks to Baltimore Ravens and Louisiana Tech.”

Ferguson’s death was announced Wednesday. He was 26 years old.

“We are deeply saddened by the tragic death of Jaylon Ferguson,” the team said. “He was a kind, respectful young man with a big smile and an infectious personality.

“We express our heartfelt condolences to Jaylon’s family and friends as we mourn a life lost so soon.”

Ferguson’s agent, Safara Lawson, also issued a statement.

Baltimore Ravens midfielder Jaylon Ferguson during a game between the Cincinnati Bengals and the Baltimore Ravens on December 26, 2021, at Paul Brown Stadium in Cincinnati.

Baltimore Ravens midfielder Jaylon Ferguson during a game between the Cincinnati Bengals and the Baltimore Ravens on December 26, 2021, at Paul Brown Stadium in Cincinnati.
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“It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of the Baltimore Ravens LB Jaylon Ferguson. The family asks for your prayers and your privacy during this difficult time,” Lawson said.

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“Gaylon was a kind and kind person who loved his family and team,” Ravens coach John Harbaugh said in a statement. “It has been a pleasure talking to him and being with him every day. You have always wanted to see Ferg and talk to him. Our prayers and help go out to his family. Our hearts are with his soul. RIP, Jaylon.”

Ravens player Tyrus Bowser added: “Ferg and I have gone through some of the same difficulties when it comes to making a name for ourselves in the league. From that, we have been able to gain understanding and help each other build and grow players.”

“From the game handbook to the field – and even off work – we created a strong bond between us. Whether I was having a bad day or the other way around, we encouraged each other, and that’s what I appreciate the most and what I’m going to miss. His positive energy, encouragement and belief in me helped shape me into a player and a man. Who I am today. We’ll miss him but never forget. Rest easy, 45.”

Midfielder Jaylon Ferguson (45) of the Baltimore Ravens tackles quarterback Ben Roethlisberger (7) of the Pittsburgh Steelers on game November 1, 2020 in Baltimore.

Midfielder Jaylon Ferguson (45) of the Baltimore Ravens tackles quarterback Ben Roethlisberger (7) of the Pittsburgh Steelers on game November 1, 2020 in Baltimore.
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Ravens selected Ferguson in the third round of the 2019 NFL Draft from Louisiana Tech. He played 14 games during the junior season and had 31 tackles, 2.5 sacks and a faltering recovery.

In 2020, Ferguson played in 14 games and had 30 tackles, two cases and a faltering recovery. In 2021, he played only 10 games and had six sacks during that season.

Ferguson was a standout player for Louisiana Tech. He was named the 2018 USA Conference Defensive Player of the Year and was the first-team selection at all conferences in 2017 and 2018.

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Recorded the most sacks in NCAA FBS history with 45.

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