Ferguson is the latest in a string of current and former NFL players to perish relatively young. Last week, former Ravens offensive lineman and national NFL broadcaster Tony Siragusa died at age 55. Former Minnesota Vikings and Arizona Cardinals defensive back Jeff Gladney died in a car wreck in Dallas along with his girlfriend, Mercedes Palacios, on June 15. Gladney was 25; Palacios was 26.

On June 1, former Dallas Cowboys running back Marion Barber was found dead in his Texas home. He was 38.

On April 9, former Washington Commanders and Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Duane Haskins died after being hit by a dump truck and another vehicle as he walked along a highway near Miami. Haskins, 24, had reportedly told his wife in a phone call minutes before the accident that the car he was driving had run out of gas. He was in South Florida training for the upcoming season with Steelers teammates.

The day after Haskins’ death, former Cowboys running backs coach Gary Brown, who played for the New York Giants and Houston Oilers in his career, died of cancer at age 52.