July 15, 2024

Former Alabama cornerback and NFL rookie Khyree Jackson died in an automobile accident on Saturday morning, the Minnesota Vikings announced.

“We are devastated by the news of Khyree Jackson’s death following an overnight car accident,” the Vikings said. “Our thoughts are with Khyree’s family, friends, teammates, and coaches, as well as all the victims of this tragic accident.”

Jackson, who was drafted by the Vikings in the fourth round from Oregon after playing two seasons at Alabama, was involved in a three-vehicle crash in Upper Marlboro, Maryland. According to the Maryland State Police, Jackson was a passenger in a Dodge Charger that was struck by an Infiniti attempting to change lanes at high speed. The Charger veered off the road and hit several tree stumps, resulting in the deaths of Jackson and two others, driver Isaiah Hazel and passenger Anthony Lytton Jr.

“We mourn the loss of former student-athlete Khyree Jackson,” Alabama’s Crimson Tide football program stated. “Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends.”

Investigators suspect alcohol may have been a factor in the crash, and charges are pending.

Cornerback Khyree Jackson talks with reporters at Minnesota Vikings rookie minicamp

“Khyree brought a contagious energy to our facility and our team,” Vikings coach Kevin O’Connell said. “His confidence and engaging personality immediately drew his teammates to him. I am at a loss for words. My heart goes out to Khyree’s family, friends, teammates, and coaches.”

Jackson, who had signed his first professional contract and participated in the Vikings’ offseason program, was on summer break and was set to report to his first NFL training camp on July 21. He was 24 years old.

“Khyree’s story was one of resilience,” Vikings general manager Kwesi Adofo-Mensah said. “His personality captured every room he was in. I’m devastated that his life and everything he had in front of him has been cut short. My thoughts are with Khyree’s family and friends, those who played with and coached him in college, and his teammates and coaches here at the Vikings.”

Jackson’s journey to the NFL included stints at Fort Scott Community College and East Mississippi Community College before playing at Alabama and transferring to Oregon, where he recorded three interceptions in his only season with the Ducks.

“We are deeply saddened by the news of Khyree’s passing,” Vikings owners Mark and Zygi Wilf said. “Khyree had an extremely bright future ahead of him as a player and was dedicated to making a positive difference in people’s lives. We are thinking about Khyree’s family and friends and all members of the Minnesota Vikings following this devastating loss.”

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