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Tributes across the NFL are pouring in following the tragic death of Minnesota Vikings rookie cornerback Khyree Jackson.

Jackson’s mother, Ebbony Jackson, confirmed the death to TMZ, telling the outlet that she received a call around 4 a.m. on Saturday that her son had died in his hometown of Upper Marlboro, Maryland. State Police told TMZ that Jackson, Isaiah Hazel and Anthony Lytton were driving in a maroon Dodge Charger in Upper Marlboro early on Saturday morning when they collided with two other automobiles.

Jackson and Hazel were both pronounced dead at the scene of the crash, while Lytton was rushed to a nearby hospital where he later succumbed to his injuries. Nobody else was injured in the crash, which is believed to have occurred when a silver Infiniti rammed into the Charger while trying to change lanes at a high rate of speed, sending the Charger crashing into a moving Chevy Impala before barreling off the roadway into a bunch of trees before it came to a final stop.

A former standout at Dr. Henry Wise High School, Jackson spent two seasons at Alabama and one at Oregon during his college career. The Vikings selected the first-team All-Pac-12 selection in the fourth round of the 2024 NFL Draft and the 24-year-old was expected to provide depth to Minnesota’s secondary during his rookie season.

As news of Jackson’s tragic passing was made public on Saturday, many across the NFL and sports world took to social media to pay tribute.


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