Jeff Gladney (December 12, 1996 – May 30, 2022) was an American football cornerback who played in the National Football League for two seasons.
Gladney played college football at TCU and was drafted by the Minnesota Vikings in the first round of the 2020 NFL Draft.
Prior to the start of the 2022 NFL season, Gladney passed away after being involved in a car crash in Dallas, Texas.
Playing at New Boston High School in New Boston, Texas, Gladney was a three-star recruit and signed with
Texas Christian University (TCU) to play college football for the TCU Horned Frogs on February 5, 2015,
after originally committing to the program on June 6, 2014.
Gladney chose TCU over offers from North Texas, Northern Illinois, Rice, Texas State, Tulsa, and UTSA.
Gladney redshirted his freshman year due to a torn anterior cruciate ligament sustained during his senior year
in high school but then was a four-year starter at Texas Christian University. During his junior season,
Gladney made waves as a cover corner, earning first-team all-Big 12 Conference by Pro Football Focus
and second-team all-Big 12 by the coaches.
He injured a meniscus before his senior season but played the whole year,
waiting for surgery until after the conclusion of the season.
Over his TCU career, he recorded five interceptions and was named to
the 2020 Senior Bowl roster after his senior season as
well as garnering first-team All-Big 12 honors by the Associated Press.