Vikings’ Cam Dantzler honors late friend, Cardinals CB Jeff Gladney on cleats
Oct 30, 2022, 9:40 AM | Updated: 1:36 pm
Minnesota Vikings cornerback Cam Dantzler honored his late friend and former teammate Jeff Gladney with customized cleats Sunday ahead of a matchup against the Arizona Cardinals.
Gladney, who began his NFL career with the Vikings in 2020 before signing with the Cardinals last offseason, died in a vehicle crash in May.
Dantzler at the time tweeted he lost a brother and could not hold back tears.
The 24-year-old wore cleats in warmups Sunday with he and Gladney standing next to each other in their Vikings jerseys.
.@camdantzler3 is honoring his late friend and former @Vikings teammate, Jeff Gladney, with his cleats today. 💜💛 pic.twitter.com/tXbq1JOMOs
— NFL (on London time ☕️🇬🇧) (@NFL) October 30, 2022
Dantzler posted during the summer that he planned to dedicate this season to Gladney.
Gladney was a first-round pick by the Vikings in 2020, and the Cardinals signed him in March to have a prominent role in the secondary this season.
He was 25 years old when he died.
“We are devastated to learn of Jeff Gladney’s passing,” the Cardinals said in a statement following the incident. “Our hearts go out to his family, friends and all who are mourning this tremendous loss.”