Former NFL CB D.J. Hayden car accident: 6 dead
"Former NFL cornerback D.J. Hayden killed in car accident along with five others, including former teammate Zach McMillian. He was 33."
Former NFL cornerback D.J. Hayden tragically lost his life in a devastating car accident in Houston early Saturday morning. The accident occurred when a car ran a red light and collided with another vehicle, resulting in the deaths of six people, including Hayden, who was 33 years old.
According to Houston police, four individuals were pronounced dead at the scene, while two others passed away after being transported to a local hospital. The victims included five males, including former University of Houston cornerback Zach McMillian, who was Hayden's teammate, and one female.
Hayden, a two-time All-Conference USA honoree with Houston, gained national attention after suffering a tear in his heart during a collision in practice. Despite this setback, he was able to recover and was selected by the Oakland Raiders with the 12th overall pick in the 2013 NFL Draft.
Throughout his career, Hayden accumulated 328 tackles, 4.5 sacks, four interceptions, and four forced fumbles in 92 games, with stints at the Raiders, Detroit Lions, Jacksonville Jaguars, and Washington Commanders.
The loss of Hayden and the other victims is a tragic reminder of the fragility of life and the unpredictable nature of accidents. Our thoughts and prayers go out to their families and loved ones during this difficult time.
It's a heartbreaking reminder that life can change in an instant, and we should cherish every moment we have with our loved ones. Rest in peace, D.J. Hayden and the other victims of this terrible tragedy.
--Field Level Media