Khyree Jackson, Minnesota Vikings


Khyree Jackson, Minnesota Vikings


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Khyree Jackson of the Minnesota Vikings.

The Minnesota Vikings announced the loss of rookie cornerback Kyhree Jackson. He passed in a car accident, with statements and reactions from ownership, management, the coaching staff, and members of the media.

“Former Oregon CB Khyree Jackson, who was drafted by the Minnesota Vikings, died in an auto accident, his agent and former high school coach confirm,” The Oregonian’s James Crepea reported on X on July 6.

Jackson, 24, was the No. 108 pick of the 2024 draft.

“We are devastated by the news of Khyree Jackson’s death following an overnight car accident,” the team said in a post on X on July 6. “Our thoughts are with Khyree’s family, friends, teammates and coaches, as well as all the victims of this tragic accident.”

We are devastated by the news of Khyree Jackson’s death following an overnight car accident.

Our thoughts are with Khyree’s family, friends, teammates and coaches, as well as all the victims of this tragic accident.

Condolences for Jackson’s family poured after the news broke.


Coaches, Teammates Send Messages on Khyree Jackson’s Passing

“RIP Khyree… Love you @Real_Khyree at a loss for words,” Oregon head coach Dan Lanning said in a post on X. “I will miss your smile. Great player better person.”

Jackson’s former high school program also sent a heartfelt message.

“The Dr. Henry A. Wise Athletic Department sends condolences to the families and mourns the loss of Khyree Jackson (State Champ 2016 c/o ’17) Anthony Lytton, Jr. (AJ) (State Champ 2015,16,17 c/o ’18) and Isaiah Hazel (State Champ 2015, 16, 17 c/o ’19). #OnceAPumaAlwaysAPuma,” Jackson’s alma mater posted.

“Sad, sad news,” 9News’ Mike Klis posted. “Khyree Jackson was teammate of Broncos’ Bo Nix and Troy Franklin at Oregon last season.”

Jackson’s current teammates shared their reactions too.

“Naaaah not lil Khyree,” Jonathan Greenard said in his post.


Khyree Jackson Showed Confidence Immediately

Jackson,  made the bold claim of being the class best at his position in a draft night call with Vikings general manager Kwesi Adofo-Mensah.

“I am heartbroken by the loss of Khyree,” Adofo-Mensah said in his statement. “As we got to know him through the pre-draft process, it was clear the goals Khyree wanted to accomplish both professionally and personally. His story is one of resilience. He was becoming the best version of himself not just for him, but for those cared about and looked up to him.”

Statement from Kwesi Adofo-Mensah on Khyree Jackson’s tragic passing.

“I am absolutely crushed by this news,” Head Coach Kevin O’Connell’s statement read. “Khyree brought a contagious energy to our facility and to our team. His confidence and engaging personality immediately drew his teammates to him. In our short time together, it was evident Khyree was going to develop into a tremendous football player, but what was more impressive was his desire to become the best person he could be for his family and those around him.”

Statement from Head Coach Kevin O’Connell on Khyree Jackson’s tragic passing

“We are deeply saddened by the news of Khyree’s passing,” owners Mark and Zygi Wilf said in their joint statement. “Khyree had an extremely bright future ahead of him as a player, and it was clear he was dedicated to being a tremendous person who made a positive difference in people’s lives.”

Josh Buckhalter covers the NBA and NFL for Heavy.com. He has covered both leagues since 2016, including bylines at FanSided, Last Word on Sports and Clocker Sports. He’s based in Villa Park, Illinois. Follow Josh on Twitter and Instagram: @JoshGBuck More about Josh Buckhalter





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