A young football player who was expected to be picked in the upcoming NFL draft has been injured in a car accident that had a fatality.
According to ESPN, Michael Jefferson, who was recently playing for Louisiana-Lafayette as a wide receiver was severely injured in a car crash that took place over the weekend in Alabama. His agent, Jon Perzley of Sportstars informed the media outlet that Jefferson required multiple surgeries due to the serious injuries suffered in the car accident.
The accident happened in Mobile, AL, on Sunday night and involved multiple vehicles.
“Louisiana-Lafayette WR Michael Jefferson, considered to be a likely mid-round draft pick later this month, was involved in a multi-car crash Sunday night in Mobile, Ala., that has required multiple surgeries, per his agent Jon Perzley of Sportstars.”
Louisiana-Lafayette WR Michael Jefferson, considered to be a likely mid-round draft pick later this month, was involved in a multi-car crash Sunday night in Mobile, Ala., that has required multiple surgeries, per his agent Jon Perzley of Sportstars.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) April 11, 2023
The Alabama Law Enforcement Agency released a statement saying that Jefferson’s Chevrolet Impala collided head-on with a Dodge Charger, which was driven by a 55-year-old man who did not survive the collision. It was reported that the car was also struck by a third vehicle. The driver of the Dodge was pronounced dead on the scene and it was disclosed that he was not wearing a seat belt according to police officials.
People reported that the third vehicle was a 2008 Nissan Maxima and the driver crashed into the Dodge after initially colliding with Jefferson’s Chevrolet Impala.
Jefferson, who was expected to be picked between the middle to late rounds in the NFL Draft, had played for Alabama State in 2018 before he transferred to Louisiana-Lafayette in 2021.
His 51 catches for 810 yards while scoring seven touchdowns this past season had scouts predicting he’d do well in the NFL. The extent of his injuries wasn’t revealed so it’s a toss-up that he will still be drafted depending on the injuries and if he will recover.
The 2023 NFL Draft will be taking place from April 27-29 in Kansas City.