Former Raiders cornerback D.J. Hayden was among six people killed in a car crash in Houston early Saturday morning. He was 33 years old.
“The Raiders Family is mourning the tragic loss of former cornerback D.J. Hayden,” the Las Vegas Raiders said in a statement.
Hayden, a Houston native who played his college ball at the University of Houston, was a 2013 1st-round draft pick of the then-Oakland Raiders. Zach McMillan, a college teammate of Hayden’s, was also killed in the crash.
The accident reportedly occurred around 2 a.m. when a car sped through a red light and struck an SUV that had the right of way.
Hayden made national headlines in college after he suffered a collision on the practice field that damaged his heart and nearly killed him. The former Houston Cougar battled back from the terrifying experience and was selected with the 12th overall pick the following year.
Hayden played eight seasons in the NFL: four with the Raiders, three with the Lions, and one with the Jaguars.