D.J. Hayden was among the many six individuals who died in a automobile accident in Houston, the Raiders introduced on Saturday. Hayden was 33. 

“The Raiders Household is mourning the tragic lack of former cornerback D.J. Hayden,” the Raiders stated in an announcement. Houston police confirmed that the lethal crash occurred early Saturday morning.

He was born in Houston and performed faculty soccer on the College of Houston. His former fellow Cougar Zach McMillian additionally died within the wreck, police stated. 


D.J. Hayden introduced before a game

D.J. Hayden, #25 of the Jacksonville Jaguars, enters the sector throughout participant introductions earlier than a recreation in opposition to the Kansas Metropolis Chiefs at TIAA Financial institution Subject on September 8, 2019, in Jacksonville, Florida. (James Gilbert/Getty Photographs)

Hayden captured the eye of the sports activities world greater than a decade in the past when he survived a near-fatal harm to his coronary heart throughout a full-pads apply at College of Houston. He later grew to become a first-round NFL Draft choose when the Raiders chosen him No. 12 general in 2013.


“D.J.’s braveness, perseverance, and dedication to his teammates will likely be fondly remembered by everybody who knew him. The prayers of your entire Raider Nation are with D.J’s family members at the moment,” the Raiders assertion concluded.

Houston Police Division spokesperson Asst. Chief Megan Howard stated they obtained a name round 2 a.m. a few site visitors accident. Two automobiles have been concerned within the deadly crash. The autos have been recognized as a Chrysler 300 and an Acura SUV.

Police decided that the driving force of the Chrysler 300 was at fault, because the automobile went by means of a purple mild at a “excessive velocity.” 4 people have been pronounced lifeless on the scene of the crash, whereas 4 others have been taken to a close-by hospital. Authorities stated that two of the individuals who have been transported to the hospital later died.

Cornerback DJ Hayden seen on the football field after a game

Oakland Raiders cornerback D.J. Hayden (25) after a recreation in opposition to the Denver Broncos at Sports activities Authority Subject at Mile Excessive.  (Chris Humphreys-USA TODAY Sports activities)

Police recognized the deceased as 5 males, one among whom authorities stated seemed to be homeless. The sixth sufferer was recognized as a feminine.

Different particulars surrounding the incident weren’t instantly made accessible. An investigation is underway. 

D.J. Hayden scores a touchdown

D.J. Hayden, #2 of the Houston Cougars, scores on a 101-yard interception in opposition to the UTEP Miners  at Robertson Stadium on October 27, 2012, in Houston, Texas. Houston gained 45-35.  (Bob Levey/Getty Photographs)

Former Cougars offensive lineman Ralph Oragwu was killed within the crash, the college confirmed. He performed on the College of Houston from 2009 to 2013.

McMillan starred at Houston from 2010-2013, the place he obtained All-American Athletic Convention second-team honors.

“Your complete College of Houston group is heartbroken over the tragic passing of former Soccer student-athletes D.J. Hayden, Zachary McMillian and Ralph Oragwu earlier immediately, and our ideas and prayers stay with Jeffery Lewis in his restoration forward,” the college stated in an announcement. 

“We lengthen our deepest condolences to their households, buddies, and family members, as we collectively mourn the lack of three people who made an indelible affect on every life they touched.”


Hayden performed for the Raiders, Lions and Jaguars throughout his nine-year NFL profession. He additionally hung out on Washington’s apply squad in 2021. He completed his profession with 4.5 sacks and 4 interceptions.

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