Former NFL player D.J. Hayden was killed in a car crash early Saturday morning in Houston.
The Houston Chronicle reported the 33-year-old Hayden, a cornerback at the University of Houston before being drafted in the first round by the Raiders (12th overall) in the 2013 draft, was one of six people killed after a car ran through a red light at about 2 a.m. local time.
Hayden spent four of his eight seasons in the NFL with the Raiders and also spent time with Detroit, Jacksonville and Washington.
The Houston Police Department said four people were pronounced dead at the season, one of whom was Hayden’s teammate at Houston, fellow cornerback Zach McMillian.
Hayden had previously survived a heart injury that nearly killed him in 2012, when a hit during practice damaged a main vein leading to his heart after a teammate accidentally kneed Hayden in the chest.
Hayden recovered from that injury and went on to play 92 games while collecting four interceptions during a nine-year NFL career that ended in 2021.