Jeffery at Bears training camp in 2014.
No. 17 Chicago Bears
|Date of birth:February 14, 1990|
|Place of birth: St. Matthews, South Carolina|
|High school: St. Matthews (SC) Calhoun County|
|College: South Carolina|
|NFL Draft: 2012 / Round: 2 / Pick: 45|
|Debuted in 2012 for the Chicago Bears|
|Roster status: Active|
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of Week 17, 2014
Alshon Jeffery (born February 14, 1990) is an American football wide receiver for the Chicago Bears of the National Football League (NFL). He was drafted by the Bears in the second round of the 2012 NFL Draft. He played college football at South Carolina. At the beginning of the 2011 season, Jeffery was named by ESPN as the best overall player in the SEC. He was runner-up for the 2010 Biletnikoff Award, which is awarded to the best wide receiver in college football.
Jeffery attended Calhoun County High School in St. Matthews, South Carolina, where he was part of a four-time state championship winning (80-0 record) basketball team. He also played two years of football and was widely recruited, giving a verbal commitment to University of Southern California before switching to South Carolina. Jeffery's younger brother Shamier Jeffery committed to play football for the Gamecocks in 2011, following in the footsteps of both of Jeffery's two older brothers Charles Ben and Darren Ben; both of whom also played basketball and football for Calhoun County High School.
|Name||Hometown||High school / college||Height||Weight||40‡||Commit date|
|St. Matthews, South Carolina||Calhoun County High School||6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)||214 lb (97 kg)||4.5||Feb 4, 2009|
|Scout: Rivals: 247Sports: N/A|
|Overall recruiting rankings: Scout: 13 Rivals: 12|
Jeffery caught five passes for 61 yards in his first five games before making seven catches for 138 yards and three touchdowns against the University of Kentucky. The performance was the second-best single game performance in school history and Jeffery became the third Gamecock in 2009 to earn SEC Freshman of the Week, following defensive end Devin Taylor and running back Jarvis Giles. He was a consensus first-team Freshman All-SEC and first-team Freshman All-American.
In a Week 4 contest against Auburn, Jeffery had a break-out performance in a loss. He was only a few yards shy of 200 receiving yards and added 2 touchdowns for the Gamecocks. Another one of his best 2010 campaigns came against in-state rival Clemson where he had 5 catches for 141 yards and a touchdown. Through 14 games, Jeffery made 88 catches totaling 1,517 yards and 9 touchdowns including 8 games with 100 yards or more receiving, and a 108.4 yd/game average. Jeffery was named a Biletnikoff Award finalist, the award given to the nation's top wide receiver. Because of his performances, helping lead the Gamecocks to their first SEC Championship Game appearance, Jeffery was selected as an All-American.
In the season opener against ECU in which he caught five passes for 92 yards, Jeffery extended his active streak to 24 consecutive games with a reception. In the 2012 Capital One Bowl, Jeffery caught 4 passes for 148 yards and a touchdown, but was ejected in the third quarter for fighting with Nebraska player Alfonzo Dennard. Despite this, Jeffery was named the Capital One Bowl MVP.
2012 NFL Combine
|Ht||Wt||40-yd dash||10-yd split||20-yd split||20-ss||3-cone||Vert||Broad||BP|
|6 ft 3 in||216 lb||4.5 s||1.64 s||2.63 s||4.17 s||6.71 s||36.5 in||10 ft 2 in|
|All values from NFL Combine|
2012 NFL Draft
On May 2, 2012 Jeffery and the Bears agreed to a 4-year contract, making him the first player in the 2012 draft class to sign, and the earliest second-rounder to sign since Dallas Cowboys receiver Kevin Williams in 1993.
Jeffery made his debut against the Denver Broncos in week one of the preseason, and caught a game-high four passes for 35 yards, though the Bears lost 31–3. In the second preseason game, Jeffery was penalized for unnecessary roughness for fighting Washington Redskins cornerback DeAngelo Hall. Jeffery was later told by coaches to "play smarter". In his regular season debut against the Indianapolis Colts, Jeffery caught a Jay Cutler pass for a 42-yard touchdown. In Chicago's week 5 away game against the Jacksonville Jaguars, Jeffery left the game after catching a touchdown thrown by Jay Cutler. Although the injury did not appear to be significant, x-rays done on the following Monday determined Jeffery broke his right hand, which led to him missing a few games. Though the injury did not require surgery, Jeffery still had to wear a cast. Jeffery eventually practiced for the first time on November 9. Jeffery returned in Week 11 against the San Francisco 49ers, but would injure his knee, and will be sidelined for 2–4 weeks. In Week 15 against the Green Bay Packers, Jeffery was penalized three times for pass interference, nullifying a touchdown and two receptions of 36 and seven yards, as the Bears lost 21–13. Jeffery ended his rookie season catching 24 passes for 367 yards and three touchdowns.
In 2013's week 4 loss to the Detroit Lions, Jeffery recorded his first ever 100-yard receiving game. The following week against the New Orleans Saints, Jeffery broke the Bears single-game receiving yards record with 218 yards, along with recording a career-high 10 receptions. Jeffery broke the record on the final play of the game, a 21-yard pass from Jay Cutler, passing Harlon Hill's record set in 1952 against the 49ers. In week 13 against the Minnesota Vikings, Jeffery became the first player in franchise history to record two 200-yard games in the same season. In that game, he surpassed his own franchise-record mark set earlier in the season. Jeffery ended 2013 with 89 receptions for 1,421 yards and seven touchdowns. The 1,421 yards are the second-most in team history, behind Brandon Marshall's 1,508 in 2012. The 89 receptions recorded are the sixth-highest in franchise history. After an injury to Lions receiver Calvin Johnson, Jeffery was named to the 2014 Pro Bowl. On January 17, 2014, Jeffery was named the Pro Football Writers Association's Most Improved Player.
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