Derrick Jensen (American football)

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Derrick Jensen
Date of birth: (1956-04-27) April 27, 1956 (age 58)
Place of birth: Waukegan, Illinois
Career information
Position(s): TE, RB
College: Texas-Arlington
NFL Draft: 1978 / Round: 3 / Pick: 57
Organizations
As player:
1979-1986 Oakland/Los Angeles Raiders
Career stats
Playing stats at DatabaseFootball.com

Derrick Jensen (born April 27, 1956 in Waukegan, Illinois) is a former professional American football tight end in the National Football League. He played eight seasons for the Oakland/Los Angeles Raiders. He scored a touchdown after blocking a punt in Super Bowl XVIII. He is currently a scout for the Seattle Seahawks and has been with the team since 1991. He currently lives in Panama City Beach, Florida.

High School and College career[edit]

Derrick Jensen grew up in Osawatomie, Kansas. While in high school, Jensen led the Osawatomie Trojans to their first and so far only state championship in 1973. (OHS won its first state football championship in 1966 led by future Green Bay Packers QB Lynn Dickey) After graduating from Osawatomie High School, Jensen attended Texas-Arlington. Jensen was a two-time Southland Conference MVP while at Texas-Arlington. He finished his career with 3,346 rushing yards, the first player in conference history to top 3,000 yards.

Professional career[edit]

Jensen was a third-round draft choice of the Oakland Raiders in 1978 and played in 106 games, starting 21, in his career, including a streak of 105 straight. He served as the captain of the Raiders’ special teams for five seasons and contributed a blocked punt, which he recovered for the first touchdown, in the Raiders’ 38-9 win over the Washington Redskins in Super Bowl XVIII. He was also part of the Raiders’ Super Bowl XV championship team. He finished his Raiders career with 780 yards on 224 carries, with five touchdowns. He added 44 receptions and three scores and returned an onside kick 33 yards for a touchdown against the New York Giants in 1980.

Personal[edit]

Derrick had a wife, Amanda, deceased, who died as a result of an automobile accident on December 31, 2009. He also has a son: Davis. Derrick was diagnosed with ALS in 2011.

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