Leman (47) during his tenure with the Fighting Illini
|Date of birth:March 1, 1985|
|Place of birth: Champaign, Illinois|
|High school: Champaign (IL) Central|
|Undrafted in 2008|
|Debuted in 2010 for the Florida Tuskers|
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Jeremy Jacob Junior "J" Leman (born March 1, 1985) is an American football linebacker who last played for the Florida Tuskers of the United Football League (UFL). He played college football at the University of Illinois, and was recognized as a consensus All-American. He was signed by the Minnesota Vikings as an undrafted free agent in 2008, and has also been a member of the Oakland Raiders, Carolina Panthers, Philadelphia Eagles, San Diego Chargers, and Florida Tuskers. He is currently an announcer for the Big Ten Network.
- 1 Early years
- 2 College career
- 3 Professional career
- 4 Personal
- 5 External links
Leman was born and raised in Champaign, Illinois. He played high school football at Champaign Central High School where he played middle linebacker and tight end. During his senior year, he tallied 191 tackles and was named to the prestigious Illinois High School Football Coaches Association All-State Team.
Leman attended the University of Illinois, where he played for the Illinois Fighting Illini football team from 2003 to 2007. He redshirted as a true freshman in 2003. Leman was a first-team All-Big Ten selection on defense in 2006 and 2007, and was recognized as a consensus first-team All-American in 2007. He started over 40 games at linebacker during his college career. During the 2007 campaign, Leman led the Illini to nine wins and helped the team earn a trip to the Rose Bowl.
Leman stands at sixth place on Illinois' all time tackle list. His 152 tackles in the 2006 season ranked No. 1 in the Big Ten and is the sixth best single-season effort ever posted by an Illini gridder. He also ranks fifth on the Illinois charts in career tackles for loss.
First stint with Vikings
After spending the 2008 season out of football, Leman signed a future contract with the Carolina Panthers on January 13, 2009. He was waived as a final cut on September 5.
San Diego Chargers
Leman was signed to the San Diego Chargers practice squad on November 3, 2009. He was released on December 1.
Second stint with Vikings
He was released with an injury settlement on October 19, 2010.
Second stint with San Diego Chargers
Leman was signed to the San Diego Chargers practice squad on November 30, 2010. He was waived on August 30, 2011.
The Oakland Raiders claimed Leman off of waivers on August 31.
Oakland then cut Leman on Sept. 3, 2011 when they announced their 53-man roster for the 2011 season. However, the following day (Sept. 4) the Raiders named Leman to their 8-man practice squad for the 2011 season. He was cut from the practice squad on 12/6/11.