Jalen Parmele (#34) at practice during his time with the Baltimore Ravens.
No. 34 Arizona Cardinals
|Running back / Kickoff returner|
|Date of birth:December 30, 1985|
|Place of birth: Boynton Beach, Florida|
|High school: Midland (MI) Dow|
|NFL Draft: 2008 / Round: 6 / Pick: 176|
|Debuted in 2008 for the Baltimore Ravens|
|Roster status: Active|
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of Week 17, 2012
Justin Alexander "Jalen" Parmele (born December 30, 1985) is an American football running back for the Arizona Cardinals in the National Football League (NFL). He was drafted by the Miami Dolphins in the sixth round of the 2008 NFL Draft. He has also played for the Baltimore Ravens and Jacksonville Jaguars. He played college football at Toledo.
Parmele attended and played high school football for H. H. Dow High School in Midland, Michigan. He rushed for 705 yards as a sophomore, 1,253 yards as a junior and 1,507 yards and 23 touchdowns as a senior. For his performance as a senior, Parmele was named team MVP as well as a first-team all-state selection. He was also selected to the league's all-academic team three years.
Parmele broke out as a junior in 2006, rushing for 1,170 yards and eight touchdowns on his way to a first-team All-MAC selection. He also caught 16 passes for 128 yards on the season. His rushing total ranked third in the conference behind only Northern Illinois' Garrett Wolfe and Ohio's Kalvin McRae. He set a career high with 173 rushing yards against Ball State, and his 92-yard run in that game was the second-longest in school history.
In 12 starts as a senior in 2007, Parmele rushed for a career-high 1,511 yards and 14 touchdowns on the way to his second consecutive first-team All-MAC selection. His rushing total that season ranked ninth in the nation and second in the conference behind only Kent State's Eugene Jarvis. He also caught 17 passes for 157 yards (both personal bests) and the only receiving touchdown of his collegiate career. He surpassed his previous career high with 241 rushing yards in a game against Ohio.
Parmele concluded his four-year collegiate career with 3,119 rushing yards on 589 carries (5.3 avg.) and 28 touchdowns.
Prior to the 2008 NFL Draft, Parmele participated in the NFL Scouting Combine and posted a 4.47-second 40-yard dash. At his Pro Day on February 28, he measured in at 5-foot-11⅜ and 226 pounds. He ran the short shuttle in 4.44 seconds, short cone drill in 6.95 second and had a 41½-inch vertical leap. On April 15, Parmele met with the Miami Dolphins for a pre-draft visit.
Parmele was drafted by the Miami Dolphins in the sixth round (176th overall) of the 2008 NFL Draft. The pick used to select Parmele was acquired from the Detroit Lions. Shortly after the draft, Dolphins general manager Jeff Ireland labeled Parmele the No. 3 running back and said he would also be a given a chance to return kickoffs. During June workouts, Parmele worked with the second-team offense and also returned punts.
After spending the first three games of the 2008 regular season inactive, Parmele was waived by the Dolphins on September 24 to make room for tight end Joey Haynos on the roster. Parmele was re-signed to the team's practice squad the following day.
Parmele was signed by the Baltimore Ravens off the Dolphins' practice squad on December 9, 2008. He made his NFL debut against the Jacksonville Jaguars in the regular season finale on December 28, rushing twice for 27 yards. They were his only stats that year.
In his second season with the Ravens in 2009, he made a much bigger impact as he became the team's starting kick returner after rookie Lardarius Webb tore his ACL in Week 15. On only 9 kick-off returns, Parmele racked up 283 yards for a 31.4 average with his longest return being 53 yards. He also added 5 carries for 17 yards as the team's #4 runningback and 6 special teams tackles. He had by this time developed a reputation has a hard worker.
In 2010 Jalen Parmele did not rush once but continued his role as a backup returner.
Jalen Parmele was released by Baltimore during final cuts on September 3, 2011.
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