No. 97 Washington Redskins
|Date of birth:July 13, 1982|
|Place of birth: Alexandria, Louisiana|
|High school: Jena (LA)|
|College: Grambling State|
|NFL Draft: 2006 / Round: 3 / Pick: 92|
|Debuted in 2006 for the Dallas Cowboys|
|Roster status: Active|
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of 2013
Jason Dewayne Hatcher (born July 13, 1982) is an American football defensive end for the Washington Redskins of the National Football League (NFL). He was drafted by the Dallas Cowboys in the third round of the 2006 NFL Draft. He played college football at Grambling State.
Hatcher was born in Alexandria, Louisiana and was raised in Jena and attended Jena High School where he lettered in football and basketball. As a senior, he helped his team to a 10-3 record and earned All-State honors after catching 28 passes for 1,028 yards as a wide receiver and tight end.
Hatcher attended Grambling State University where he majored in physical education. As a true freshman, he was ruled academically ineligible because he didn't meet the NCAA requirements. In 2002, he was granted a medical redshirt after rupturing his right ACL.
In 2003, as a sophomore he started at tight end and caught one pass for 14 yards and a two-point conversion before being gradually converted to defensive end midway through the season. After the switch he earned a starting position, recorded 13 tackles, three sacks and one pass broken up. In 2004, as a junior, he played his first full season at defensive end and finishing with 33 tackles, 10 for losses and five sacks.
As a senior he helped his team win the conference title with an undefeated record (9-0) and a co-Black college football national championship (11-1 overall), while having an outstanding year of his own, recording 65 tackles and 10 sacks, and being named an all-Southwestern Athletic Conference selection. He finished his college career with 111 tackles, 31.5 for losses and 18.5 sacks.
Hatcher was drafted in the 3rd round (92nd overall) of the 2006 NFL Draft by the Dallas Cowboys. His selection at the time was questioned because of his lack of production in college, but the team was high on his athletic ability and potential for their 3–4 defense.
As a rookie, Hatcher played in 14 games, missing two with a sprained ankle. For the season, he recorded 13 tackles, one for a loss and 2.5 sacks. In 2007, he played in all 16 games and recorded 35 tackles, three for losses and two sacks, while forcing one fumble. In 2008, Hatcher recorded 36 tackles, one for a loss, one pass broken up and one sack. In 2009, he played in all 16 games and recorded 29 tackles, one sack and one pass breakup.
For the most part of his career with the Cowboys he was a reserve player (his first start was in 2010) and seen as a disappointment, until he resigned with the team in 2011 after not receiving much interest in the free agent market. That season with the arrival of defensive coordinator Rob Ryan, he established himself as one of the team starters at defensive end, ahead of Marcus Spears and improved his overall play, compiling a career high in tackles (36) and sacks (4.5).
In 2012 he was the Cowboys best defensive lineman and the only one to start all 16 games, on a defense decimated by injuries. He also improved his production, registering 4 sacks and career highs with 51 tackles and 29 quarterback pressures (second in the NFL among interior linemen).
After eight seasons with the Cowboys, Hatcher agreed to sign with the Washington Redskins on March 13, 2014. The next day, he officially signed a four-year, $27.5 million contract. It was announced on June 18, that he would undergo arthroscopic surgery on his left knee with a expected recovery period of four to six weeks.
Hatcher and his wife Natasha have two sons, DiCarlos and Jason, Jr. and one daughter, Tamia.
- Boyer, Zac (March 14, 2014). "Jason Hatcher: Redskins ‘blew the doors off me’". WashingtonTimes.com. Retrieved 2014-03-16.
- "Jason Hatcher to have surgery". ESPN.com. June 18, 2014. Retrieved 2014-06-22.
- JONES, MIKE (April 30, 2014). "Stephen Bowen is confident in his ability to return, and remain a starter". WashingtonPost.com. Retrieved 2014-05-01.