No. 55 New York Jets
|Date of birth:August 24, 1988|
|Place of birth: Bronx, New York|
|High school: Stone Mountain (GA) Stephenson|
|NFL Draft: 2010 / Round: 2 / Pick: 53|
|Debuted in 2010 for the New England Patriots|
|Roster status: Injured reserve|
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of Week 12, 2013
Jermaine Alexander Alfred Cunningham (born April 24, 1988) is an American football outside linebacker for the New York Jets of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football for the University of Florida, and played for two BCS National Championship teams. He was drafted by the New England Patriots in the second round of the 2010 NFL Draft.
Cunningham was born in the Bronx, New York. He attended Stephenson High School in Stone Mountain, Georgia, where he played high school football as a linebacker for the Stephenson Jaguars. He made twenty quarterback sacks as a junior. As a senior team captain in 2005, Cunningham averaged 15 tackles per game and recorded 25 sacks, while helping lead his team to the state semifinal game.
Cunningham accepted an athletic scholarship to attend the University of Florida in Gainesville, Florida, where he played for coach Urban Meyer's Florida Gators football team from 2006 to 2009. As a freshman in 2006, he played in seven games as a defensive end. He went on to start 13 games at defensive end as a sophomore in 2007, recording 64 tackles, 6.5 sacks, and 12 tackles for a loss. During his 2008 junior season, Cunningham started 13 of 14 games and finished second on the team with six sacks, while also picking up ten tackles for a loss and three forced fumbles. As a senior in 2009, Cunningham started 12 games, and missed two with injuries. He finished with 34 tackles and ranked second on the team with seven sacks, while also finishing fifth in the conference with 12 tackles for a loss. Following his junior and senior seasons in 2008 and 2009, he was a second-team All-Southeastern Conference selection, and he completed his college career with five forced fumbles and 19.5 quarterback sacks—tied for tenth on the Gators' career sacks record list with teammate Carlos Dunlap. During his time as a Gator, the team won two SEC Championship Games (2006, 2008) and two BCS National Championship Games (2007, 2009).
|Ht||Wt||Arm length||Hand size||40-yd dash||10-yd split||20-yd split||20-ss||3-cone||Vert||Broad||BP|
|6 ft 3⅓ in||266 lb||33¾ in||10⅜ in||4.89 s||1.60 s||2.77 s||35 in||9 ft 10 in|
|All values from NFL Scouting Combine.|
New England Patriots
Cunningham was drafted by the New England Patriots in the second round (53rd overall) of the 2010 NFL Draft. He signed a four-year contract on July 24, 2010. Cunningham made his first career start in the third game of his rookie season, surpassing former starter Tully Banta-Cain, and recorded his first career sack in Week 6 against the Baltimore Ravens. Cunningham started 11 of 16 games played as a rookie, finishing with 27 tackles, one sack, and two forced fumbles.
Cunningham struggled through his second season, recording only one tackle on the season. On a defense that was ranked 31st out of 32 teams Cunningham was a regular healthy scratch. Cunningham played mostly special teams and rarely saw action in the defensive line rotation.
On November 26, 2012 Cunningham was suspended for violating the NFL performance enhancing substances policy.
After 3.5 sacks in three seasons, the Patriots cut Cunningham on August 31, 2013, not surviving the final cuts.
San Francisco 49ers
Cunningham signed with the San Francisco 49ers on October 1, 2013. Cunningham was released by the 49ers on October 29th.
New York Jets
Cunningham, along with U.S. Olympic track hopeful Xavier Carter and former Gator Jonathan Demps, was arrested in 2007 after an altercation with a Jimmy John's employee. The group became "verbally abusive, struck the employee with empty soda cans and a sandwich, and fled the store" after the clerk asked them to pay for a bag of chips.
- 2006 Florida Gators football team
- 2008 Florida Gators football team
- List of Florida Gators football players in the NFL
- List of New England Patriots players
- Pro-Football-Reference.com, Players, Jermaine Cunningham. Retrieved May 18, 2011.
- GatorZone.com, Football History, 2009 Roster, Jermaine Cunningham. Retrieved May 18, 2011.
- 2011 Florida Gators Football Media Guide, University Athletic Association, Gainesville, Florida, pp. 81, 97, 98, 153–154, 180 (2011). Retrieved August 28, 2011.
- Jermaine Cunningham Combine Profile, NFL.com. Retrieved April 27, 2010.
- "Cunningham agrees to 4-year pact," ESPNBoston.com (July 24, 2010). Retrieved July 25, 2010.
- Cimini, Rich (20 November 2013). "Jets sign LB Jermaine Cunningham". ESPN New York. Archived from the original on 20 November 2013. Retrieved 20 November 2013.
- "Jermaine Cunningham, ex-Gator Demps arrested," tampabay.com (December 5, 2007). Retrieved July 12, 2013.
- Jermaine Cunningham – Florida Gators player profile
- Jermaine Cunningham – New England Patriots player profile
- New York Jets bio