MarTay Jenkins

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MarTay Jenkins
No. 3, 19, 80
Wide receiver / Kick returner
Personal information
Date of birth: (1975-02-28) February 28, 1975 (age 39)
Place of birth: Waterloo, Iowa
Career information
College: Nebraska-Omaha
NFL Draft: 1999 / Round: 6 / Pick: 193
Debuted in 1999 for the Arizona Cardinals
Last played in 2005 for the Calgary Stampeders
Career history
*Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Career highlights and awards
  • Single season record 2,186 kick return yards (2000)
Career NFL statistics
Receptions 70
Rec. yards 987
Rec. touchdowns 4
Stats at NFL.com
Stats at pro-football-reference.com
Stats at CFL.ca

MarTay Jenkins (born February 28, 1975) is a former American football wide receiver in the National Football League as well as the Arena Football League and Canadian Football League. He was drafted in the sixth round (193rd overall) of the 1999 NFL Draft by the Dallas Cowboys. He played college football Nebraska-Omaha.

In his career, Jenkins also spent time with the Arizona Cardinals, where he spent most of his career, Atlanta Falcons, Denver Broncos and Arizona Rattlers and Calgary Stampeders.

Early years[edit]

Jenkins was born in Waterloo, Iowa and attended Des Moines North High School.[1][2]

College career[edit]

Jenkins attended the University of Nebraska-Omaha and as a sophomore he led the team with 36 receptions for 848 yards and eight touchdowns. After suffering a season ending knee injury in the opening game of the 1997 seasn, he returned in 1998, recording 66 receptions for 1,420 yards and 11 touchdowns.[3]

Professional career[edit]

National Football League[edit]

Jenkins was selected by the Dallas Cowboys in the sixth round (193rd overall) of the 1999 NFL Draft. However, he was released during training camp. He was later claimed off waiver by the Arizona Cardinals on September 6.[4]

On December 10, 2000, Jenkins broke three league records in a 44-10 Cardinals loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars. He broke the record for kickoff returns in a season, kickoff return yardage in a season and combined kickoff and punt return yardage in a season.[5] He finished the season with a record 2,186 kick return yards.

On September 22, 2002, Jenkins recorded a 65-yard touchdown reception from quarterback Jake Plummer, which allowed Plummer to surpass 15,000 yards passing for his career.[5] On November 3, he suffered a fractured scapula and missed the rest of the season.[5]

Jenkins was released after the 2002 season, due to asking for a contract similar to the $3 million-a-year contract that San Diego Chargers wide receiver/kick returner Tim Dwight had signed the year prior.[5] After the season, several teams expressed an interest in Jenkins.[5] On March 21, 2003, it was reported that the Houston Texans offered Jenkins a contract.[5] One week later, Jenkins was signed to a contract with the Atlanta Falcons.[4][5] He was released by the Falcons on August 31.[5] On September 11, he was re-signed by the Cardinals, however, he failed a team physical nullyfing the contract.[5] On December 30, Jenkins was signed to a future contract by the Denver Broncos.[4][5] He was then again released on July 27, 2004.[4][5]

Arena Football League[edit]

On October 21, 2004, Jenkins signed with the Arizona Rattlers of the Arena Football League.[6] However, on January 21, 2005, he was released.[7]

Canadian Football League[edit]

On May 29, 2005, Jenkins signed with the Calgary Stampeders of the Canadian Football League.[5] For the season, he recorded 25 receptions for 382 yards and four touchdowns.

Post football[edit]

Jenkins is now Founder, CEO/President of Stand Out Sports an athletic training company in Arizona. MarTay married Camille Jenkins in 2006.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "National Football League". MarTay Jenkins. Retrieved 2010-12-07. 
  2. ^ "#80 MarTay Jenkins". Scout.com. Retrieved October 4, 2009. 
  3. ^ "UNO Hall of Fame adds trio of atheles". Retrieved October 4, 2009. 
  4. ^ a b c d "MarTay Jenkins # - WR". TSN.ca. Retrieved October 4, 2009. 
  5. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l "MarTay Jenkins, WR, CFL Player News". Retrieved October 4, 2009. 
  6. ^ "Rattlers add MarTay Jenkins". October 21, 2004. Retrieved October 4, 2009. 
  7. ^ "Arizona Rattlers Historical Transactions". ArenaFan.com. Retrieved October 4, 2009. 

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