A. J. Jefferson
Jefferson in the 2014 preseason.
|No. 24 Ottawa Redblacks|
|Date of birth:||April 4, 1988|
|Place of birth:||Bakersfield, California|
|Height:||6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)|
|Weight:||190 lb (86 kg)|
|High school:||Bakersfield (CA) West|
|* Offseason and/or practice squad member only|
|Career NFL statistics|
Anthony Ray "A. J." Jefferson Jr. (born April 4, 1988) is a Canadian football cornerback for the Ottawa Redblacks of the Canadian Football League (CFL). He played college football at Fresno State. He was signed as an undrafted free agent by the Arizona Cardinals in 2010.
Early life and college career
Jefferson was born and raised in Bakersfield, California and graduated from West High School of Bakersfield in 2006. Jefferson began playing football at an early age but didn't play his Jr. year of high school. Jefferson played wide receiver and defensive back and earned first-team all-area selection as defensive back. Jefferson was a high school teammate of Ryan Mathews.
|Name||Hometown||High school / college||Height||Weight||Commit date|
|Bakersfield, California||West HS||6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)||180 lb (82 kg)||Feb 1, 2006|
|Scout: Rivals: 247Sports: N/A|
|Overall recruiting rankings: Scout: 96 (school) Rivals: 83 (school)|
Jefferson was invited to the 2010 Scouting Combine and was predicted as a 4th to 5th round draft pick.
|Ht||Wt||40-yd dash||10-yd split||20-yd split||20-ss||3-cone||Vert||Broad||BP|
|6 ft 1 in||193 lb||4.34 s||1.56 s||1.55 s||4.00 s||6.72 s||44 in||10 ft 6 in||7 reps|
On August 31, 2012, the Minnesota Vikings traded for Jefferson with the Cardinals for an undisclosed number of draft picks. This trade was later finalized with Arizona receiving one 6th round pick in the 2013 NFL Draft (Tennessee's by way of Minnesota) in return for Jefferson and Arizona's 7th Round pick in 2013.
Jefferson signed with the Toronto Argonauts of the Canadian Football League (CFL) on May 26, 2015. In two seasons with the Argos Jefferson played in 30 games and accumulated 91 defensive tackles, 6 interceptions, 5 special teams tackles and 2 touchdowns. 1 being a punt return against the Winnipeg blue bombers. Following the 2016 season he was not re-signed by the Ti-Cats and became a free-agent.
|Year||Team||GP||COMB||TOTAL||AST||SACK||FF||FR||FR YDS||INT||IR YDS||AVG IR||LNG||TD||PD|
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