Jeffery with the Philadelphia Eagles in 2017
|No. 17 – Philadelphia Eagles|
February 14, 1990 |
St. Matthews, South Carolina
|Height:||6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)|
|Weight:||218 lb (99 kg)|
|High school:||St. Matthews (SC) Calhoun Co.|
|NFL Draft:||2012 / Round: 2 / Pick: 45|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Career NFL statistics as of 2017|
Alshon Jemell Jeffery (born February 14, 1990) is an American football wide receiver for the Philadelphia Eagles of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at South Carolina, and was drafted by the Chicago Bears in the second round of the 2012 NFL Draft. As a member of the Eagles, he won Super Bowl LII over the New England Patriots.
Jeffery attended Calhoun County High School in St. Matthews, South Carolina, where he was part of a four-time state championship winning basketball team that recorded a 84-1 record. He also played two years of football and was widely recruited, giving a verbal commitment to the University of Southern California before switching his commitment to the University of South Carolina. Jeffery's younger brother, Shamier Jeffery, committed to play football for the Gamecocks in 2011, following in the footsteps of both of Jeffery's two older brothers Charles Ben and Darren Ben; both of whom also played basketball and football for Calhoun County High School.
|Name||Hometown||High school / college||Height||Weight||40‡||Commit date|
|St. Matthews, South Carolina||Calhoun County High School||6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)||N/A|
|Recruiting star ratings: Scout: N/A Rivals: N/A 247Sports: N/A|
|Overall recruiting rankings: Scout: 13 Rivals: 12|
As a freshman, Jeffery caught five passes for 61 yards in his first five games before making seven catches for 138 yards and three touchdowns against the University of Kentucky. The performance was the second-best single-game performance in school history and Jeffery became the third Gamecock in 2009 to earn SEC Freshman of the Week, following defensive end Devin Taylor and running back Jarvis Giles. He was a consensus first-team Freshman All-SEC and first-team Freshman All-American in recognition of his successful freshman season.
In a Week 4 game against Auburn, Jeffery had a breakout performance in the 35–27 loss. He was only a few yards shy of 200 receiving yards and added two touchdowns for the Gamecocks. Another one of his best games in 2010 came against in-state rival Clemson where he had five catches for 141 yards and a touchdown. Through 14 games, Jeffery made 88 catches totaling 1,517 yards and nine touchdowns including eight games with 100 yards or more receiving, and a 108.4 yd/game average. Jeffery was named a Biletnikoff Award finalist, the award given to the nation's top wide receiver. Because of his performances, helping lead the Gamecocks to their first SEC Championship Game appearance in school history, Jeffery was selected as an All-American.
At the beginning of the 2011 season, Jeffery was named by ESPN as the best overall player in the SEC. In the season opener against ECU in which he caught five passes for 92 yards, Jeffery extended his active streak to 24 consecutive games with a reception. In the 2012 Capital One Bowl, Jeffery caught four passes for 148 yards and a touchdown but was ejected in the third quarter for fighting with Nebraska player cornerback Alfonzo Dennard. Despite this, Jeffery was named the Capital One Bowl MVP.
|Ht||Wt||40-yard dash||10-yd split||20-yd split||20-ss||3-cone||Vert jump||Broad|
|6 ft 3 in
|4.48 s||1.64 s||2.63 s||4.17 s||6.71 s||36.5 in
|10 ft 2 in
|Height, weight, and arm length from NFL Combine. Other values from South Carolina Pro Day.|
On May 2, Jeffery and the Bears agreed to a four-year contract, making him the first player in the 2012 draft class to sign, and the earliest second-rounder to sign since Dallas Cowboys receiver Kevin Williams in 1993.Jeffery made his debut against the Denver Broncos in week one of the preseason, and caught a game-high four passes for 35 yards, though the Bears lost 31–3. In the second preseason game, Jeffery was penalized for unnecessary roughness for fighting Washington Redskins cornerback DeAngelo Hall. Jeffery was later told by coaches to "play smarter". In his regular season debut against the Indianapolis Colts, Jeffery caught a Jay Cutler pass for a 42-yard touchdown. In Chicago's Week 5 away game against the Jacksonville Jaguars, Jeffery left the game after catching a touchdown thrown by Cutler. Although the injury did not appear to be significant, x-rays done on the following Monday determined Jeffery broke his right hand, which led to him missing a few games. Though the injury did not require surgery, Jeffery still had to wear a cast. Jeffery eventually practiced for the first time on November 9. Jeffery returned in Week 11 against the San Francisco 49ers, but would injure his knee, and will be sidelined for 2–4 weeks. In Week 15 against the Green Bay Packers, Jeffery was penalized three times for pass interference, nullifying a touchdown and two receptions of 36 and seven yards, as the Bears lost 21–13. Jeffery ended his rookie season catching 24 passes for 367 yards and three touchdowns.
In 2013's Week 4 loss to the Detroit Lions, Jeffery recorded his first career 100-yard receiving game. The following week against the New Orleans Saints, Jeffery broke the Bears single-game receiving yards record with 218 yards, along with recording a career-high 10 receptions. Jeffery broke the record on the final play of the game, a 21-yard pass from Jay Cutler, passing Harlon Hill's record set in 1952 against the 49ers. In Week 13 against the Minnesota Vikings, Jeffery became the first player in franchise history to record two 200-yard games in the same season. In that game, he surpassed his own franchise record mark set earlier in the season. Jeffery ended the 2013 season with 89 receptions for 1,421 yards and seven touchdowns. The 1,421 yards are the second-most in team history, behind Brandon Marshall's 1,508 in 2012. His 89 receptions are the sixth-highest in franchise history. After an injury to Lions receiver Calvin Johnson, Jeffery was named to the 2014 Pro Bowl. On January 17, 2014, Jeffery was named the Pro Football Writers Association's Most Improved Player.
On September 7, Jeffery caught five passes for 71 yards in the season opener against the Buffalo Bills. Jeffery recorded a 44-yard reception. On September 22, Jeffery caught eight passes for 105 yards against the New York Jets. Jeffery recorded a 42-yard reception. On September 28, Jeffery caught his first touchdown of the season against the Green Bay Packers. On October 5, Jeffery caught six passes for 97 yards and a touchdown against the Carolina Panthers. On October 12, Jeffery caught five passes for a season-high 136 yards against the Atlanta Falcons. On October 26, Jeffery caught his third touchdown of the season against the New England Patriots. On November 16, Jeffery caught a season-high eleven passes for 135 yards against the Minnesota Vikings. On November 23, Jeffery caught his fourth touchdown of the season against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. On November 27, Jeffery caught nine passes for 71 yards and a season-high two touchdowns against the Detroit Lions. Jeffery caught a 10-yard touchdown early in the first quarter, and a 7-yard touchdown late in the first quarter. On December 4, Jeffery caught six passes for 95 yards and a touchdown against the Dallas Cowboys. On December 15, Jeffery caught his ninth touchdown of the season against the New Orleans Saints. On December 21, Jeffery caught six passes for 72 yards and a touchdown against the Detroit Lions. Jeffery caught a 20-yard touchdown.
In Jeffery's third season in the NFL, he recorded over 1,000 yards for the second time in his career with 1,133 yards with 85 receptions for 10 touchdowns on 145 targets.
On September 13, Jeffery caught five passes for 78 yards in the season opener against the Green Bay Packers. Jeffery recorded a 25-yard reception. On October 18, Jeffery caught eight passes for 147 yards and a touchdown against the Detroit Lions. Jeffery recorded a 45-yard reception late in the second quarter, an 11-yard touchdown early in the fourth quarter, and a 22-yard reception at the end of the first quarter. On November 1, Jeffery caught a season-high ten passes for 116 yards and a touchdown against the Minnesota Vikings. Jeffery recorded a 21-yard touchdown at the end of the second quarter, and a 28-yard reception late in the third quarter. On November 9, Jeffery caught ten passes for a season-high 151 yards against the San Diego Chargers. Jeffery recorded a 16-yard reception. On November 26, Jeffery caught seven passes for 90 yards against the Green Bay Packers. Jeffery recorded a 22-yard reception. On December 13, Jeffery caught six passes for 107 yards against the Washington Redskins. Jeffery recorded a 20-yard touchdown at the end of the second half, and a 50-yard reception late in the fourth quarter. On December 20, Jeffery recorded a 10-yard touchdown reception against the Minnesota Vikings. On December 30, Jeffery was placed on injured reserve with a hamstring injury, ending his season.
On February 26, 2016, it was announced that the Bears placed the franchise tag on Jeffery. On September 11, Jeffery caught four passes for a season-high 105 yards in the season opener against the Houston Texans. Jeffery recorded a 54-yard reception. On September 19, Jeffery caught five passes for 96 yards against the Philadelphia Eagles. Jeffery recorded a 49-yard reception early in the second quarter and a 22-yard reception late in the first quarter. On October 16, Jeffery caught a season-high seven passes for 93 yards against the Jacksonville Jaguars. Jeffery recorded a 26-yard reception. On October 31, Jeffery caught four passes for 63 yards and his first touchdown of the season against the Minnesota Vikings. On November 14, the NFL suspended Jeffery for four games for violating the NFL's performance-enhancing drug policy. On December 18, Jeffery caught six passes for 89 yards and a touchdown against the Green Bay Packers.
Jeffery amassed 4,549 receiving yards and 304 receptions during his five-year career with the Bears. He possesses the third most receiving yards in Bears franchise history.
On March 9, 2017, Jeffery signed a one-year, $14 million contract with the Philadelphia Eagles. Jeffery made his Eagles debut on September 10, 2017 in the season opener against the Washington Redskins. He finished the game with 38 yards on three catches. In Week 2 on September 17 at Kansas City, Jeffery had 92 yards on 7 catches and one touchdown, his first as a Eagle, in a 27–20 loss to the Chiefs. On December 2, 2017, Jeffrey signed a four-year extension worth $52 million with $27 million guaranteed. The Eagles finished the season 13-3 and earned a first round bye. In the Divisional Round against the Atlanta Falcons, Jeffery recorded 4 catches for 61 yards in a 15-10 victory. In the NFC Championship Game against the Minnesota Vikings, Jeffery caught 5 passes for 85 yards and 2 touchdowns in 38-7 victory to advance to Super Bowl LII. In the Super Bowl, Jeffery caught 3 passes for 73 yards and scored the first touchdown of the game. The Eagles went on to defeat the New England Patriots 41-33 to give Jeffery and the franchise its first Super Bowl championship and fourth championship overall. On February 21, 2018, it was revealed that Jeffery underwent surgery for a torn rotator cuff.
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