Grady Jarrett

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Grady Jarrett
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Jarrett in 2015
No. 97 – Atlanta Falcons
Position: Defensive tackle
Personal information
Born: (1993-04-28) April 28, 1993 (age 25)
Conyers, Georgia
Height: 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Weight: 305 lb (138 kg)
Career information
High school: Rockdale County
(Conyers, Georgia)
College: Clemson
NFL Draft: 2015 / Round: 5 / Pick: 137
Career history
Roster status: Active
Career highlights and awards
  • First-team All-ACC (2014)
  • T-Most sacks in a Super Bowl (3)
Career NFL statistics as of Week 4, 2018
Total tackles: 143
Sacks: 8.0
Forced fumbles: 0
Fumble recoveries: 1
Player stats at

Grady Jarrett (born April 28, 1993) is an American football defensive tackle for the Atlanta Falcons of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Clemson.

Early years[edit]

Jarrett attended Rockdale County High School in Conyers, Georgia, where he was a two-time All-state selection. A four-year starter on both sides of the ball, he had 198 tackles, 63 tackles for loss, and 27.5 sacks over his last two years. He was a three-time All-regional selection on defense and second-team All-region on offense as a senior, as well as a three-time selection as the team’s top defensive player after compiling 101 tackles (31.5 for loss) and nine sacks.[1] He also played in the North-South All-Star game in Georgia and Florida Maxx Scout All-Star Bowl; in the two games combined, he had 17 tackles, seven tackles for loss, 3.5 sacks, and three caused fumbles.

In addition, Jarrett was also a member of the school’s wrestling team; he was fourth in the state as a junior and won the state heavyweight title as a senior. Also a top performer in track & field, Jarrett won the state title in the shot put as a senior with a throw of 15.46 meters (50-6).[2]

Jarrett was rated by as a three-star recruit.[3] He was rated the No. 41 defensive tackle in the nation by He committed to Clemson University to play college football.[4]

College career[edit]

Jarrett attended Clemson from 2011 to 2014.[5] As a true freshman, he appeared in nine games, making two tackles. As a sophomore, Jarrett started 11 of 13 games. He had 49 tackles and had two sacks. As a starter his junior season, he had 83 tackles and two sacks in 13 games.[6] He again started all 13 games during his senior season, recording 73 tackles and 1.5 sacks and was named first team All-ACC in recognition of his successful senior season.

Professional career[edit]

Pre-draft measurables
Ht Wt 40-yard dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert jump Broad BP
6 ft 1 in
(1.85 m)
304 lb
(138 kg)
5.06 s 1.69 s 2.87 s 4.56 s 7.37 s 31 in
(0.79 m)
9 ft 5 in
(2.87 m)
33 reps
All values from NFL Combine and Pro Day

Jarrett was drafted in the fifth round (137th overall) by the Atlanta Falcons in the 2015 NFL Draft.[7]

As a rookie in 2015, Jarrett played in 15 games making 24 tackles and a sack.[8] In 2016, Jarrett played all 16 games with 48 tackles and three sacks.[9]

During Super Bowl LI against the New England Patriots, Jarrett sacked Tom Brady three times, which tied a record for most sacks in a single Super Bowl game.[10] In addition, Jarrett had five total tackles in the 34–28 overtime loss.[11][12]

In 2017, Jarrett started all 16 games, recording a career-high 55 tackles and four sacks.

Personal life[edit]

His father, Jessie Tuggle, played in the NFL for the Atlanta Falcons from 1987 to 2000 and his brother Justin Tuggle is currently a member of the Toronto Argonauts of the Canadian Football League.[13][14] He also has a close relationship with Ray Lewis who he refers to as "uncle" though they are not related biologically.[15]

Jarrett's home in Conyers, Georgia partially burned down during the second day of the 2015 NFL Draft. There were nearly 50 people, including friends and family members at the home at the time of the fire. No injuries were reported but the cause of the fire was believed to be electrical. The Atlanta Falcons drafted Jarrett the next day and immediately sent him Atlanta Falcons gear.[16]


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  4. ^ "Grady Jarrett: "Clemson feels like home"". 26 September 2010.
  5. ^ "Spear: Jarrett is heart and soul of Tiger defense".
  6. ^, ERIC BOYNTON. "Clemson DT Jarrett won't be leaving for the NFL".
  7. ^ "Falcons select Jarrett in 5th round of 2015 NFL Draft". Yahoo Sports. Retrieved May 2, 2015.
  8. ^ "Grady Jarrett 2015 Game Log". Retrieved 2017-12-29.
  9. ^ "Grady Jarrett 2016 Game Log". Retrieved 2017-12-29.
  10. ^ Kirshner, Alex. "Grady Jarrett ties Super Bowl record with 3 sacks for Falcons vs. Patriots". SB Nation. Retrieved February 5, 2017.
  11. ^ "Super Bowl LI - New England Patriots vs. Atlanta Falcons - February 5th, 2017". Retrieved 6 August 2017.
  12. ^ Chadiha, Jeffri. "Falcons' historic collapse leads to Patriots' fifth Super Bowl win". NFL. Retrieved August 6, 2017.
  13. ^ Grady Jarrett, 'heart and soul' of Clemson's defense, is making a name for himself Archived 2015-04-02 at the Wayback Machine.
  14. ^ "Tigers' Grady Jarrett boasts NFL bloodlines". 23 April 2013.
  15. ^ "Prospect Grady Jarrett Calls Ray Lewis His Uncle".
  16. ^ McClure, Vaughn. "Jarrett's home catches fire". ABC News. Retrieved May 2, 2015.

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