James Dearth

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James Dearth
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Dearth with the New York Jets.
Position: Long snapper
Personal information
Date of birth: (1976-01-22) January 22, 1976 (age 39)
Place of birth: Scurry, Texas
Height: 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Weight: 265 lb (120 kg)
Career information
College: Tarleton State
NFL draft: 1999 / Round: 6 / Pick: 191
Career history
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Career NFL statistics
Receptions: 3
Receiving Yards: 10
Touchdowns: 1
Stats at NFL.com

James Dearth (born January 22, 1976) is a former American football long snapper. Dearth, who attended Tarleton State University, was selected by the Cleveland Browns in the sixth round of the 1999 NFL Draft.

He has also been a member of the New York Jets, Washington Redskins, San Diego Chargers and New England Patriots.

Early years[edit]

Dearth attended Scurry-Rosser High School in Scurry, Texas and was a student and a letterman in football. In football, he was a starter at both, quarterback and middle linebacker, and was an All-State honoree at both positions.

Professional career[edit]

Cleveland Browns[edit]

Dearth was selected by the Cleveland Browns in the sixth round (191st overall) of the 1999 NFL Draft.

New York Jets[edit]

In 2001 the Jets would sign the free agent Dearth as a tight end/long snapper.[1] In that same year he recorded a career high three receptions and a touchdown. Following the season, Dearth was relegated to long snapping duties and was a consistent part of the Jets' special teams unit until he became a free agent and was replaced by Tanner Purdum following the 2009 season.[1][2]

Washington Redskins[edit]

On August 14, 2010, Dearth would sign with the Washington Redskins.[3][4] Dearth was expected to compete with the "inconsistent" Nick Sundberg.[3] Despite Sundberg's inconsistencies he slowly progressed throughout training camp and eventually Dearth was waived on August 31, 2010 in favor of the improved Sundberg.[5][6]

San Diego Chargers[edit]

The San Diego Chargers signed Dearth on September 15, 2010 after a hamstring injury saw long snapper David Binn placed on injured reserve.[7] Two days later on September 17, 2010, Dearth suffered a foot injury during practice and would subsequently be placed on injured reserve before playing a game for the Chargers.[8][9]

New England Patriots[edit]

Dearth signed with the New England Patriots on August 29, 2011.[10] He was released on September 4.[11]


Dearth is married to his wife, Laurie, with whom he has three children, Kaitlyn, Kendall, and Kolton.[1] Dearth, a devout Christian, is known to be a "low-key and cordial" person.[1]

Dearth co-owns an Athletic Republic franchise in the Houston area with friend and former Jets running back Derrick Blaylock.[1] The facility opened in December 2009 aiming to help young athletes prepare for professional careers.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e f Waszak Jr., Dennis (June 4, 2010). "With no offers, former Jets LS James Dearth facing possibility that NFL career is over". Washington Examiner. Retrieved October 3, 2010. 
  2. ^ Cimini, Rich (February 5, 2010). "The end of the Dearth era?". New York Daily News. Retrieved October 3, 2010. 
  3. ^ a b Associated Press (August 14, 2010). "Report: Redskins sign James Dearth". ESPN.com. Retrieved October 3, 2010. 
  4. ^ Castillo, Jorge (August 15, 2010). "Long snapper James Dearth joins Redskins". Redskins Insider. Retrieved October 3, 2010. 
  5. ^ Fitzgerald, Gary (August 31, 2010). "Redskins Release Williams, Holmes, Dearth, Davis". Redskins.com. Retrieved October 3, 2010. 
  6. ^ Svrluga, Barry (August 31, 2010). "Edwin Williams, James Dearth to be cut from roster". Redskins Insider. Retrieved October 3, 2010. 
  7. ^ Georgatos, Dennis J. (September 15, 2010). "Chargers Lose Long Snapper David Binn for Season; Sign James Dearth". AOL FanHouse. Retrieved October 3, 2010. 
  8. ^ Wilson, Aaron (September 17, 2010). "Chargers place long snapper James Dearth on IR, sign Ryan Neill". National Football Post. Retrieved October 3, 2010. 
  9. ^ Williamson, Bill (September 28, 2010). "Chargers lose another snapper". ESPN.com. Retrieved October 3, 2010. 
  10. ^ "Patriots tap Jets pipeline with Dearth". ESPN.com. August 29, 2011. Retrieved 20 January 2013. 
  11. ^ "Patriots Sign Former Chiefs Guard Brian Waters". patspulpit.com. September 4, 2011. Retrieved 20 January 2013. 

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