James Dearth

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James Dearth
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Dearth with the New York Jets.
No. 85
Position:Long snapper
Personal information
Born: (1976-01-22) January 22, 1976 (age 43)
Fort Ord, California, U.S.
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
Receiving Yards:10
Player 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.[permanent dead link]
  2. ^ Cimini, Rich (February 5, 2010). "The end of the Dearth era?". New York Daily News. Archived from the original on February 9, 2010. 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. Archived from the original on September 2, 2010. 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. Archived from the original on September 20, 2010. 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 January 20, 2013.
  11. ^ "Patriots Sign Former Chiefs Guard Brian Waters". patspulpit.com. September 4, 2011. Retrieved January 20, 2013.

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