Alford signing autographs at Penn State in 2008
|No. -- Free agent|
|Date of birth:||May 28, 1983|
|Place of birth:||Orange, New Jersey|
|Height:||6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)|
|Weight:||304 lb (138 kg)|
|NFL draft:||2007 / Round: 3 / Pick: 81|
|* Offseason and/or practice squad member only|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Career NFL statistics|
|Player stats at PFR|
Jason Jamaal Alford (born May 28, 1983) is an American football defensive tackle who is currently a free agent. He most recently played for the Saskatchewan Roughriders. He was drafted by the New York Giants in the third round of the 2007 NFL Draft. He played college football at Penn State.
Alford has also been a member of the Oakland Raiders and Seattle Seahawks. In 2007, Alford served as the Giant's long snapper during field goal attempts, due to a season-ending injury to Ryan Kuehl. Alford won Super Bowl XLII in his first season, sacking Tom Brady in the final minute of the Giants' 17-14 win over the New England Patriots.
Alford Attended Orange High School, (N.J.) about 30 minutes from Giants Stadium. He was a three-year starter who was selected First-team All-State, U.S. Army All-American and was listed among the G&W Recruiting Report Top 50 defensive players in the nation.
Alford was a four-year starter for the Nittany Lions. He played in 46 games with 41 starts for the Nittany Lions and recorded 118 tackles (60 solo), 32 tackles for losses and 19 sacks. He also recovered 4 fumbles, forced 3 fumbles, deflected 12 passes and registered 3 quarterback pressures. He was named Third-team All-America selection by the Associated Press and was All-Big Ten selection as a junior and senior. Alford finished his senior season with 32 tackles and eight sacks. Alford earned a Bachelor of Arts in Integrative Arts from Penn State in 2006. He was selected for Penn State's Jim O’Hora Award which honors the defense’s most improved player each season.
|Height||Weight||40-yard dash||10-yard split||20-yard split||20 ss||3-cone||Vert||Broad||BP||Wonderlic|
|6-3⅜*||304 *||5.07 **||1.72 *||3.01 *||4.53 *||7.48 *||25½" *||8'07" *||23 *||X|
|* represents NFL Combine **represents Penn State Pro Day—"X" Denotes "No Data" or "Did Not Participate"|
New York Giants
Alford's most memorable moment with the Giants was a devastating sack of Tom Brady in Super Bowl XLII. With less than one minute remaining in the game and the New England Patriots down 17-14 with possession of the ball, Alford sacked Brady resulting in a 3rd and 20 situation. The Giants went on to shock the previously undefeated Patriots 17-14 in the greatest upset in Super Bowl history. As a rookie in 2007, Alford played in all 16 regular season games and all 4 postseason games. He was the snapper for field goals and extra points all season. He finished with 8 tackles (1 solo), 1 sack, 5 QB hurries and 2 QB hits. In 2008, he played in all 16 regular season games with 3 starts and played in the NFC Divisional Playoff game vs. Philadelphia. He finished with 26 tackles (9 solo), 2.5 sacks, 3 tackles for losses, 4 QB hurries, 7 QB hits, and 1 pass defensed. Alford missed the 2009 NFL season after he tore his MCL and partially tore his ACL in the preseason. He was waived on September 4, 2010.
Alford signed with the Virginia Destroyers of the UFL. It was the Destroyers' inaugural season in the UFL, and Alford helped lead them to a victory in the 2011 UFL Championship Game over the two-time defending champion Las Vegas Locos. The win gives Alford a championship in both the NFL and UFL, ironically in his first season in both leagues.
Alford was cut June 25, 2012 in training camp, but was re-signed on August 7, 2012.
He was released by the team on May 23, 2013.
Alford was born in Orange, New Jersey and raised by his grandmother. He was a standout player at Orange High School, where he was named All-State, a U.S. Army All-American, and was listed among the G&W Recruiting Report Top 50 defensive players in the nation. Alford also was named to the Prep Star Dream Team.
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- "Alford Meets the Media", The Giants Insider, April 29, 2007