MarTay Jenkins

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MarTay Jenkins
No. 3, 19, 80
Position: Wide receiver / Kick returner
Personal information
Date of birth: (1975-02-28) February 28, 1975 (age 41)
Place of birth: Waterloo, Iowa
Height: 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Weight: 206 lb (93 kg)
Career information
College: Nebraska-Omaha
NFL draft: 1999 / Round: 6 / Pick: 193
Career history
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Career highlights and awards
  • Single season record 2,186 kick return yards (2000)
Career NFL statistics
Receptions: 70
Rec. yards: 987
Rec. touchdowns: 4
Kick returns: 151
Kick return yards: 3,865
Kick return touchdowns: 2
Player stats at
Player stats at PFR

MarTay Jenkins (born February 28, 1975) is a former American football wide receiver in the National Football League as well as the Arena Football League and Canadian Football League. In his career, Jenkins also spent time with the Arizona Cardinals, where he spent most of his career, Atlanta Falcons, Denver Broncos and Arizona Rattlers and Calgary Stampeders. He played college football Nebraska-Omaha.

Early years[edit]

Jenkins was born in Waterloo, Iowa and attended Waterloo East High School as a freshman and sophomore. He would then transfer to Des Moines North High School, where he practiced football, basketball and track.[1][2]

College career[edit]

Jenkins attended North Iowa Area Community College for one year (1995), before transferring to the Division II University of Nebraska-Omaha.

As a sophomore he led the team with 36 receptions for 848 yards and eight touchdowns (at the time most in school history). The next year, he suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament in the opening game of the season. He returned for his senior season in 1998, recording 29 receptions for 540 yards (18.6 avg.) and 3 touchdowns.[3]

He finished his college career registering in less than three full seasons, 67 receptions for 1,439 yards (21.5 avg.) and 12 touchdowns. He also returned 24 kickoffs for 597 yards (24.9) and one touchdown, while rushing 14 times for 213 yards and 4 touchdowns.

In 2011, he was inducted into the National Junior College Athletic Association Football Hall of Fame.[4]

Professional career[edit]

National Football League[edit]

Jenkins was selected by the Dallas Cowboys in the sixth round (193rd overall) of the 1999 NFL Draft. He was released on September 5. He was claimed off waivers by the Arizona Cardinals on September 6 and played in 3 games, after being declared inactive in 13 contests.[5]

On December 10, 2000, Jenkins broke three league records in a 44-10 Cardinals loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars. He broke the record for kickoff returns in a season, kickoff return yardage in a season and combined kickoff and punt return yardage in a season.[6] He finished the season with an NFL record of 2,186 kickoff return yards.

On September 22, 2002, Jenkins recorded a 65-yard touchdown reception from quarterback Jake Plummer, which allowed Plummer to surpass 15,000 yards passing for his career.[6] On November 3, he suffered a fractured scapula and missed the rest of the season.[6]

Jenkins was released after the 2002 season, after asking for a contract similar to the $3 million-a-year contract that San Diego Chargers wide receiver/kick returner Tim Dwight had signed the year prior.[6] After the season, several teams expressed an interest in Jenkins.[6] On March 21, 2003, it was reported that the Houston Texans offered Jenkins a contract.[6] One week later, Jenkins was signed to a contract with the Atlanta Falcons.[5][6] He was released by the Falcons on August 31.[6] On September 11, he was re-signed by the Cardinals, however, he failed a team physical nullyfing the contract.[6] On December 30, Jenkins was signed to a futures contract by the Denver Broncos, reuniting with quarterback Jake Plummer.[5][6] He was then again released on July 27, 2004.[5][6]

Arena Football League[edit]

On October 21, 2004, Jenkins signed with the Arizona Rattlers of the Arena Football League.[7] He was released on January 21, 2005.[8]

Canadian Football League[edit]

On May 29, 2005, Jenkins signed with the Calgary Stampeders of the Canadian Football League.[6] For the season, he recorded 25 receptions for 382 yards and four touchdowns.

Personal life[edit]

Jenkins is the Founder, CEO/President of Stand Out Sports an athletic training company in Arizona. He married Camille Jenkins in 2006.


  1. ^ "National Football League". MarTay Jenkins. Retrieved 2010-12-07. 
  2. ^ "#80 MarTay Jenkins". Retrieved October 4, 2009. 
  3. ^ "UNO Hall of Fame adds trio of atheles". Retrieved October 4, 2009. 
  4. ^
  5. ^ a b c d "MarTay Jenkins # - WR". Retrieved October 4, 2009. 
  6. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l "MarTay Jenkins, WR, CFL Player News". Retrieved October 4, 2009. 
  7. ^ "Rattlers add MarTay Jenkins". October 21, 2004. Retrieved October 4, 2009. 
  8. ^ "Arizona Rattlers Historical Transactions". Retrieved October 4, 2009. 

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