Willie Jefferson

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Willie Jefferson
No. 7 – Saskatchewan Roughriders
Position:Defensive end
Personal information
Born: (1991-01-31) January 31, 1991 (age 27)
Beaumont, Texas
Height:6 ft 6 in (1.98 m)
Weight:245 lb (111 kg)
Career information
High school:Beaumont (TX) Ozen
College:Stephen F. Austin
Career history
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Roster status:Active
CFL status:International
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Forced fumbles:0
Player stats at NFL.com
Career CFL statistics as of 2018
Forced Fumbles:6
Defensive Touchdowns:3
Player stats at CFL.ca

Willie Hebert Jefferson III[1] (born January 31, 1991) is a Canadian football defensive end for the Saskatchewan Roughriders of the Canadian Football League (CFL). He played college football at Stephen F. Austin. He has also been a member of the Houston Texans, Edmonton Eskimos, and Washington Redskins.

Early years[edit]

He attended Ozen High School. He was selected to the 4A all-state second-team in his senior year in high school.[2] He was selected to the First-team All-District 20-4 and Port Arthur News Super Team while at high school.[2]

College career[edit]

He started his career as a wide receiver at Baylor University but was kicked off of the team after he and teammate Josh Gordon were found asleep in Jefferson's car at a local Taco Bell with marijuana in the car. Jefferson, who was driving, was kicked off the team due to it being his second violation. He transferred to Stephen F Austin and was named 2011 Southland Conference Newcomer of the Year in his Junior season. He led the Southland Conference in sacks with 16.[2] He was selected to the Sports Network All-America second team, Phil Steele's Magazine All-America third team.[2]

Professional career[edit]

Houston Texans[edit]

On April 27, 2013, he signed with the Houston Texans as an undrafted free agent following the 2013 NFL Draft.[3]

The Texans released Jefferson, along with two others players, on October 21 for unspecified violations of team rules prior to a game in Kansas City.[4]

Edmonton Eskimos[edit]

In 2014, Jefferson signed with the Edmonton Eskimos of the Canadian Football League (CFL).[5] Jefferson played for two seasons with the Eskimos, playing in 35 games, contributing 40 defensive tackles, 10 quarterback sacks, and three forced fumbles.

Washington Redskins[edit]

Jefferson signed a futures contract with the Washington Redskins on January 14, 2016.[6] On August 27, 2016, Jefferson was waived by the Redskins.[7]

Saskatchewan Roughriders[edit]

In September 2016, Jefferson returned to the CFL and signed with the Saskatchewan Roughriders rejoining his head coach from Edmonton.[8] Jefferson was named a CFL All-Star in 2017, and in 2018 was nominated as the teams Most Outstanding Player and Most Outstanding Defensive Player after recording his first season with double digit sacks, and a pair of interceptions returned for touchdowns.[9] Jefferson was again named to the CFL All-Star Team alongside teammate Charleston Hughes.[10][11]


  1. ^ "Baylor Bears Profile". baylorbears.com.
  2. ^ a b c d "Stephen F. Austin Profile". sfajacks.cstv.com.
  3. ^ "Texans sign four draft picks, 23 undrafted free agents". nbcsports.com. Retrieved May 10, 2013.
  4. ^ Ganguli, Tania (October 21, 2013). "Sources: Pot reason Texans cut 3". ESPN.com. Retrieved October 22, 2013.
  5. ^ "Edmonton Eskimos have their own no. 99 in Willie Jefferson". edmontonsun.com.
  6. ^ Smith, Michael (January 14, 2016). "Former Texans troublemaker Willie Jefferson lands in Washington". NBCSports.com. Retrieved January 31, 2016.
  7. ^ "8/27:Redskins Make Roster Moves". Redskins.com.
  8. ^ "Willie Jefferson returns to the CFL wearing green, but not the shade of the double-E". Edmonton Journal. 2016-09-29. Retrieved 2018-10-31.
  9. ^ "CFL announces 2018 team award winners - CFL.ca". CFL.ca. 2018-10-31. Retrieved 2018-10-31.
  10. ^ https://www.cfl.ca/2018/11/07/star-power-2018-cfl-divisional-stars-announced/
  11. ^ "Stars aligned: 2018 CFL All-Stars unveiled". Canadian Football League. Retrieved 2018-12-04.

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