Willie Jefferson

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Willie Jefferson
No. 5 – Winnipeg Blue Bombers
Position:Defensive end
Personal information
Born: (1991-01-31) January 31, 1991 (age 28)
Beaumont, Texas
Height:6 ft 7 in (2.01 m)
Weight:245 lb (111 kg)
Career information
High school:Beaumont (TX) Ozen
College:Stephen F. Austin
Undrafted:2013
Career history
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Roster status:Active
CFL status:International
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Tackles:2
Sacks:0.0
Interceptions:0
Forced fumbles:0
Player stats at NFL.com
Career CFL statistics as of 2018
Tackles:151
Sacks:43
Interceptions:3
Forced Fumbles:12
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 Winnipeg Blue Bombers 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, Saskatchewan Roughriders, 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]

Winnipeg Blue Bombers[edit]

On February 12, 2019, it was announced that Jefferson had signed a one-year deal with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers through the 2019 season. Jefferson felt the Roughriders' offer did not match his market value; he was also courted by the Toronto Argonauts, but signed with the Blue Bombers for $210,000 CND.[12] Jefferson's most notable performance came against Edmonton, where he recorded 4 tackles (two for a loss), 3 sacks, forced 2 fumbles, recovered another fumble, knocked down two passes, recovered an onside kick attempt, and scored a rouge when he kicked a fumble through the endzone.[13] By season's end, Jefferson played in all 18 games and made 24 tackles and caught an interception; he also set new career highs for sacks and forced fumbles, with 12 and 6 respectively. For the second consecutive year, Jefferson won the award for both Most Outstanding Player, and Defensive Player for his team.[14]

References[edit]

  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.
  12. ^ https://3downnation.com/2019/08/27/willie-jefferson-lowballed-by-riders-took-less-choosing-bombers/
  13. ^ https://nationalpost.com/sports/football/cfl/winnipeg-bluebombers/bombshells-bombers-raving-about-dominant-performance-from-defensive-end-willie-jefferson/wcm/a87f2533-77bc-4406-b880-d9cc1ed12706
  14. ^ https://www.cfl.ca/2019/10/30/cfl-announces-2019-team-award-winners/

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