|Jayron Kearse Quick Info|
|Height||6 ft 4 in|
|Date of Birth||February 11, 1994|
|Eye Color||Dark Brown|
Jayron Kearse is an American football safety who played college football at Clemson. He was drafted in the seventh round of the 2016 NFL Draft by the Minnesota Vikings. He has also played as a safety for the Dallas Cowboys of the National Football League (NFL).
Fort Myers, Lee County, Florida, United States
Jayron Kearse attended Cypress Lake High School located in Cypress Lake, Florida. He then transferred to South Fort Myers High School as a senior in 2012.
In August 2011, he committed to play college football at Auburn University but then committed to the University of Miami in January 2012. However, he later ended up committing to Clemson University on August 2, 2012, and stated: “I chose Clemson because the coaches are genuine people that care about their athletes, and is just a great place to be with a group of guys who all want the best for you.”
Professional Football Player
- Others – Jevon Kearse (Uncle) (Former professional football player who was a defensive end for 11 seasons in the National Football League (NFL) during the late 1990s and 2000s), Phillip Buchanon (Cousin) (Former American football cornerback who played in the National Football League (NFL))
6 ft 4 in or 193 cm
98 kg or 216 lbs
Race / Ethnicity
Jayron Kearse Facts
- He was arrested on a felony charge of robbery with another minor in Fort Myers, Florida in the summer of 2008. He has credited the incident as a “turning point” in his life.
- As a sophomore at Cypress Lake High School, Jayron Kearse was named the starting quarterback on a team that ran a Wing T offense, posting 1,049 rushing yards, 13 rushing touchdowns, and 5 passing touchdowns.
- During his time at South Fort Myers High School, he played as a safety, running back, and wide receiver. He helped lead his team to an 11–2 record, after rushing for 528 yards (12.3 yards per carry) and five touchdowns, to go along with five more receiving scores while averaging 18.9 yards per reception; as a safety on defense, he tallied 87 tackles, three sacks and one interception.
- Jayron Kearse was rated as a four-star recruit by Rivals.com as well as the No. 16 athlete in the nation according to both Rivals and 247Sports.com. He was considered as the 7th best outside linebacker in the class of 2012 by Scout.com while MaxPreps listed him as the 15th best athlete in the nation and considered him a four-star recruit.
- He played in 12 games with three starts, compiling 55 tackles (0.5 for loss), a career-high four interceptions, and one forced fumble as a true freshman.
- In 2014, Jayron Kearse became a full-time starter at strong safety (12 out of 13 starts) as a sophomore and recorded 67 tackles (5 for loss), two interceptions, 7 pass breakups, three sacks and one fumble recovery.
- In the 2016 NFL Draft, he was picked by the Minnesota Vikings in the 7th round as the 244th overall. Jayron Kearse later stated, “I threw the caps on the ground after I was drafted”, adding, “The Vikings gave me a shot. 31 passed on me, so 31 got thrown on the ground. The Vikings are the lucky ones. I’m definitely going to make the other 31 pay.”
- He signed a one-year, $2.75 million contract with the Detroit Lions on March 27, 2020.
- Jayron Kearse was suspended for the first three games of the 2020 season on July 31, 2020, for violating the NFL’s substance-abuse policy.
- He was signed to the Baltimore Ravens‘ practice squad on December 31, 2020.
- On March 30, 2021, he signed as a free agent with the Dallas Cowboys. He started in 15 games and recorded 101 tackles (nine for loss), one sack, two interceptions, and 10 passes defensed, all career-highs.
- Jayron Kearse signed a two-year, $10 million contract extension with the Dallas Cowboys on March 21, 2022.
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