J. J. Stokes

Jeral Jamal Stokes (born October 6, 1972) is a retired American football wide receiver. Stokes played in the National Football League (NFL) for nine seasons. He played college football for UCLA, and was recognized as an All-American. A first-round selection in the 1995 NFL Draft,drafted by the San Francisco 49ers ,he played professionally for the San Francisco 49ers, Jacksonville Jaguars and New England Patriots of the NFL.

J. J. Stokes
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Position:Wide receiver
Personal information
Born:October 6, 1972 (age 46)
San Diego, California
Height:6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Weight:218 lb (99 kg)
Career information
High school:San Diego (CA) Point Loma
NFL Draft:1995 / Round: 1 / Pick: 10
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Receiving yards:4,293
Receiving touchdowns:30
Player stats at NFL.com
Player stats at PFR

Early years

Stokes was born in San Diego, California.[1] He attended Point Loma High School in San Diego,[2] where he was part of a talented high school football team that included quarterback Dan White and lineman La'Roi Glover. The team was coached throughout Stokes' four years by local legend Bennie Edens.

College career

While attending University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), Stokes played for the UCLA Bruins football team from 1991 to 1994. His breakout season came in his junior year when he was named the Pac-10 Offensive Player of the Year. Stokes' junior season was rewarded with a top ten finish in the balloting for that year's Heisman Trophy, being the only junior recognized. Stokes' junior season ended with first-team All-American recognition by The Sporting News, AP, UPI, and Kodak. Stokes' senior year began as the nation's leading Heisman contender but was quickly sidetracked by a severe upper thigh contusion suffered in the season's first game. Stokes still holds UCLA school records for receiving touchdowns in a season (17 in 1993), receiving touchdowns in a career (28), receiving yards in a game (263 vs. USC in 1992) and receptions in a game (14 vs. Wisconsin, 1994 Rose Bowl), among others.

On October 9, 2009, Stokes was inducted into the UCLA Athletics Hall of Fame.

  • 1991: 5 catches for 55 yards.[3]
  • 1992: 41 catches for 728 yards with 7 TD.
  • 1993: 82 catches for 1181 yards with 17 TD.
  • 1994: 26 catches for 505 yards with 4 TD.

Professional career

Stokes was selected with the first round (tenth overall pick) of the 1995 NFL Draft by the San Francisco 49ers,[4] and he played for the 49ers from 1995 to 2002.[5] The 49ers traded up 20 spots to the No. 10 pick in the first round of the draft to select Stokes.[6] After a slow start to his rookie season, the former Bruin ultimately netted 38 receptions for 517 yards and four touchdowns, the last of which was tossed by Jerry Rice.

During the 1996 season, Stokes suffered a broken hand and missed most of the season, leading to the emergence of the 49ers' third round pick in the 1996 NFL Draft, wide receiver Terrell Owens.

In 1997, with Rice sidelined with a torn ACL, Stokes and Owens formed a formidable duo for quarterback Steve Young, with Stokes hauling in 58 passes for 733 yards and four touchdowns. Once Rice returned, Stokes' production did not falter as he would achieve career highs in receptions (63), yards (770) and touchdowns (eight). Stokes was also the recipient of Denver linebacker Bill Romanowski spitting in his face during a Monday Night Football game in December 1997.[7]

Along with the rest of the team, Stokes' production dropped in 1999 as a result of Young's career-ending concussion in a Monday night game in Arizona. Football Outsiders called Stokes "the league's least valuable receiver" in 1999.[8]

The 49ers released him in 2003 and he was initially signed by the Jacksonville Jaguars before going to New England. Stokes was rarely used in the Patriots offense, only contributing 15 catches for 154 yards during the 2003 campaign. New England released him and activated fullback Larry Centers near the end of the season.[9] However, he was re-signed by the Patriots prior to the AFC Championship Game.[10]

Life after football

He worked as a radio host for the ESPN radio affiliate based out of Modesto, California. Currently, he works as an analyst for Fox Sports on UCLA's football games and for high school football on the internet in Southern California.

See also


  1. ^ National Football League, Historical Players, J. J. Stokes. Retrieved February 10, 2012.
  2. ^ databaseFootball.com, Players, J. J. Stokes Archived 2012-03-26 at the Wayback Machine. Retrieved February 10, 2012.
  3. ^ "J.J. Stokes College & Pro Football Statistics - Totalfootballstats.com". www.totalfootballstats.com.
  4. ^ Pro Football Hall of Fame, Draft History, 1995 National Football League Draft. Retrieved February 10, 2012.
  5. ^ Pro-Football-Reference.com, Players, J. J. Stokes. Retrieved February 10, 2012.
  6. ^ Canepa, Nick (January 31, 2014). "Stokes in line to catch a ring; a pass is less likely". The San Diego Union-Tribune. Archived from the original on October 10, 2014.
  7. ^ "Monday Night Football Incident". highbeam.com.
  8. ^ Outsiders, Football. "FOOTBALL OUTSIDERS: Innovative Statistics, Intelligent Analysis - 1999 DVOA Ratings and Commentary". www.footballoutsiders.com.
  9. ^ "NFL Players". www.nfl.com.
  10. ^ Stellino, Vito (January 28, 2004). "Stokes takes unusual route to Super Bowl". The Times-Union. Archived from the original on October 10, 2014.
1992 UCLA Bruins football team

The 1992 UCLA Bruins football team represented the University of California, Los Angeles in the 1992 NCAA Division I-A football season.

1993 All-Pacific-10 Conference football team

The 1993 All-Pacific-10 Conference football team consists of American football players chosen by various organizations for All-Pac-12 Conference teams for the 1993 Pacific-10 Conference football season. The UCLA Bruins, Arizona Wildcats, and USC Trojans could all claim a conference championship, posting 6–2 conference records. UCLA wide receiver J. J. Stokes was voted Pac-10 Offensive Player of the Year. Arizona defensive tackle Rob Waldrop was voted Pac-10 Defensive Player of the Year.

1993 College Football All-America Team

The 1993 College Football All-America team is composed of college football players who were selected as All-Americans by various organizations and publications that chose College Football All-America Teams in 1993. It is an honor given annually to the best American college football players at their respective positions.

The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) recognizes seven selectors as "official" for the 1993 season. They are: (1) the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA); (2) the Associated Press (AP) selected based on the votes of sports writers at AP newspapers; (3) Football News; (4) the Football Writers Association of America (FWAA); (4) The Sporting News; (6) the United Press International (UPI); and (7) the Walter Camp Football Foundation (WCFF). Other notable selectors included Gannett News Service (GNS), Scripps Howard (SH), and the Newspaper Enterprise Association (NEA).Ten players were unanimously selected as first-team All-Americans by all seven of the NCAA-recognized selectors. They are: quarterback Charlie Ward of Florida State; running backs Marshall Faulk of San Diego State and LeShon Johnson of Northern Illinois; wide receiver J. J. Stokes of UCLA; center Jim Pyne of Virginia Tech; offensive tackle Aaron Taylor of Notre Dame; defensive tackle Rob Waldrop of Arizona; linebackers Trev Alberts of Nebraska and Derrick Brooks of Florida State; and defensive back Antonio Langham of Alabama. Charlie Ward also won the 1993 Heisman Trophy.

1993 Pacific-10 Conference football season

The Pacific-10 Conference football season in 1993 ended in a three-way tie for first place between the UCLA Bruins, USC Trojans, and Arizona Wildcats. UCLA won 27–21 over their crosstown rival, USC, to earn the conference's bid to the 1994 Rose Bowl.

1993 UCLA Bruins football team

The 1993 UCLA Bruins football team represented the University of California, Los Angeles in the 1993 NCAA Division I-A football season. They played their home games at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California and were coached by Terry Donahue. It was Donahue's 18th season as the UCLA head coach. The Bruins finished 8–4 overall, and were Pacific-10 Conference co-champions with a 6–2 record. The Bruins were invited to play in the Rose Bowl against Wisconsin on January 1, 1994. The team was ranked #18 in the final AP Poll and #17 in the final Coaches Poll.

1994 Rose Bowl

The 1994 Rose Bowl was a college football bowl game played on January 1, 1994. It was the 80th Rose Bowl Game. The Wisconsin Badgers defeated the UCLA Bruins 21–16. Running back Brent Moss of Wisconsin was named the Rose Bowl Player of the Game.

1994 UCLA Bruins football team

The 1994 UCLA Bruins football team represented the University of California, Los Angeles in the 1994 NCAA Division I-A football season. The Bruins began the season ranked No. 14. By the end of the season, the team tied for fifth place in the Pacific-10 Conference.

1995 NFL Draft

The 1995 NFL draft was the procedure by which National Football League teams selected amateur college football players. It is officially known as the NFL Annual Player Selection Meeting. The draft was held April 22–23, 1995 at the Paramount Theatre at Madison Square Garden in New York City, New York. At the time of the draft, the Raiders were still based in Los Angeles. They would officially return to Oakland after a 13-year hiatus in July 1995. Additionally, the former Los Angeles Rams had gotten approval to move to St. Louis shortly before the draft on April 13 (they would return to Los Angeles in 2016). The league also held a supplemental draft after the regular draft and before the regular season.

There were 32 picks in the first round of this draft as the two expansion teams each received two extra picks between the first and second rounds. The Carolina Panthers, having selected second in the 1995 NFL Expansion Draft, were awarded the first overall pick in this draft and the Jacksonville Jaguars, having picked first in the expansion draft, selected second. The Panthers, however, traded their number one pick to the Cincinnati Bengals for the Bengals' fifth overall pick and their fourth pick in the second round. The Panthers were also stripped of two later supplemental picks, numbers 61 and 191, for improperly recruiting the Pittsburgh Steelers Defensive Coordinator, Dom Capers, as their Head Coach.This marked only the third time to date in NFL History that two Hall of Fame players were selected by the same team in the same round (the other being the Bears in 1965 draft and the Ravens in the 1996 NFL Draft.) The Tampa Bay Buccaneers selected Warren Sapp with the 12th overall pick and Derrick Brooks with the 28th overall pick. The two future Hall of Famers would go on to lead a strong defense which contributed heavily to the win in Super Bowl XXXVII.

1995 San Francisco 49ers season

The 1995 San Francisco 49ers season was the team's 46th year with the National Football League, and 50th season of overall existence.

Fresh from their trip to the Super Bowl, the 49ers lost cornerback Deion Sanders to Dallas and running back Ricky Watters to Philadelphia. Despite a mediocre 5–4 start, the 49ers went 11–5 and for the fourth straight time, they repeated as NFC West champions. The 49ers finished the season as the league's top scoring offense, averaging 28.6 points per game. They also finished number one in total defense, surrendering just 275 yards per game, along with being the top rushing defense and finishing second in points allowed. However, a stunning 27–17 loss to Brett Favre and the Green Bay Packers in the Divisional Game stripped the 49ers of their title defense. This would be the first of three consecutive seasons that the Packers ended the 49ers' season.

Jerry Rice had his best season, catching a career-high 122 receptions along with 1,848 receiving yards and 15 total touchdowns.

It was also the final season the 49ers wore their Super Bowl era uniforms.

1997 San Francisco 49ers season

The 1997 San Francisco 49ers season was the team's 48th year with the National Football League. The franchise appeared in the NFC Championship Game for the fifth time in the 1990s. This season marked their last appearance in the NFC title game until the 2011 season. The team's playoff run was ended by the Green Bay Packers for the third straight year.

1998 San Francisco 49ers season

The 1998 San Francisco 49ers season was the team's 49th year with the National Football League.

The season saw the return of Jerry Rice, who missed most of 1997 with a major knee injury.

After defeating the Packers in the Wildcard round, thanks to a game-winning catch by young Terrell Owens, San Francisco's season ended with a defeat to the Atlanta Falcons the following week. The Falcons then defeated the 15–1 Minnesota Vikings in the title game, but they lost to the Denver Broncos in the Super Bowl.

The Divisional round was Steve Young's final playoff appearance as he suffered a concussion in Week 3 of the next season, ending his 15-year NFL career.

1999 San Francisco 49ers season

The 1999 San Francisco 49ers season was the team's 50th year with the National Football League. This would also be Steve Young's last season as he was forced to retire due to concussions.

San Francisco started the season with a 3–1 record, but Young suffered his season- and career-ending concussion against the Arizona Cardinals in Week 3. After defeating the Cardinals and the Tennessee Titans without Young, the 49ers went on to lose ten of the remaining eleven games of the season. It was the first time the team had missed the postseason since 1991, their second time missing the postseason in 17 seasons, and their first losing season (excluding the strike shortened 1982 season, as well as their first season without at least 10 wins) since 1980.

Statistics site Football Outsiders calculates that the 1999 49ers had the second-worst pass defense they had ever tracked.

2000 San Francisco 49ers season

The 2000 San Francisco 49ers season was the team's 51st year with the National Football League. Jerry Rice entered the 2000 season as the oldest player in the league at the wide receiver position. However, with the emergence of Terrell Owens, Rice decided to leave the team after sixteen seasons.

The 49ers improved from 4–12 in 1999 to 6–10, but still suffered back-to-back losing seasons for the first time since four consecutive losing seasons from 1977 to 1980.

Without Steve Young, who retired after the 1999 season, the 49ers fully relied on second-year quarterback Jeff Garcia, who enjoyed his best season, and being named to the Pro Bowl after this season.

2001 San Francisco 49ers season

The 2001 San Francisco 49ers season was the franchise’s 55th season and 51st in the National Football League. The 49ers rebounded from two losing seasons in 1999 and 2000, achieving their first winning season under quarterback Jeff Garcia and returning to the playoffs. However, the 49ers failed to progress further and fell 25–15 to the Green Bay Packers in the Wildcard round. The Packers would go on to lose 45–17 to the eventual NFC Champion St. Louis Rams the following week, with Brett Favre’s six interceptions giving the 49ers’ conquerors no chance.

Bennie Edens

Bennie Edens (December 7, 1925 – February 8, 2008) was the head football coach at Point Loma High School from 1950 to 1998. He received many individual coaching awards (including NFL High School Coach of the Year), coached the team to 5 CIF championships, and finished his career with the most wins at a single school of any coach in section history. The football stadium at Point Loma High School is named in his honor.

Bill Romanowski

William Thomas Romanowski (born April 2, 1966) is a former American football linebacker. He played in the National Football League (NFL) for the San Francisco 49ers, Philadelphia Eagles, Denver Broncos, and Oakland Raiders.

Dan White (quarterback)

Dan White (born September 14, 1972) was the starting quarterback for the University of Arizona football team from 1993–1995, a span which included the Wildcats' only Pac-10 championship to date, as well as a record-setting Fiesta Bowl victory.

Roxy Bernstein

Allen Samuel "Roxy" Bernstein (born September 25, 1972) is an American sportscaster.

UCLA Bruins football statistical leaders

The UCLA Bruins football statistical leaders are individual statistical leaders of the UCLA Bruins football program in various categories, including passing, rushing, receiving, total offense, defensive stats, and kicking. Within those areas, the lists identify single-game, single-season, and career leaders. The Bruins represent the University of California, Los Angeles in the NCAA's Pac-12 Conference.

Although UCLA began competing in intercollegiate football in 1919, these lists are dominated by more recent players for several reasons:

Since 1919, seasons have increased from 8 games to 11 and then 12 games in length.

The NCAA didn't allow freshmen to play varsity football until 1972 (with the exception of the World War II years), allowing players to have four-year careers.

Bowl games only began counting toward single-season and career statistics in 2002. The Bruins have played in 11 bowl games since this decision, giving many recent players an extra game to accumulate statistics.These lists are updated through the end of the 2018 season.

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