Jay Alford

Jason Jamaal Alford (born May 28, 1983) is a former American football defensive tackle. He most recently played for the Saskatchewan Roughriders. He was drafted by the New York Giants in the third round of the 2007 NFL Draft. He played college football at Penn State.

Alford has also been a member of the Oakland Raiders and Seattle Seahawks. In 2007, Alford served as the Giants' long snapper during field goal attempts, due to a season-ending injury to Ryan Kuehl.[1] Alford won Super Bowl XLII in his first season, sacking Tom Brady in the final minute of the Giants' 17–14 win over the New England Patriots.

Jay Alford
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Alford signing autographs at Penn State in 2008
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Position:Defensive tackle
Personal information
Born:May 28, 1983 (age 35)
Orange, New Jersey
Height:6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Weight:304 lb (138 kg)
Career information
High school:Orange (NJ)
College:Penn State
NFL Draft:2007 / Round: 3 / Pick: 81
Career history
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Total tackles:18
Sacks:3.5
Forced fumbles:0
Fumble recoveries:0
Player stats at NFL.com
Player stats at PFR

Early career

Alford attended Orange High School about 30 minutes from Giants Stadium. He was a three-year starter who was selected First-team All-State, U.S. Army All-American and was listed among the G&W Recruiting Report Top 50 defensive players in the nation.

College career

Alford was a four-year starter for the Nittany Lions. He played in 46 games with 41 starts for the Nittany Lions and recorded 118 tackles (60 solo), 32 tackles for losses and 19 sacks. He also recovered four fumbles, forced three fumbles, deflected 12 passes and registered three quarterback pressures. He was named Third-team All-America selection by the Associated Press and was All-Big Ten selection as a junior and senior. Alford finished his senior season with 32 tackles and eight sacks. Alford earned a Bachelor of Arts in Integrative Arts from Penn State in 2006. He was selected for Penn State's Jim O’Hora Award which honors the defense’s most improved player each season.

Professional career

National Football League

Pre-draft

Pre-draft measureables[2][3]
Height Weight 40-yard dash 10-yard split 20-yard split 20 ss 3-cone Vert Broad BP Wonderlic
6-3⅜* 304 * 5.07 ** 1.72 * 3.01 * 4.53 * 7.48 * 25½" * 8'07" * 23 * X
* represents NFL Combine **represents Penn State Pro Day"X" Denotes "No Data" or "Did Not Participate"

New York Giants

Alford's most memorable moment with the Giants was a devastating sack of Tom Brady in Super Bowl XLII. With less than one minute remaining in the game and the New England Patriots down 17–14 with possession of the ball, Alford sacked Brady resulting in a 3rd and 20 situation. The Giants went on to shock the previously undefeated Patriots 17–14 in the greatest upset in Super Bowl history. As a rookie in 2007, Alford played in all 16 regular season games and all 4 postseason games. He was the snapper for field goals and extra points all season. He finished with 8 tackles (1 solo), 1 sack, 5 QB hurries and 2 QB hits. In 2008, he played in all 16 regular season games with 3 starts and played in the NFC Divisional Playoff game vs. Philadelphia. He finished with 26 tackles (9 solo), 2.5 sacks, 3 tackles for losses, 4 QB hurries, 7 QB hits, and 1 pass defensed. Alford missed the 2009 NFL season after he tore his MCL and partially tore his ACL in the preseason. He was waived on September 4, 2010.

On September 8, 2010, Alford signed with the Oakland Raiders. He was waived on October 6. He then spent the following offseason with the Seattle Seahawks, but did not make the final roster.

United Football League

Virginia Destroyers

Alford signed with the Virginia Destroyers of the UFL. It was the Destroyers' inaugural season in the UFL, and Alford helped lead them to a victory in the 2011 UFL Championship Game over the two-time defending champion Las Vegas Locos.[4] The win gives Alford a championship in both the NFL and UFL.

Canadian Football League

Saskatchewan Roughriders

Alford signed with the Saskatchewan Roughriders of the Canadian Football League on June 17, 2012.[5]

Alford was cut June 25, 2012 in training camp, but was re-signed on August 7, 2012.[6] He played in 10 regular season games for the Roughriders during the 2012 season, making 11 tackles and two sacks.[7]

He was released by the team on May 23, 2013.

Personal life

Alford was born in Orange, New Jersey and raised by his grandmother.[8] He was a standout player at Orange High School, where he was named All-State, a U.S. Army All-American, and was listed among the G&W Recruiting Report Top 50 defensive players in the nation. Alford also was named to the Prep Star Dream Team.[9]

On February 29, 2008, Alford was awarded the City of Orange Township's Key to the City.[10]

References

  1. ^ Ken Palmer (August 28, 2007). "Strahan Decision Forthcoming". Scout.com. Retrieved December 23, 2016.
  2. ^ "The Official Website of the Chicago Bears".
  3. ^ "position_rankings NFL Draft". Sporting News.
  4. ^ "Virginia Destroyers of UFL give Marty Schottenheimer first pro title". ESPN.com.
  5. ^ "Roughrider Roster Moves". Saskatchewan Roughriders. June 17, 2012.
  6. ^ "Riders sign two". Saskatchewan Roughriders. August 7, 2012.
  7. ^ Maher, Tod; Gill, Bob (2013). The Canadian Pro Football Encyclopedia: Every Player, Coach and Game, 1946–2012. Maher Sports Media. p. 142. ISBN 978-0983513667.
  8. ^ "Alford Meets the Media". Scout.com. April 29, 2007.
  9. ^ "Giants.com - The Official Website of the New York Giants".
  10. ^ "Orange embraces Alford, its NY Giant". NJ.com.

External links

2002 Penn State Nittany Lions football team

The 2002 Penn State Nittany Lions football team represented the Pennsylvania State University in the 2002 NCAA Division I-A football season. The team's head coach was Joe Paterno. It played its home games at Beaver Stadium in University Park, Pennsylvania.

2005 All-Big Ten Conference football team

The 2005 All-Big Ten Conference football team consists of American football players chosen as All-Big Ten Conference players for the 2005 NCAA Division I-A football season. The conference recognizes two official All-Big Ten selectors: (1) the Big Ten conference coaches selected separate offensive and defensive units and named first- and second-team players (the "Coaches" team); and (2) a panel of sports writers and broadcasters covering the Big Ten also selected offensive and defensive units and named first- and second-team players (the "Media" team).

2005 Penn State Nittany Lions football team

The 2005 Penn State Nittany Lions football team represented the Pennsylvania State University in the 2005 NCAA Division I-A football season. The team's head coach was Joe Paterno. It played its home games at Beaver Stadium in University Park, Pennsylvania.

2006 All-Big Ten Conference football team

The 2006 All-Big Ten Conference football team consists of American football players chosen as All-Big Ten Conference players for the 2006 Big Ten Conference football season. The conference recognizes two official All-Big Ten selectors: (1) the Big Ten conference coaches selected separate offensive and defensive units and named first- and second-team players (the "Coaches" team); and (2) a panel of sports writers and broadcasters covering the Big Ten also selected offensive and defensive units and named first- and second-team players (the "Media" team).

2006 Penn State Nittany Lions football team

The 2006 Penn State Nittany Lions football team represented the Pennsylvania State University in the 2006 NCAA Division I FBS football season. The team's head coach was Joe Paterno. It played its home games at Beaver Stadium in University Park, Pennsylvania.

2007 NFL Draft

The 2007 National Football League draft took place at Radio City Music Hall in New York City, New York, on April 28 and April 29, 2007. The draft was televised for the 28th consecutive year on ESPN and ESPN2. The NFL Network also broadcast coverage of the event, its second year doing so. There were 255 draft selections: 223 regular selections (instead of the typical 224) and 32 compensatory selections. A supplemental draft was also held after the regular draft and before the regular season. This was the first draft presided over by new NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell.

The first round was the longest in the history of the NFL draft, lasting six hours, eight minutes. One of the big stories of the draft was the fall of Notre Dame quarterback Brady Quinn. Quinn had been projected as a potential first overall pick in early mock drafts and had been invited to attend the draft in person, but he wasn't selected until the 22nd pick in the first round by the Cleveland Browns, who acquired the pick in a trade with the Dallas Cowboys. Louisiana State University quarterback JaMarcus Russell was selected first overall by the Oakland Raiders after he had replaced Quinn as the projected first selection among most analysts following his performance in the 2007 Sugar Bowl against Quinn and Notre Dame. Russell is considered by many as one of the biggest draft busts in NFL history, and Quinn also had a largely unsuccessful pro career.Those selections notwithstanding, Bleacher Report named the 2007 draft class the "greatest draft class in the last 25 years" in 2012 due to the heavy volume of reliable starters, as well as players selected that are now widely regarded as future Hall of Famers, such as Patrick Willis, Darrelle Revis, and Marshal Yanda; first round selections Calvin Johnson, Joe Thomas, and Adrian Peterson are widely regarded as being among the greatest to ever play at their respective positions.

2008 New York Giants season

The 2008 New York Giants season was the franchise's 84th season in the National Football League (NFL) as the team looked to defend its Super Bowl XLII title. They improved upon their 10–6 record from 2007, becoming NFC East champions and finished with the #1 seed in the NFC playoffs for the only time in the Tom Coughlin era. Despite a franchise best 11–1 start and clinching the number 1 seed for the first time in eight years, the Giants lost four of their last five games, including their first playoff game against the Eagles, ending their season.

The Giants qualified for the postseason for the fourth consecutive year, marking the first time in club history that they had accomplished that. This was also the first time that the Giants made the playoffs the year after making the Super Bowl, after missing the playoffs in 1987 (following win in Super Bowl XXI), 1991 (following win in Super Bowl XXV), and 2001 (following loss in Super Bowl XXXV).

The 2008 Giants became the fifth team in NFL history with two players to rush for more than 1,000 yards: Brandon Jacobs (1,089) and Derrick Ward (1,025).This season was the last season the Giants had 11+ wins until 8 years later in 2016 when the Giants went 11-5.

2011 Virginia Destroyers season

The 2011 Virginia Destroyers season was the third season for the United Football League franchise and its first since relocating from Orlando, where they played as the Florida Tuskers. Guided by head coach and general manager Marty Schottenheimer, the Destroyers finished the truncated regular season with a 3–1 record and defeated Las Vegas 17–3 in the October 21 Championship Game for the franchise's first UFL title.

2012 Saskatchewan Roughriders season

The 2012 Saskatchewan Roughriders season was the 55th season for the team in the Canadian Football League. The Roughriders finished the season in 3rd place in the West Division with an 8–10 record, improving upon their 5–13 record from 2011. The Roughriders qualified for the playoffs and lost to the Calgary Stampeders in the Western Semi-Final.

During the off-season, the Roughriders hired Corey Chamblin as their head coach after Ken Miller had retired.

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