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Jevon Kearse
DE #90
Height:
6-4
Weight:
265
College:
Florida
Experience:
11

Biography

6’4” • 265 lbs. • Born: 9.3.76 • Exp. (NFL/Titans): 11/7 • FA – 2008 • Florida

Pro Bowls (3): 1999, 2000, 2001

PRO: Jevon Kearse was re-signed by the Titans on March 6, 2008, re-uniting the three-time Pro Bowler with the club that drafted him in 1999. In his first season back in Tennessee in 2008, he was the only defensive lineman to start all 16 games and he collected 19 quarterback pressures, which ranked him third on the club, as well as 3.5 sacks. A veteran of 10 NFL seasons, Kearse spent the previous four seasons in Philadelphia after beginning his career with the Titans. Regarded as a pass-rushing phenom, he led his team in sacks in six of his first seven NFL seasons. The 6-foot-4, 265-pound defender, who earned the nickname “The Freak” during his playing days at the University of Florida, has played in 127 career games. His statistics include 492 tackles, 73 sacks, one interception and 32 forced fumbles. Including Kearse’s original tenure with the Titans (1999-03), he has registered a total of 51 sacks, a figure that ranks sixth in team history. He won the Associated Press NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year Award in 1999 after setting a rookie record with 14.5 sacks. He also set a league record with 12 consecutive games with at least a half sack, a record that spanned from his rookie season into the 2000 campaign (10/31/99-9/10/00). With 26 sacks during his first two NFL seasons, he ranked third in league history behind only Reggie White (31) and Derrick Thomas (30). He became just the fourth player in NFL history to record double-digit sacks in each of his first three seasons, joining Anthony Smith, Reggie White and Derrick Thomas. He also earned Pro Bowl honors following the 1999, 2000 and 2001 seasons. Kearse signed in Philadelphia as an unrestricted free agent in 2004. In 45 regular season games with the Eagles, he totaled 133 tackles and 22 sacks. In his first season there, his arrival helped solidify the Eagles defense, and the team advanced to Super Bowl XXXIX. He led the Eagles with 7.5 sacks in both 2004 and 2005, but appeared in only two contests in 2006 as a result of a left knee injury. In 2007, he returned to play in 14 games with eight starts, but Philadelphia terminated his contract on Feb. 28, 2008. Kearse originally was selected by the Titans in the first round (16th overall) of the 1999 NFL Draft.

2009 (6/4/0/10): Posted 11 tackles, a sack and three quarterback pressures … Ranks sixth in franchise history with 52 sacks … Tied for the team lead in sacks once in 2009 (at PIT) … Led the team in quarterback pressures once in 2009 (vs. HST).

at Pittsburgh (9/10): Started at defensive end and collected three tackles, including a sack … Came off the edge and dropped Ben Roethlisberger for a six-yard sack in the fourth quarter. Houston (9/20): Started at defensive end and notched two tackles and a team-best three quarterback pressures. at N.Y. Jets (9/27): Started at defensive end and recorded three tackles and a fumble recovery … Recovered a Mark Sanchez fumble at the Titans’ 45-yard line after Tony Brown strip-sacked the rookie in the second quarter. at Jacksonville (10/4): Started at defensive end and recorded a tackle. Indianapolis (10/11): Inactive. at New England (10/18): Inactive. Jacksonville (11/1): Inactive. at San Francisco (11/8): Inactive. Buffalo (11/15): Inactive. at Houston (11/23): Inactive. Arizona (11/29): Played as a reserve at defensive end and recorded a solo tackle in the Titans’ 20-17 come-from-behind victory. at Indianapolis (12/6): Played as a reserve at defensive end and registered a tackle. St. Louis (12/13): Inactive. Miami (12/20): Inactive. San Diego (12/25): Inactive. at Seattle (1/3): Inactive.

6’4” • 265 lbs. • Born: 9.3.76 • Exp. (NFL/Titans): 11/7 • FA – 2008 • Florida

2008 GP/GS: 16/16 (Playoffs 1/1) • Career GP/GS: 127/118 (Playoffs 13/11) • Ft. Myers, Fla.

Pro Bowls (3): 1999, 2000, 2001

PRO: Jevon Kearse was re-signed by the Titans on March 6, 2008, re-uniting the three-time Pro Bowler with the club that drafted him in 1999. In his first season back in Tennessee in 2008, he was the only defensive lineman to start all 16 games and he collected 19 quarterback pressures, which ranked him third on the club, as well as 3.5 sacks. A veteran of 10 NFL seasons, Kearse spent the previous four seasons in Philadelphia after beginning his career with the Titans. Regarded as a pass-rushing phenom, he led his team in sacks in six of his first seven NFL seasons. The 6-foot-4, 265-pound defender, who earned the nickname “The Freak” during his playing days at the University of Florida, has played in 127 career games. His statistics include 492 tackles, 73 sacks, one interception and 32 forced fumbles. Including Kearse’s original tenure with the Titans (1999-03), he has registered a total of 51 sacks, a figure that ranks sixth in team history. He won the Associated Press NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year Award in 1999 after setting a rookie record with 14.5 sacks. He also set a league record with 12 consecutive games with at least a half sack, a record that spanned from his rookie season into the 2000 campaign (10/31/99-9/10/00). With 26 sacks during his first two NFL seasons, he ranked third in league history behind only Reggie White (31) and Derrick Thomas (30). He became just the fourth player in NFL history to record double-digit sacks in each of his first three seasons, joining Anthony Smith, Reggie White and Derrick Thomas. He also earned Pro Bowl honors following the 1999, 2000 and 2001 seasons. Kearse signed in Philadelphia as an unrestricted free agent in 2004. In 45 regular season games with the Eagles, he totaled 133 tackles and 22 sacks. In his first season there, his arrival helped solidify the Eagles defense, and the team advanced to Super Bowl XXXIX. He led the Eagles with 7.5 sacks in both 2004 and 2005, but appeared in only two contests in 2006 as a result of a left knee injury. In 2007, he returned to play in 14 games with eight starts, but Philadelphia terminated his contract on Feb. 28, 2008. Kearse originally was selected by the Titans in the first round (16th overall) of the 1999 NFL Draft.

TITANS TIDBITS:

• The Jevon Kearse Foundation exists to promote positive outreach services to at-risk youth in Southwest Florida. Located in Fort Myers, they provide many services to the surrounding community such as Drug Prevention Programs, Youth Sports Programs and Educational Opportunities. One of the foundation’s primary fundraisers is the annual Jevon Kearse Celebrity All-Pro Weekend, which includes a dinner and silent auction on Saturday evening followed by a celebrity softball game on Sunday.

• When Hurricane Charley trampled through South Florida in 2004, The Jevon Kearse Foundation helped distribute non-perishable food and personal hygiene items to almost 400 families.

• Kearse is an avid collector of remote control cars, boats and planes.

• Nicknamed "The Freak" by teammates while at the University of Florida for his combination of power, quickness and intensity, Kearse was clocked at 4.43 seconds in the 40-yard dash, posted a 40-inch vertical jump and possesses an 86-inch wingspan.

• Prior to every game, Kearse says a prayer for his younger brother, Rocky, who died before Jevon made it to the NFL. He paid homage to his younger sibling by tattooing his name inside of a cross on his left shoulder.

• During his career, he has worked with several global companies in various national advertising campaigns, including DirecTV, Sega, Reebok, Pepsi, Gillette and Campbell Soup.

• After two weeks of taking out the trash, peeling shrimp, bagging zucchini, cleaning dishes and serving as a prep cook, Kearse decided to quit his high school job at Red Lobster to pursue other career endeavors.

• Another of Kearse’s hobbies is spending time on his fishing boat, a 41-foot Sea Ray complete with a sport fishing package.

• Kearse has two pet turtles, Moe and Joe.

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS:

2008 (16/16, 1/1 - Tennessee): Was the only Titans defensive lineman to start all 16 games, while finishing third on the team with 19 quarterback pressures. Tied for the team lead in sacks four times in 2008 (at CIN, vs. HST, at JAX, at HST), led or tied for the team lead in quarterback pressures five times (vs. HST, at KC, vs. GB, at JAX, at HST) and tied for the team lead in passes defensed twice (at KC, at HST).

• At Cincinnati (9/14), tallied three tackles and a half sack in the 24-7 road victory. Forced a fumble while teaming with Kyle Vanden Bosch to sack Carson Palmer for a seven-yard loss in the fourth quarter.

• Against Houston (9/21), notched five tackles, a sack and three quarterback pressures in the Titans’ 31-12 victory. Teamed with David Thornton to halt Chris Taylor for a two-yard loss on a rush in the first quarter. Came off the edge and sacked Matt Schaub for a six-yard loss on a third-and-five play in the third quarter.

• Against Minnesota (9/28), collected four tackles, two quarterback pressures and a tackle for loss in the Titans’ 30-17 victory. Stuffed Adrian Peterson for a three-yard loss on a goal-line rush in the fourth quarter.

• At Kansas City (10/19), posted three tackles and three quarterback pressures in the Titans’ commanding 34-10 road victory over the Chiefs.

• At Jacksonville (11/16), posted four tackles, a sack and a team-best three quarterback pressures in the Titans’ 24-14 come-from-behind victory. Came off the edge and dropped David Garrard for a two-yard sack on the Jaguars’ opening drive of the second half.

• Against N.Y. Jets (11/23), tallied three solo tackles, a tackle for loss and a forced fumble. Caused a Leon Washington fumble that was recovered by Kevin Vickerson at the Titans’ 21-yard line late in the first quarter.

• At Houston (12/14), posted four tackles, a sack, a forced fumble, a pass defensed and three quarterback pressures. Caused the first turnover of the afternoon by sacking Matt Schaub and forcing a fumble that was recovered by Albert Haynesworth at the Texans’ 32-yard line in the first quarter. Batted down a third-and-one pass intended for Owen Daniels in the opening quarter. Knocked down another pass intended for Daniels in the fourth quarter.

• Against Baltimore (1/10), posted two solo tackles, including a tackle for loss. Stuffed Le’Ron McClain for a two-yard loss on a rush up the middle in the second quarter.

2007 (14/8 – Philadelphia): In final season in Philadelphia, played in 14 games with eight starts and tallied 25 tackles, 3.5 sacks, one tackle for loss, two quarterback pressures, one pass defensed and one fumble recovery. Inactive in two contests (Nov. 18 vs. Miami and Dec. 16 at Dallas).

• At Green Bay (9/9), in first game back since suffering knee injury in 2006, recorded half sack on Packers quarterback Brett Favre and recovered one fumble.

• Against Detroit (9/23), played in 100th NFL game.

• Also notched sacks in 2007 against Giants quarterback Eli Manning (9/30), Jets quarterback Chad Pennington (10/14) and Vikings quarterback Brooks Bollinger (10/28).

2006 (2/2, 0/0 – Philadelphia): Started two games before suffering season-ending left ACL injury. Totaled five tackles and 3.5 sacks before being placed on injured reserve.

• Against N.Y. Giants (9/17), posted 2.5 sacks of Eli Manning and one forced fumble. It was his 15th career multi-sack game. However, in overtime, suffered season-ending left ACL injury.

2005 (15/15 – Philadelphia): Started 15 games and led Eagles in sacks (7.5) for second consecutive season. Named to The Sporting News' “Top 100 NFL Players” and Pro Football Weekly's “Top 50 NFL Players in the NFL Today.”

• At Kansas City (10/2), sacked Trent Green and forced Larry Johnson fumble that was recovered by Eagles and resulted in Eagles touchdown, sparking 31 unanswered points in comeback.

• At N.Y. Giants (11/20), registered 2.5 sacks and pair of forced fumbles against Eli Manning.

• Hit throwing arms of quarterbacks in consecutive weeks, forcing them to throw errant passes into the hands of Brian Dawkins both times. At St. Louis (12/18), forced Ryan Fitzpatrick to throw an interception, and turnover led to a game-winning touchdown. Against N.Y. Giants (12/11), forced Eli Manning to throw an interception.

2004 (14/14, 3/3 – Philadelphia): In first season in Philadelphia, helped team advance to Super Bowl XXXIX. Started 14 games and led squad in sacks (7.5) and hurries (21).

• In Eagles debut against N.Y. Giants (9/12), posted four tackles, two hurries and fumble recovery at Eagles one-yard line on third down, thwarting potential Giants scoring drive.

• Against Minnesota (9/20), registered career-high five hurries of Daunte Culpepper on his way to earning MNF “Co-Horse Trailer Player of the Game.”

• At Detroit (9/26), exploded for first three sacks as an Eagle (Joey Harrington), tying career high. Also forced Harrington fumble on second sack.

• Against Baltimore (10/27), sacked Kyle Boller twice and forced him to fumble.

• At New York Giants (11/28), posted first blocked punt of NFL career (Jeff Feagles), earning NFC Special Teams Player of the Week honors. It was Eagles’ first blocked punt since Oct. 26, 2003.

2003 (14/14, 2/2 – Tennessee): Started 14 games and led Titans in sacks (9.5) for the fourth time, while helping defense rank first in NFL against the run.

• Against Tampa Bay (12/28), recorded first career interception by tipping a Brad Johnson pass and snagging it out of the air.

2002 (4/1, 2/0 – Tennessee): Played in four games with one start. Totaled two sacks and 11 tackles.

• Fractured fifth metatarsal in his left foot on second play from scrimmage in season opener against Eagles (9/8) and was inactive for next 12 games.

2001 (16/16 – Tennessee): Named to Pro Bowl for third consecutive season after posting 10 sacks, 64 tackles and five forced fumbles.

• Against Jacksonville (11/4), matched career highs with three sacks of Mark Brunell and two forced fumbles.

2000 (16/16, 1/1 – Tennessee): Started 16 games at left defensive end and led the team in sacks (11.5) for second consecutive year on his way to a second-straight Pro Bowl. Led team’s defensive linemen with 84 tackles.

• Set career high with 14 tackles at Buffalo (9/3).

• Tied career highs with three sacks (Trent Dilfer) and two forced fumbles against Baltimore (11/12).

1999 (16/16, 4/4 – Tennessee): Led AFC and set NFL single-season rookie record with career-high 14.5 sacks. Also notched career highs in both tackles (85) and forced fumbles (10). Earned starting nod in Pro Bowl, becoming first rookie defensive end in AFC history to do so and first rookie defensive end overall to do so since Detroit’s Al Baker in 1978.

• Named to numerous All-Pro teams, including AP, Pro Football Weekly and Dr. Z of Sports Illustrated. Named Defensive Rookie of the Year by AP, Football News, Football Digest and Pro Football Weekly/Pro Football Writers Association of America. Earned NFL Rookie of the Month honors in September, November and December 1999. Named NFL Pass Rusher of the Year by NFL Alumni and finished second to Tampa Bay’s Warren Sapp in NFL Defensive Player of the Year voting.

• Against Cleveland (9/19), dropped Tim Couch for career-high three sacks, the first sacks of his career.

• At Cincinnati (11/14), recorded two sacks (Jeff Blake) and set career high with two forced fumbles.

• In regular season finale at Pittsburgh (1/2), forced Mike Tomczak fumble and returned it 14 yards for his first career touchdown.

• In AFC Wild Card game against Buffalo (1/8), sacked Rob Johnson twice, was credited for two forced fumbles and also recorded safety in playoff debut.

• In Super Bowl XXXIV against St. Louis (1/30/00), tallied four tackles and two passes defensed.

COLLEGE:

• Began his career at Florida as a safety before making the move to outside linebacker where he became an All-America selection. Collected 145 tackles, 16.5 sacks, six forced fumbles, one interception, one fumble recovery and 19 pass deflections.

• As a junior in 1998, was a finalist for both the Butkus Award and the Chuck Bednarik college defensive player of the year award, in addition to being named a semifinalist for the Lombardi Award. A two-time All-SEC honoree, also earned SEC All-Freshman honors for the Gators 1996 squad that claimed the National Championship with a win in the Sugar Bowl over Florida State.

• Redshirted in 1995.

• Majored in sociology.

PERSONAL:

• Single, splits time between Nashville and Pompano Beach, Fla.

• Recorded 96 tackles, six interceptions, four blocked punts and caught 24 passes for 453 yards as senior at North Fort Myers (Fla.) High School. Named USA Today and SuperPrep All-America, All-State 5A, District MVP and Area Defensive Player of the Year at strong safety. Returned four kickoffs for touchdowns during high school career.

• Was National Honor Society member in high school.

• Participated in “NFL Players Week on Wheel of Fortune” during 2004 season. His earnings benefited Boys and Girls Club.

• Provides Reebok football uniforms to youth in Miami and sponsors flag football teams in Ft. Myers area.

• Through his foundation has put together “Back to School” program in Ft. Myers to provide book bags for children in area.

• Made acting debut in Disney Channel series “The Jersey.”

• Is a cousin of Tampa Bay Buccaneers cornerback Philip Buchanon and former Florida defensive end Johnnie Church.

• Credits his uncles and his Pop Warner coaches for helping him to become the man he is today.

• Born Jevon Kearse on Sept. 3, 1976 in Ft. Myers, Fla.

Defensive
YearTeamGTotalSoloAstSckSFTYPDefIntTDsYdsAvgLng
TOTAL 133 204 156 48 74 0 18 1 0 0 -- 0
2009 TEN 6 4 1 3 1 -- 0 -- -- -- -- --
2008 TEN 16 34 27 7 3.5 -- 3 -- -- -- -- --
2007 PHI 14 12 8 4 3.5 -- 0 -- -- -- -- --
2006 PHI 2 4 3 1 3.5 -- 1 -- -- -- -- --
2005 PHI 15 38 35 3 7.5 -- 6 -- -- -- -- --
2004 PHI 14 31 26 5 7.5 -- 6 -- -- -- -- --
2003 TEN 14 41 28 13 9.5 -- 0 1 0 0 -- 0
2002 TEN 4 4 3 1 2 -- 1 -- -- -- -- --
2001 TEN 16 36 25 11 10 -- 1 -- -- -- -- --
2000 TEN 16 -- -- -- 11.5 -- 0 -- -- -- -- --
1999 TEN 16 -- -- -- 14.5 0 0 -- -- -- -- --

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