Alshon Jeffery has been making waves as one of the promising wide receivers in the National Football League. He is currently with the Philadelphia Eagles and was among the Eagles’ winning squad at the Super Bowl LII competition in 2017. Alshon turned pro in 2012 after he was picked by the Chicago Bears as the 45th overall selection in the NFL draft of that year. He completed five successful seasons with the Bears before joining the Eagles in 2017. The rising star completed his college career at South Carolina University. Learn more about Alshon Jeffery’s life, and career below.
Alshon Jeffery Biography
Alshon Jemell Jeffery was born on the 14th day of February 1990 in the St. Matthews neighborhood of South Carolina, United States. He was born to black American parents, Charles Jeffery Sr. and his wife Deloris Jeffery. Alshon spent his early years in St Matthews neighborhood along with his three other siblings – Darren, Shamier, and Charles Jeffery. He schooled at Calhoun County High School where he was a multi-sport athlete. At the time, Alshon was basically into basketball and he led the school’s basketball team to clinch four state championships. Despite playing football just for two seasons, he turned out to be a top choice of prestigious universities at the end of his high school career.
Graduating from high school in 2009, Alshon Jeffery went to South Carolina University where he continued with his football career. Joining the Gamecocks team, he was named to the Freshman All-SEC first team after making 46 receptions for 763 yards in 2009. He recorded his breakout year as a sophomore having a total of 88 receptions for 1,517 yards for his team. Alshon Jeffery finished his college career in 2011 after leading his team to win the Capital One Bowl. For his wonderful accomplishment, he was crowned the MVP of the tournament and at the end of the season, he declared for the 2012 NFL draft.
During the 2012 NFL draft, Alshon Jeffery was chosen as the 45th player overall and his draft rights went to the Chicago Bears. Shortly after that, he penned down his rookie deal and made his first appearance for the Bears during their 2012 preseason games. Jeffery had an uneventful rookie season and didn’t appear in so many games as a result of injuries. His best season came in 2013 when he recorded career-high 89 receptions for 1,421 yards and pulled off seven touchdowns. His top-notch performance fetched him his first Pro Bowl selection as well as the PFWA Most Improved Player Award.
The wide receiver also exceeded the 1,000 receiving yards mark in 2014. He had a total of 1,133 receiving yards for 85 receptions and 10 touchdowns. At the end of the 2016 season, he left the Bears and signed up with the Philadelphia Eagles; it was a year contract worth $14 million. Joining the Eagles in the 2017 season, the star quickly made the starting lineup for the team. He successfully led the Eagles to victory at the Super LII championship. For the regular season, he also made a total of 57 receptions with 789 yards.
Prior to the 2018 season, the wide receiver underwent surgery to repair his torn rotator cuff. He was placed on injured reserve list from the beginning of the season and he resumed his duty as the starting wide receiver in week four of the season. At the end of the season, he appeared in 13 games, making 65 receptions for 843 yards with six touchdowns.
Why Was He Suspended?
During the 2016 regular season, Alshon Jeffery was banned for four games starting from 11th November 2016. The league management made the announcement following his violation of the league’s drug use policy. According to them, the wide receiver was using drugs to enhance his play.
After missing out in four games, Jeffery returned to action on 18th December, just three weeks to the end of the season. He remorsefully tried to regain the trust of his coach and teammates; nevertheless, his contract was not renewed for the next season. Apparently, he is not the first NFL player to have been suspended due to the use of drugs. Other prominent stars such as Mark Ingram and Thomas David have equally been suspended for the same reason.