When you have an excellent outside cornerback like Gareon Conley, you could be assured of a successful game at the end of every season. Despite his on and off-season games, thanks to series of injuries and sexual assault allegations, one could easily find great prospects in the Massillon native. In addition to several other football qualities he has, Gareon Conley is one of the players with good agility and he works well with receivers and keeps them close. Some even see him as a perfect press-man corner. Let’s take a closer look at some of the interesting facts you need to know about this American football player.
Gareon Conley’s Early Life
Gareon Conley was born in Massillon, Ohio, on June 29, 1995. He is the son of Sherry Stine Robinson and Jameel Abdul Aziz Conley who are now separated. He also has four siblings – two sisters: Maria and Meera and two brothers: Jameel and Ayeee Glenoak.
Conley attended Massillon Washington High School where he also began his football career as a cornerback on defence and as a wide receiver on offence. Before moving over to the university for his college career, Conley made 25 tackles and one interception on defence during his productive years in high school. On offence, Conley also recorded 50 receptions and 16 touchdowns. He played for the University of Michigan for a while before deciding to finally settle with the Ohio State University or OSU, as it is commonly called.
Joining the Ohio Buckeyes in 2013, Conley was redshirted in the entire season but in the following year, he played as a redshirt freshman and recorded 16 tackles from all the season’s 15 games. He became a starter in 2015 and finished with 49 tackles and 2 interceptions in 13 games. He also led his college team to a Fiesta Bowl win and subsequently to a second Fiesta Bowl appearance in 2016. This, therefore, earned him the All-Big Ten pick in 2015. Based on his performance also, Conley was, on November 29, 2016, named Second Team All-Big Ten by the coaches and Third Team by the media. After his 2016 season, he decided to forgo his senior year in college to join a professional team in 2017.
NFL Draft Profile
Gareon Conley joined the 2017 NFL Draft and was selected by the Oakland Raiders with the 24th overall pick during the draft. This, of course, was after he joined and completed the National Football League’s combine and positional drills. He was compared with the American football cornerback Aqib Talib from Cleveland, Ohio, thanks to his performance. He was also seen as one who has a prospect for the top defensive spot.
Conley signed a four-year contract worth $10.467 million and a $5.752 million signing bonus, with the Oakland Raiders, on July 28, 2017, but his young professional career was battered by series of injuries. In his rookie season, he missed the season opener due to a shin injury. He, however, returned in the second week and played all through the third week before his shin injury aggravated. He stayed without playing for the next six games before he was eventually placed on injured reserve on November 13, 2017.
Returning in 2018, Gareon Conley joined his team in Week 4 of the season, in a match against the Cleveland Browns and he was able to record a spectacular performance, leading to his first professional touchdown. Conley’s career stats show he has 44 total tackles, 16 pass deflections, 0 forced fumbles, 3 interceptions and a defensive touchdown.
The future of Gareon Conley’s professional career seemed uncertain from the very first start as he, among other hitches, faced sexual assault claims. Just weeks before the 2017 NFL draft, he was accused of raping a young lady in a Cleveland hotel room, on April 9, 2017. Although he strongly denied the accusation, it led to a series of investigations before a grand jury, on July 31, 2017, ruled that he would not be charged.
While many speculated that the rape accusation could lead to his fall out from the first round of the draft, the Raiders, who also conducted a private investigation and administered a polygraph test to Conley which he passed, decided to select him in July 2018, leading to the signing of a four-year deal with the professional team on July 28, 2017.