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Jeremy Stevens

Jerramy Stevens
scrimmage
No. 86
Tight end
Personal information
Date of birth: (1979-11-13) November 13, 1979 (age 34)
Place of birth: Boise, Idaho
Height: 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m)Weight: 260 lb (118 kg)
Career information
High school: River Ridge (Lacey, Washington)
College: Washington
NFL Draft: 2002 / Round: 1 / Pick: 28
Debuted in 2002 for the Seattle Seahawks
Last played in 2010 for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Career history

Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of Week 4, 2010

Jerramy Ryan Stevens (born November 13, 1979) is a former American football tight end. Stevens was born in Boise, Idaho and grew up in Lacey, Washington. He played college football at Washington and was drafted by the Seattle Seahawks in the first round of the 2002 NFL Draft. Stevens played for the Seahawks from 2002 to 2007 and for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers from 2008 to 2010.

With Washington, Stevens was among the team's top receivers in the 1999 and 2000 seasons and won the 2001 Rose Bowl with Washington following an 11-1 season in 2000. In 2005, Stevens became a regular starter at tight end for the Seattle Seahawks and played in Super Bowl XL.

Overshadowing his football career were numerous arrests and legal problems, dating back to an assault conviction soon following his graduation from high school. In 2004, Stevens settled a lawsuit from a University of Washington student who accused him of rape four years earlier. Stevens has also been arrested for multiple DUIs, traffic violations, and other incidents since his college football career.

High school years

Jerramy Stevens attended River Ridge High School of Lacey, Washington. A 1998 graduate, Stevens was a letterman in football, basketball, and track. In football, Stevens originally played quarterback. He passed for 5,000 yards during his high school career, including throwing for 2,000 yards as a junior. As a senior he earned first-team All-Narrows League and was named to The Olympian's All-Area team as a safety.[1]

During his senior year, he and another student were accused of beating a schoolmate over his head with a baseball bat and stomping on his face on June 2, 1998.[2][3] The victim suffered a broken jaw and ate with a straw for six months. Upon questioning by authorities, Stevens initially denied being involved in the fight but admitted his wrongdoing later. Stevens was charged with felony assault and was ordered to home detention while awaiting trial.[3] Because he tested positive for cannabis during home detention, Stevens spent three weeks in Thurston County jail.[2] Three football coaches at the University of Washington wrote the trial judge affirming that Stevens's scholarship offer was still valid, and the judge allowed Stevens to participate in training camp with Washington even though Stevens violated home detention orders.[4] As a result of a plea deal, Stevens was convicted of misdemeanor assault and received credit for time served.[3]

College career

Stevens redshirted the 1998 season and played on the practice squad as quarterback. For his redshirt freshman season in 1999, Stevens converted to tight end.[5] In 1999, Stevens made 21 receptions for 265 yards and 4 touchdowns.[6]

In 2000, Stevens made 43 receptions for 600 yards and 3 touchdowns and won the 2001 Rose Bowl with Washington.[6] On September 9, in Washington's 34-29 upset over 4th-ranked Miami (Florida), Stevens made 7 receptions for 89 yards, including a 23-yard touchdown pass from Marques Tuiasosopo in a drive that put Washington up 21-3 at the half.[7][8] The following game on September 16 against Colorado, Stevens made 7 receptions again but this time for 103 yards.[9] In the Rose Bowl game, Stevens led Washington in receiving with 5 catches for 51 yards.[5]

In 2001, Stevens made 10 receptions for 88 yards and 1 touchdown.[6] Stevens injured his right foot on September 24 and was sidelined until November.[10][11]

Professional career

NFL Draft

Pre-draft measurables
Ht WtArm lengthHand size 40-yd dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert Broad BP
6 ft 7 in 265 lb33 in8½ in 4.77 s
Measurables from the NFL Scouting Combine[12]

Stevens was selected by his hometown Seattle Seahawks as their first-round pick in the 2002 NFL Draft; he was the 28th player taken overall. Seattle traded its first-round (No. 20) and fifth-round (No. 156) choices to Green Bay for the Packers' first-round (No. 28) and second-round (No. 60) choices. Green Bay used the picks to select Javon Walker and Aaron Kampman.

Because of Stevens's criminal history, Stevens's draft selection by the Seahawks was controversial to the fans. Coach Mike Holmgren acknowledged that drafting Stevens took him numerous deliberations with Stevens, Stevens's parents, Stevens's coaches at Washington, and even Holmgren's own family.[13]

Seattle Seahawks

Stevens played 12 games with one start in his rookie season in 2002 and debuted in the season opener against the Oakland Raiders on September 8.[1] Forced by Raiders cornerback Charles Woodson, Stevens fumbled his first reception, a 4-yard pass from Matt Hasselbeck but made two other receptions that game.[14] On November 24, in a 39-32 win over the Kansas City Chiefs, Stevens made his first touchdown catch as a professional.[15] The 6-yard touchdown pass from Hasselbeck marked a turning point in the game as Seattle took a 21-17 lead on that touchdown drive and never looked back.[16] As a rookie, Stevens made 21 receptions for 252 yards and 3 touchdowns.[17]

In 2003, Stevens played all 16 games and started 2, with 6 receptions for 72 yards.[17]

In 2004, Stevens again played all 16 games and started 5. He made 31 receptions for 349 yards and 3 touchdowns.[17]

In 2005, Stevens started 12 games out of 16 and made 45 receptions for 554 yards and 5 touchdowns.[17]

Before Super Bowl XL, Stevens said in a February 2, 2006 interview, "The story of Jerome Bettis returning to his hometown (Detroit) is heartwarming, but it's going be a sad day when he doesn't walk away with that trophy." This drew the ire of Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker Joey Porter.[18] On February 5, 2006 Stevens caught 3 passes for 25 yards in Super Bowl XL. Among his catches was Seattle's first-ever (and only) Super Bowl touchdown. However, he also dropped three key passes in the Seahawks' 21–10 loss to the Steelers.[19]

On November 6, 2006 in a game against the Oakland Raiders, Stevens was kneed in the groin by Raiders defensive end Tyler Brayton, who was then ejected from the game. Neither player was suspended, but Brayton was fined $25,000 by the NFL for the incident, and Stevens was fined $15,000 for his involvement, as well as an earlier taunting incident.[20]

Art Shell, the Raiders coach, said in an interview that Stevens was the instigator, and had tried to knee Brayton earlier. However Mike Holmgren, the Seahawks coach, responded by saying that Stevens was not attempting to strike Brayton, but was struggling for leverage which caused his leg to flare out.[21]

On March 20, 2007, Seattle general manager Tim Ruskell confirmed that Stevens' days with the Seahawks were done. "I would say it's probably a time for a change of scenery and to move on," Ruskell said.[22] This move was widely expected, as only hours after Stevens' arrest on March 13, the Seahawks signed veteran Marcus Pollard, giving them four tight ends.[23]

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

On April 29, 2007 he signed with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.[1][24] He caught his first touchdown pass as a Buccaneer on December 2 (Week 13) against the New Orleans Saints, a four-yard reception from Luke McCown with 14 seconds left in the game in a drive that clinched a 27-23 victory for the Buccaneers and the teams' fourth straight win.[25] However, the NFL suspended Stevens for one game without pay on December 11 for a violation of league substance abuse policy.[26]

On May 30, 2008, Stevens was re-signed by the Buccaneers after the team waived quarterback Bruce Gradkowski.[27] On June 4, 2008, Stevens was suspended for two games and fined three game checks after violating the NFL's substance abuse policy.[28] In 14 games played, Stevens made 3 starts and made 36 receptions for 397 yards and 2 touchdowns.[29]

In 2009, Stevens played all 16 regular season games with 8 starts for the Buccaneers. Stevens made 15 receptions for 130 yards and a touchdown.[29]

The Buccaneers waived Stevens on October 25, two days after Stevens was arrested for possessing marijuana.[30] Stevens played in five games with one start in 2010 for Tampa and made 3 receptions for 43 yards.[29]

Personal life

Jerramy Stevens was born in Boise, Idaho to black father and white mother and was one of their four children.[29][31][32] His mother Fran worked as a police officer and school administrator, and his father Bob was a teacher and high school sports coach.[31][33][13] Bob Stevens died on September 4, 2012 at age 62 due to cancer.[33]

Jerramy Stevens married Hope Solo, a professional soccer goalkeeper on the United States women's national soccer team, on November 13, 2012.[34] Solo attended the University of Washington from 1999 to 2003, nearly the same time as Stevens, and played four seasons on the Washington Huskies women's soccer team.[35]

Legal troubles

Rape accusation

On July 27, 2000, Stevens was arrested for the sexual assault of a 19-year-old female University of Washington student. In the early morning hours of June 4, 2000, after a fraternity party, a UW student who witnessed them having sex called 911 to report it as a possible rape, noting that the woman appeared to be drugged; the caller described her as "half passed out ... eyes glazed ... no one home."[3] Stevens's semen was found in the victim, who was penetrated vaginally and anally, and numerous witnesses testified that she acted as if drugged at the party. Police suspected a date rape drug was given to the woman at the party, but blood samples were taken too late for testing. The Seattle Police Department and King County prosecutors clashed over conditions on interviewing Stevens after Stevens's lawyer Mike Hunsinger negotiated a deal with prosecutors on the following conditions for the interview: defense lawyers would be able to see victim and witness statements, the interview was to be set in Hunsinger's office, and only the prosecutor, not lead detective, would be allowed to ask questions. Police and prosecutors never interviewed Stevens. Ultimately, King County prosecutor Norm Maleng declined to file rape charges against Stevens due to "confusing and conflicting statements."[3]

In 2003, the victim filed a civil suit against Stevens, the University of Washington, and the Sigma Chi fraternity at Washington. The out-of-court settlement reached in 2004 included a $300,000 payment by Hunsinger to the plaintiff; Hunsinger paid on behalf of Stevens and Sigma Chi. The investigation and aftermath of this incident and the subsequent decision to not charge Stevens were first reported by The Seattle Times in a special January 2008 series investigating some players in the Washington 2001 Rose Bowl championship team.[3]

Traffic violations

  • On May 4, 2001, Stevens was cited for reckless driving and hit and run after crashing his pickup truck into a retirement home. The crash knocked a dresser onto a bed where a 92-year-old woman was sleeping.[36] Stevens pleaded guilty to hit-and-run and causing property damage and was given a suspended 90-day jail sentence, 240 hours of community service, and probation.[3][37]
  • On April 3, 2003, Stevens was stopped by Medina, Washington police and was charged with reckless driving and driving while intoxicated. He pleaded guilty to reckless driving. For violating probation from the May 2001 incident, Stevens served five days in jail effective June 12, 2003 and was ordered to do 40 hours of community service.[37] For the reckless driving charge, Stevens was sentenced to two days in jail, 25 hours of community service, and a $1,000 fine on June 23.[38] The sentencing judge compared Stevens to Reggie Rogers, another star University of Washington football player who was convicted of DUI.[38]
  • On March 13, 2007, Stevens was arrested in Scottsdale, Arizona for suspicion of DUI after his blood alcohol content was measured at 0.204, over twice the legal limit of .08 and considered "extreme DUI" in Arizona. On September 7, a jury found Stevens guilty.[39] On October 2, Stevens was sentenced to 12 days in jail and fined $3,160 with an additional 18 days suspended, as Stevens was attending an NFL rehabilitation program at the time.[40]

Other issues

  • On March 16, 2007, The Seattle Times reported that multiple complaints were raised against Stevens by other residents in his condominium complex. The complaints included vomit on their doors, used condoms on the back porch, loud parties at all hours of the night, and various noise complaints.[41]
  • On October 23, 2010, Stevens was arrested and charged in Tampa with possession of marijuana. Stevens had been pulled over for playing loud music, when the officer smelled marijuana, and discovered 38 grams of it in his car.[30] Stevens was sentenced to probation until October 2013 for the incident but returned to Hillsborough County, Florida jail on November 28, 2012 for violating probation.[42]
  • On March 3, 2011, Stevens was arrested and charged with felony battery for punching two bouncers in a Tampa, Florida bar. According to his attorney, who denied the charges, after Stevens was released from jail, he was treated for "multiple broken ribs and extensive bruising to his body and face."[43]
  • On November 12, 2012, Stevens was arrested on investigation of assault following an altercation that left his fiancée, soccer star Hope Solo, injured, but a Kirkland, Washington judge dropped the case the following day for lack of evidence.[44] The pair were wed November 13, 2012, the day after the arrest.[34]

References

External links

  • Tampa Bay Buccaneers bio

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