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Jalen Parmele
Jalen Parmele (#34) at practice during his time with the Baltimore Ravens.
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Running back / Kickoff returner
Personal information
Date of birth: (1985-12-30) December 30, 1985 (age 35)
Place of birth: Boynton Beach, Florida
Career information
College: Toledo
NFL Draft: 2008 / Round: 6 / Pick: 176
No regular season or postseason appearances
Career history
* Miami Dolphins ( 2008)
Career highlights and awards
* 2× First-team All-MAC (2006, 2007)
Rushing attempts     48
Rushing yards     187
Rushing touchdowns     0
Receptions     7
Receiving yards     60
Receiving touchdowns     0
Stats at

Justin Alexander "Jalen" Parmele (born December 30, 1985) is a former American football running back. He was drafted by the Miami Dolphins in the sixth round of the 2008 NFL Draft. He has also played for the Baltimore Ravens, Jacksonville Jaguars, and Arizona Cardinals. He played college football at Toledo.

Early years

Parmele attended and played high school football for H. H. Dow High School in Midland, Michigan.[1] He rushed for 705 yards as a sophomore, 1,253 yards as a junior, and 1,507 yards and 23 touchdowns as a senior.[1] For his performance as a senior, Parmele was named team MVP as well as a first-team all-state selection.[1] He was also selected to the league's all-academic team three years.[1]

In addition to football, he lettered in track and basketball.[1]

College career

Parmele went on to attend the University of Toledo.[2] He also received scholarship offers from Florida A&M, Western Michigan, and Eastern Michigan.[3]

As a freshman in 2004, he rushed for 183 yards and three touchdowns in nine games.[2] He appeared in 11 games the following season, rushing for 294 yards and three touchdowns.[2][4]

Parmele broke out as a junior in 2006, rushing for 1,170 yards and eight touchdowns on his way to a first-team All-MAC selection.[2][4] He also caught 16 passes for 128 yards on the season.[2] His rushing total ranked third in the conference behind only Northern Illinois' Garrett Wolfe and Ohio's Kalvin McRae.[2][5] He set a career-high with 173 rushing yards against Ball State, and his 92-yard run in that game was the second-longest in school history.[2]

In 12 starts as a senior in 2007, Parmele rushed for a career-high 1,511 yards and 14 touchdowns on the way to his second consecutive first-team All-MAC selection.[1] His rushing total that season ranked ninth in the nation and second in the conference behind only Kent State's Eugene Jarvis.[1][6] He also caught 17 passes for 157 yards (both personal bests) and the only receiving touchdown of his collegiate career.[1][4] He surpassed his previous career high with 241 rushing yards in a game against Ohio.[1]

Parmele concluded his four-year collegiate career with 3,119 rushing yards on 589 carries (5.3 avg.) and 28 touchdowns.[1]


Career Statistics[1][4]
Rushing Receiving
Year G Att Yds TD Lng Avg. Rec. Yds TD Lng Avg.
2004 9 42 183 3 21 4.4 4 24 0 15 6.0
2005 11 64 294 3 26 4.6 4 41 0 17 10.3
2006 12 207 1,131 8 92 5.5 16 128 0 25 8.0
2007 12 276 1,511 14 54 5.5 17 157 1 28 9.2
Total 44 589 3,119 28 92 5.3 41 350 1 28 8.5

Professional career

Pre-draft measureables
Ht Wt 40-yd dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert Broad BP Wonderlic
5 ft 11½ in 224 lb 4.47 s 1.48 s 2.54 s 4.29 s 6.96 s 34 in 10 ft 5 in 19 rep


Prior to the 2008 NFL Draft, Parmele participated in the NFL Scouting Combine and posted a 4.47-second 40-yard dash.[9] At his Pro Day on February 28, he measured in at 5-foot-11⅜ and 226 pounds.[9] He ran the short shuttle in 4.44 seconds, short cone drill in 6.95 second, and had a 41½-inch vertical leap.[9] On April 15, Parmele met with the Miami Dolphins for a pre-draft visit.[3]

Miami Dolphins

Parmele was drafted by the Miami Dolphins in the sixth round (176th overall) of the 2008 NFL Draft.[1][10] The pick used to select Parmele was acquired from the Detroit Lions.[10] Shortly after the draft, Dolphins general manager Jeff Ireland labeled Parmele the third running back on the depth chart and said he would also be a given a chance to return kickoffs.[9] During June workouts, Parmele worked with the second-team offense and also returned punts.[9]

After spending the first three games of the 2008 regular season inactive, Parmele was waived by the Dolphins on September 24 to make room for tight end Joey Haynos on the roster. Parmele was re-signed to the team's practice squad the following day.

Baltimore Ravens

Parmele was signed by the Baltimore Ravens off the Dolphins' practice squad on December 9, 2008. He made his NFL debut against the Jacksonville Jaguars in the regular season finale on December 28, rushing twice for 27 yards. They were his only stats that year.

In his second season with the Ravens in 2009, he made a much bigger impact as he became the team's starting kick returner after rookie Lardarius Webb tore his ACL in Week 15. On only nine kick-off returns, Parmele racked up 283 yards for a 31.4 average with his longest return being 53 yards. He also added five carries for 17 yards as the team's #4 runningback and six special teams tackles. He had by this time developed a reputation has a hard worker.

In 2010, Parmele did not rush once but continued his role as a backup returner.

Parmele was released by Baltimore during final cuts on September 3, 2011.

Jacksonville Jaguars

Parmele was signed by the Jacksonville Jaguars on May 1, 2012.[11] He began the season as a special teams player, including returning kicks.[12] When Maurice Jones-Drew and two other running backs were injured, Parmele became the starting running back. He played in the Jaguars first 11 games before incurring a partially torn groin on November 27.[13] Parmele was placed on injured reserve and surgery ended his season with 40 carries for 143 yards, 3.6 yards per carry. He also caught 7 passes for 60 yards, for 8.6 yards per catch, and returned 10 kicks for 233 yards, a 23.3 yard average.[14]

He became a free agent in 2013.

Tennessee Titans

Parmele signed with the Tennessee Titans on May 8, 2013.[15] He was released by the team on August 30, 2013.

Arizona Cardinals

On May 27, 2014, Parmele signed with the Arizona Cardinals.[16] He was released by the team on September 24, 2014.[17]

Cleveland Browns

Parmele was signed by the Cleveland Browns on August 3, 2015.[18] On August 31, 2015, he was released by the team.[19]


  1. 1.00 1.01 1.02 1.03 1.04 1.05 1.06 1.07 1.08 1.09 1.10 1.11 "TEAM: Roster Jalen Parmele Profile". Retrieved July 11, 2008.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 "Jalen Parmele Biography". Retrieved July 11, 2008.
  3. 3.0 3.1 "Jalen Parmele Conference Call". Retrieved July 11, 2008.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 "ESPN - Jalen Parmele Stats, News, Photos". Retrieved July 11, 2008.
  5. "2006 Mid-American Conference Football Leaders". Archived from the original on October 7, 2008. Retrieved November 5, 2016.
  6. "2007 Mid-American Conference Football Leaders". Archived from the original on October 7, 2008. Retrieved November 5, 2016.
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 9.3 9.4 "KFFL - Jalen Parmele, RB". Archived from the original on December 5, 2014. Retrieved July 11, 2008.
  10. 10.0 10.1 "NFL Team: Miami Dolphins 2008 Picks". Retrieved July 11, 2008.
  11. "Jaguars sign Jalen Parmele". Retrieved May 1, 2012.
  12. Smits, Garry (November 9, 2012). "Jaguars Notebook: First miss of season ends kicker Josh Scobee's streak". Florida Times Union. Retrieved January 13, 2016.
  13. Stellino, Vito (November 28, 2012). "Jaguars notes: Parmele latest running back to sustain injury". Florida Times Union. Retrieved January 13, 2016.
  14. "Career Stats Jalen Parmele". National Football League. Retrieved January 13, 2016.
  15. Titans sign Jalen Parmele, release Jamie Harper
  16. Arizona Cardinals sign Kevin Ozier, Jimmy Legree, Cory Brandon and Jalen Parmele
  17. "Arizona Cardinals re-sign Bruce Gaston, release Jalen Parmele". Retrieved October 10, 2014.
  18. "Browns sign RBs Timothy Flanders, Jalen Parmele". August 3, 2015. Archived from the original on August 6, 2015. Retrieved November 5, 2016.
  19. Gantt, Darin (August 31, 2015). "Browns begin the process of getting to 75 with some vet cuts". Retrieved September 24, 2015.

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