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Jared Gaither
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Gaither during Ravens camp in 2009
No. --     Free Agent
Offensive tackle
Personal information
Date of birth: (1986-03-18) March 18, 1986 (age 33)
Place of birth: White Plains, Maryland
Height: 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) Weight: 340 lb (154 kg)
Career information
College: Maryland
Supplemental Draft: 2007 / Round: 5
Debuted in 2007 for the Baltimore Ravens
Career history
Roster status: Free Agent
Career highlights and awards
  • None
Career NFL statistics as of 2012
Games played     52
Games started     37
Fumble recoveries     0
Stats at NFL.com

Jared Gaither (born March 18, 1986 in White Plains, Maryland) is an American football offensive tackle who is currently a free agent in the National Football League. He was drafted by the Baltimore Ravens in the fifth round of the 2007 Supplemental Draft. He played college football at Maryland.

Gaither has also played for the Kansas City Chiefs and the San Diego Chargers.

Early yearsEdit

Gaither played basketball for his first three years of high school at Eleanor Roosevelt High School before playing football in his senior year at Hargrave Military Academy. He originally verbally committed to the University of South Carolina basketball team, but later changed to football.[1] He played defensive tackle and tight end. He recorded 89 tackles, 9 sacks, 1 forced fumble, and 4 passes deflected.

College careerEdit

As a true freshman at the University of Maryland in 2005, Gaither played in all 11 games and started the last 8. He was named a third team Freshman All-American by College Football News and honorable mention by The Sporting News. He allowed no sacks in 583 snaps played (all at left tackle) and committed 2 penalties.

As a sophomore, Jared played in twelve games and helped the Terps offensive line allow just 19 sacks all season. He was a member of the 2006 preseason watch list for the Outland Trophy, a consensus preseason All-ACC choice, and ranked No. 7 nationally among offensive tackles by The Sporting News.

Professional careerEdit

Baltimore RavensEdit

Gaither did not participate in 2007 spring practices at Maryland because of academic problems. On June 25, Terps coach Ralph Friedgen told reporters that Gaither's grades failed to meet his expectations, that he would not be able to play in 2007 and he would be eligible to return in 2008. Instead, Gaither declared for the NFL's supplemental draft and on July 12 was taken by the Baltimore Ravens in the fifth round. Gaither took over Jonathan Ogden's starting left tackle role after Ogden's retirement. Jared, at 6'9, is one of the tallest players in the NFL, the others being Dennis Roland of the Cincinnati Bengals and Demar Dotson of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

During the start of off-season camps for the 2008-2009 NFL season, Cam Cameron declared Jared would be the starting left tackle. Despite an early ankle injury during the beginning of training camp, Jared played surprisingly well and was a big reason for the improved offensive line of the Baltimore Ravens.[2]

On October 4, 2009, he suffered a head injury in a game vs. the New England Patriots and was sent to the hospital. He was taken to Massachusetts General Hospital, and had movement in his arms and legs. In addition, x-rays on his neck and shoulder were negative. Gaither missed all of 2010 after an injury put him on Injured Reserve (IR)

Kansas City ChiefsEdit

On August 11, 2011, Gaither signed with the Kansas City Chiefs. He was waived on November 29.

San Diego ChargersEdit

Gaither was claimed off waivers by the San Diego Chargers on November 30, 2011. On March 14, 2012 Gaither signed a 4 year contract with Chargers.[3] At the beginning of the 2012 Gaither suffered from back spasms and is not in the starting lineup, insisting on being 100 percent before returning to full duty.[4] Gaither was released on March 27, 2013.

PersonalEdit

He has advocated for the passage of the FIT Kids Act, federal legislation that would require school districts to report on students' physical activity and to give youngsters health and nutritional information.[5]

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