American Football Database
Jeremiah Castille
Date of birth: (1961-01-15) January 15, 1961 (age 61)
Place of birth: Columbus, Georgia
Career information
Position(s): Cornerback
NFL Draft: 1983 / Round: 3 / Pick 72
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Jeremiah Castille (born January 15, 1961 in Columbus, Georgia) is a former American professional football cornerback from the University of Alabama, Castille was selected by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the third round of the 1983 NFL Draft. He played in six seasons in the NFL from 1983–1988 for the Buccaneers and Denver Broncos. Castille's best season as a pro was in 1985, when he recorded 7 interceptions. He finished his career with 14 interceptions, which he returned for 207 yards. He also had 3 fumble recoveries.

Castille played college football for the Alabama Crimson Tide and was on the last team coached by Bear Bryant. Castille was a pallbearer at Bryant's funeral on January 28, 1983. Castille played for Alabama from 1979–1982, recording a school record 16 interceptions and making the College Football All-America Team in 1982. In the 1982 Liberty Bowl at the end of the season, Castille intercepted three passes in a 21–15 win and was selected as the game's MVP.[1]

While playing for the Broncos during the 1987 AFC Championship Game versus the Cleveland Browns, Castille will forever be remembered for stripping the ball from Browns' running back Earnest Byner in a play called "The Fumble".[1] He also recorded an interception in Super Bowl XXII, although this is not as widely remembered because his team ended up losing 42–10.

Two of Castille's sons, Tim and Simeon, also played in the NFL after playing college football at Alabama. His third son Caleb walked on at Alabama before quitting football to chase his dream of becoming a professional actor and starring as Jeremiah's teammate at Alabama, Tony Nathan in the movie Woodlawn.


  1. Needell, Paul (January 18, 1988). "Broncos strip Browns bare". New York Daily News: p. 46. Retrieved June 17, 2017.