Jeremy Leman
Leman (47) during his tenure with the Fighting Illini
No. 47     
Personal information
Date of birth: (1985-03-01) March 1, 1985 (age 35)
Place of birth: Champaign, Illinois
Career information
College: Illinois
Undrafted in 2008
No regular season or postseason appearances
Career history
* Minnesota Vikings ( 2008)*
Career highlights and awards
* Consensus All-American (2007)
  • First-team All-Big Ten (2006, 2007)
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Jeremy "J" Leman (born March 1, 1985) is a former American football linebacker. He played college football at the University of Illinois, and was recognized as a consensus All-American. He was signed by the Minnesota Vikings as an undrafted free agent in 2008, and has also been a member of the Oakland Raiders, Carolina Panthers, Philadelphia Eagles, and San Diego Chargers. He is currently a football analyst for the Big Ten Network.

Early yearsEdit

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Leman was born and raised in Champaign, Illinois. He played high school football at Champaign Central High School where he played middle linebacker and tight end. During his senior year, he tallied 191 tackles and was named to the prestigious Illinois High School Football Coaches Association All-State Team.

College careerEdit

Leman attended the University of Illinois, where he played for the Illinois Fighting Illini football team from 2003 to 2007. He redshirted as a true freshman in 2003. Leman was a first-team All-Big Ten selection on defense in 2006 and 2007, and was recognized as a consensus first-team All-American in 2007. He started over 40 games at linebacker during his college career. During the 2007 campaign, Leman led the Illini to nine wins and helped the team earn a trip to the Rose Bowl.

Leman stands at sixth place on Illinois' all time tackle list. His 152 tackles in the 2006 season ranked first in the Big Ten and is the sixth best single-season effort ever posted by an Illini gridder. He also ranks fifth on the Illinois charts in career tackles for loss.


 Illinois   Defensive Stats
Season Games Tackles T/Loss Sacks Forced Fumbles Interceptions
2004 11 56 3 1.5 1 0
2005 11 67 5.5 0 2 0
2006 12 152 19 4 2 0
2007 13 132 10.5 2.5 1 1
Total 47 407 39.5 8.5 6 1

Professional careerEdit

First stint with VikingsEdit

After going undrafted in the 2008 NFL Draft, Leman signed with the Minnesota Vikings as an undrafted free agent. He was waived by team during final cuts on August 30.

Carolina PanthersEdit

After spending the 2008 season out of football, Leman signed a future contract with the Carolina Panthers on January 13, 2009. He was waived by the team as a final cut on September 5.

Philadelphia EaglesEdit

Leman was signed to the Philadelphia Eagles practice squad on September 7, 2009. He was released by the team on October 13.

San Diego ChargersEdit

Leman was signed to the San Diego Chargers practice squad on November 3, 2009. He was released by the team on December 1.

Second stint with VikingsEdit

Leman was re-signed to the Minnesota Vikings practice squad on December 9, 2009, and was promoted to the active roster on December 15, after linebacker Erin Henderson was suspended for four games.

He was released by the team with an injury settlement on October 19, 2010.

Florida TuskersEdit

Leman was signed by the Florida Tuskers of the United Football League on November 1, 2010.

Second stint with San Diego ChargersEdit

Leman was signed to the San Diego Chargers practice squad on November 30, 2010. He was waived by the team on August 30, 2011.

Oakland RaidersEdit

The Oakland Raiders claimed Leman off of waivers on August 31.

Oakland then cut Leman on September 3, 2011 when they announced their 53-man roster for the 2011 season. However, the following day, the Raiders named Leman to their 8-man practice squad for the 2011 season. He was cut from the practice squad on 12/6/11.

Personal lifeEdit

Leman graduated from the University of Illinois with a speech communication degree and a master's degree in Human Resource Education.

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