Jermaine Mays
No. --     CFL Free Agent
Date of birth: (1979-07-13) July 13, 1979 (age 40)
Place of birth: Miami, Florida
Career information
Status: Active
CFL status: Import
Position(s): CB
Height: 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
College: Minnesota
High school: Miami Jackson High School
NFL Draft: 2003 / Undrafted
 As player:
Minnesota Vikings*
Indianapolis Colts*
Orlando Predators
Nashville Kats
Toronto Argonauts
Hamilton Tiger-Cats*
Toronto Argonauts
*Practice roster or pre-season only
Career highlights and awards
  • AFL Rookie of 2006 season
Playing stats at
Playing stats at

Jermaine Mays (born July 13, 1979) is a professional American and Canadian football cornerback who is currently a free agent. He was signed as an undrafted free agent by the Minnesota Vikings in 2003. He played college football for the Minnesota Golden Gophers.

Mays has also been a member of the Indianapolis Colts, Orlando Predators, Nashville Kats and Hamilton Tiger-Cats.

Early yearsEdit

Mays was born in Miami, Florida on July 13, 1979 and he grew up there.[1] He attended Miami Jackson High School where he was an All-State selection in his senior year despite breaking his collarbone.[1]

College careerEdit

Mays attended Minnesota University and played football at the wide receiver position for the Golden Gophers in 2001 and 2002.[1] He majored in Youth Studies & Leadership while at Minnesota.[1]

After getting redshirted in 2000, Mays saw limited action in 2001.[1] He recorded 21 receptions and 381 yards. He also scored an 81 yard touchdown which proved to be a game winner against Iowa.[1]

In 2002, Mays won the team MVP award after playing on special teams and setting a school record with five blocked punts in one season.[1]

Professional careerEdit

Minnesota VikingsEdit

Mays was signed as an undrafted free agent by the Minnesota Vikings on September 10, 2003 as a wide receiver. On August 5, 2003, Mays switched to cornerback.[2]

Mays was assigned by the Vikings to the Berlin Thunder in 2004. He helped lead the Thunder to a World Bowl. The Vikings released him on September 6, 2004.

Indianapolis ColtsEdit

Mays was signed by the Indianapolis Colts on February 11, 2005[3] and was assigned to the Berlin Thunder. He recorded 22 tackles, and scored a touchdown for 100 yards which is the league record.[4] He was released by the Colts on September 4, 2005.[5][6]

Orlando PredatorsEdit

The Orlando Predators signed Mays on October 12, 2005, but did not play in any games for the Predators that season.

In 2006, he started the first four games for the Predators[7] before he pulled his hamstring and was traded.

Nashville KatsEdit

Mays was traded to the Nashville Kats for future Toronto Argonauts teammate defensive back Khalil Carter on March 15, 2006.[1][8] He recorded 74 tackles, two interceptions one of which he returned for a touchdown during his rookie year. At the end of the season he was named the AFL Rookie of the Year.

First stint with ArgonautsEdit

Mays was signed by the Toronto Argonauts on May 12, 2006.[1] He played in eight games for the Argonauts, seven of which he started.[1] Made his CFL debut against the Hamilton Tiger-Cats and recorded his first interception in the CFL in the same game, picking off Jason Maas.[1]

In 2007, he dressed for four games with the Argonauts, but was released on August 18, 2007.[1][9]

Hamilton Tiger-CatsEdit

On March 7, 2008,[10][11] Mays was signed by the Hamilton Tiger-Cats.[12] However after not playing a game for the Tiger-Cats, he was released on July 29, 2008.

Second stint with ArgonautsEdit

The Argonauts re-signed Mays on October 15, 2008.[1] He was released on May 29, 2009.[13]



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  2. Craig, Mark (August 5, 2003). "Mays switches to cornerback". Star Tribune. Retrieved 2009-04-21.
  3. "Indianapolis Colts bio". Retrieved 2009-04-22.
  4. "Admirals Take the Title". NFL News. June 11, 2005. Retrieved 2009-04-22.
  5. "Colts Release 17 Among Cut-Day Moves". September 3, 2005. Retrieved 2009-04-22.
  6. "Colts Players Missing From Practice, Likely Cuts". August 29, 2005. Retrieved 2009-04-22.
  7. Lucas, Jason (February 4, 2006). "Defense Bails Out Preds". ArenaFan. Retrieved 2009-04-21.
  8. Markowitz, Adam (July 30, 2006). "Familiar Faces Unite in New Places". ArenaFan. Retrieved 2009-04-22.
  9. "Argonauts sign Edwards to practice squad; Release Two". The Toronto Star. August 19, 2007. Retrieved 2009-04-22.
  10. "Hamilton Tiger-Cats bio". Retrieved 2009-04-22.
  11. "Tiger-Cats sign three DBs". March 7, 2008. Retrieved 2009-04-22.[dead link]
  12. "Tiger-Cats Add Three Defensive Backs". March 7, 2008. Retrieved 2009-04-22.
  13. "Argonauts release Mays, add three imports". May 29, 2009. Retrieved 2009-05-29.
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