Wiggins in 2014
|No. 84, 85|
|Date of birth:January 18, 1975|
|Place of birth: East Boston, Massachusetts|
|Undrafted in 1999|
|No regular season or postseason appearances|
|* New York Jets ( 1999– 2000)|
|Career highlights and awards|
|* Super Bowl champion (XXXVI)|
|Stats at NFL.com|
Wiggins was also a member of the New England Patriots, Indianapolis Colts, Carolina Panthers, Minnesota Vikings, Jacksonville Jaguars, and Florida Tuskers. He won a Super Bowl ring with the Patriots in Super Bowl XXXVI.
Wiggins attended East Boston High School in East Boston, Massachusetts and was a letterman in football and basketball. In football, he was an All-City and an All-League honoree. In basketball, he helped lead his team to the state championship as a junior. Wiggins graduated from East Boston in 1993. After high school, he attended Bridgton Academy in North Bridgton, Maine for a year of post-graduate study. In 2011, East Boston High School honored Wiggins by retiring his jersey.
Wiggins attended Marshall University for two years before transferring to the University of Georgia. He led Marshall in receptions in 1995 with 54 catches for 681 yards (11.1 yards per catch) and scored four touchdowns in helping Marshall to the finals of the I-AA Championship, falling to Montana 22-20. He also played as a freshman in 1994 (5 catches, 56 yards and 1 touchdown - 11.2), when Marshall advanced to the I-AA semifinals, losing at Boise State, 28-24, and winning its first outright Southern Conference championship (second of three SC titles for the Thundering Herd). When MU head coach Jim Donnan took the Georgia coaching job, Wiggins and teammate Olandis Gary transferred to the Bulldogs, sitting out in 1996 and playing in the SEC in 1997 and 1998, winning bowl games both years with UGA.
New York Jets
Wiggins went undrafted in the 1999 NFL Draft and signed with the New York Jets as an undrafted free agent. He played for the Jets for part of 2000. He was then released and signed with the New England Patriots.
New England Patriots
Wiggins played in New England for three seasons (2000 - 2002). While in New England he won Super Bowl XXXVI in 2001. After a quiet 2001 regular season in which he only caught 14 passes, Wiggins became a key part of the Patriots air attack in the playoffs. Wiggins is perhaps best known by Patriots fans for his 10 catch, 68 yard performance in the Patriots AFC Divisional Round overtime victory against the Raiders. He also caught a seven-yard pass in the Patriots final Super Bowl drive that enabled the field goal kick to win the game. He also became famous for wearing red cleats.
Wiggins then played part of one season for the Indianapolis Colts in 2002.
Wiggins signed with the Minnesota Vikings, spending three seasons with the team (2004–2006), before being released on March 1, 2007. Minnesota is also where Wiggins was known to be a part of the Love Boat Scandal.
Wiggins was signed by the Jacksonville Jaguars in March 2007. He was released on August 27 after suffering a concussion from a helmet-to-helmet hit by Green Bay Packers safety Aaron Rouse in a preseason game.
Wiggins has ventured into sports media upon retiring from football. In 2010, Wiggins obtained various positions in Boston sports media outlets such as CSN New England, WBZ, and WHDH. Until August 13, 2014, he frequently appeared on 98.5 The Sports Hub alongside Michael Felger and Tony Massarotti. Though he is primarily utilized as an NFL analyst, he also covers other Boston sports news. Wiggins appeared on A&E's Flipping Boston, the "Flip or Fumble" episode which features Wiggins joining hosts Pete and Dave on the renovation project of a home. Wiggins currently co-hosts a morning show on a local Boston hip hop radio station HOT 96.9 as well as his own podcast.
- "East Boston to retire Jermaine Wiggins' jersey tonight". Boston.com. November 4, 2011. http://articles.boston.com/2011-11-04/yourtown/30360278_1_jersey-tight-end-long-overdue-honor. Retrieved May 27, 2012.
- "United Football League Signs 21 Players to Florida Tuskers' Roster". PR Newswire. August 17, 2009. http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/united-football-league-signs-21-players-to-florida-tuskers-roster-62239927.html. Retrieved July 14, 2011.
- "Archived copy". Archived from the original on September 29, 2012. https://web.archive.org/web/20120929094414/http://www.jermainewiggins.com/about/. Retrieved May 27, 2012.
- Just Sports Stats
- Official website
- New England Patriots profile
- Minnesota Vikings boat party scandal