Jerry DeLoach
Date of birth: (1977-07-17) July 17, 1977 (age 43)
Place of birth: Sacramento, California
Career information
Position(s): Defensive end
College: California
 As player:
Washington Redskins
Houston Texans
Playing stats at

Jerry A. DeLoach (born July 17, 1977 in Sacramento, California) is a former American football defensive end for the Washington Redskins and the Houston Texans of the National Football League.

Early lifeEdit

In high school, he played both ways at Valley HS in Sacramento, California, where he recorded 77 tackles, including eight sacks. His senior year, he earned first team Delta League, all-city and All-Northern California honors and helped lead his team from a 0-10 record his junior season to a 9-3 mark as a senior in '94. In addition to being a star football player, he lettered in basketball all four years and was elected to come to Cal after considering UCLA, Colorado State and Oregon State. Not only was he an excellent athlete, he was an excellent student who came to Cal with a 3.8 GPA, receiving the Scholar-Athlete Award from the Sacramento Valley Chapter of the National Football Foundation and the California Legislative Sports Award as a scholar-athlete. He is former varsity basketball teammates with US Olympic High Jumper, Jaime Nieto.

College careerEdit

A player with enormous potential, as few have his combination of size and athletic ability...could emerge as one of the top defensive tackles in all of college football ... rated the No. 5 defensive tackle in the nation by The Sporting News (he's ranked No. 8 DT nationally by Lindy's) ... usually attracts the attention of at least two blockers, but still manages to make a lot of plays...sat out spring drills rehabilitating a sprained knee that was injured late last one of Cal's most experienced players, starting 23 games over the last three scouts project him as a high draft pick if he continues to develop...has great leg strength (635-pound squat press, which ties for the third-best total in Cal history) and has excellent pass-rushing skills. He played in the East West Shrine Game as well as the Senior Bowl in 2000. Also was invited to the NFL combine.


DeLoach redshirted his first year at Cal while serving on the scout team.


DeLoach showed signs of future greatness, moving into the starting lineup in the last half of the 1996 season as a redshirt-freshman...played in all 12 games for the Bears and ended the year with 45 tackles (38 in the regular-season), including four sacks among six tackles behind the line of scrimmage (minus 24 yards)...started five games at tackle (UCLA, Arizona, Arizona State, Oregon and Navy)...had an important fumble recovery early in the fourth quarter against Nevada, helping stop a Wolf Pack drive and protect an 8-point Cal lead...had an 11-yard sack at Washington State, helping him earn a starting spot the next week vs. UCLA...enjoyed a fruitful starting debut with six tackles (four unassisted) vs. the Bruins, including two stops behind the line of scrimmage (minus seven yards), one being a 4-yard sack of Cade McNown...also had six tackles at Oregon...concluded his freshman season with seven unassisted tackles against Navy in the Aloha Bowl.


DeLoach began his sophomore season at defensive end, but made the move to the inside at Washington State...had 22 tackles on the year, including 16 unassisted stops...ranked second among Cal's defensive tackles with five tackles for loss...had a pair of stops behind the line for minus 10 yards against Oklahoma...strained a calf muscle at WSU and had to sit out the next week against UCLA.


DeLoach was a major force on the interior line and clearly earned the respect of coaches around the league who voted him second team All-Pac-10...ended the season with 8 tackles behind the line of scrimmage (including a pair of sacks for minus 26 yards) despite missing all but one play of the final three games of the season...suffered a knee sprain on a low block on the first play of the Arizona State game and was sidelined for the remainder of the season...finished the year with 31 tackles, including 19 unassisted stops...had several dominant games, including 6 tackles (2 for loss) at Washington...had a 14-yard sack of UCLA QB Cade McNown and forced a fumble on the play, which Jacob Waasdorp recovered at the Bruin 2-yard-line, to set up a Cal TD for a 7-0 lead...also had a 12-yard sack in the Nebraska game...made a key interception at Oregon State, picking off a deflected pass to stop a Beaver drive in Cal territory in the third quarter with the Bears trailing by two points, returning the ball 11 yards to near midfield.

DeLoach's college statisticsEdit

Year Unassisted
Loss Sacks Interceptions
1996 30 15 45 6-24 4.0 0
1997 16 6 22 5-19 0.5 0
1998 19 12 31 8-37 2.0 1
Total 65 33 98 19-80 6.5 1

Professional careerEdit

PRO: Powerful and versatile lineman who has been a mainstay along Houston's defensive line for four seasons…has averaged 73 tackles per season as a Texan…full-time starter for two seasons before giving way to Robaire Smith in 2004…acquired by Houston in a trade with Washington for QB Danny Wuerffel on 3/4/02 – the first trade in franchise history…originally signed as an undrafted free agent by Washington on 4/27/00.

Career stats

2005: Played in 10 games, starting one...registered 30 tackles and two sacks in limited action...recorded two tackles as a reserve in season opener at Buffalo (9/11)...saw action in home-opening loss to Pittsburgh (9/18)...had one tackle at Cincinnati (10/2)... posted two tackles against Tennessee (10/9)...recorded season-high six tackles at Seattle (10/16)...made two tackles against Indianapolis (10/23)...saw action against Cleveland (10/30)...inactive at Jacksonville (11/6)...inactive at Indianapolis (11/13)...inactive against Kansas City (11/20)...inactive against St. Louis (11/27)...inactive at Baltimore (12/4)...made one tackle at Tennessee (12/11)... recorded his first sack of the season and made three tackles against Arizona (12/18)...recorded a season-high nine tackles while filling in for defensive end Gary Walker against Jacksonville (12/24)...also made one sack...posted four tackles while making only start of the season against San Francisco (1/1).

2004: Played in 15 games, starting three (two at nose tackle, one at left end) …recorded 49 tackles and one pass defensed…inactive at Kansas City (9/26)…started at nose tackle in season opener versus San Diego (9/12), posting five tackles…also started the following week at Detroit (9/19)…finished with two tackles and one pass defensed in win over Oakland (10/3)…collected three stops against Minnesota (10/10)…recorded five tackles in victory at Tennessee (10/17)…had two stops in win over Jacksonville (10/31)…recorded six tackles at Denver (11/7)…registered four stops at Indianapolis (11/14)…racked up season-high seven versus Green Bay (11/21)…had two tackles in win over Titans (11/28)…matched that total at Jets (12/5)…posted two stops against Colts (12/12)…collected four tackles in victory at Chicago (12/19)…recorded two stops in win at Jaguars (12/26), helping defense record first shutout in club history…finished season with three tackles against Cleveland (1/2).

2003: Started all 16 games for the second consecutive year, 12 at right end and four at nose tackle…led the defensive line with career-high 109 tackles, two passes defensed, and one fumble recovery…ranked first amongst linemen in tackles and fourth overall…posted six tackles in season-opening win at Miami (9/7)…recorded five tackles and one batted pass at New Orleans (9/14)…collected three tackles against Kansas City (9/21)…led the defensive line with eight tackles and also recovered his first career fumble in win over Jacksonville (9/28)…registered five tackles at Tennessee (10/12)…led the defensive line with eight tackles at Indianapolis (10/26)…paced the defensive line with eight tackles and one pass defensed in win over Carolina (11/2)…collected nine stops at Cincinnati (11/9)…totaled seven tackles in win at Buffalo (11/16)…tallied career-high 12 tackles in overtime loss to eventual Super Bowl champion New England (11/23)…paced the defensive line with eight tackles in win over Atlanta (11/30)…collected eight tackles at Jacksonville (12/7)…recorded seven tackles at Tampa Bay (12/14)…tallied six tackles in season finale versus Colts (12/28).

2002: Started all 16 games for the first time in his career…collected 103 tackles, plus one sack…posted seven tackles in season-opening win over Dallas (9/8)…had four stops at San Diego (9/15)…matched that total the following week against Indianapolis (9/22)…racked up seven tackles at Philadelphia (9/29)…collected eight tackles in win at Jacksonville (10/27)…had six stops against Cincinnati (11/3)…posted seven tackles versus Jaguars (11/17)…recorded four stops and posted first sack of season in win over Giants (11/24)…collected six tackles at Colts (12/1)…aided stellar defensive effort with nine tackles in win at Pittsburgh (12/8)…posted seven stops against Baltimore (12/15)…amassed 11 tackles against former team in Washington (12/22)…capped season with nine tackles versus Titans (12/29).

2001: Played in 15 games with four starts for Washington…signed from practice squad to active roster on 2/1…tallied 11 tackles, one sack and one pass defensed…made NFL debut at San Diego (9/9), registering one tackle…made first start at right tackle versus Kansas City (9/30), recording two tackles…started at right tackle at Giants (10/7) and had one tackle…sacked Anthony Wright for two-yard loss at Dallas (10/15), adding two tackles and one pass defensed…started at right tackle versus Carolina (10/21) and tallied one tackle…inactive versus Dallas (12/2).

2000: Waived on 8/27, then re-signed to the practice squad on 8/29…spent the remainder of the season on the practice squad.

Single-Game Highs Total Tackles – 12, vs. New England (11/23/03)

Sacks – 1 (four times), last vs. Jacksonville (12/24/05)

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