Jumpy Geathers
No. 97, 79     
Defensive tackle
Personal information
Date of birth: (1960-06-26) June 26, 1960 (age 59)
Place of birth: Georgetown, South Carolina
Career information
College: Wichita State
NFL Draft: 1984 / Round: 2 / Pick: 42
No regular season or postseason appearances
Career history
* New Orleans Saints (19841989)
Career highlights and awards
* 2× Super Bowl Champion (XXVI, XXXII)
Tackles     273
Sacks     62.0
Interceptions     0
Fumbles     9

James Allen "Jumpy" Geathers (born June 26, 1960) is a former American football defensive lineman. At the time of his retirement, he was the only active player who played at Wichita State University, who discountinued their football program following their 1986 season, making him the last WSU football player to play in the NFL. Geathers was drafted by the New Orleans Saints with the 42nd overall selection in the 2nd round of the 1984 NFL Draft, making him along with Anthony Jones, the last Shockers drafted in the NFL.


He played defensive tackle at Wichita State, and then for thirteen seasons in the National Football League (New Orleans Saints 1984-1989, Washington Redskins 1990-1993, Atlanta Falcons 1994-1995, and Denver Broncos 1996). He was a part of the Redskins team that won Super Bowl XXVI. At 6' 7" and 290 pounds he was a forceful pass rusher, famous for his "forklift" rush, in which he picked up his blocker and carried him to the quarterback.[1] Despite bad knees later in his career, Geathers played well into his 30s. Geathers' career was cut short when he ruptured his Achilles tendon during training camp with the Denver Broncos in 1997, the same year the Broncos would go on to win the Super Bowl for the first time in franchise history. He retired with 62 sacks in 183 games. Geathers attended Choppee High School located in Georgetown, South Carolina.


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