Justin Bethel
No. 31     Arizona Cardinals
Personal information
Date of birth: (1990-06-17) June 17, 1990 (age 29)
Place of birth: Sumter, South Carolina
High School: Blythewood (SC)
Career information
College: Presbyterian
NFL Draft: 2012 / Round: 6 / Pick: 177
Debuted in 2012 for the Arizona Cardinals
Career history
* Arizona Cardinals ( 2012–present)
Roster status: Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of Week 17, 2012
Tackles     13
Sacks     0.0
Interceptions     0

Justin Bethel (born June 17, 1990) is an American football cornerback for the Arizona Cardinals of the National Football League. He was drafted in the sixth round of the 2012 NFL Draft by the Cardinals. He played college football for Presbyterian College.

Early lifeEdit

Bethel attended Blythewood High School where in 2007 he was named Blythewood's Defensive Player of the Year and Most Improved Defensive Player. He helped the team win the State Championship in 2006.


Bethel did not receive much interest from college football programs, and he planned to study culinary arts at Johnson & Wales University, until his high school coach was hired to be a coach for the Presbyterian College Blue Hose.[1] Bethel decided to attend Presbyterian, and majored in Business Administration.

2008 seasonEdit

Bethel played in 12 games during his freshman season, amassing 54 tackles and 37 solo tackles. He had 2 interceptions and two blocked kicks.

2009 seasonEdit

2009 was a breakout season for Bethel. He had a team-best 79 tackles during 11 games, 55 of which were solo. He blocked 3 kicks, two in a game against Gardner–Webb University. He also forced one fumble and had 4.5 tackles for a loss. For his efforts, he was named to the Big South Conference All-Conference Second-Team Defensive squad.

Professional careerEdit

Bethel caught the attention of pro scouts with a strong performance at the East-West Shrine Game,[1] and because of a YouTube video showing him making a vertical leap onto boxes five feet high. At the NFL Combine his meaured vertical leap of 39½ inches was the highest of any defensive player.[2] Ultimately he was drafted by the Cardinals in the sixth round,[3] making him the first Presbyterian player chosen in the NFL Draft since 1969.[4] In Week 16 against the Chicago Bears, Bethel recovered Olindo Mare's blocked field goal and returned it 82 yards for a touchdown, though Chicago won 28-13.[5]


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