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Willie Jefferson
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Defensive end
Personal information
Date of birth: (1991-01-31) January 31, 1991 (age 29)
Place of birth: Beaumont, Texas
Career information
College: Stephen F. Austin
Undrafted in 2013
No regular season or postseason appearances
Career history
*Houston Texans ( 2013)
Roster status: Active
CFL status: International
Career highlights and awards
* Grey Cup champion (2015)
Tackles     2
Sacks     0.0
Interceptions     0
Forced fumbles     0
Career CFL statistics as of 2018
Tackles     127
Sacks     31
Interceptions     2
Forced Fumbles     6
Defensive Touchdowns     3
Stats at CFL.ca

Willie Hebert Jefferson III[1] (born January 31, 1991) is a Canadian football defensive end for the Winnipeg Blue Bombers of the Canadian Football League (CFL). He played college football at Stephen F. Austin. He has also been a member of the Houston Texans, Edmonton Eskimos, Saskatchewan Roughriders, and Washington Redskins.

Early yearsEdit

He attended Ozen High School. He was selected to the 4A all-state second-team in his senior year in high school.[2] He was selected to the First-team All-District 20-4 and Port Arthur News Super Team while at high school.[2]

College careerEdit

He started his career as a wide receiver at Baylor University but was kicked off of the team after he and teammate Josh Gordon were found asleep in Jefferson's car at a local Taco Bell with marijuana in the car. Jefferson, who was driving, was kicked off the team due to it being his second violation. He transferred to Stephen F Austin and was named 2011 Southland Conference Newcomer of the Year in his Junior season. He led the Southland Conference in sacks with 16.[2] He was selected to the Sports Network All-America second team, Phil Steele's Magazine All-America third team.[2]

Professional careerEdit

Houston TexansEdit

On April 27, 2013, he signed with the Houston Texans as an undrafted free agent following the 2013 NFL Draft.[3]

The Texans released Jefferson, along with two others players, on October 21 for unspecified violations of team rules prior to a game in Kansas City.[4]

Edmonton EskimosEdit

In 2014, Jefferson signed with the Edmonton Eskimos of the Canadian Football League (CFL).[5] Jefferson played for two seasons with the Eskimos, playing in 35 games, contributing 40 defensive tackles, 10 quarterback sacks, and three forced fumbles.

Washington RedskinsEdit

Jefferson signed a futures contract with the Washington Redskins on January 14, 2016.[6] On August 27, 2016, Jefferson was waived by the Redskins.[7]

Saskatchewan Roughriders Edit

In September 2016, Jefferson returned to the CFL and signed with the Saskatchewan Roughriders rejoining his head coach from Edmonton.[8] Jefferson was named a CFL All-Star in 2017, and in 2018 was nominated as the teams Most Outstanding Player and Most Outstanding Defensive Player after recording his first season with double digit sacks, and a pair of interceptions returned for touchdowns.[9] Jefferson was again named to the CFL All-Star Team alongside teammate Charleston Hughes.[10][11]

Winnipeg Blue Bombers Edit

On February 12, 2019, it was announced that Jefferson had signed a one-year deal with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers through the 2019 season.

ReferencesEdit

  1. "Baylor Bears Profile". baylorbears.com. http://www.baylorbears.com/sports/m-footbl/mtt/jefferson_willie00.html.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 "Stephen F. Austin Profile". sfajacks.cstv.com. http://sfajacks.cstv.com/sports/m-footbl/mtt/jefferson_willie00.html.
  3. "Texans sign four draft picks, 23 undrafted free agents". nbcsports.com. http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2013/05/10/texans-sign-four-draft-picks-23-undrafted-free-agents/. Retrieved May 10, 2013.
  4. Ganguli, Tania (October 21, 2013). "Sources: Pot reason Texans cut 3". ESPN.com. http://espn.go.com/nfl/story/_/id/9859855/houston-texans-cut-sam-montgomery-cierre-wood-willie-jefferson. Retrieved October 22, 2013.
  5. "Edmonton Eskimos have their own no. 99 in Willie Jefferson". edmontonsun.com. http://www.edmontonsun.com/2014/06/08/eskimos-have-their-99.
  6. Smith, Michael (January 14, 2016). "Former Texans troublemaker Willie Jefferson lands in Washington". NBCSports.com. http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2016/01/14/former-texans-troublemaker-willie-jefferson-lands-in-washington/. Retrieved January 31, 2016.
  7. "8/27:Redskins Make Roster Moves". http://www.redskins.com/news/article-1/827-Redskins-Make-Roster-Moves/e4be777f-8f09-4d44-8f65-838eea50eafc.
  8. "Willie Jefferson returns to the CFL wearing green, but not the shade of the double-E" (in en-US). Edmonton Journal. 2016-09-29. https://edmontonjournal.com/sports/football/cfl/edmonton-eskimos/willie-jefferson-returns-to-the-cfl-wearing-green-but-not-the-shade-of-the-double-e.
  9. "CFL announces 2018 team award winners - CFL.ca" (in en-US). CFL.ca. 2018-10-31. https://www.cfl.ca/2018/10/31/cfl-announces-2018-team-award-winners/.
  10. https://www.cfl.ca/2018/11/07/star-power-2018-cfl-divisional-stars-announced/
  11. "Stars aligned: 2018 CFL All-Stars unveiled". Canadian Football League. https://www.cfl.ca/2018/12/04/stars-aligned-2018-cfl-stars-unveiled/. Retrieved 2018-12-04.

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