Quentin Jammer

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Quentin Jammer
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Jammer with the San Diego Chargers in 2011
No. 23
Position: Cornerback
Personal information
Born: (1979-06-19) June 19, 1979 (age 41)
Angleton, Texas
Height:6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Weight:204 lb (93 kg)
Career information
High school: Angleton (TX)
College: Texas
NFL Draft: 2002  / Round: 1 / Pick: 5
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Tackles:733
Pass deflections:130
Interceptions:21
Forced fumbles:7
Touchdowns:1
Player stats at NFL.com

Quentin Tremaine Jammer (born June 19, 1979) is a former American football cornerback who played in the National Football League (NFL). He played college football for the University of Texas, and earned All-American honors. He was drafted by the San Diego Chargers in the first round of the 2002 NFL Draft and he played for them for eleven seasons.

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Early years

Jammer was born in Bay City, Texas, and attended Angleton High School. In high school football, he was a two-time all-district safety, cornerback, linebacker, wide receiver, and quarterback as a senior, and was the district's defensive most valuable player. He also won three letters in track and field, and participated in the long jump, 100-meter dash, and the 200-meter dash. In 1997, he was selected for the state all-star football team, which included future San Diego Chargers teammates LaDainian Tomlinson and Drew Brees. [1]

College career

Jammer attended the University of Texas at Austin, and played for coach Mack Brown's Texas Longhorns football team from 1997 to 2001. He was a first-team All-Big 12 Conference selection following his junior and senior seasons, and was recognized as a unanimous first-team All-American as a senior in 2001. [2] He was named team co-MVP his senior year and recorded seven interceptions as well as 195 tackles throughout his collegiate career.

Professional career

2002 NFL Draft

Jammer was drafted by the San Diego Chargers with the fifth overall pick in the first round of the 2002 NFL Draft. [3]

Pre-draft measurables
HeightWeight Vertical jump Broad jump Bench press
5 ft 11 78 in
(1.83 m)
204 lb
(93 kg)
36 in
(0.91 m)
10 ft 4 in
(3.15 m)
18 reps
All values from NFL Combine. [4]

San Diego Chargers

Due to a holdout to start the 2002 season, Jammer was not ready to make an impact his rookie year and only started four games. The following year, in 2003, Jammer started at the cornerback position. Coming into the NFL, Jammer was touted as being a physical player and a big hitter, rather than a finesse cover cornerback. The transition to the NFL for Jammer was difficult because the physical aggressiveness which brought him so much success in college often resulted in pass interference calls. Jammer led the NFL in pass interferences calls in 2004 with eight. Jammer suffered another setback in his development when the NFL made an officiating point of emphasis in 2004 that penalized defensive players for touching receivers further than 5 yards past the line of scrimmage. In an interview with Rick Gosselin of The Dallas Morning News, Jammer said, "All the rule changes for the offense have altered the game. It's turned football into track with pads. Before you know it, the receivers are going to have a free run at you. You can't touch them at all. The rules got me away from my game," Jammer said. "When physical corners start finessing it, that's not their style." [5]

Jammer has also been criticized for his lack of interceptions. [6] In 62 career games leading up to the 2006 season, Jammer had only recorded six interceptions, including just two total in the 2004 and 2005 seasons. When the Chargers extended Jammer's contract during the 2006 offseason, Kevin Acee of the San Diego Union Tribune wrote that "... he is widely considered by Chargers fans to be among the team's weak links, mostly for the fact he has just six career interceptions." [7] Acee later wrote of Jammer: "In recent seasons Jammer has been without a doubt the most vilified Charger. It was difficult to tell whether he was disliked (perhaps too mild a term) more for what he did (get called for a lot of penalties) or what he didn't do (make interceptions). It's possible in the past decade there has been only one other Charger (do we really need to say his name?) who drew more wrath from the faithful." [8]

During Jammer's first four years with the Chargers, the team regularly finished at or near the bottom of the league in terms of pass defense. Except for the 2003 season, the team was in the bottom five in terms of pass defense every year from 2002 to 2005. This led many Charger fans to become frustrated with Jammer, as due to his high draft position he became a symbol for the Chargers' failure to assemble a solid secondary. In turn, Jammer was often at odds with fans over their criticisms. In a September 2005 interview, Jammer said of the fans: "Those people are idiots. (They) don't know anything about football...They're not going to bother me." [9] Many fans could often be heard chanting, "Lito, Lito" every time Jammer was beaten by a receiver, a reference to Lito Sheppard, the two-time Pro-Bowl cornerback of the Philadelphia Eagles who was taken after Jammer in the 2002 draft.

In recent years, supporters of Jammer noted that the Chargers had a poor pass defense not because of Jammer, but because of their anemic pass rush. But in 2005, the Chargers had one of the top front 7s in the NFL, featuring Pro Bowler and NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year Award winner Shawne Merriman and Pro Bowler Jamal Williams. Despite this fearsome pass rush, the Chargers still finished 28th in the league in pass defense. [10] A reason for this may be that the 3-4 defense, which the Chargers use under Ted Cottrell, typically has larger, slower players in the front seven than in the respective positions in the 4-3, leaving more pressure on the defensive backs.

During training camp he signed a new five-year contract extension that ran through the 2012 season. The 2006 offseason saw an overhaul of the Chargers' secondary after many disappointing years. The team signed former Carolina Panthers safety Marlon McCree as a free agent, and they spent a first-round draft choice on cornerback Antonio Cromartie. McCree's veteran presence had an immediate impact on the secondary, including Jammer, who surpassed his 2005 interception total in only the third game of the season. Although Jammer only recorded one more interception in the remaining 13 games, the 2006 season was his best and most consistent as a pro. Towards the middle of the season, Jammer showed signs of turning into a shutdown cornerback, and QBs rarely threw at him. He closed out the Chargers 21-14 win over Oakland on November 26 with an interception on the first play after the two-minute warning. He finished the season leading the team in interceptions with 4 and with a career-high in tackles helping the Chargers finished 13th in the league in pass defense.

Jammer critics point to the 3rd and 10, long bomb Reche Caldwell caught in the divisional playoff game against the New England Patriots as a sign that Jammer was still not meeting expectations. Jammer, in blitz-scheme, short area press coverage, was not able to help the defense recover from an ineffective jailhouse blitz and Patriots' quarterback Tom Brady comfortably stepped up in the pocket to loft a deep strike to Caldwell. Despite Brady's completion to Caldwell, Jammer had a strong day limiting Patriot receivers, in the 2007 AFC Championship game against the Patriots, he had an outstanding performance, limiting Randy Moss to 1 reception for 12 yards, and intercepting Tom Brady once.

In week 6 of the 2012 season, Jammer recorded his first interception returned for a touchdown in his career on a pass from Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning. [11]

Denver Broncos

On May 29, 2013, Jammer signed with the Denver Broncos. [12] He became a free agent in March 2014 after one season with the Broncos. [13]

NFL statistics

YearTeamGPCOMBTOTALASTSACKFFFRFR YDSINTIR YDSAVG IRLNG IRTDPD
2002 SD 14675890.00000000010
2003 SD 167157140.00104626013
2004 SD 16625390.00001121212010
2005 SD 167261110.01001141414018
2006 SD 16787170.00004571435018
2007 SD 15615470.00201000010
2008 SD 168875130.03202212019
2009 SD 165847110.0100325821011
2010 SD 16454230.01002535011
2011 SD 15534490.0010000008
2012 SD 16645590.0130389308019
2013 DEN 11141310.0010000003
Career1837336301030.071002121010801140

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Television & Media

Quentin Jammer made an appearance on an episode of "E! True Hollywood Story" in 2009. Jammer appeared as himself in Season 13 episode 20, which originally aired on November 18, 2009. [15]

Personal life

Quentin has three sons. [16] His cousins are former NFL players Johnnie Lee Higgins, Cedric Woodard and Darren Woodard.[ citation needed ] His half-brother is NFL player Quandre Diggs. [17]

See also

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