South Carolina Star
Before he became a household name across the country, Alshon Jeffery was already a legend in St. Matthews, South Carolina.
Jeffery was first a star on the basketball court for the Calhoun County Saints. He finished his high school basketball career with a 126-1 record and 4 state championships, but everyone knew the two sport athlete was destined for greatness on the football field.
In just two seasons, the 6’4″, 225 lbs., Jeffery caught 28 touchdowns for 1650 receiving yards. It was clear that his big play ability was going to be what would take him to the next level.
The standout wide receiver verbally committed to the University of Southern California before switching his commitment to South Carolina to stay close to home. The homegrown hero quickly became a fan favorite as he tortured defensive backs during his three years in Columbia.
Jeffery started 33 of 40 games in three seasons at wide receiver for the Gamecocks, setting a school record with 3,042 receiving yards on 183 receptions with 23 touchdowns (Tying Sidney Rice’s touchdown record).
The South Carolina record breaker was drafted by the Chicago Bears with the 45th overall pick in the second round of the 2012 draft. With gunslinger Jay Cutler at the helm of the offense and Pro Bowl veteran Brandon Marshall to learn from it was a perfect fit for the former Gamecock. Jeffery brought that same athleticism that he had displayed in Columbia and St. Matthews to the NFL. In his five seasons in Chicago, Jeffery amassed 4,549 receiving yards, 304 receptions, and 26 touchdowns.
During a roster overhaul this past offseason, the Bears decided not to franchise tag Jeffery for the second year in a row. As a result, he became a free agent for the first time in his illustrious career. Ultimately signing a 1 year, 14 million dollar contract with the Philadelphia Eagles.
The veteran wideout was an instant fit with the Eagles. He gave them that extra threat they were desperately looking for the season before and it allowed their offense to thrive. Jeffery developed a great relationship with Carson Wentz and became a mentor in the locker room.
The Eagles came were dominate. The combination of a dynamic offense and a stout defense allowed the Eagles to steamroll their way through the competition. It looked as if there was nothing that was going to derail the Eagles path to the Super Bowl. Until Carson Wentz tore his ACL against the Rams, leaving the Eagles organization and fans heartbroken.
After Wentz went down with a season ending injury, Jeffery, who had signed a 4 year, 52 million dollar extension the week prior, remained calm. He had seen this before in Chicago and knew that if the team played to their strengths they could still succeed.
Success would be an understatement for the Eagles playoff performance as they brought the Lombardi Trophy to Philadelphia for the first time in team history. Jeffery was an instrumental part of the Eagles run, making big play after big play. He caught 5 passes for 85 yards and 2 touchdowns in the Eagles 38-7 victory over the Vikings in the NFC Championship.
It was not until the Super Bowl, where Jeffery made the catch of his life. He hauled in a spectacular 34 yard touchdown reception in the back of the end zone. The former Calhoun County and Gamecock great ended the game with 3 catches for 73 yards and a touchdown, but most importantly he ended it a Super Bowl Champion.