- Jessie Armstead
Jessie Armstead No. 59, 98 Linebacker Personal information Date of birth: October 26, 1970 Place of birth: Dallas, Texas Height: 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) Weight: 237 lb (108 kg) Career information College: Miami NFL Draft: 1993 / Round: 8 / Pick: 207 Debuted in 1993 for the New York Giants Last played in 2003 for the Washington Redskins Career history Career highlights and awards Career NFL statistics as of 1995 Tackles 991 Sacks 40 Interceptions 12 Stats at NFL.com
Jessie Willard Armstead (born October 26, 1970) is a former American football linebacker in the National Football League who played for eleven seasons with the New York Giants and the Washington Redskins between 1993 and 2003. He played college football at the University of Miami.
High school career
Armstead attended David W. Carter High School in Dallas, Texas, where he was coached by Freddie James. Armstead was part of a highly talented team that featured four other future NFL players — Clifton Abraham, Joe Burch, Le'Shai Maston, Darius Smith — and won the 1988 5A state championship (however, the title was later forfeited due to eligibility infringements).
Armstead was considered the top high school football talent in Texas as well as nationwide by recruiting analysts. He had been an All-American since his sophomore year, and at that time was the only player to be selected as an All-American three years in high school.
Fellow D-I recruits Derric Evans and Gary Edwards asked Armstead to join them and others in a series of robberies of video stores and fast-food restaurants, but he refused. In September 1989, Evans and Edwards were sentenced to 20 years and 16 years, respectively, in prison.
Recruited by Jimmy Johnson, Armstead chose to attend the University of Miami. However, weeks later, Johnson left Miami to take over as the head coach of the Dallas Cowboys. After initial reports that Armstead might seek to be released from his commitment to Miami, since the coach who recruited him to play there had departed, Armstead chose to honor his commitment after Dennis Erickson was named head coach.
A college standout on Miami's 2 national championships (1989, 1991), Armstead's pro prospects were diminished after he tore his anterior cruciate ligament his sophomore season. As a result, he was not drafted until the eighth round of the 1993 NFL Draft, when he was selected by the New York Giants.
Armstead was interviewed about his time at the University of Miami for the documentary The U, which premiered December 12, 2009 on ESPN.
He signed with the Carolina Panthers for the 2004 season, but he retired that year following a pre-season injury.
On June 13, 2007, Armstead signed a one day contract with the New York Giants to officially retire a New York Giant.
On September 8, 2008, Armstead was hired by the Giants as a "special assistant/consultant". His responsibilities include special projects, defensive assignments, player development and free agent recruiting.
Film and TV career
- Jessie Armstead statistics at Pro-football-reference.com.
- Jessie Armstead officially retires as a Giant.
Miami Hurricanes Football 1989 Consensus National ChampionsJessie Armstead | Robert Bailey | Micheal Barrow | Wesley Carroll | Rob Chudzinski | Bernard Clark | Leonard Conley | Horace Copeland | Mario Cristobal | Shane Curry | Craig Erickson | Randal Hill | Carlos Huerta | Jimmie Jones | Cortez Kennedy | Greg Mark | Russell Maryland | Ryan McNeil | Leon Searcy | Darrin Smith | Lamar Thomas | Gino Torretta | Darryl Williams | Kevin Williams
Head Coach Dennis Erickson
Coaches Dave Arnold | Bob Bratkowski | Sonny Lubick | Ed Orgeron | Tommy Tuberville | Alex Wood
Miami Hurricanes Football 1991 AP National ChampionsJessie Armstead | Micheal Barrow | Coleman Bell | Donnell Bennett | Horace Copeland | Mario Cristobal | Craig Erickson | Carlos Huerta | Dwayne Johnson | Ryan McNeil | Leon Searcy | Daryl Spencer | Darrin Smith | Lamar Thomas | Gino Torretta | Darryl Williams | Kevin Williams
Head Coach Dennis Erickson
Coaches Dave Arnold | Bob Bratkowski | Sonny Lubick | Ed Orgeron | Randy Shannon | Tommy Tuberville | Alex Wood
2000 Pro Bowl NFC starters Offense Defense Special Teams 2001 Pro Bowl NFC starters Offense Defense Special Teams
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