Jay Alford

Jay Alford

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Alford signing autographs at Penn State in 2008
No. --Free agent
Position: Defensive tackle
Personal information
Date of birth: (1983-05-28) May 28, 1983
Place of birth: Orange, New Jersey
Height: 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Weight: 304 lb (138 kg)
Career information
College: Penn State
NFL Draft: 2007 / Round: 3 / Pick: 81
Career history
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Tackles: 18
Sacks: 3.5
INTs: 0
Player stats at NFL.com
Player stats at PFR

Jason Jamaal Alford (born May 28, 1983) is an American football defensive tackle who is currently a free agent. He most recently played for the Saskatchewan Roughriders. He was drafted by the New York Giants in the third round of the 2007 NFL Draft. He played college football at Penn State.

Alford has also been a member of the Oakland Raiders and Seattle Seahawks. In 2007, Alford served as the Giant's long snapper during field goal attempts, due to a season-ending injury to Ryan Kuehl.[1] Alford won Super Bowl XLII in his first season, sacking Tom Brady in the final minute of the Giants' 17-14 win over the New England Patriots.

Early career

Alford Attended Orange High School, (N.J.) about 30 minutes from Giants Stadium. He was a three-year starter who was selected First-team All-State, U.S. Army All-American and was listed among the G&W Recruiting Report Top 50 defensive players in the nation.

College career

Alford was a four-year starter for the Nittany Lions. He played in 46 games with 41 starts for the Nittany Lions and recorded 118 tackles (60 solo), 32 tackles for losses and 19 sacks. He also recovered 4 fumbles, forced 3 fumbles, deflected 12 passes and registered 3 quarterback pressures. He was named Third-team All-America selection by the Associated Press and was All-Big Ten selection as a junior and senior. Alford finished his senior season with 32 tackles and eight sacks. Alford earned a Bachelor of Arts in Integrative Arts from Penn State in 2006. He was selected for Penn State's Jim O’Hora Award which honors the defense’s most improved player each season.

Professional career



Pre-draft measureables[2][3]
Height Weight 40-yard dash 10-yard split 20-yard split 20 ss 3-cone Vert Broad BP Wonderlic
6-3⅜* 304 * 5.07 ** 1.72 * 3.01 * 4.53 * 7.48 * 25½" * 8'07" * 23 * X
* represents NFL Combine **represents Penn State Pro Day"X" Denotes "No Data" or "Did Not Participate"

New York Giants

Alford's most memorable moment with the Giants was a devastating sack of Tom Brady in Super Bowl XLII. With less than one minute remaining in the game and the New England Patriots down 17–14 with possession of the ball, Alford sacked Brady resulting in a 3rd and 20 situation. The Giants went on to shock the previously undefeated Patriots 17–14 in the greatest upset in Super Bowl history. As a rookie in 2007, Alford played in all 16 regular season games and all 4 postseason games. He was the snapper for field goals and extra points all season. He finished with 8 tackles (1 solo), 1 sack, 5 QB hurries and 2 QB hits. In 2008, he played in all 16 regular season games with 3 starts and played in the NFC Divisional Playoff game vs. Philadelphia. He finished with 26 tackles (9 solo), 2.5 sacks, 3 tackles for losses, 4 QB hurries, 7 QB hits, and 1 pass defensed. Alford missed the 2009 NFL season after he tore his MCL and partially tore his ACL in the preseason. He was waived on September 4, 2010.

On September 8, 2010, Alford signed with the Oakland Raiders. He was waived on October 6. He then spent the following offseason with the Seattle Seahawks, but did not make the final roster.


Virginia Destroyers

Alford signed with the Virginia Destroyers of the UFL. It was the Destroyers' inaugural season in the UFL, and Alford helped lead them to a victory in the 2011 UFL Championship Game over the two-time defending champion Las Vegas Locos.[4] The win gives Alford a championship in both the NFL and UFL, ironically in his first season in both leagues.


Saskatchewan Roughriders

Alford signed with the Saskatchewan Roughriders of the Canadian Football League on June 17, 2012.[5]

Alford was cut June 25, 2012 in training camp, but was re-signed on August 7, 2012.[6] He played in 10 regular season games for the Roughriders during the 2012 season, making 11 tackles and two sacks.[7]

He was released by the team on May 23, 2013.


Alford was born in Orange, New Jersey and raised by his grandmother.[8] He was a standout player at Orange High School, where he was named All-State, a U.S. Army All-American, and was listed among the G&W Recruiting Report Top 50 defensive players in the nation. Alford also was named to the Prep Star Dream Team.[9]

On February 29, 2008, Alford was awarded the City of Orange Township's Key to the City.[10]


  1. "Strahan Decision Forthcoming". Scout.com. 28 August 2007.
  2. "The Official Website of the Chicago Bears".
  3. "position_rankings NFL Draft". Sporting News.
  4. "Virginia Destroyers of UFL give Marty Schottenheimer first pro title". ESPN.com.
  5. "Roughrider Roster Moves". Saskatchewan Roughriders. 17 June 2012.
  6. "Riders sign two". Saskatchewan Roughriders. 7 August 2012.
  7. Maher, Tod; Gill, Bob (2013). The Canadian Pro Football Encyclopedia: Every Player, Coach and Game, 1946–2012. Maher Sports Media. p. 142. ISBN 978-0983513667.
  8. "Alford Meets the Media". Scout.com. 29 April 2007.
  9. "Giants.com - The Official Website of the New York Giants".
  10. "Orange embraces Alford, its NY Giant". NJ.com.
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