Kris Jenkins

For the basketball player, see Kris Jenkins (basketball).
Kris Jenkins
No. 77
Position: Defensive tackle
Personal information
Date of birth: (1979-08-03) August 3, 1979
Place of birth: Ypsilanti, Michigan
Height: 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)
Weight: 360 lb (163 kg)
Career information
High school: Ypsilanti (MI) Belleville
College: Maryland
NFL Draft: 2001 / Round: 2 / Pick: 44
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Tackles: 279
Quarterback sacks: 24.0
Interceptions: 0
Player stats at

Kristopher Rudy-Charles Jenkins (born August 3, 1979) is a former American football defensive tackle who played for the Carolina Panthers and New York Jets of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football for the University of Maryland. He was drafted by the Panthers in the second round of the 2001 NFL Draft. A two-time All-Pro and four-time Pro Bowl selection, Jenkins played seven seasons for the Panthers before being traded to the New York Jets in 2008.

College career

Jenkins played college football at the University of Maryland, where he started 27 of 41 games. He made the second team All-ACC during his senior season. He finished with 9.5 sacks and 154 tackles.

Professional career

2001 NFL Draft

Jenkins was selected in the second round of the 2001 NFL Draft by Carolina.

Pre-draft measurables
Ht WtArm lengthHand size 40-yd dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert Broad BP
6 ft 4⅞ in 316 lb32 in in 5.19 s 1.75 s 3.06 s 4.41 s 7.86 s 31 in 9 ft 0 in 33 reps
All values from NFL Combine[1]

Carolina Panthers (2001–2007)

Jenkins finished the 2002 season with 60 tackles and 7 sacks, en route to an alternate appearance on the NFC's Pro Bowl team, where he replaced an injured Warren Sapp. The following season, he helped the Panthers on their way to Super Bowl XXXVIII. In one game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Jenkins blocked two kicks: a field goal attempt by Martin Gramatica, and an extra point attempt that would have won the game. Jenkins' second block marked the first time that an extra point was blocked to send a game into overtime (Carolina later won the game). Jenkins was rewarded with his first Pro Bowl start, and joined teammate Mike Rucker as half of the NFC's defensive front line.

However, the 2004 NFL season saw Jenkins suffer a shoulder injury in the second game against Kansas City, and he spent the latter half of the season on injured reserve. His injuries continued during the first game of the 2005 NFL season when he tore his anterior cruciate ligament and was once again placed on injured reserve.

New York Jets (2008–2010)

On February 29, 2008, the Carolina Panthers traded Jenkins to the New York Jets for third- and fifth-round draft picks in the 2008 NFL Draft.[2] For much of his first season with the Jets, Jenkins was dominant and garnered heavy consideration for the NFL's Defensive Player of the Year award. On Sunday October 18, 2009, Jenkins left the game against the Buffalo Bills with a left knee injury. The next day, it was reported that he had a torn ACL and would be out for the rest of the season.[3] During the home opener against the Baltimore Ravens on September 13, 2010, Jenkins was injured as he twisted his leg making a tackle. A few days later, an MRI revealed that Jenkins had again tore his ACL, in which he was eliminated for the rest of the 2010 season.[4]

The Jets released Jenkins on February 28, 2011.[5]


Jenkins announced his retirement from football on July 20, 2011.[6]


Prior to the 2011 NFL Season, Jenkins joined SNY as an analyst for New York Jets. His job included appearing on Jets programs such as pre-game and post-game shows and Jets Game Plan.[7] He is the older brother of Washington Redskins defensive end, Cullen Jenkins.


  1. "Kris Jenkins - 2001 NFL Draft Scout Player Profile",
  2. Clayton, John (February 29, 2008), "Early signings by Dolphins, 49ers kick off frantic free-agency period",, retrieved September 13, 2009
  3. Gagne, Matt (October 19, 2009), "Jets' Kris Jenkins out for season after suffering torn ACL in his left knee", New York Daily News
  4. Cimini, Rich (September 14, 2010), "Jets' Kris Jenkins done for season",, retrieved 2010-09-14
  5. "Jets cut Damien Woody". ESPN. February 28, 2011. Archived from the original on February 28, 2011. Retrieved February 28, 2011.
  6. Mehta, Manish (July 20, 2011), "Kris Jenkins announces retirement after 10 seasons", New York Daily News, Mortimer Zuckerman, archived from the original on July 20, 2011, retrieved July 20, 2011
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