In the game of football like other sports, some positions are given to players based on their skills as well as their speed. In American football, playing as a safety man requires not just speed but a strong defensive skill as well. For great players like Jayron Kearse, this has helped them in stopping the run and guarding the tight ends on passing plays.
Playing safety for the Minneapolis-based national Football team the Minnesota Vikings, Kearse is known for exhibiting those high and exceptional tackles and for using his massive size to get into passing lanes. Since his years as a professional player, Kearse has not failed to register among players with a promising future in the football world.
Jayron Kearse Biography
The American football safety for the Minnesota Vikings of the National Football League was born on February 11, 1994, in Fort Myers, Florida. Kearse became a professional player in 2016 after he was being drafted by the Minnesota Vikings in the seventh round of the NFL 2016 Draft, but before then, he has played with a good number of teams where he earned recognition as a four-star recruit by Rivals.com.
Jayron Kearse started playing football from high school. He attended Cypress Lake High School where he played mostly as the team’s quarterback for three years. As a fresher, Kearse played defense before switching to the offensive side and recorded 1,600 rushing yards and 17 touchdowns.
He then moved to South Fort Myers High School in his senior years in January 2012 and there, he played as wide receiver, running back, and as a safety. Not only did Kearse record 87 tackles, one interception, and three sacks as a safety on defense, he led his team to record an 11-2 with 528 yards and five touchdowns while averaging 18.9 yards per reception. His strong defensive skills led to his invitation to play in the annual high school football all-star game known as the Offense-Defense All-American Bowl, in Houston, Texas.
Aside from playing football, Kearse is also an athlete. He participated in the track & field for the Wolfpack and was even rated as the No. 16 athlete in the nation by Rivals and 247Sports.com. He decided to focus on playing football in 2011 while at Auburn University and in 2012, he announced his decision to join the University of Miami college team. On August 2, 2012, he pulled out from the Univerisity’s Hurricanes to join the Clemson University because, according to him, the Clemson coaches care much about their players’ welfare.
With the Clemson Tigers football team, Kearse played as a strong safety and he successfully recorded 164 total tackles, 11 pass breakups, seven interceptions and two forced fumbles. He also recorded two recovered fumbles in 1,998 snaps over 40 games with 29 starts in his career.
In 2014, Kearse started 12 of 13 games and registered 67 tackles, three sacks with three sacks, as a sophomore. By 2016, he announced his decision to forgo his senior season to join the NFL draft. This quite paid off for the young player as he is currently enjoying the benefit. Jayron Kearse earns a base salary of $630,000 with a dead cap value of $32,112 and a cap hit of $646,056 in 2018. This follows his earlier signed four-year contract with the Minnesota Vikings which included $64,224 signing bonus, $64,224 guaranteed, and an average annual salary of $601,056.
Vikings safety Jayron Kearse was born into a family with a strong passion for football. Sure the Kearse family has good ties with the NFL. His cousin Phillip Darren Buchanon played college football at the University of Miami and was a cornerback for the Oakland Raiders of the NFL
Kearse’s uncle Jevon Kearse was once a defensive end in the NFL for eleven seasons. He played college football at the University of Florida, while as a professional, he played for the Tennessee Titans and Philadelphia Eagles.
As per his relationships, Jayron Kearse is quite private about his personal life. He is rarely seen with women, that however does not make him gay as he is yet to be seen parading with anyone as his lover. Kearse is also not married and he has no children. Perhaps, he is more focused on his football career.
Height, Weight and Other Facts
- Wearing shirt number 27, the Florida-born safety is 1.93m tall and his body weight is 93 kg.
- The young player is a friend to the Vikings cornerback Mackensie Alexander. According to Kearse, Alexander is not just his friend, but also his college teammate.
- They also lived a few miles away from each other back in south Florida.
- Alexander was drafted by the Vikings a day before Kearse was picked.