- Jay Alford
caption=Jay Alford signing autographs at Penn State's Beaver Stadium.
currentteam=New York Giants
birthdate=birth date and age|1983|5|28
birthplace=Orange, New Jersey
debutteam=New York Giants
* 2x All-Big Ten (2005 & 2006)
* 2006 Jim O’Hora Award Winner
Super Bowl XLIIchampion
New York Giants(2007-present)
Jason Jamaal Alford (born
May 28, 1983in Orange, New Jersey) is a professional American footballplayer, playing defensive tacklefor the New York Giantsin the National Football League. He was selected from Penn State in the 2007 NFL Draftin the 3rd round (81st overall).
In 2007, Alford served as the Giant's
long snapperduring field goal attempts, due to a season-ending injury to Ryan Kuehl. [ [http://giants.scout.com/2/673117.html Scout.com: Strahan Decision Forthcoming ] ]
Alford was a four-year starter for the Nittany Lions. He was an All-Big Ten selection as a junior and senior. Alford finished his senior season with 32 tackles and 8 sacks. Alford earned a
Bachelor of Artsin 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.
New York Giants
His young career with the Giants is best known for a devastating sack of
Tom Bradyin Super Bowl XLII. With less than one minute remaining in the game and the New England Patriotsdown 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 one of the greatest upsets in Super Bowl history.
His first two NFL tackles were sacks.
Alford was born in
Orange, New Jerseyand raised by his grandmother. [ [http://giants.scout.com/2/639880.html Scout.com: Alford Meets the Media ] ] 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. [ [http://www.giants.com/team/player.asp?player_id=300 Player - Jay Alford - Giants.com ] ] On February 29, 2008, Alford was awarded the City of Orange Township's Key to the City. [ [http://www.nj.com/giants/index.ssf/2008/02/orange_embraces_alford_its_ny.html Orange embraces Alford, its NY Giant - New York Giants Football & NFL Super Bowl News - NJ.com ] ]
* [http://giants.scout.com/2/639880.html "Alford Meets the Media"] , "The Giants Insider", April 29, 2007
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