Jerry Porter with the Oakland Raiders
|Free Agent — No. --|
|Date of Birth: July 14 1978|
| Place of Birth: Washington, D.C.
|National Football League debut|
|2000 for the Oakland Raiders|
|Career Highlights and Awards|
|College: West Virginia|
|NFL Draft: 2000 / Round: 2 / Pick: 47|
|Career stats to date|
|Stats at NFL.com|
Jerry Porter was born on July 14,1978 in Washington, D.C. and is an American football wide receiver who is currently a free agent. He was originally drafted by the Oakland Raiders in the second round of the 2000 NFL Draft. He played college football at West Virginia.
Porter attended Coolidge High School in Washington D.C., and was a star in football, basketball, baseball, and track. In football, he was a Blue Chip All-American selection and also won All-State honors. He was often called "Superman" by the West Virginia scouts, because he could play quarterback, wide receiver, fullback, halfback, defensive end, and defensive back during three varsity seasons. He was also reported to possess a 40-inch vertical jump, ability to throw a football 80 yards with one hand and 50 yards with his other while on his knees, and run a 4.4 40 yard dash.
Jerry Porter came into West Virginia as a freshman, and coach Don Nehlen was uncertain of his final position. Porter was an All-Big East selection as an all-purpose back.
He saw action as a free-safety in the first five games and filled in as the emergency quarterback against Rutgers, then finished the second half of the season as a flanker. His freshman season he record 28 tackles and an interception that was returned 68-yards for a touchdown. Porter also blocked a kick. Porter totaled 311 yards and four touchdowns receiving as well.
As a sophomore, he caught 13 passes for 280 yards and three touchdowns.
As a junior, Porter earned an All-Big East conference team selection after starting every game at free-safety. That season he grabbed five interceptions as well.
Porter was drafted in 2000 during the second round by the Oakland Raiders. For three years, from 2000 to 2003, Porter was looked to as a third receiver behind veterans Tim Brown and Jerry Rice. Porter's best season came in 2002, when he recorded 688 yards and 9 touchdowns from quarterback Rich Gannon on the Raiders' way to Super Bowl XXXVII, where they lost to the Buccaneers 48-21. Porter had a 39-yard touchdown grab in the loss.
During the 2004 season, Porter was basically the starting receiver in front of Rice. Porter recorded a career-high 998 yards off of 64 receptions and 9 touchdowns for the season, the best of his career. But on bad news, the Raiders finished the season 5-11, and veteran quarterback Rich Gannon retired after suffering a serious neck injury.
With Jerry Rice's retirement after the 2004 season, it looked as if Porter would be new quarterback Kerry Collins' primary receiver. But just before the NFL Draft, the Raiders traded linebacker Napoleon Harris and draft picks for all-star receiver Randy Moss. With Moss on team, Porter would have the role as the secondary receiver. Even though he was not the primary receiver, he still managed to record a 942 yard, 5 touchdown season (2nd best of his career). With Moss traded to the New England Patriots in the 2007 offseason and Art Shell fired, Porter became the primary receiver on the Raiders.
Entering the 2006 season, Porter publicly voiced his dissatisfaction with newly hired head coach Art Shell, and during training camp, demanded to be traded. Porter's conflict with Shell occurred very early in training camp, when Shell announced that champagne would no longer be allowed at the training facility. In addition to his public complaints, he reportedly parked in owner Al Davis's personal parking spot. As a result of his attitude, Coach Shell deactivated him "until further notice".
During his suspension, Porter was reportedly seen "laughing and pumping his fist" on the sidelines when teammate Aaron Brooks was sacked for the 7th time by the San Diego Chargers.  He later denied these allegations, saying that he wasn't paying attention to the game and was interacting with fans in the seats.
Having still not played in a game in 2006, Porter was officially suspended/inactivated without pay for four games (the maximum allowable) by Coach Shell on October 15 for "conduct detrimental to the team" after he made disparaging and disrespectful remarks during a regular team practice. When the suspension was announced the NFL Players Association filed a grievance on Porter's behalf, and the Raiders reduced the suspension to two games on the 25th and he was allowed to return to practice.He dressed for and played in his first game of 2006 on October 29 - a Raiders home win over the Pittsburgh Steelers - during which he recorded one catch for 19 yards.
On February 29, 2008, Porter was signed by the Jacksonville Jaguars to a six year contract worth $30 million. The contract contains $10 million in guaranteed money. In May, he underwent surgery on his hamstring. He will miss the rest of training camp and the preseason, but should be back for the season opener September 9th.
- ↑ http://www.msnsportsnet.com/page.cfm?story=7389&cat=special
- ↑ Jerry Porter : USAToday.com - Jerry Porter Biography from USAToday.com
- ↑ ESPN - Confined to doghouse: Raiders' Porter still inactive - NFL
- ↑ SFGate: Raiders Silver and Black Blog : Week 1 live game blog: Brooks benched
- ↑ http://www.centredaily.com/mld/centredaily/sports/football/nfl/philadelphia_eagles/15505702.htm
- ↑ Raiders suspend Porter over remark
- ↑ http://www.mercurynews.com/mld/mercurynews/sports/football/nfl/oakland_raiders/15850882.htm
- ↑ NFL Scores: 2007 - Super Bowl
- ↑ "NFL.com Friday roundup", 2008-02-29. Retrieved on 2008-02-29.