The Tampa Bay Buccaneers released tight end Jerramy Stevens in 2010, ending a stormy relationship and career. Tragically, the NFL, and our world, has too many stories of bright, talented people who have never lived up to the God-given potential they possess. This is one of those stories.
At the age of 18, Stevens was arrested and charged with second-degree assault. According to police, Stevens and a friend got into a fight with a 17-year old. Witnesses said Stevens stomped on the man’s face. Stevens agreed to a plea deal to a lesser charge of misdemeanor assault.
Stevens played his college ball with the Washington Huskies, and his sophomore year was his best in football, as he had 43 receptions for 600 yards. However, Stevens was arrested that same year for sexual assault. Witnesses suspected the girl had been given a date rape drug. He was later released.
Stevens missed six games his junior season because of a broken foot, but his last game at Washington made his stock rise. He had career highs for receptions (9) and receiving yards (109) during the Huskies’ 47-43 loss in the Holiday Bowl to Texas. Stevens caught a 17-yard TD during that game. He decided to forego his senior season and declared himself eligible for the NFL draft.
Because of his potential and maybe home-state advantage, the Seattle Seahawks selected him in the first round with the 28th pick in the 2002 NFL Draft. In five years with the Seahawks, Stevens totaled 130 receptions, 1,588 yards, and 15 TDs.
However, Stevens was arrested for the sixth time in Seattle with his second DUI as a Seahawk.
Traded to the Buccaneers in 2007, Stevens again never lived up to his potential. In four years, Stevens had 72 receptions for 759 yards. He was also arrested two more times. One was for his third DUI, and the second one was the nail in his coffin as a Buccaneer.
On October 23, 2010, Stevens was arrested and charged with felony possession of marijuana. Stevens had been pulled over for loud music. When the police officer smelled marijuana, he searched Stevens’ vehicle, and discovered 38 grams of marijuana.
Stevens married USA Olympic Gold Medalist Hope Solo in November of 2012, and was again arrested later that month, this time for domestic abuse.
His story is sad, and unfortunately true.