Jabril Peppers may not be so old in the business but he has left quite a significant impact in his short time as an American footballer. He is a strong safety who plays for the Cleveland Browns of the National Football League (NFL). Peppers earned a lot of recognition during his high school and college days. Some of his titles include the Thompson-Randle El Freshman of the Year, Freshman All-American, and many others. He officially joined the NFL in 2017 after he was selected by the Browns in the first round of the 2017 NFL Draft. Apart from his professional career, there are other facts to know about the popular American football player. Here are lesser-known facts about Jabrill Peppers.
Jabrill Peppers’ Early Life
He was born on October 4, 1995, in East Orange, New Jersey. He is an alumnus of Don Bosco Preparatory High School located in Ramsey, New Jersey. Peppers was very good in track and football as well, during his high school days. However, football took precedence in his career. He made a name for himself in the game of football, starting out as a cornerback for the school’s team in his freshman year.
The talented player led the team to victory at the New Jersey state championship in 2010 and 2011 as well. Peppers later moved to Paramus Catholic High School to finish his high school education. He played for the Paladins football team in the school and recorded great achievements during his time there. After an impressive junior season with the team, he was named Player of the Year by MSG Varsity. His senior year with the team was also very impressive. After leading them to different state championships, Peppers became a serial state championship winner, having won in all four years of his high school career.
Jabrill Peppers proceeded to the University of Michigan and was redshirted in his freshman year. After an impressive performance in the 2015 season, He was named the Big ten Thompson-Randle El Freshman of the Year. He was also named to the All-Big Ten defensive first-team. Peppers was of huge significance in his college years, earning various titles and accolades for his skills.
On September 17, 2016, he bagged the Walter Camp FBS Player of the Week title after he made impressive records at the game against Colorado. The 2016 season ended with more titles for the talented player, some of them include the Nagurski-Woodson Defensive Player of the Year, Butkus-Fitzgerald Linebacker of the Year, Rodgers-White Return Specialist of the Year, and a Unanimous All-American.
NFL Career Timeline
After the 2016 season, Jabrill Peppers knew he was more than ready to go pro and declared his intentions to enter the 2017 NFL Draft. He was a delight at the NFL Combine. Participating as a linebacker, the talented player ran all positional drills but omitted the short shuttle and three-cone drill. Peppers achieved a splendid record of running the fastest 40-yard dash among all the linebackers that participated. Following the Combine, he was placed on a high pedestal on various ranking platforms. Outfits like Sports Illustrated, Pro Football Focus, ESPN, and many others ranked Peppers as the third best safety in the draft.
Just as predicted, Jabrill Peppers was selected by the Cleveland Browns in the first round of the 2017 NFL Draft. Peppers, selected with the 25th overall pick, signed a four-year rookie contract worth 10,341,989 which included a $5.6 million signing bonus.
His Family Life – Parents and Siblings
The NFL player was born to his parents – Ivory Bryant, his mother, and Terry Peppers, his father. At the age of seven, Jabril was separated from his father, after Terry was arrested for having ties with criminal gang ‘Bloods’. He was later released in the year 2014. Jabril had an older brother, Don Curtis who died from a gunshot wound in 2010. The NFL player has not been seen in public with any date yet. But this does not mean the media has gotten tired of digging into his personal life.
Body Measurements – Height and Weight
Jabrill Peppers has got the right body that suits his daunting and challenging career. The NFL player stands at a height of 5ft 9in (1.80m) which is all he needs to run over his opponents. He has a proportional weight of 93 kg (205 lbs). With his long arm length of 30 3/4’ and 95/8’ hands, Peppers surely fits his strong safety position.