Jamison Crowder

Jamison Crowder carries the torch for the Union County sports community. He is the gold standard for what a parent of any athlete should want their child to look up to, emulate, and aspire to be like.

Crowder just completed his seventh season in the NFL — his first four seasons were with Washington (2015-18), which drafted him in the fourth round out of Duke, and the past three years have been with the New York Jets. Despite missing five games this season with lower body injuries, and playing just seven snaps in the season-finale before exiting early, Crowder finished the 2021-22 season with 51 catches for 447 yards and two touchdowns.

Crowder, who uses his elite quickness to get open as a slot receiver, gets a lot out of his 5-foot-9, 174-pound frame. He’s played in 96 NFL games with 51 career starts and has been on the field for 4,780 snaps when including both offense and special teams returns, according to profootballreference.com.

Now 28 years old, Crowder is a free agent and will almost certainly be playing for a new team next season based on the young, less expensive talent the Jets have on their roster. His resume includes 409 career catches for 4,607 yards and 28 touchdowns. In six of his seven seasons, he’s had at least 50 catches. Crowder has made nearly $28 million in NFL salary, according to overthecap.com, and he should be able to land another multi-year guaranteed contract this offseason.

Crowder is the highest-achieving athlete in Union County history, and that’s not the only reason for young people to admire him and strive to be like him. Crowder is much more than a tremendous athlete. He’s a great role model because he is loyal and devoted to his family, because he earned a degree from Duke in 3.5 years while making all-American on the football field, because he gives back to his community and because he stays out of trouble.

Crowder is not only the pride of Monroe High, he’s a beacon on the hill for all of Union County. And it’s not just because he’s so good at football, it’s also because he’s handled his success with humility and grace.

Crowder is an inspiration for the community. He’s a classic example of what hard work and dedication can accomplish when combined with supreme athleticism.

He has set a high bar for those who follow in the County, not just for the statistics he’s piled up as a pro, but for the example he sets as to how a young, gifted, wealthy young man should carry himself.

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