Monroe High graduate Jamison Crowder made an immediate impact in his first game of the season, catching a team-high seven passes for 61 yards and a touchdown on Sunday to help the New York Jets get their first win of 2021.
The Jets (1-3 record) rallied from a 9-0 first half deficit to pull out a 27-24 overtime win over Tennessee (2-2) in front of the home crowd. Crowder, a 28-year old slot receiver in his seventh NFL season, missed the first three games of 2021 due to a leg injury and the COVID-19 virus.
Now the pride of Monroe High, Crowder (5-foot-9, 177 pounds) scored 24 touchdowns as a senior in 2010, earning all-state honors from NCPreps.com for the second straight season. He was rated a three-star recruit out of high school by 247 Sports and Rivals.com.
Duke was the first scholarship offer Crowder reported in high school and UNC was the second. He also reported scholarship offers from Wake Forest, East Carolina and Illinois. He graduated from Duke in 3.5 years, freeing him up to concentrate on preparing for the NFL.
Crowder has now played in 85 NFL games and has 365 career catches for 4,221 yards and 27 touchdowns; he also scored a TD on a punt return in 2016, when he was with Washington. Crowder was Washington’s fourth-round pick in 2015. After four seasons in D.C., Crowder signed a three-year contract with the Jets. Crowder will be a free agent again after this season.
He collected a career-high $9 million from the Jets in 2019 and has made more than $22 million as an NFL player prior this season, according to spotrac.com. Crowder is playing on a $6 million guaranteed contract this season.
The Jets travel to London to play Atlanta on Sunday, Oct. 10, with kickoff set for 9:30 a.m. Eastern Time.