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Jamison Crowder

MONROE — At the age of 27, Jamison Crowder has already made more money as a professional than any athlete in Union County history. He reminded the NFL of his value on Sunday, when he caught a touchdown pass and threw for another in the New York Jets’ 23-16 home win over Cleveland.

Crowder finished the game with seven catches for 92 yards, a 43-yard touchdown pass to teammate Braxton Berrios and a 14-yard run. He now has 55 catches for 668 yards and six touchdowns in 2020, despite missing four games due to injury.

A 5-foot-9, 177-pound slot receiver who graduated from Monroe High School in 2011, Crowder has earned an estimated $22.4 million from the NFL with one game left in his sixth season. He has one year remaining on his contract with the Jets for a base salary of $10 million.

Crowder, who was an all-American at Duke before being drafted in the fourth round by Washington in 2015, has now played in 83 NFL games and has 354 career catches for 4,129 yards and 26 touchdowns.

Crowder’s touchdown toss against the Browns was the first pass attempt of his NFL career.

Crowder is one of three active athletes from Union County who have made millions of dollars as a professional.

Darius Kilgo, 29, graduated from Weddington High in 2010 and is currently making $12,000 per week as a member of the Denver Broncos’ practice squad. The 6-foot-3, 310-pound nose tackle has made more than $2.2 million (spotrac.com) from the NFL since being drafted in the sixth round by Denver in 2015.

Right-handed pitcher Brennan Malone (6-5, 210-pounds), who attended Porter Ridge High for three years before transferring to IMG in Florida, was a first round pick (Arizona) in the 2019 Major League Baseball draft and — at the age of 18 — received a signing bonus of $2.2 million, according to mlb.com. Malone has since been traded to the Pirates and the 20-year-old remains in the minor leagues.