Patrick Jeffers -- 88 Yard TD Catch

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  1. Don Wassall

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    I found this 12 second clip of an 88 yard TD reception by Patrick Jeffers during his great 1999 season with the Panthers. Even though it was only 13 years ago, apparently there are no highlights of Jeffers other than this one, which was just posted on YouTube in July.

    [video=youtube;wnarSCRoaMQ]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wnarSCRoaMQ[/video]

    Here's some previously posted background information from the CF archives on Patrick Jeffers for those who weren't aware of how impressive he was in 1999:

    Jeffers was a late draft pick of the Broncos, languished on their bench before being traded to Dallas, and finally began to be "allowed" to play during 1998.

    During the second half of '99 with the Carolina Panthers, Patrick Jeffers may have had the best stretch of games of any receiver in the history of the NFL. He had 8 TD catches in the final five games of that season, ALL OVER 30 YARDS IN LENGTH. Chew on that and remember it next time someone says only blacks are capable of big plays. He was a brilliant talent who is now almost completely forgotten. From Caste Football's Wide Receiver Archives on Jeffers (this actually should be read in reverse, the oldest items to the newest ones):

    (8/13/03) I periodically do Google searches trying to find any info on Jeffers, particularly to see if there was any hope of him resuming his career. Today a story made the news -- Jeffers has sued the Carolina Panthers and the surgeon who operated on him on August 20, 2000, alleging malpractice. The career of this potential all-time great is indeed over. Read the description below of his mostly unnoticed 1999 season to see what could have been. Here is the link to the article about the malpractice suit: http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/foo.../2003/08/13/je ffers_lawsuit_ap/

    (9/1/02) Jeffers was released by the Panthers, an acknowledgement that his rehab, now going into its third year, is not going along well and the team didn't want to pay him anymore. What a sad, sad ending to what could have been if Jeffers' career is over.

    (8/21/02) Few people, even those who follow the NFL closely, realize how brilliant Patrick Jeffers was in 1999. He had 63 receptions for 1,082 yards (his average of 17.2 yards per catch was third best in the league) and 12 TDs (tied for 2nd in the league), but what is most impressive is that he did it in little more than half a season, and especially toward the end of the season.

    Jeffers didn't become a starter until the 7th game of the season in '99. Before that he had only six receptions. Here's what Jeffers did after becoming a starter:

    ▪ 11/7 vs. Philadelphia - 2 catches for 30 yards, including a 21-yard TD

    ▪ 11/14 vs. St. Louis - 3 catches for 43 yards

    ▪ 11/21 vs. Cleveland - 3 catches for 34 yards

    ▪ 11/28 vs. Atlanta - 3 catches for 31 yards and 1 TD

    ▪ 12/5 vs. St. Louis - 7 catches for 107 yards, and a 71-yard TD

    ▪ 12/12 vs. Green Bay - 8 catches for 147 yards and TDs of 35 and 38 yards

    ▪ 12/18 vs. San Francisco - 8 catches for 155 yards and a 55-yard TD

    ▪ 12/26 vs. Pittsburgh - 5 catches for 160 yards in the snow at Pittsburgh, including TDs of 88 and 43 yards

    ▪ 1/2 vs. New Orleans - 7 catches for 165 yards with TD catches of 40 and 32 yards

    Jeffers ended the '99 season with five straight 100+ receiving games, only two shy of the record, and, most impressively, in those five games he had 8 touchdown catches, all over 30 yards. He continually beat defensive backs with his speed and graceful moves as he broke one big play after another. It is highly unlikely that any NFL receiver has ever had such an amazing stretch of productivity. If Jeffers had been a starter for the entire season instead of just the last nine games he might have broken the single season record for yardage and TDs.

    Were Jeffers black he would have been made into a household name, ala Randy Moss. Jeffers outproduced Moss and every other receiver in the NFL for the last 2/3 of 1999, yet received little notoriety.
     
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  2. whiteathlete33

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    Thanks for posting that Don! He runs away from the "real" athletes easily. Jeffers is just another in the long line of screwed over white receivers.

    Two of my other favorites that were never given a fair shake are Travis McGriff and Keith Poole. Poole, as some on here may remember, was a 6 foot Reggie Wayne clone with better speed. His ypc were incredible. He accomplished all this with afflete Aaron Brooks throwing to him.

    Travis McGriff absolutely lit up the affletes in the SEC but only had 5 total receptions in the NFL. I think his height had something to do with his career failing but of course his skin condition was the main issue.
     
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    Yes Don...thanks for starting this thread. This deserves more replies...Great find! Jeffers went about 6'-3" 220??

    That was one memorable stretch of colossal games in Dec/Jan! I cringed not having Jeffers on my Fantasy Football team...our league had it's final supplemental draft before this took place...all Jeffers needed was an opportunity!

    Remember watching him play at Virginia...he was from Fort Worth TX...pretty sure he walked-on??
     
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    I had Jeffers on my fantasy team in '99. In my homeboy league (still going strong, with a championship trophy that's had a second level added to it to list all the champions, ala the Stanley Cup) we've always had several owners who were aware of the Caste System, and guys like Jeffers, Keith Poole and Tim Dwight were all drafted, and all kicked butt, especially the second half of that memorable '99 NFL campaign for White receivers.

    I also had Mike Alstott on my team that year, which was his best season statistically running and receiving. My only weakness was at QB where I had my favorite player Steve Young, coming off a great 1998 season but he was knocked silly into retirement with a severe concussion early on. I made a trade for Rich Gannon halfway through the season and my team never lost a game from that point on. Gannon at QB, Alstott and Orlandis Gary (a waiver wire pickup who was a one-year wonder for Denver) at RB, and Jeffers, Randy Moss and another one-year wonder named Jermaine Crowell as my three top receivers. Receivers like Isaac Bruce and Amani Toomer (also his best season in '99) were backups.

    Moss was at his peak then, but Jeffers easily outscored him during his incredible second half run. I played one of my nephews in the first round of the playoffs, and Jeffers single-handedly defeated his team when he had TD catches of 88 yards and 43 yards against his beloved hometown Steelers. I've been playing fantasy football for a long time and have won a number of league championships, but that '99 team is still my favorite.
     
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    i remember Jeffers, it really was too bad he never came back from his injury. what a career he could have had.
     
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    Found this YouTube video of the Cowboys-Vikings nationally televised Thanksgiving game in 1998, during which Patrick Jeffers scored on a 67 yard bomb from Troy Aikman.

    The Vikings that day were comparable to the worst teams of 2016 -- just two White starters, both on the offensive line. The Cowboys started four Whites on offense -- Aikman, FB Daryl Johnston, TE David LeFleur (never amounted to much), and their center. Didn't catch the Dallas defensive starters but they were overwhelmingly black. So there were just 6 or 7 White starters combined between the two teams that day.

    Jeffers was the Cowboys' third or fourth receiver. Forward to 1:02:00 to see his catch. Aikman's previous two throws were dropped, by LeFleur and Michael Irvin. On third and ten he went deep to Jeffers, who. . . well watch it. (You have to watch it on YouTube.)

    The first post on this thread gives the background of Jeffers' incredible 1999 season, which was a breakthrough year for White receivers in the NFL, only to be instantly smashed the next season.

     
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    I remember Jeffers. Always wondered what happened to him. Looks like his knees gave out and he was done prematurely.

    And by the way he was a walk-on at Virginia.
     
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    When you watch Jeffers' TD reception on that video, his speed is obvious after he makes the catch. Before the catch he just effortlessly glides by the much smaller DB before turning on the jets. Even though he's tall at 6' 3" you can tell he's really motoring; he doesn't look like a "long strider" as tall receivers are sometimes characterized when they don't look fast, he had some serious wheels that he used the next season to haul in 8 TDs of longer than 30 yards over a five game stretch.
     
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    Of course he was a walk-on. Even tbough he was a 6-3, 220 WR with great speed, he had the wrong melanin content and therefore just didn't "look like" a receiver. All the D-1 scholarships for WRs have to go to the real athletes even if by comparison they are slow, short, and can't catch a football. Being functionally illiterate and having a criminal record is just icing on the cake for major college programs and recruiting services.
     

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