Jovan Belcher

Jovan Belcher

Belcher at a game in Denver in November, 2010
No. 59
Linebacker
Personal information
Date of birth: (1987-07-24)July 24, 1987
Place of birth: West Babylon, New York
Date of death: December 1, 2012(2012-12-01) (aged 25)
Place of death: Kansas City, Missouri
Height: 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) Weight: 228 lb (103 kg)
Career information
Maine
Undrafted in 2009
Debuted in 2009 for the Kansas City Chiefs
Last played in 2012 for the Kansas City Chiefs
Career history
Career highlights and awards
  • All-America Second-Team (2007)
  • All-CAA First-Team (2007)
  • CAA Defensive Player of the Year (2008)
  • Consensus (TSN) All-American First-Team (2008)
Career NFL statistics
Tackles 193
Sacks 1.0
Interceptions 0
Stats at NFL.com

Jovan Allen Belcher (July 24, 1987 – December 1, 2012) was an American football linebacker who played for the Kansas City Chiefs of the National Football League (NFL). He grew up in West Babylon, New York and was a standout high school athlete before graduating and attending the University of Maine, where he played for the Maine Black Bears football team. Belcher was named an All-American twice in college after switching in his junior year from linebacker to defensive end.

Belcher was considered a strong small-school NFL prospect, but was not selected in the murder-suicide, killing his girlfriend, 22-year-old Kasandra Perkins, before driving to the Chiefs’ training facility and killing himself.

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Early years

The son of John Belcher and Cheryl Shepard, Belcher grew up on Long Island, New York, and attended West Babylon High School in West Babylon, New York.[1] He wrestled and played football there under head coach Albert Ritacco between 2001 and 2004.[2] He was a three-time All-American as a wrestler, and played as a linebacker, offensive tackle, nose guard and fullback on the football team.[1] He was captain of the football team for two seasons and led West Babylon to two Long Island Football Championships playoff appearances, although the team did not reach the title game.[1] The team had its first-ever undefeated regular season in 2004, when Belcher was a senior, but lost in the Suffolk County Championship game (the Long Island championship semifinal).[1][3] The school retired his #52 jersey and he frequently visited the school giving pregame speeches after he graduated.[4]

Despite an accomplished high school career – Belcher was a second-team All-Long Island selection in 2004 and was named to Newsdays list of the best players of the decade for the 2000s – he was not heavily recruited by major college football programs.[5]

College career

Belcher attended the [1]

Belcher had a standout season as a [1]

Belcher was named a second-team preseason All-American by Lindy’s Publications before his senior season in 2008, when he also served as a team co-captain.[8]

Belcher, who was a strong student in high school and college, graduated from Maine with a degree in child development and family relations.[7]

Professional career

2009 NFL Draft

Prior to the [10]

Pre-draft measureables
Ht Wt 40-yd dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert Broad BP
6 ft 1⅜ in 243 lb 4.88 s 1.64 s 2.89 s 4.25 s 7.07 s 30 in 9 ft 0 in 19 reps
All values from Maine Pro Day[11]

Kansas City Chiefs

After going undrafted, Belcher signed a free agent contract with the Chiefs in March of 2009.[16]

Belcher continued as a starter in the [2]

The Chiefs re-signed Belcher in March of 2012 to a one-year contract worth around $1.9 million.[19]

Death

According to [27]

The killings orphaned Belcher and Perkins’ three-month-old daughter, Zoey (b. September 11, 2012).[31]

Deadspin reported that Belcher following the November 18 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals “was dazed and was suffering from short-term memory loss. He could not remember the events that had taken place prior to that game or what he had said to get Kasi [Kasandra Perkins] to return home.”[32]

The [34]

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