Cotchery, Jerricho

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Jerricho Cotchery
Jerricho Cotchery (born June 16, 1982, in Birmingham, Alabama) is a wide receiver for the New York Jets.

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Background

Cotchery attended Phillips (Birmingham, Ala.) High, lettering four times in football. He pulled down 39 receptions for 1,008 yards and 13 TD as a senior and also played defensive back and finished with five INT as a senior, returning one for a TD. Cotchery was Touchdown Club Back of the Year, top receiver and MVP Birmingham Grid Forecaster’s Club .and was voted First-team All-Metro, Super All-Metro and All-State performer by the Birmingham News Cotchery also won All-State honors as a junior and was a four-year letter-winner in basketball as a shooting guard, competing against Wolfpack quarterback Philip Rivers on the hardwood in high school.

College career

Cotchery was a two-time All-Atlantic Coast Conference selection. He broke school records with 200 career receptions and 15 career 100-yard receiving games, both previously held by consensus All-American Torry Holt (1995-98), and finished second to Holt in school history with 3,119 yards and 21 touchdown catches. Cotchery and Florida State's Peter Warrick are the only two receivers in ACC history to record 200 career receptions and 3,000 career receiving yards. He caught at least one pass in 39 consecutive games, which ties for the longest streak in school history. He ranks 33rd in NCAA history for career receiving yards and tied for 42nd for career receptions.

NFL Career

With the Jets

Cotchery was taken by the Jets with the twelfth pick of the fourth round (108th overall) in the 2004 NFL Draft. He started off slow, under the tight reins of Herman Edwards. In 2004, Cotchery caught 6 passes for 60 yards in 12 games (with no starts) as the team's 5th receiver. As a kick returner, he had 13 returns for 362 yards (27.8 yard average) and one touchdown.

In 2005, Jerricho entered the season as the fourth string wide receiver, but following an injury to Wayne Chrebet, he moved up the depth chart to third string. In 16 games (with one start), he caught 19 passes for 251 yards. He returned 4 kicks for 105 yards (26.3 yard average) and 23 punts for 182 yards (7.9 yard average).

Fellow Jets WR Justin McCareins showed up for training camp for the 2006 season and failed his physical, landing in new head coach Eric Mangini's doghouse. Mangini promoted Cotchery to be the second starting receiver opposite Laveranues Coles calling him "most outstanding player in our offseason program."Cotchery responded with 82 catches (tied for 16th in the NFL) and 961 yards (22nd). Many of his catches were spectacular or in important situations. With regards to his emergence as a power wide receiver in New York, he has been given the nickname "Mayor Cotch" after former New York City Mayor Ed Koch. Much of his success comes from his remarkable ability to gain yards after a catch, which is very important considering the weakness of quarterback Chad Pennington's arm.

Cotchery takes it 77 yards against the Patriots
The Jets made the playoffs as a wild card team behind Cotchery's strong play in 2006. His finest moment was possibly a fantastic 71 yard touchdown against the New England Patriots in Week 2. Down 10-0 on a 3rd-and-13 from their own 29-yard line, Pennington completed a deep pass downfield to Cotchery, who had to backpedal and leap for the ball as Pennington scrambled out of the pocket. He was hit hard by the Patriots' Chad Scott, and fell on top of the Patriots' Eugene Wilson. Hearing no whistle, he sprang up and ran untouched to the end zone. Cotchery finished the season with 82 receptions and 6 touchdowns. In the post season, he had 100 receiving yards and a touchdown in the Jets' wild-card weekend loss to the New England Patriots, including a 77 yard TD.

Cotchery signed a multi-year extension with the Jets on March 1, 2007. Former Jets head coach Herm Edwards even admitted he regreted not playing Cotchery more while he was head coach of the NY Jets. (I guess he'll get what he deserves week 17).

Statistics

Regular Season

Year Rush Att Yds Avg TD Lng   Rec Yards Avg TD Lng   Kick Returns Yards Avg TD Lng   Punt returns Yards Avg TD Lng
2004 0 0 0.0 0 0   6 60 10.0 0 18   13 362 27.9 1 94   0 0 0.0 0 0
2005 1 4 4.0 0 4   19 251 13.2 0 45   4 105 26.3 0 30   23 182 7.9 0 18
2006 5 25 5.0 0 10   82 961 11.7 6 71t   0 0 0.0 0 0   0 0 0 0 0
2007 1 -2 -2.0 0 -2   26 383 14.7 0 50   1 14 14.0 0 14   0 0 0.0 0 0
Total 6 29 4.8 0 10   107 1272 11.9 6 71t   18 481 26.7 1 94   23 182 7.9 0 18

Playoffs

Year Rush Att Yds Avg TD Lng   Rec Yards Avg TD Lng   Kick Returns Yards Avg TD Lng   Punt returns Yards Avg TD Lng
2004 1 0 0.0 0 0   0 0 0 0 0   8 179 22.6 0 30   0 0.0 0 0 0
2006 2 19 9.5 0 19   4 100 25.0 1 77t   0 0 0.0 0 0   0 0 0.0 0 0
Total 3 19 6.3 0 19   4 100 25.0 1 77t   8 179 22.6 0 30   0 0 0.0 0 0


Personal

Cotchery has been very involved in the community teaming up with teammate Kerry Rhodes to host football clinics, as well as having his own football camp in July 2007.

Cotchery gave an insight into his family life in an artivle in ESPN the Magazine in March 2007. Mar 12, 2007: ESPN The Magazine -- Family Matters for J-Co

“We just had a great time, and it was good to be back in that family atmosphere because I have missed it for a while. I went off to college and have been in the NFL for a number of years, so I really haven’t been in that atmosphere of having dinner with my family and things.” “We just had a great time, and it was good to be back in that family atmosphere because I have missed it for a while. I went off to college and have been in the NFL for a number of years, so I really haven’t been in that atmosphere of having dinner with my family and things.” Katie Cotchery, in the suburban Birmingham house Jerricho purchased for her, made a feast that included roast beef, chicken and macaroni and cheese. Katie, Jerricho and family are featured in the latest issue of ESPN Magazine in a Luke Cyphers article titled "Hey Mom, What's for Dinner?" Besides the home-cooked meal and quality family time, Jerricho was taken aback by well wishes from complete strangers. “Every time I go back home, I get tons of love from everyone, including people I don’t know,” he said. “I am very appreciative of that because some people don’t even know me, but they still come up to me and say, ‘I wasn’t a football fan, but I watched you this year and now I’m a football fan. I am going to continue to watch you and I am going to root for the Jets now.’ “Sometimes it’s overwhelming because I never expected anyone to know me and even though I wanted to be on this level, I never thought anyone would come up to me and ask for my autograph and things of that nature.” One of the most community-active Jets, Cotchery has started a not-for-profit organization for underprivileged youth. “The mission is just to help kids conceive and achieve their goals by providing programs and services. Some of the programs are youth football camps and team symposiums, and other things we may donate to other organizations that are in line with our mission,” he said. “I just wanted to reach out to the community and the best way I could is to help the kids. A lot of times we tell kids what to do, but we don’t tell them how to do it and how they can do those things. I definitely wanted to get a chance to help with the kids.” When he was growing up, Jerricho didn’t have to look far for advice. His big family was a foundation in itself. “I talked to them on a daily basis and they wanted me to go in the right direction, so every day they were giving me good advice and telling me about things I needed to do in order to achieve,” he said of his brothers and sisters. The Cotchery dinner brought back good childhood memories for Jerricho. It was a family atmosphere that was definitely unique. “We all weren’t in the same household at the same time because of the various ages, but it was kind of crazy,” he said. “We all had the chance to establish the relationship, the big brother, the big sister, the normal crazy things. Brothers and sisters slapping you around and you had to get to the dinner table to get your food. It was just the normal, nice family atmosphere.”

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