Background and college
Born January 22, 1976 in Scurry, Texas, Dearth went to Scurry-Rosser high school. He played quarterback and middle linebacker, earning Allstate honors at both positions. He signed a scholarship offer with Tulsa University and lettered at fullback in his freshman year. He then transferred to Division II Tarleton State University in Stephenville, TX. During his sophomore year he was a backup QB and following that year moved to tight end. His first year at TE resulted in him receiving All-American honors, something he repeated in his senior year. He began long snapping after his senior year was over and long snappedsnapped in the Florida Gridiron Classic.
Before the Jets
Dearth was a 6th round pick (191th overall) in the 1999 NFL Draft by the Cleveland Browns. He went to training camp with the Browns in 1999 and was released on final cut-downs but was signed to the practice squad in November and was activated to the roster for the final two games of the season. Most of 2000 was spent on the practise squad of the Tennessee Titans.
As a Jet
Death was signed by the Jets as a free agent in 2000 and has been the long snapper ever since, and has recorded a number of special teams tackles. He has occasionally been used as a tight end, most notably in 2001 when he caught 3 passes for 10 yards, and one touchdown.