Imagine being a senior playing high school football in a town 45 miles away from Seahawks Stadium. Four years later, you find yourself playing Wide Receiver and Special Teams for the Seahawks. I would call that living the proverbial dream. Jermaine Kearse (#15) is living that dream.
Kearse graduated from Lakes High School (Lakewood, Washington) in 2008 and went on to play college football for the University of Washington, where he ended up ranking second overall in school history for total receptions, receiving yards, and touchdown catches.
He was invited to the NFL combine where he measured in at 6′ 1″ and 209 pounds. He ran the 40 yard dash in 4.58 seconds. Kearse’s number was never called during the 2012 draft. He eventually signed with the Seahawks as an undrafted rookie free agent. For the first half of the season, he played on the practice squad. For the second half, he suited up for the 53 man active roster.
During this year’s (2013) training camp, Kearse is receiving valuable reps with #1’s due to the injury of Percy Harvin. Kearse’s play has grabbed Pete Carroll’s attention. In a recent press conference, Carroll praised Kearse for his versatility to play at the slot, flanker, and split-end positions. Kearse also received praise from the head coach for his ability to contribute on special teams.
It will be exciting to watch and root for Kearse this pre-season. He has worked hard this off-season and it is paying dividends.