#18 Wide Receiver

Justin Jefferson

Height / Weight
6'1" / 195 lbs
Born
Jun 16, 1999 (24)
College
LSU
NFL Draft
2020: Rd. 1, No. 22 (MIN)
NFL Career
4th Season
Nationality
American
Net Worth
$7.7 Million
SEASON STATS
2023
YDS
543
AVG
16.5
+2.2
YDS/G
135.8
+25.1
LNG
52
-12
PLAYER INFO
Full Name: Justin Joshua Jefferson
Nickname: Jets
Place of Birth: Saint Rose, Louisiana
Education: LSU
Parents: John, Elaine Jefferson

Justin Jefferson Stats, Bio, Age, Net Worth, & Career

Justin Joshua Jefferson is a wide receiver for the Minnesota Vikings. In college, he played at LSU where he won a National Championship in 2019. 

A first-round pick by the Vikings in the 2020 NFL Draft, Jefferson was the best rookie receiver in his class and one of the best rookie wide receivers in the last decade. 

No wide receiver has been more productive to start their NFL career than Jefferson. His 4,825 receiving yards are the most ever for a player in their first three seasons. Jefferson’s 96.5 yards per game rank first all time and put him 8.6 yards ahead of the next-closest player

Justin Jefferson Football Career

Justin Jefferson High School Career (Destrehan High School)

Justin Jefferson attended Destrehan High School in Destrehan Louisiana. Jefferson was an excellent athlete in high school and played both offense and defense on the football team. He was also an excellent track and field athlete.

Jefferson was a three-star recruit in high school and was once named the New Orleans Male Athlete of the Week.

Justin Jefferson College Career (LSU Tigers)

Justin Jefferson elected to attend local LSU. His freshman season he played in just two games and didn’t record a catch. The following season during his sophomore year, he became the Tigers leading receiver with 54 catches for 875 yards and six touchdowns.

Jefferson’s junior season was his biggest. He led the country with 111 receptions and was second in the country with 18 receiving touchdowns. He was also third in the country with 1,540 receiving yards. In the National Championship game against Clemson, Jefferson caught nine balls for 106 yards in a winning effort.

Justin Jefferson NFL Career

Shortly after winning the National Championship with LSU, Justin Jefferson announced he would forgo his senior season and enter the 2020 NFL Draft. The Minnesota Vikings selected Jefferson in the first round with the 22nd overall pick. 

Week 3 of the 2020 NFL season is when Jefferson put his name on the map. After making little noise the first two weeks of the season, he exploded for 175 yards and a touchdown against the Tennessee Titans. The following week, he became just the fifth Vikings rookie to record back-to-back 100+ yard receiving games. 

Jefferson had a historic rookie season and has gotten better in each year since. The Vikings’ star had 88 receptions for 1,400 yards in year No. 1. Jefferson has increased his reception total by exactly 20 catches in each season. After going for 1,616 yards in 2021, Jefferson led the league with 128 receptions, 1,809 yards and 13.9 yards per touch in 2022.

Justin Jefferson Net Worth, Salary, Endorsements & Career Earnings

After being drafted by the Minnesota Vikings, Justin Jefferson signed a 4-year, $13.12 million deal, including a $7 million signing bonus.

Prior to the 2020 NFL Draft, Jefferson signed an endorsement deal with Under Armor. 

Justin Jefferson Personal Life

Justin Jefferson has two brothers, both of whom also played at LSU. His dad John played college basketball. He does not have any children or a known girlfriend.

Awards & Achievements

Awards and Honors by Type:
1 x CFP National Champion
2019
Awards and Honors by Year:
2019
CFP National Champion

Justin Jefferson Quotes

  • “I felt like I was the best receiver in this draft class, and being the fifth receiver off the board, it kind of was a shocker. But also having that on my shoulder going into this next season with Minnesota, I’m definitely excited to show the world what I have.”
  • “Every single person that picked a receiver instead of me are going to pay.”
  • "I'm just here to do my job. I'm here to do whatever is asked of me. If Coach Kubiak needs me inside, then I'll play inside. If he needs me outside, then I'll play outside. I'll do both. It's just whatever the team needs.

Justin Jefferson Fun Facts

  • Both brothers also played football at LSU
  • Father played college basketball
  • Played both offense and defense in high school
  • New Orleans Male Athlete of the Week in high school
Career stats
2023
MIN
2022
MIN
2021
MIN
2020
MIN
Season Team FPTS SNP% REC TGTS YDS AVG TD LNG ATT YDS AVG TD LNG FUM LST
2023
86.80 97.62 33 47 543 16.5 3 52 0 0 0.0 0 0 1 1
2022
298.86 95.08 124 179 1,771 14.3 8 64 4 24 6.0 1 10 0 0
2021
276.40 88.87 108 167 1,616 15.0 10 56 6 14 2.3 0 11 1 1
2020
230.20 81.89 88 125 1,400 15.9 7 71 1 2 2.0 0 2 1 0
Recent Games
Sun 10/1
Sun 9/24
Thu 9/14
Sun 9/10
Date Opp RESULT FPTS SNP% REC TGTS YDS AVG TD LNG ATT YDS AVG TD LNG FUM LST
10/1
W 21-13
23.50 97.92 6 9 85 14.2 2 30 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0
9/24
L 28-24
24.40 95.12 7 13 149 21.3 1 52 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0
9/14
L 28-34
19.40 100.00 11 13 159 14.5 0 30 0 0 0.0 0 0 1 1
9/10
L 20-17
19.50 98.44 9 12 150 16.7 0 42 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0

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