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Willie
Jefferson
#5 Defensive Lineman
Willie
Jefferson
#5 Defensive Lineman
Height 6'7
Weight 248 lbs
Birth Date (Age) 1991-01-31 (29)
Born Beaumont, TX
School Stephen F. Austin
Status AMER
Defensive Tackles 24
Special Teams Tackles 0
Interceptions 1
Sacks 12

Honour Roll

-CFL Most Outstanding Defensive Player, 2019
-CFL All-Star, 2017, 2018, 2019
-Norm Fieldgate Trophy (Most Outstanding Defensive Player, West Division), 2019
-CFLPA All-Star, 2017, 2018, 2019
-West Division All-Star, 2017, 2018, 2019
-Most Outstanding Player, Winnipeg Blue Bombers, 2019; Saskatchewan Roughriders, 2018
-Most Outstanding Defensive Player, Winnipeg Blue Bombers, 2019; Saskatchewan Roughriders, 2018

2019: Blue Bombers

Jefferson’s 2019 season was the best of his six-year Canadian Football League career. In his first year as a Blue Bomber he posted a career-best 12 quarterback sacks, set a new CFL record for pass knockdowns by a defensive lineman with 16 (best in the league), while also leading the CFL with six forced fumbles and adding 24 tackles, an interception and two fumble recoveries. Jefferson was also dominant in the Grey Cup, registering thee sacks and forcing two fumbles as the Bombers captured their first championship since 1990 and 11th in franchise history.

For his efforts, Jefferson was named the CFL’s Most Outstanding Defensive Player for the first time in his career and was also named a CFL All-Star and West Division All-Star for the third consecutive season. Jefferson was also named the Blue Bombers Most Outstanding Player and Most Outstanding Defensive Player in 2019.

He signed a two-year contract extension to remain with the club on February 10, 2020.

2016-18: Saskatchewan Roughriders

Jefferson was a defensive force for the Riders in 2018, registering a career-high 10 quarterback sacks and adding 24 defensive tackles, two interceptions — both returned for touchdowns — while forcing two fumbles in 18 games played. In the process, he was named the club’s Most Outstanding Player and Most Outstanding defensive player while being named to both the CFL and West Division All-Star Teams.
He signed with the Blue Bombers as a free agent on February 12, 2019.
Jefferson appeared in all 18 games for the Riders in 2017, posting a career-high 45 tackles with eight sacks and a touchdown. He led the entire CFL in QB pressures in 2017 with 37. Those numbers helped him earn places on both the CFL and West Division All-Star Teams.
Jefferson signed with the Riders on September 28, 2016 after attending training camp with the Washington Redskins. He would appear in five CFL games that fall, registering eight tackles and three sacks.

2014-15: Edmonton Eskimos

Jefferson first came to the Canadian Football League in 2014, signing with the Edmonton Eskimos after being signed by the Houston Texans as an undrafted free agent in 2013 and then being released later that season.
He appeared in 35 regular-season games over two seasons with the Eskimos, picking up 40 tackles and registering 10 sacks while forcing three fumbles. He was part of the Eskimos 2015 Grey Cup championship team.

College

Jefferson began his college career as a receiver at Baylor University before transferring to Stephen F Austin University. He was converted to defensive end there, and was named the  Southland Conference Newcomer of the Year in 2011, his Junior season after leading the conference in sacks with 16.

Seasons

Defence

YEAR TEAM GP DT ST SACKS INT TD FF
2014
EDM 17 17 0 4 0 0 0
2015
EDM 18 23 0 6 0 0 3
2016
SSK 5 8 0 3 0 0 1
2017
SSK 18 45 1 8 0 1 0
2018
SSK 18 34 0 10 2 2 2
2019
WPG 18 24 0 12 1 0 6
Total
94 151 1 43 3 3 12

Game Log

Defence

DATE WEEK OPP DT ST SACKS INT TD FF
06-15
1 BC 2 0 0 0 0 0
06-27
3 EDM 0 0 0 0 0 0
07-05
4 OTT 0 0 1 0 0 0
07-12
5 TOR 1 0 0 0 0 1
07-19
6 OTT 1 0 1 0 0 1
07-26
7 HAM 0 0 0 0 0 0
08-01
8 TOR 2 0 2 0 0 1
08-08
9 CGY 0 0 0 0 0 0
08-15
10 BC 1 0 1 1 0 0
08-23
11 EDM 4 0 3 0 0 2
09-01
12 SSK 3 0 1 0 0 0
09-07
13 SSK 3 0 2 0 0 1
09-21
15 MTL 1 0 0 0 0 0
09-27
16 HAM 2 0 0 0 0 0
10-05
17 SSK 0 0 0 0 0 0
10-12
18 MTL 2 0 1 0 0 0
10-19
19 CGY 0 0 0 0 0 0
10-25
20 CGY 2 0 0 0 0 0
11-10
22 CGY 0 0 0 0 0 0
11-17
23 SSK 0 0 0 0 0 0
11-24
24 HAM 2 0 3 0 0 2
Total
26 0 15 1 0 8