Jalen Lattrel Ramsey is an American football player who plays for the Los Angeles Rams in the National Football League (NFL). Ramsey made way into the NFL in 2016 and has quickly become one of the top cornerbacks of the league. Jalen Ramsey has already made the Pro Bowl twice and has been named All-Pro in 2017. All of this is in addition to helping Jacksonville snap a 10-year playoff drought.

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The Beginnings

Born in Smyrna Tennessee to Lamont and Margie Ramsey, Jalen started playing football at a young age with much older boys at a local park. His brother, Jamal Ramsey participated in football, basketball and track at the Battle Ground Academy in Franklin, Tennessee and played quarterback at Middle Tennessee State University. Jalen Ramsey grew up cheering for the Miami Hurricanes in a family of Florida Gators fans.

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College football

Jalen Ramsey started playing college football in 2013, playing 14 games for the Florida State Seminoles. Ramsey is said to be the first “true freshman” to start a game for the Seminoles since Deon Sanders in 1985.

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Jalen Ramsey also competed in track and field at Florida State as a relay sprinter and a long jumper. Ramsey became a three-time All-ACC honoree as a member of the Florida State Indoor and Outdoor championship track and field team in 2013.

Professional football

Out of college football with the Seminoles, Jalen Ramsey was projected as a first round pick by NFL draft experts and scouts. Ramsey was picked by the Jacksonville Jaguars in the 2016 NFL Draft. Ramsey was the earliest drafted cornerback in Jaguars’ franchise history.

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In October 2019, Ramsey was traded to the Los Angeles Rams in exchange for a 2020 first-round pick. The next year, Ramsey signed a five-year $105 million extension with the Rams, including $71.2 million guaranteed. The deal made him the highest-paid defensive back in the history of NFL.