MarTay Jenkins
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MarTay Jenkins
MarTay Jenkins
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Position:Wide receiver / Kick returner
Personal information
Born: (1975-02-28) February 28, 1975 (age 45)
Waterloo, Iowa
Height:6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Weight:206 lb (93 kg)
Career information
High school:Des Moines (IA) North
NFL Draft:1999 / Round: 6 / Pick: 193
Career history
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Career highlights and awards
  • Single season record 2,186 kick return yards (2000)
Career NFL statistics
Games played:40
Receiving yards:987
Receiving touchdowns:4
Kick returns:151
Kick return yards:3,865
Return touchdowns:2
Player stats at
Player stats at PFR

MarTay Jenkins (born February 28, 1975) is a former American football wide receiver in the National Football League for the Arizona Cardinals. He also was a member of the Arizona Rattlers in the Arena Football League and the Calgary Stampeders in the Canadian Football League. He played college football at the University of Nebraska Omaha.

Early years

Jenkins was born in Waterloo, Iowa and attended Herbert Hoover High School in Des Moines, Iowa as a freshman and sophomore. He would then transfer to Des Moines North High School, where he practiced football, basketball and track.[1]

College career

Jenkins attended North Iowa Area Community College for one year (1995), before transferring to the Division II University of Nebraska-Omaha.

As a sophomore, playing in a run oriented offense, he led the team with 36 receptions for 848 yards, 8 receiving touchdowns (school record), 4 carries for 42 yards (10.5-yard avg.) and one rushing touchdown. Against North Dakota State University, he had 166 receiving yards and 3 touchdowns. He received All-Nebraska NCAA Division II honors by the Omaha World-Herald.

The next year, he suffered a torn left anterior cruciate ligament in the opening game of the season against the University of Central Missouri.

Jenkins returned for his senior season in 1998, leading the team with 29 receptions for 540 yards (18.6 avg.), 3 receiving touchdowns, 10 carries for 171 yards (17.1-yard avg.) and 3 rushing touchdown.[2] He averaged 30.3 yards in 7 kickoff returns. Against North Dakota State University, he had 7 receptions for 147 yards and 2 touchdowns.

He finished his college career registering in less than three full seasons, 67 receptions for 1,439 yards (21.5 avg.) and 12 touchdowns. He also returned 24 kickoffs for 597 yards (24.9) and one touchdown, while rushing 14 times for 213 yards and 4 touchdowns.

In 2011, he was inducted into the National Junior College Athletic Association Football Hall of Fame.[3]

Professional career

National Football League

Jenkins was selected by the Dallas Cowboys in the sixth round (193rd overall) of the 1999 NFL Draft. He was released on September 5. He was claimed off waivers by the Arizona Cardinals on September 6 and played in 3 games, after being declared inactive in 13 contests.[4]

In 2000, he played in 16 games finishing with an NFL record of 2,186 kickoff return yards. On December 10, Jenkins broke three league records in a 44-10 Cardinals loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars, that included the record for kickoff returns in a season, kickoff return yardage in a season and combined kickoff and punt return yardage in a season.[5]

On September 22, 2002, Jenkins recorded a 65-yard touchdown reception from quarterback Jake Plummer, which allowed Plummer to surpass 15,000 yards passing for his career.[4] On November 3, he suffered a fractured scapula and missed the rest of the season.[4]

Jenkins was released in 2003, after asking for a contract similar to the $3 million-a-year contract that San Diego Chargers wide receiver/kick returner Tim Dwight had signed the year prior.[4] On March 21, it was reported that the Houston Texans offered Jenkins a contract.[4] One week later, Jenkins was signed to a contract with the Atlanta Falcons.[4] He was released by the Falcons on August 31.[4] On September 11, he was re-signed by the Cardinals, however, he failed a team physical nullyfing the contract.[4] On December 30, Jenkins was signed to a futures contract by the Denver Broncos, reuniting with quarterback Jake Plummer.[4] He was released on July 27, 2004.[6]

Arena Football League

On October 21, 2004, Jenkins signed with the Arizona Rattlers of the Arena Football League.[7] He was released on January 21, 2005.[8]

Canadian Football League

On May 29, 2005, he signed with the Calgary Stampeders of the Canadian Football League.[4] For the season, he recorded 25 receptions for 382 yards and 4 touchdowns.

Personal life

Jenkins was the Founder, CEO/President of Stand Out Sports an athletic training company in Arizona. He married Camille Jenkins in 2006.


  1. ^ "National Football League". MarTay Jenkins. Retrieved .
  2. ^ "Former NIACC football player MarTay Jenkins inducted into NJCAA Hall of Fame". Retrieved 2017.
  3. ^ "6 To Receive Awards At Hall Of Fame Banquet". Retrieved 2017.
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h i j "MarTay Jenkins, WR, CFL Player News". Retrieved 2017.
  5. ^ "Falcons ink MarTay Jenkins". Retrieved 2017.
  6. ^ "Broncos sign seven players, waive three". Retrieved 2009.
  7. ^ "Rattlers add MarTay Jenkins". October 21, 2004. Retrieved 2017.
  8. ^ "Arizona Rattlers Historical Transactions". Archived from the original on March 14, 2015. Retrieved 2017.

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