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Kristopher Rudy-Charles Jenkins (born August 3, 1979 in ) is an American football nose tackle for the New York Jets of the National Football League. He was originally drafted by the Carolina Panthers in the second round of the 2001 NFL Draft. He played college football at Maryland.

A three-time All-Pro and four-time Pro Bowl selection, Jenkins played seven seasons for the Panthers before being traded to the Jets in 2008. He is the older brother of Green Bay Packers defensive end Cullen Jenkins.

College career

Jenkins played college football at the University of Maryland, College Parkmarker, where he started 27 of 41 games. He made the second team All-ACC during his senior season. He finished with 9.5 sacks and 154 tackles.

Professional career

2001 NFL Draft

Jenkins was selected in the second round of the 2001 NFL Draft by Carolina.

Pre-draft measureables
Ht Wt 40-yard dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20 ss 3-cone Vert Broad BP Wonderlic
6-4¾ * 316 lb * 5.19 * 1.75 * 3.06 * 4.41 * 7.86 * 31 in. * 9′0″ * 33 *


Carolina Panthers

Jenkins finished the 2002 season with 60 tackles and 7 sacks, en route to an alternate appearance on the NFC's Pro Bowl team, where he replaced an injured Warren Sapp. The following season, he helped the Panthers on their way to Super Bowl XXXVIII. In one game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Jenkins blocked two kicks: a field goal attempt by Martin Gramatica, and an extra point attempt that would have won the game. Jenkins' second block marked the first time that an extra point was blocked to send a game into overtime (Carolina later won the game). Jenkins was rewarded with his first Pro Bowl start, and joined Rucker as half of the NFC's defensive front line.

However, the 2004 NFL season saw Jenkins suffer a shoulder injury in the second game against Kansas City, and he spent the latter half of the season on injured reserve. His injuries continued during the first game of the 2005 NFL season when he tore his anterior cruciate ligament and was once again placed on injured reserve.

New York Jets

On February 29, 2008, the Carolina Panthers traded Jenkins to the New York Jets for third- and fifth-round draft picks in the 2008 NFL Draft. On Sunday October 18, 2009, Jenkins left the game against the Buffalo Bills with a left knee injury. He was officially lost for the season the next day with a torn anterior cruciate ligament.

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