Eufaula native and New York Giants wide receiver Jerrel Jernigan was inactive for Sunday's game against the Cincinnati Bengals.
In fact, Jernigan has only played in three games this year, though he did catch his first NFL pass against the Cleveland Browns earlier this season. But New York Giants general manager Jerry Reese recently spoke highly of Jernigan, according to Newsday.
"Really the guy who hasn't gotten a great opportunity to do a lot who we still like is [Jerrel] Jernigan," he said.
"We think he's a talented football player and really hasn't had a lot of chances. That's a good thing if you have players stacked at a position and you can't get a player who you think has talent out there yet to display his talent. But I think his time will come at some point."
Mark Doman of The Doman Group also offered some interesting comments about the second-year pro in a Huffington Post column about athletes' salaries. Doman is a financial adviser to many athletes, and according to the column one of his clients is Jernigan. (The Tribune mistakenly stated that Doman was Jernigan's agent.)
"One client of mine, Jerrel Jernigan from the New York Giants, hailing from the small town of (Eufaula), Alabama, told me that the police had to shut down the streets surrounding his family's home after the 2011 NFL Draft because of the hundreds of people who showed up to celebrate with Jerrel and his family," Doman wrote.
"While Jerrel's drafting by the Giants instantly places him in the top 5 percent of income earners nationwide, what most people don't realize is that he will only earn this level of income for 3 to 4 years. While many of the folks who showed up that day in April 2011 to celebrate with Jerrel, it also instantly places him and his immediate family in the cross-hairs of friends, extended family and neighbors who believe Jerrel is an instantaneous millionaire who can help them financially..."