John "J.J." Jefferson
- Position: Wide Receiver
- School: Arizona State
- High School: Dallas, TX (Franklin D. Roosevelt HS)
- Years: 1974-1977
- Inducted: 2002
- Place of Birth: Dallas, TX
- Date of Birth: Feb 03, 1956
- Jersey Number: 84
- Height: 6-1
- Weight: 198
Member BiographyWhile many have relocated to the American southwest for
health reasons, the desert landscape of the Western
Athletic Conference has never been beneficial for
college football players when seeking proper
recognition within the game's overall scene. Playing
late night games away from the view of national
television, or after eastern newspaper deadlines have
been reached, has never helped these players gain
Arizona State Sun Devil wide receiver John Jefferson
overcame these obstacles to become a 1977 Consensus
All-America. JJ first burst on the national scene two
years earlier when one catch awakened even the
sleeping writers on the east coast. Trailing Arizona
late in the first half, Jefferson flung his body flat
out toward a pass and, completely horizontal reeled it
in for a score. Forever known simply as "The Catch,"
the touchdown helped rally ASU as they preserved an
undefeated season and went on to a victory over
Nebraska in the Fiesta Bowl and a number two national
ranking as the nation's only undefeated team.
While playing for Coach Frank Kush, Jefferson was not
only spectacular, he was consistently spectacular, as
he set an NCAA mark by catching passes in 42
consecutive games. Over his career he had 175
receptions for 2,821 yards and 19 touchdowns.
John was twice named as the Sun Devil Most Valuable
Player, an honor he also won in the Hula Bowl.
The San Diego Chargers selected Jefferson as the
fourth player taken in the NFL draft. In an eight
season career he was elected to four Pro Bowls.