Body found at New Jersey home of former Pahokee football star Janoris Jenkins


Authorities are conducting a death investigation at the New Jersey home of New York Giants and former Pahokee High football standout Janoris Jenkins, according to multiple published reports. 

A man’s body was found Tuesday morning at Jenkins’ home in Fair Lawn, N.J., TMZ Sports reported.  Jenkins has been in Florida and was not at the home when the body was discovered, TMZ reported. 

A worker reportedly made the discovery. 

A reporter for ESPN said that the death is being investigated as a homicide. Property records show that Jenkins has lived at the house for the last two years, the Associated Press reported. 

A spokesman for the Bergen County (N.J.) Prosecutor’s Office confirmed Tuesday evening that authorities are conducting an investigation, but referred other questions to the Bergen County Sheriff’s Office. 

A message left for a sheriff’s spokesman Tuesday evening was not immediately returned. 

Jenkins, 29, was a star defensive back at Pahokee, helping the Blue Devils win the 2006 Class 2B state football championship.

He signed play at the University of Florida, where he was an all-SEC cornerback and three-year starter before being dismissed by then-coach Will Muschamp in 2011 after a pair of marijuana-related arrests. 

His finished his college career at the University of North Alabama. 

Jenkins was a second-round draft pick of the then-St. Louis Rams in 2012. 

He scored six touchdowns in four seasons with the Rams, the most by any defensive player during that span. 

He signed with the Giants as a free agent in March 2016, agreeing to a five-year deal  worth $62.5 million. 


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