Malcolm Jenkins is an American football safety for the New Orleans Saints of the National Football League. He was drafted by the Saints in the first round of the 2009 NFL Draft and has also played for the Philadelphia Eagles. Jenkins won the NFL Defensive Player of the Year award in 2007 and 2008, as well as the Walter Payton Award for his performance in the 2009 and 2010 NFL seasons. He is the first Saints cornerback to play in a Super Bowl since Alex Molden went eleventh overall in the 1996 NFL Draft.
About Malcolm Jenkins in brief
Malcolm Jenkins is an American football safety for the New Orleans Saints of the National Football League. He played college football at Ohio State, earning consensus All-American honors, and winning the Jim Thorpe Award as a senior. He was drafted by the Saints in the first round of the 2009 NFL Draft and has also played for the Philadelphia Eagles. Jenkins is a member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity. He has prominent fraternity brands on his upper left arm, and another one on his chest. Jenkins was considered one of the top two defensive backs available in the draft, and drew comparisons to Terence Newman. However, after Jenkins ran a comparably slow 40-yard dash, some scouts considered him better suited for the safety position. The Saints reached the Super Bowl after winning the NFC Championship Game in May 2010. Jenkins also played in Super Bowl XLIV against the Minnesota Vikings on February 7, 2010, and recorded five tackles and a pass deflection in the Saints’ 31–17 victory. He is the first Saints cornerback to play in a Super Bowl since Oregon’s Alex Molden went eleventh overall in the 1996 NFL Draft. Jenkins has been named to the Pro Football Hall of Fame, having been inducted into the NFL’s Ring of Honor three times. He also won the NFL Defensive Player of the Year award in 2007 and 2008, as well as the Walter Payton Award for his performance in the 2009 and 2010 NFL seasons. He won the John Mackey Award for the best defensive player in the NFL in 2008 and 2009. Jenkins won the Lombardi Award in 2010 for his play in the NFC Divisional Game win against the Indianapolis Colts.
He helped lead his high school football team to three consecutive state championships. Jenkins played both wide receiver and defensive back for the Piscataway Township High School Chiefs football team, winning the state title in the 400 metres as a junior. His father is former New Jersey Gov. Bob Jenkins, and he is a former member of the New Jersey State Senate. Jenkins’ brother is ex-Saints defensive back and former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, who served as the team’s interim head coach from 2007 to 2008. He had a son with former Saints cornerback Jabari Greer, who is now the head coach at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. Jenkins made his professional regular season debut in the season-opener against the Detroit Lions and made one solo tackle in their 45–27 victory. On November 22, 2009, Jenkins earned his first career start and recorded seven combined tackles, two pass deflections, and intercepted his first pass during a 38–7 victory at the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Week 11. In Week 13, he collected a season-high nine solo tackles and broke up a pass in a 33–30 win at the Washington Redskins. Jenkins remained the starter for the next six games after Greer was sidelined for seven games and Tracy Porter was sidelined in Week 10. On January 16, 2010 he appeared in his first playoff game as the Saints defeated the Arizona Cardinals 45–14 in NFC Division Divisional Round Round Game.