NFL Football – Jerome Pathon
Born December 16, 1975 in Capetown, South Africa
Jerome Pathon was born in South Africa, but came across the pond as a youth and attended Carson Graham Secondary School in North Vancouver, British Columbia.
Pathon did not attend any big name U.S. college, at first, but played at University in Wolfville, in Nova Scotia, Canada. He only played there for one season, but what a season it was, as he had 44 catches for a legit 868 yards and averaged just under 20 yards per carry. In his one season he was named AUS and CIAU Football Rookie of the Year.
He transferred to Washington in 1995 and after a tough first season in a Huskies’ uniform he was solid in his 2nd season and stellar in his senor season with 73 catches, for 1,299 yards, 8 TD and also had 209 punt & kick return yards.
In 1997 Pathon was All-Pac 10, 1st-Team All-American, and he ranks 3rd all-time among UW WR’s with 2,275 career receiving yards.
Since Pathon had such a stellar senior season for UW he was taken in the 2nd round (32nd pick overall) in the 1998 draft by the Colts. He was also coveted by the CFL, as in 1998 he was the 11th overall pick drafted by the Montreal Alouettes.
He decided to try his luck in the NFL, tough call, and he had a solid rookie season starting 15 games and making 50 catches for 511 yards and 1 TD. His sophomore season was not so good only starting 2 games and he was injured for several games. Pathon played for 2 more seasons for Indy and had his best season in 2000 with 50 catches for 646 yards and 3 TD.
Pathon signed with the New Orleans Saints in 2002 and while not putting up sick numbers he was productive, as in every season he had at least 34 catches and 523 receiving yards. In 2003 he became a part of Saints’ history or infamy scoring the TD on the wild “River City Relay”, which brought New Orleans within 1 point with no time left, but the Saints would miss the extra point.
In 2005 he played for the Seattle Seahawks and the Atlanta Falcons, but did not make much noise and that season would be his last in the league.
For his NFL career Pathon had 260 catches for, 3,350 yards, and 15 TD. He also had 773 kick return yards in his career.
Pathon now lives in sunny San Diego and serves as the wide receivers coach for the University of San Diego. He also worked in the front office of the B.C. Lions after he retired.