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ASU's 50 Best Professional Athletes: No. 34 Football's John Jefferson

Next up is a player regarded as one the best receivers in college football history, and a part of a revolutionary NFL passing attack.

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Next up on our list is the player deemed as arguably being the best receiver in ASU football history—John Jefferson.

Jefferson joined the Sun Devils in 1974. During the 1975 season, he logged over 900 yards receiving, keying ASU's undefeated 12-0-run which landed them a Fiesta Bowl spot and a No. 2 ranking in the final poll.

The Dallas native finished his career the most receptions in school history (188) and yards (2,993), and caught a pass in 42 consecutive games—an NCAA record.

Following his collegiate career, Jefferson began his professional career with the San Diego Chargers after they selected him with the 14th pick of the first round during the 1978 NFL Draft.

Jefferson was a part of a legendary Don "Air" Coryell offensive attack which included quarterback Dan Fouts, receiver Charlie Joiner and tight end Kellen Winslow.

He logged three consecutive 1,000-yard seasons with the Chargers, hauling in a total of 199 pass for 3,431 yards and 36 touchdowns while averaging 17.2 yards per catch.

He was named All-Pro and reached the Pro Bowl in each of his three seasons in San Diego, before being 
traded to the Green Bay Packers ahead of the 1981 season.

He would spend four years with the Packers, making another Pro Bowl appearance in 1982, but his production dropped. As a Packer, Jefferson caught 149 passes for 2,253 yards and 11 touchdowns.

Following the 1985 season, Jefferson joined the Cleveland Browns for a single season, starting only two games while appearing in seven. He caught three passes for 30 yards.

Jefferson retired after that season at 29 years old. In 102 games, he caught 351 passes for 5,714 yards and 47 touchdowns.

He was admitted into the ASU Football Hall of Fame in 1979, and was placed into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2002. Jefferson was also honored as a member of the San Diego Chargers 50th Anniversary Team in 2009.

Ensuing his on-field career, Jefferson served as a receivers coach at the University of Kansas from 1990-1994, before accepting an administrative role within the athletic department.

He moved to Washington, D.C. in 2000 when the NFL called him; he would serve as the director of player development for Washington from 2000 through 2009.