Gerald Sensabaugh (current starting safety for the Dallas Cowboys) began his NFL pursuits at the NFL Combine where he recorded a 46″ vertical, the highest for any NFL player on record. He was then selected by the Jacksonville Jaguars in the fifth round (157th overall) of the 2005 NFL Draft, Gerald played in all 16 games as a rookie, starting two. He was mostly a backup and special teams player until 2008. In 2008, he started 13 games and had four interceptions. Gerald and the Dallas Cowboys reached a one year contract agreement on March 10, 2009 after spending four seasons with the Jaguars. He would sign two additional one year contracts for the 2010 and 2011 seasons with the Cowboys. Gerald, is now entering his eighth professional season with the Cowboys. 2011 proved to be another productive season for Gerald as he finished the year with 75 tackles, 2 forced fumbles, and two interceptions. This placed him second in tackles for the Cowboys in 2011. He signed a 5 year contract extension solidifying his future with Dallas in December of 2011.
Gerald began his college career at Division I-AA East Tennessee State University. Gerald was a two-time All-Southern Conference selection. In third and final season with the Buccaneers he finished fourth on the Buccaneers with 74 tackles on the season and added two tackles for losses, two sacks, three forced fumbles and a fumble recovery. He finished second on the team with eight pass breakups and led the team with five blocked kicks. The 6-2, 210 pound safety tied an NCAA record with three blocked punts against Georgia Southern in November of 2003 Gerald blocked one kick in the second quarter, then two more in the fourth quarter on consecutive GSU possessions. His blocked kicks led to 15 of ETSU’s 22 points on the afternoon. That year the ETSU football team was disbanded due to funding and Gerald transferred to The University of North Carolina.
He made a quick impression on UNC fans during the 2004 preseason, earning “Super Ram” honors for his performance in the team’s weight room. He also set a Tar Heel record by posting a vertical jump of 41.5 inches and served as a team captain.
Gerald Sensabaugh Jr. was born in Oakland, CA on June 13, 1983. He has two younger brothers, Jason and Jalen. Gerald and his family moved to Kingsport, TN at the age of 11. He attended Dobyns-Bennett High School and was a standout in football, basketball, and track. In football, he helped lead his team to two Class 5A Semifinals appearances and, as a senior also played on offense, recording 42 receptions for 420 yards and seven touchdowns and was an All-Big Nine selection. In track, he won a state championship in the long jump.
Gerald has a strong involvement and belief in positive community
involvement and has been active or supported the following organizations:
Boys & Girls Club of Kingsport
Dobyns Bennett High School
Best Buddies International
Happy Hills Farm
Scottish Rite Children’s Hospital
Make a Wish Foundation of North Texas
Mansfield Pee-Wee Football League
Nexus Recovery Center
Aces and Angels
Gerald had been a guest on a number of television and radio shows. Some of
his appearances include:
105.3 The Fan
Rage with Richie and Greggo
ESPN Dallas: The Ben and Skin Show
Inside the Huddle
The Keith Brooking Show
The Randy White Show
Guest blogger for NBC
Various on site autograph/photo engagements
Product marketing engagements
Grand opening appearances
Gerald currently resides in Frisco, Texas with his long time partner and 3 sons. He has a Bull-Mastiff, Debo and a Boxer, Laila. Geraldʼs favorite off season hobby is fresh-water fishing.