Jihad Ward plays American football in the National Football League (NFL) with the Jerry Jones owned and 5 times; 1971, 1977, 1992, 1993 and 1995 Super Bowl Champions – Dallas Cowboys.
Drafted by the Oakland Raiders as the 44th overall during the NFL draft of 2017; Ward is considered as an athlete with an above average capabilities courtesy of his size. When it comes to agility, Ward has got it all; he has the capacity of having continuous chase until the whistle blows. He completed his college career at the University of Illinois where he played as both a defensive tackle and defensive end.
Jihad Ward Bio (Age)
Born Jihad Ward in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in the United States on May 11, 1994; Ward is an African-American Muslim and he is of American nationality. He began his football career while he was in high school. He attended Edward W. Bok Technical High School in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. While he was in high school, Ward participated in various sporting activities including basketball and football. Starting his football career as a wide receiver and safety, Ward was later moved to play as a stand up defensive end in his junior year; thus finishing his high school career in 2011. He was named to the All-City first-team in the same year.
Being a good sportsman, Ward failed to record same in his academics which led him to attend Globe Institute of Technology for a period of two years so he could improve his academic grades. He played for Globe’s football team finishing with a record of 26 tackles and 2 sacks in 7 gameplays in 2012. After the 2013 season, Ward transferred to the University of Illinois where he continued his college career.
Playing for the University of Illinois football team, Ward didn’t take much time to prove himself as one of the top players of the team. He recorded a total number of 51 tackles and led the conference with 4 fumble recoveries as well as 2 sacks during the 2014 season. In his senior year, he played both as a defensive end as well as a defensive tackle, registering 53 tackles, one forced fumble, one fumble recovery, and 1.5 sacks. He recorded his career-high against the University of Iowa having 11 tackles. He finished his college career with a total of 104 tackles, 3 passes defended, 5 fumble recoveries and 4.5 sacks.
NFL Profile and Career
Ending his college career with an impressive record, Ward was projected to be a seconder or third rounder in the National football league draft in 2016. After participating in the NFL scouting combine drills and Illinois Pro Day which was coordinated by head coach Lovie Smith; Ward moved up to a second-round consideration.
He was picked by the Oakland Raiders as the 44th overall during the NFL draft of 2016. His rookie season was cut short following a knee injury he sustained. He finished the season with a record of 30 tackles in 16 games. The following season, he underwent a surgery which ruled him out for the rest of the season. He was in action in 5 games for the Raiders before he was listed as one of the inactive players.
In 2018, Jihad Ward joined the Dallas Cowboys; he was traded to the Cowboys in exchange for Ryan Switzer. He was acquired so as to improve the team’s defensive tackle and he will be playing alongside Sean Lee and Connor Williams. While Ward is preparing to be in action for the Cowboys in the 2018 season starting in September; he has been working on improving his defensive skills so he could match up with the expectations from the Cowboys. We wish him the very best in his career with the Cowboys.
Jihad Ward’s Body Stats: Height and Weight
Jihad Ward is a very handsome dude and he has an impeccable personality. Owing to the fact that he is a sturdy American football player, he is equally dynamic. With his great physique, size, and strength, the defensive tackle has been at the top of his game. He has a great height, standing at 6 feet 5 inches and weighs 297 lbs. In addition, he has an arm length of 33 7/8 inches and a hand size of 9 3/8 inches. He has black hair and brown eyes.