EAST ORANGE, NJ – Jabrill Peppers is coming home.
Peppers, an East Orange native who spent his first two seasons with the Cleveland Browns of the National Football League, was acquired by New York Giants as part of a mega trade involving super star wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr.
Peppers, a 5-11, 213-pound safety who was a high school All-American at Don Bosco Prep and later Paramus Catholic, was a first round draft pick, No. 25 overall, by the Browns in 2017 out of the University of Michigan.
Peppers, 23, also returns kickoffs and punts.
The Giants also will receive a first-round draft pick (No. 17 overall) and a third-round pick (No. 95 overall).
Peppers has 136 career tackles and 1,125 career return yards in the NFL.
Peppers won four NJSIAA Non-Public Group 4 football titles. He also was a track star in which he won the 100-meter dash and 200-meter dash at the State Outdoor Meet of Champions in his senior year at Paramus Catholic in 2014.
At Michigan, Peppers earned three Big Ten Conference honors after the 2016 season: Defensive Player of the Year, Linebacker of the Year, and Special Teams Player of the Year. A Unanimous All-American, he also was a 2016 Heisman Trophy finalist.