(born August 2, 1982 in Bessemer, Alabama
) is an American football safety
for the Arizona Cardinals
of the National Football League
. He was drafted by the New York Jets
in the fourth round of the 2005 NFL Draft
. He played college football at Louisville
Kerry Rhodes was born in Bessemer, Alabama to Jubrella and Jerome Rhodes and began playing football at nine years old. Kerry was a starting quarterback
and honor student
at Jess Lanier High School in Bessemer. As a junior, he threw more than 1,500 yards and 15 touchdowns while rushing for 500 yards and three scores in 1998; guiding Lanier to a 10-2 record. During his senior season, Rhodes threw for more than 1,600 yards and ran for another 850. He was also selected Metro Player of the year and first-team All-state in basketball
of which he led his team to the 6A title game.
In 2000, he went to the University of Louisville
as a quarterback for the Cardinals
, but was moved to safety and became one of the team’s best defensive players.
Kerry finished out his first season at Louisville with 10 tackles, two pass breakups and an interception. As a reserve in 2002, he had 18 tackles (12 solos), a forced fumble, two pass deflections, a blocked kick and an interception. Kerry took over chores as a free safety in 2003 and registered a career high with a sack, 82 tackles (61 solos) and three stops for losses. In 2004, He closed out his college career with 167 tackles... Read More