A Dudley High School graduate, NC State Almuni, and an NFL Corner Back for the Oakland Raiders (formerly Washington Redskins). All of these accolades are great, but none of them would be possible without the encouragement and support of my family, community leaders, my teachers, coaches and friends. The truth is, anyone can achieve their goals. The ones who do, don’t do it alone. I have been blessed with an opportunity to give back to others and that’s what I intend to do.
Thank you for joining me and helping to make this bigger dream – the dream to help the youth in our community achieve their own dreams and goals in life – come true for so many others.
Overview: Set the ACC and NC State single-season record for interceptions with 13 last season, that mark ties for second in FBS history … A Walter Camp and ESPN first-team All-American, he also won second-team honors from Sports Illustrated, the Associated Press, Yahoo, CBSSports.com, Rivals, Phil Steele … An honorable mention choice by Pro Football Weekly … The winner of the Jack Tatum Award, which is given to the nation’s top defensive back … One of three finalists for the Thorpe Award … Already ranks third on the Wolfpack career list for interceptions.
In 2011: Field corner who was a first-team All-ACC performer, he shattered the existing single-season school record for INTs that had been set in 1937 and 1938 (eight) … Named the College Football Performance Awards Defensive Back of the Year … Had a pair of picks in four different games: Liberty, Central Michigan, Virginia and Louisville in the Belk Bowl … All four of those contests were Pack victories … Named the Jim Thorpe DB of the week for the Virginia game, he also was named to the Paul Hornung Award Weekly Honor Roll and was the College Football Performance Awards DB of the week for that contest … Returned two pics for touchdowns, one against the Cavaliers and one in the bowl game … Helped preserve the shutout over North Carolina with his ninth pick of the season … Named ACC Defensive Back of the Week twice – versus Central Michigan and Virginia.
In 2010: Was one of just five true freshmen to start a game for the Wolfpack in 2010, he got the nod at the boundary corner in nine contests … Led the team in tackles in the win over Boston College with eight … Had seven stops in the wins over Florida State and West Virginia in the Champs Sports Bowl.
Prep: Spent most of his high school career at safety for coach Stephen Davis at Dudley High School … Ranked as the nation’s No. 19 safety by Rivals.com … Ranked as the sixth-best prospect in North Carolina by Rivals.com … A SuperPrep All-American, that publication tabs him as the state’s third-best player … Participated in the Shrine Bowl following his senior season … Named to the 2009 NCPreps.com 4A all-state football team … Finished the year with 55 tackles and six interceptions … Averaged 14 yards per punt return … Finished his junior season with 60 tackles and nine interceptions … Enrolled in the First Year College.
Prior to his junior year, Amerson was widely projected to be a top-10 selection in the 2013 NFL Draft. However, his draft stock dropped after a mediocre junior season.
The Washington Redskins selected Amerson in the second round, with the 51st overall pick, of the 2013 NFL Draft. He was the highest selected North Carolina State defensive back since Dewayne Washington in 1994.
The Redskins officially signed him to a four-year contract on May 17, 2013. In the Week 4 win against the Oakland Raiders, Amerson got his first NFL interception and he returned it 45 yards for a touchdown. In a Week 9 victory against the San Diego Chargers, he recorded his second career interception.
Oakland Raiders (Current Team)
Amerson moved to the Oakland Raiders on September 22, 2015. He picked up the team’s defensive scheme well and eventually became a starter for the Raiders. In Week 9, he recorded his first interception with the Raiders against the Pittsburgh Steelers, picking off quarterback Ben Roethlisberger. Amerson had a noticeably outstanding performance In the Week 12 win against the Tennessee Titans, where he recorded an interception and six pass deflections. His six deflections set a new single-game, franchise record. He recorded his third interception of the 2015 season in Week 15 against Green Bay Packers quarterback, Aaron Rodgers. During a Week 17 game against the Kansas City Chiefs, Amerson got his fourth interception of the season and second career pick six after he picked off Alex Smith for a 24-yard touchdown. He was second in the NFL with 25 passes defended during the 2015 season and was named most improved player by Pro Football Focus.