Peria Jerry had some nice potential way back in 2009 as a pass rushing defensive tackle. Thomas Dimitroff made Jerry a first round pick, selecting him at 24th overall.
It was all downhill from there.
The Jerry era is best summed up by his troubling retirement. After finishing out his rookie contract, Jerry was eventually re-signed by the Atlanta Falcons on a cheap deal. After it was clear he was going to face some level of competition, Jerry decided to retire instead of making $890,000. His bizarre retirement was filmed on Hard Knocks, where Jerry did not know what he was going to do, other than simply not play football.
According to David Helms of the Pontoc Progress, Jerry followed his true dreams: intoxicated speeding while selling drugs.
Jerry, 30, a native of Batesville, was arrested on speeding and DUI charges and subsequently charged by the Pontotoc County Sheriff’s Department with possession of a controlled substance with intent to sell, according to Pontotoc County Sheriff Leo Mask. Mask said that three to four ounces of marijuana were confiscated during Jerry’s arrest.
Is Jerry worse at playing defensive tackle or selling drugs?
Jerry was placed on the "left squad list" until now. ESPN's Adam Caplan had the update.
#Falcons cut DT Peria Jerry from reserve/left squad list. He actually retired last July.— Adam Caplan (@caplannfl) February 13, 2015
Re-signing Jerry was one of many confusing moves made last season, but he seemed to have endless second chances with the team. Thanks to his extended retirement, Falcon fans are finally free from Jerry after years of disappointment.