If you’re a fan of the Seattle Seahawks, the NFL and big plays, then chances are you know of Jermaine Kearse. Jermaine is the dynamic Seattle wide receiver who made some of the most amazing touchdown catches in Seattle’s Super Bowl runs in 2014 and 2015. One of those grabs – a game-deciding, 35-yard touchdown in overtime against Green Bay in the NFC Championship that sent the Seahawks to Super Bowl XLIX – landed him on the cover of Sports Illustrated.
But did you know that before he was a Seahawk, or a University of Washington Husky, Jermaine was a Lakes High School Lancer right here in Lakewood? That’s right, Kearse is a proud Lakewood native. His family located to the area by way of Fort Lewis (now Joint Base Lewis-McChord), and he attended elementary, middle and high school in the Clover Park School District.
Jermaine had a stellar career for Lakes High School under Coach Dave Miller. He was a PrepStar and SuperPrep All-American who totaled 3,500 yards and 39 touchdowns during his high school career. As a senior in 2007, he caught 54 passes for 903 yards and eight touchdowns, leading the team to a 10-1 record and to a record of 30-4 over his three seasons. He also starred in track and on the Lancer basketball team, averaging 15 points per game and leading the team to the state championship game.
After high school, Jermaine attended and graduated from the University of Washington, where he’s considered one of the best Husky wide receivers to ever put on pads. He finished his career ranked second in school history in receptions (180), receiving yards (2,871) and receiving TDs (29).
After going undrafted out of college, Jermaine signed on with the Seahawks and the rest is, well, history. Here are some of our favorite plays from Jermaine:
- 2014 NFC Championship Game vs. San Francisco 49ers
- Super Bowl XLVIII vs. Denver Broncos
- 2015 NFC Championship Game vs. Green Bay Packers
- Super Bowl XLIX vs. New England Patriots
The Lakewood community is extremely proud of Jermaine Kearse. After the Seahawks’ first Super Bowl victory, the community held a “Jermaine Kearse Day” celebration at Harry E. Lang Stadium, where he played as a high school student athlete. It drew hundreds of people to the stadium. During the ceremony, Jermaine was gifts and mementos from his former schools, his number at Lakes was retired and he even received an honorary “Key to the City.”
And for as much pride as the community has in Jermaine, the feeling is definitely mutual. Whether he’s reading books to Lakewood children, speaking on commercials or even his Twitter feed, Jermaine expresses his pride in being from Lakewood.