Fall 2021 SS Magazine

Jets' Jermaine Kearse thanks God for reconnecting him with his brother

Jermaine Kearse went almost three decades without realizing he had a second brother.

That changed in 2018, when the New York Jets wide receiver finally connected with his sibling.

And it’s all thanks to an amazing God, Kearse proclaimed on Instagram this week.

“Today was particularly a special day, as I got to hang out with my brother whom I never met until the first time earlier this year,” Kearse wrote. “Truly amazing how God works! Such a great day with my grandma and family. Truly blessed!”

Undrafted in 2012, Kearse is a seventh-year NFL veteran in his second season with the Jets. A self-proclaimed “Jesus follower” on his Instagram page, the former Seattle Seahawks target was off this week during New York’s bye. A Super Bowl XLVIII champion who spent the first five years of his career catching passes from Russell Wilson, Kearse has publicly prioritized his faith in God before, telling the Seattle Times he was inspired by his brother Jamaal and sharing with a local church about his beliefs.

Kearse, who’s started 19 games for the Jets since 2017, will return to the field with New York on Sunday for a 1 p.m. ET showdown with the New England Patriots. In his first season post-Seattle, the former Washington Huskies standout had a career-best 65 catches for 810 yards and five touchdowns.

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