by Greg Bishop - New York Times
The Carolina Panthers selected Kris Jenkins in the second round of the N.F.L. 2001 draft. He was on four Pro Bowl teams and named All-Pro three times in seven seasons with them. In 2002 and 2003, he was a dominant player on the Panthers’ defensive line, helping them reach the Super Bowl for the first time.
The 6-foot-4 Jenkins, who was 360 pounds in his playing days, made tens of millions of dollars in salary over his 10-year career with the Panthers and then with the Jets. A series of major operations (one shoulder, three knee) forced him to retire. In his final two seasons, 2009 and 2010, he played seven games. He intended to return in 2011 after the Jets released him but ultimately decided to move into broadcasting. He works for the New York-based SNY cable channel, among other outlets.
Jenkins, 32, lives with his wife, Tashia, and his three sons. He does Pilates and takes herbs...
On October 30, 2010, Kris launched his Endowed Football Scholarship by presenting a $50,000 check to Kevin Anderson, the Athletic Director at the University of Maryland. On this special Homecoming Day, Kris also served as the Honorary Captain for the Terps as they beat Wake Forest 62-14.