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Jake Bequette
Personal details
Born February 21, 1989(1989-02-21) (age 33)
Little Rock, Arkansas, U.S.
Political party Republican

Jake Bequette (born February 21, 1989) is a former American football defensive end and a United States Army soldier who served in Iraq in support of Operation Inherent Resolve. He was selected in the third round with the 90th overall pick by the Patriots in the 2012 NFL Draft. He played high school football at Catholic High in Little Rock, Arkansas, and college football for Arkansas. Bequette was rated highly as a defensive end prospect in that year's draft.[1]

College career

Bequette (#91) shakes hands with Florida Gators players during his freshman season

Bequette attended the University of Arkansas from 2007 to 2011. During his career, he started 42 of 48 games, recording 140 tackles and 23.5 sacks. As a senior, he was a first team All-SEC selection.[2] Bequette was named the Defensive MVP of the 2012 Cotton Bowl, helping the 2011 Arkansas Razorbacks football team defeat Kansas State, 29-16, as the Razorbacks finished the 2011 season with a record of 11-2, and a #5 final ranking in all polls. Bequette finished the game with 5 tackles and 3 quarterback sacks. Bequette is a third-generation Razorback: his grandfather and father both played for Arkansas, as did his uncle.[citation needed]

Professional career

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Bequette was selected in the third round by the New England Patriots in the 2012 NFL Draft. He played in three games in 2012, and five games in 2013. He was released by the Patriots on August 30, 2014, as part of final roster cuts.[3] He did not see extensive playing time during his time with the Patriots, but re-signed with the team's practice squad shortly after the 2014 cuts. Bequette received a Super Bowl ring with the Patriots in 2014.

Before the 2015 season, the Patriots switched Bequette from defensive end to tight end.[4][5] Bequette was waived by the Patriots and subsequently placed on injured reserve after clearing waivers on August 28, 2015.[6] He was released with an injury settlement on September 4, 2015, and became a free agent.[7]

Post NFL career

In August 2017, Bequette joined the United States Army. After basic training and Officer Candidate School, he went on to become a Ranger-qualified infantry officer in the 101st Airborne Division. Bequette later served a five-month deployment in Iraq in 2019.[8]

In January 2021, he launched The Arkansas Fund,[9] a nonprofit dedicated to helping small businesses in Arkansas that have struggled as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. In July 2021, he announced his candidacy for U.S. Senate against Arkansas Senator John Boozman, challenging Boozman in the Republican primary for the 2022 election.[10][11]

References

  1. "Jake Bequette - Arkansas, DE : 2012 NFL Draft Scout Player Profile". http://www.nfldraftscout.com/ratings/dsprofile.php?pyid=68591&draftyear=2012&genpos=DE. 
  2. "Southeastern Conference". http://www.secdigitalnetwork.com/NEWS/tabid/473/Article/229915/2011-all-sec-football-team-announced.aspx. 
  3. "Report: Pats cut DE Jake Bequette, LB Steve Beauharnais, DT Jerel Worthy". weei.com. http://itiswhatitis.weei.com/sports/newengland/football/patriots/2014/08/30/report-pats-cut-de-jake-bequette-lb-steve-beauharnais-dt-jerel-worthy/. 
  4. "New England Patriots DE Jake Bequette adding TE work to his repertoire". ESPN.com. May 29, 2015. http://espn.go.com/blog/new-england-patriots/post/_/id/4781839/patriots-de-jake-bequette-adding-te-work-to-his-repertoire. 
  5. "New England Patriots Mailbag -- Back to Deflategate and Tom Brady's appeal to NFL". ESPN.com. June 16, 2015. http://espn.go.com/boston/nfl/story/_/page/reissmailbagweek0616/new-england-patriots-mailbag-back-deflategate-tom-brady-appeal-nfl. 
  6. "Patriots place TE Jake Bequette on Injured Reserve". New England Patriots. http://www.patriots.com/news/2015/08/28/patriots-place-te-jake-bequette-injured-reserve. 
  7. "Patriots reach injury settlement with Jake Bequette". https://247sports.com/nfl/new-england-patriots/Article/Patriots-reach-injury-settlement-with-Jake-Bequette-39161086/. 
  8. Howe, Jeff. "From Patriot to patriot: Former defensive end Jake Bequette thriving in 101st Airborne". Archived from the original. Error: If you specify |archiveurl=, you must also specify |archivedate=. https://archive.today/20210712143733/https://theathletic.com/1358796/2019/11/07/from-patriot-to-patriot-former-defensive-end-jake-bequette-thriving-in-101st-airborne/. 
  9. Hale, Tyler (February 13, 2021). "Former Razorback Jake Bequette Launches Relief Fund for Arkansas Businesses" (in en-US). https://armoneyandpolitics.com/former-razorback-jake-bequette-launches-relief-fund-for-arkansas-businesses/. 
  10. "Former NFL player, Iraq war veteran Jake Bequette challenges Arkansas Sen. Boozman". July 12, 2021. https://www.foxnews.com/politics/former-nfl-player-iraq-war-veteran-bequette-challenges-arkansas-sen-boozman. 
  11. "Former NFL player announces bid for Senate seat in Arkansas" (in en). July 12, 2021. https://apnews.com/article/sports-football-government-and-politics-arkansas-nfl-36e74ea2cbca6f7d1d201123744495a2. 

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