Charleston , Jeff
Jeff Charleston is a native of Monmouth, Oregon and played football and basketball for Central High School in Dallas, Oregon. While at 3-A Central he was a First Team All-State Tight End and Third Team All-State inside Linebacker. He was also First Team All-Capital Conference inside linebacker and co-defensive player of the year. He participated in the East-West Shrine All-Star Game after his senior season. In addition to his high school football exploits he lettered three years in basketball.
After high school he played defensive end at Western Oregon University from 2001 to 2003. His sophomore year he led the team in sacks, and was an All-Great Northwest Athletic Conference selection twice. The 2004 season he transfered to Idaho State and had to sit out because of NCAA transfer rules. He played defensive end for Idaho State in 2005, and led the team with 12 sacks, 19 tackles for loss and 5 pass break-ups. Charleston gained national recognition as a Walter Camp 1-AA All-American and he was one of sixteen finalists for the Buck Buchanan Award for the Best 1-AA defensive player. After college he was signed as a free agent by the NFL's Houston Texas, but was released before the 2006 season. In 2007, he was signed as a free agent by the Indianapolis Colts and made the active roster. In 2010, he played defensive lineman for the Super Bowl Champion New Orleans Saints.