Projected First-Rounder Jerry Jeudy Reveals Unusual Reason He Wears Star of David Necklace

Jeudy is projected to be taken in the first round of the upcoming NFL draft.


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Jerry Jeudy at the 2018 National Championship

On Tuesday, projected first-round wide receiver Jerry Jeudy was asked why he wears a Star of David around his neck, which is a relatively wholesome question to be asked at the NFL Combine. At least when you consider past prospects have been questioned about whether their mom's a prostitute, if they find their mom attractive, and probably some other questions about their moms.

Jeudy's answer, however, was a tad unorthodox (no pun intended) as it had to do with the way his last name sounds rather than his choice of religion. You probably figured that out when you read his name in your head during that first sentence.

"My last name's Jeudy," he explained. "People sometimes call me short for 'Jew.' (...) So I just got a Jew star. I'm not Jewish though." Cue some laughter:

Alabama WR Jerry Jeudy isn’t Jewish. So why does he wear the Star of David around his neck?

— Ralph Vacchiano (@RalphVacchiano) February 25, 2020

Reaction was relatively tepid and will be forgotten shortly. Though if you took a deep dive into the completely-unsupported-by-evidence comments (that we didn't bother with here) you'd be forgiven for thinking some great culture war was taking place:

If you don't draft Jeudy because he wears a Star of David, you're just as dumb as this tweet

— Geoff Schwartz (@geoffschwartz) February 25, 2020

We found em folks! The one Jew who’s upset about Jeudy on twitter!

— Geoff Schwartz (@geoffschwartz) February 25, 2020

Officially a Jerry Jeudy loyalist.

— Jesse Jones (@TheJJones) February 25, 2020


— Alex Glaze (@Alex_Glaze) February 25, 2020

— Patriots 7th Ring 🇺🇸 (@Patriots7thRing) February 25, 2020

— Bradley Gelber (@BradleyGelber) February 25, 2020

The NFL Combine is abuzz today because Jerry Jeudy apparently pulled out a Jewish star necklace and said he wears it because his nickname is pronounced “Jew.” I’ve talked to the Jewish subcommittee and we agree this is excellent

— Alex Kirshner (@alex_kirshner) February 25, 2020

All in favor of Jerry Jeudy's new nickname being The Hebrew Highlight Reel?

— Brett Kollmann (@BrettKollmann) February 25, 2020

Our resident Jewish correspondent @DavidKoonin tells us whether or not he is offended by @jerryjeudy rocking a Star of David chain for his nickname even though he isn't Jewish #PatMcAfeeShowLIVE

— Pat McAfee (@PatMcAfeeShow) February 25, 2020

Don’t mean no disrespect to the Jewish people! I’m sorry to the people who take my chain offensive!!

— Jerry Jeudy⁴ (@jerryjeudy) February 25, 2020

As for Jeudy, he tweeted out an apology and denied that any disrespect to the Jewish religion was intended:

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