- After leading the team in passes defensed for the third straight season (13, 23, 15), was named to his first career Pro Bowl, earned second-team All-Pro honors from The Associated Press and was selected to the All-NFC team by the Pro Football Writers of America in 2020.
- Named a Pro Bowl alternate after starting all 16 games and posting a career-high 23 passes defensed in 2019. Also started both postseason contests and ranked No. 2 on the team with 13 tackles (10 solo).
- Was named to the PFWA's All-Rookie team in 2018, becoming just the second Packers CB to be honored since 1974 (CB Casey Hayward, 2012).
- Appeared in 13 games with 11 starts as a rookie and ranked No. 2 on the team with 76 tackles (61 solo) while adding a halfsack, three tackles for a loss, an interception and a QB pressure.
- In Week 8 at the Los Angeles Rams, finished with five passes defensed, the most by a Green Bay defender during the 2018 season.
- Earned second-team All-Atlantic Coast Conference recognition as a sophomore in 2016 after posting a team-high five INTs (tied for No. 11 in the country) along with a career-best 39 tackles (31 solo) and 14 passes defensed.
- Earned second-team All-Pro honors from The Associated Press in 2020, becoming the first Green Bay CB to earn All-Pro honors since Charles Woodson in 2011. Was also selected to the All-NFC team by the Pro Football Writers of America.
- Named to his first career Pro Bowl in 2020, making him one of three cornerbacks in franchise history to make the Pro Bowl in his first three seasons (Herb Adderley, 1963, third season; Willie Buchanon, 1973, second season).
- Intercepted Tom Brady two times in the NFC Championship Game last season, becoming just the seventh player in team history to record two-plus INTs in a playoff game.
- According to Sportradar, was tied for No. 1 in the league among cornerbacks (Jalen Ramsey) by allowing only three pass plays of 20-plus yards in the 2020 regular season (min. 700 def. snaps).
- Among CBs that played at least 700 defensive snaps during the 2020 regular season, was tied for No. 1 in the NFL by only giving up one burn TD (passing TD allowed by a defender when in coverage), according to Sportradar.
- Registered a safety at Minnesota in Week 1 of the 2020 season, becoming the first Packers DB with a safety since Doug Hart in the 1971 season opener at the N.Y. Giants.
- Named a Pro Bowl alternate after starting all 16 games and registering 63 tackles (41 solo), two interceptions, a forced fumble, a fumble recovery and a team-high 23 passes defensed in 2019.
- Was named to the PFWA's All-Rookie team after leading the team with 15 passes defensed in 2018. Became just the second Packers CB to be honored since 1974 (CB Casey Hayward, 2012).
- Appeared in 13 games with 11 starts as a rookie and ranked No. 2 on the team with 76 tackles (61 solo) while adding a half-sack, three tackles for a loss, an INT and a QB pressure.
- Tied Ahmad Carroll (2004) for the sixth-most starts by a rookie CB for the Packers since 1970, according to pro-football-reference.com.
- Selected by the Packers in the first round (No. 18 overall) of the 2018 NFL Draft, a selection acquired from Seattle along with a seventh-round choice (No. 248 overall) in exchange for Green Bay's first-round pick (No. 27 overall, originally obtained from New Orleans), a third-round choice (No. 76 overall) and a sixth-round pick (No. 186 overall). Became the first Louisville player to be drafted in the first round by Green Bay.
2021 SEASON: Started the first four contests, posting 13 tackles (nine solo), an interception and three passes defensed...Voted a captain by his teammates for the first time in his career...Suffered a shoulder injury in Week 4 and was placed on injured reserve on Oct. 9...Activated off injured reserve on Dec. 29...Placed on reserve/COVID-19 list on Jan. 2 and was taken off the list on Jan. 7...At New Orleans (Sept. 12): Started and tied for the second-most snaps played on defense (56), recording four tackles (two solo)...Vs. Detroit (Sept. 20): Tied for No. 4 on the team with four tackles (three solo)...At San Francisco (Sept. 26): Tied for No. 3 on the team with five tackles (four solo), led the team with a season-high three passes defensed and posted first interception of the season, picking off QB Jimmy Garroppolo and returning the INT 30 yards to the SF 32-yard line in the second quarter. It was the second longest INT return of his career (37 yards at Dallas, Oct. 6, 2019)...Vs. Pittsburgh (Oct. 3): Started and played 36 snaps before a shoulder injury sidelined him late in the third quarter...Vs. San Francisco (NFC Divisional, Jan. 22): Returned from injury for his first action since Week 4 and played on eight defensive snaps.
2020 SEASON: Named to his first career Pro Bowl, earned second-team All-Pro honors from AP and was selected to the All-NFC team by the PFWA...Started all 15 games he appeared in and led the team with 13 passes defensed and tied for No. 4 on the team in INTs (one), while also registering 51 tackles (40 solo), a sack, two tackles for a loss, a QB hit and a forced fumble...Missed Week 10 due to injury (concussion/hand)...Started both playoff contests, recording four tackles (three solo), a tackle for a loss, two INTs and three passes defensed...At Minnesota (Sept. 13): Posted five tackles (four solo, tied for No. 2 on the team), a tackle for a loss, a QB hit, a pass defensed, an INT and a sack for a safety. With Minnesota on its own 4-yard line early in the second quarter, blitzed off the left side and went untouched to sack QB Kirk Cousins for a safety. Became the first Packers DB with a safety since Hart in the 1971 season opener at the N.Y. Giants. According to Sportradar, Alexander and Hart (1971) are the only Packers to register an INT and a safety in the same game (since 1948). With 34 seconds left in the first half, picked off Cousins on a deep pass down the right side intended for WR Adam Thielen, giving GB the ball at the Vikings' 41-yard line. Two plays later, the Packers scored on a 45-yard pass from QB Aaron Rodgers to WR Marquez Valdes-Scantling to take a 22-7 lead. Became the fifth NFL player to record a sack, an INT and a safety in a single game since 2000, joining Rocky Boiman (Week 4, 2003), Calais Campbell (Week 5, 2016), James Harrison (Week 11, 2008) and Adalius Thomas (Week 2, 2006)...At New Orleans (Sept. 27): Tallied three tackles (all solo), a tackle for a loss and a pass defensed. Early in the second quarter, tackled RB Alvin Kamara for a loss of 2 yards to force a third-and-10 the Saints didn't convert, forcing a punt. According to NFL Next Gen Stats, played 38 coverage snaps and allowed just one reception on two targets as the nearest defender...Vs. Atlanta (Oct. 5): Tied for No. 4 on the team with a season-high six tackles (four solo). Shadowed WR Calvin Ridley on 23 of his 27 routes and did not allow a catch (NFL Next Gen Stats)...At Tampa Bay (Oct. 18): Recorded two tackles (both solo) and according to NFL Next Gen Stats, shadowed WR Mike Evans on 19 of his 24 routes (79.2) and was only targeted once (zero receptions)...Vs. Tennessee (Dec. 27): Posted two tackles (one solo) and a season-high three passes defensed. With 8:32 left in the game and the Titans at the GB 9-yard line, broke up a pass intended for TE Jonnu Smith on fourth-and-4...At Chicago (Jan. 3): Registered three tackles (two solo), a forced fumble and a pass defensed. With under eight minutes to play in the first half, hit TE Cole Kmet after a 1-yard gain and then ripped the ball out as both were falling toward the ground. LB Rashan Gary recovered the fumble at the CHI 23-yard line and GB scored a TD on the ensuing drive to take a 21-10 lead...Vs. L.A. Rams (NFC Divisional, Jan. 16): Recorded one tackle (solo) and a tackle for a loss, bringing down WR Robert Woods for a loss of 3 yards on second-and-10 with just under six minutes to play in the game and the Rams turned it over on downs two plays later. According to NFL Next Gen Stats, that was the only reception he allowed on three targets in the game...Vs. Tampa Bay (NFC Championship, Jan. 24): Led the defense with two INTs and three passes defensed while also posting three tackles (two solo). Became just the seventh player in team history to record two-plus INTs in a playoff game.
2019: Started all 16 games and registered 63 tackles (41 solo), two INTs, a forced fumble, a fumble recovery and a team-high 23 passes defensed (career best)...Was named an alternate for the Pro Bowl…Started both postseason games and ranked No. 2 on the team with 13 tackles (10 solo) and a pass defensed…Vs. Minnesota (Sept. 15): Recorded five tackles (three solo) and a season-high four passes defensed. Late in the first half, broke up a Cousins pass over the middle in the end zone intended for WR Stefon Diggs on second-and-goal from the 13…Vs. Denver (Sept. 22): Posted six tackles (all solo), a forced fumble, a fumble recovery and two passes defensed. On a first-and-goal from the 7 late in the first half, made a leaping deflection of QB Joe Flacco's pass intended for WR Emmanuel Sanders toward the back of the end zone. Registered his first forced fumble and fumble recovery as a pro on the same play early in the third quarter when he came up to rip the ball away from TE Noah Fant at the end of his 4-yard reception, giving the Packers the ball at the Denver 37...At Dallas (Oct. 6): Finished with three tackles (two solo), his first INT of the season and a team-high three passes defensed. On the Cowboys' opening drive, intercepted a QB Dak Prescott pass that went off the hands of WR Amari Cooper, hauling in the ball at the Green Bay 16 and returning it 37 yards to the Dallas 47, a turnover that would lead to seven points for the Packers...Vs. Detroit (Oct. 14): Finished with two tackles (both solo) and two passes defensed. With the Packers trailing, 22-20, broke up QB Matthew Stafford's third-down pass over the middle intended for WR Marvin Jones to force a Detroit punt, giving Green Bay possession for what would turn out to be the game-winning drive…At Kansas City (Oct. 27): Tallied five tackles (four solo), including one for a loss, and a pass defensed. On the Chiefs' opening drive of the game, tackled WR Sammy Watkins just short of the marker after he made a catch on third-and-2 to force a three-and-out...Vs. Chicago (Dec. 15): Paced the secondary with a season-high eight tackles (six solo), a tackle for a loss, an interception and two passes defensed. On the final play of the first half, picked off a Hail Mary pass by QB Mitchell Trubisky at the Green Bay 11…At Minnesota (Dec. 23): Recorded two tackles (both solo) and a pass defensed, helping to limit the WR duo of Diggs and Thielen to a combined three catches for 57 yards (19.0 avg.) and a TD…Vs. Seattle (NFC Divisional, Jan. 12): In first career postseason game, led the secondary with nine tackles (seven solo) and a pass defensed. On Seattle's opening drive of the game, broke up a deep pass from QB Russell Wilson intended for WR DK Metcalf near the sideline to force a three-and-out. Early in the fourth quarter with the Packers leading, 28-23, came off the left side to drill Wilson for a loss of yardage on the Seahawks' two-point conversion attempt…At San Francisco (NFC Championship, Jan. 19): Registered four tackles (three solo) before sustaining a thumb injury in the third quarter that would sideline him for the remainder of the game.
2018: Appeared in 13 games with 11 starts and ranked No. 2 on the team with 76 tackles (61 solo)...Led the team with 15 passes defensed and added a half-sack, three tackles for a loss, an INT and a QB pressure...Was named to the PFWA's All-Rookie team, becoming just the second Packers CB to be honored since 1974 (Hayward, 2012)...Registered two tackles on special teams and returned four punts for 25 yards (6.3 avg.)…Vs. Minnesota (Sept. 16): Led the team with 10 tackles (seven solo) and added a tackle for a loss, a half-sack and a QB pressure. Midway through the first quarter on a third-and-10, came on a blitz from the slot and shook off a block from RB Dalvin Cook for a shared 6-yard sack of Cousins with LB Reggie Gilbert to force a punt. In overtime, drilled Diggs for a 1-yard loss on a pass in the flat on second-and-2...At Washington (Sept. 23): Made his first NFL start, opening at CB in place of an injured Kevin King (groin), and tied for third on the team with seven tackles (five solo)…Vs. Buffalo (Sept. 30): Started for the second straight week in place of an injured King, and posted two tackles (both assisted), his first career interception and two passes defensed. Late in the first half, picked off a deep pass from QB Josh Allen intended for WR Zay Jones in the end zone, returning the pick 27 yards out to the Green Bay 26…At L.A. Rams (Oct. 28): Finished with eight tackles (seven solo) and a career-high five passes defensed, the most by a Green Bay defender on the season. Midway through the second quarter, jumped with WR Brandin Cooks to make a leaping breakup in the end zone on a deep pass from QB Jared Goff. Broke up two passes on the next series, including one over the middle intended for Woods on third-and-10 to force a Los Angeles punt. Midway through the third quarter, got his left hand in to break up Goff's pass over the middle intended for WR Nick Williams. With under five minutes remaining in the fourth quarter, made a leaping deflection of a pass intended for Cooks near the sideline…At Minnesota (Nov. 25): Finished with eight tackles (six solo), a tackle for a loss and a pass defensed. On Minnesota's second drive, drilled Thielen into Diggs, who made the catch on a screen but was driven back several yards, before chasing him down at the Minnesota 14 for a 10-yard loss…Vs. Arizona (Dec. 2): Posted the first punt returns of his career, picking up 25 yards on two returns (12.5 avg.), including a 24-yarder early in the second quarter that was Green Bay's longest punt return of the season…Vs. Atlanta (Dec. 9): Recorded a career-high 12 tackles (career-best 10 solo), a tackle for a loss and a pass defensed…2018 Draft: Selected by the Packers in the first round with the No. 18 overall selection, the second CB drafted.
COLLEGE: Played in 31 games with 19 starts during his three seasons with the Cardinals and registered 77 tackles (58 solo), two tackles for a loss, seven INTs, 22 passes defensed, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery…Posted a 9.9-yard average on 44 punt returns during his collegiate career, highlighted by a 10.5-yard average on 20 returns as a sophomore in 2016 that included a 69-yard touchdown return vs. Florida State (Sept. 17)…Earned his degree in criminal justice…Junior season (2017): Played in six games with five starts, missing four contests due to a knee injury sustained in the season opener vs. Purdue…Recorded 19 tackles (13 solo), a tackle for a loss, an INT and five passes defensed…Sophomore season (2016): Started all 13 games and earned second-team All-Atlantic Coast Conference recognition…Was tied for No. 11 in the country with a team-high five INTs…Recorded a career-high 39 tackles (31 solo) and a career-best 14 passes defensed along with a fumble recovery and a forced fumble…Returned 20 punts for 210 yards (10.5 avg.) and a TD…Contributed two punt returns of 60-plus yards vs. Florida State (Sept. 17), including a career-long 69-yard return for a TD in the 63-20 victory over the No. 2-ranked Seminoles...Returned two punts for 130 yards (65.5 avg.) and added three tackles (two solo), a fumble recovery and a pass defensed…Recorded his first career two-INT game as he picked off QB Deshaun Watson twice and added two tackles (both solo) and a forced fumble at Clemson (Oct. 1)…Registered a season-high six tackles (all solo) and matched his career high with two interceptions, returning them for a total of 37 yards vs. Virginia (Nov. 11)…Freshman season (2015): Appeared in 12 games with one start as a true freshman, finishing the season with 19 tackles (14 solo), an INT and three passes defensed…Served as the team's primary punt returner, posting 23 returns for 223 yards (9.7 avg.)…Missed one game due to injury…Enrolled in school in January 2015 and participated in spring practice.
PERSONAL: Given name Jaire Zakar Alexander…First name is pronounced ji-air…Born in Philadelphia, Pa. …High school: Registered 30 tackles and four INTs at CB as a senior at Rocky River High School (Charlotte, N.C.), adding 68 receptions for 1,123 yards (16.5 avg.) and 18 TDs as a wide receiver…Was selected to play in the Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas, competing on the North Carolina squad…Was ranked the fifth-best player in the state of North Carolina by Scout.com and No. 22 by Rivals.com…Also lettered one year in baseball…Community involvement: Takes part in events and visits with kids at the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Green Bay…Held a skills and wellness camp for defensive backs in grades 9-12 in Mint Hill, N.C. …Helped teammate Adrian Amos and his I'm Still Here Foundation surprise members of the local Boys & Girls Club of Greater Green Bay with a holiday shopping spree…Visited with kids at the Milwaukee Children's Hospital and helped build a playground with the Milwaukee police…Participated in charity events as a rookie with the United Way and The Salvation Army, and was part of the Green Bay Packers Give Back Bowling Event, which raised over $60,000 for the College Comeback Program at Northeast Wisconsin Technical College (NWTC)…Attended the Pulaski vs. Preble high school football game in 2018 to interact with fans and sign autographs to help raise money for the Vince Lombardi Cancer Foundation…Visited hospitals while he was in college.