Jeff Charleston (birth name – Jeffrey David Charleston) is a former American football defensive end who is best known for winning Super Bowl XLIV with the New Orleans Saints.
Charleston was born on January 19, 1983, in Oregon City, Oregon, USA.
He played for three seasons at Division II Western Oregon.
Later, Jeff transferred to Idaho State University. There, Charleston was voted Defensive and Newcomer Player-of-the-Year in the Big Sky Conference.
At Idaho State University, Jeff had two FF, five passes defended, 56 tackles, and registered 12 sacks.
In 2006, Charleston was signed by the Houston Texans as an undrafted free agent.
On January 4, 2007, the Indianapolis Colts Colts signed Jeff. There, Charleston started 3 of 13 games at RDE and totaled two passes batted, one FF, four pressures, one sack, and 42 tackles.
For the 2008 season, he was signed by the New Orleans Saints. In the follow-up season, he played in 19 games, tallying 23 tackles.
Also, during his time with the New Orleans Saints, Charleston help the team bring home a Super Bowl win.
On June 28, 2012, he was signed by the Minnesota Vikings. Charleston was released on August 31, 2012.
On September 26, 2012, he was signed by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. After one week, Charleston was released.
Southern Charm New Orleans
Following his playing career, Charleston found reality TV stardom as a cast member on the show Southern Charm New Orleans.
Southern Charm New Orleans premiered on April 15, 2018, on Bravo. He said about the reality show:
“The hardest part of filming is having to relive tough moments that were filmed for television aired 6 to 8 months later.”
In 2012, Jeff Charleston married Reagan Charleston.
Her family owned the Coghlan Art Gallery in the French Quarter.
The two first met at a Saints game in 2009.
His wife once said about the NFL:
”The NFL teaches you, as well as your spouse, to adapt to varying circumstances and unforeseen changes.”
Reagan went on to say:
“It prepares you for life in a way that other careers do not.”
Together, they started a luxury jewelry line.
Note – Reagan graduated from Mandeville High School. She said:
“I had a very rigid idea of what I wanted to do. It would be undergrad studies at LSU, law school and practice.”
In 2018, Jeff and Reagan got divorced.
During an interview, Jeff confessed:
“We were separated. It was very quick on which she moved on, but she never cheated on me.”
Jeff later added:
“That’s the one thing. Reagan can’t keep a secret and she can’t lie.”
Some speculated that the reason for their divorce was money. She said:
“To the imbeciles saying I left [because] of what happened with [Jeff’s] mom and saying it had to do with [money] – we never had financial problems.”
“Our house was paid off. I have a successful business. I was finishing law school. I have a super supportive fam.”
She also wrote on her Twitter account:
“I didn’t talk about how messed up our marriage was because it was embarrassing and I didn’t know what to do.”
“I wasn’t happy. [Jeff] wasn’t happy. It was constant volatility and turbulence at home. We were miserable.”
After their divorce, Reagan welcomed her first child, a daughter named Reece Ellis Thomas on June 12, 2019.
Jeff found out during a party. He said:
“I didn’t see that [coming]. At the time, I was mad like, ‘Man, I’m just trying to enjoy my party.’”
The former NFL player went on to say:
”You know, that was the biggest, like, ‘Why now? Why do I need to know now?’ I wasn’t mad at Reagan, it was just like, man, now’s not the time.”
Bravo wrote that his friend Doug is not to blame (Note – Doug actually told him the news of ex-wife’s pregnancy). Jeff said:
“He didn’t want to keep having to hide anything. He’s a good buddy of mine.”
Reagan responded on her Twitter account:
“I moved out in 2017, separated, then filed for divorce. I didn’t think anyone would be shocked when I started seeing [Reece].”
In 2019, Jeff started to date again. According to Screen Rant, Jeff also said that he doesn’t want to rush love.
”I may have felt no one loved me then but ultimately I was proved wrong.”
“I’ve been on a lot of road trips around America in a car but never on a motorcycle.”
”I don’t blame anyone for my actions at Friendsgiving. I’m not proud of my actions.”
In the past, the Southern Charm New Orleans star used to have an alcohol problem. Jeff declared:
”I don’t know if I’m really supposed to announce this or not, but I’ve stopped drinking. I started being a lot healthier.”
He is a USAW certified coach for weightlifting.
On June 4, 2019, Jeff posed with cast members from Bravo’s new television show about San Antonio’s socialites, called – ”Texicanas.” He wrote on his Instagram:
“Love me some [Texicanas]!! Especially when they come to our [Southern Charm New Orleans] Premiere Party!!”
His mother’s name is Shelley Charleston.
Jeff Charleston – Net Worth
Charleston earned most of his wealth from playing in the NFL. His salary was not released to the public, but in 2013, the average annual salary for a defensive end was around $2,6 million. Jeff also made some money from sponsors and starring in Southern Charm New Orleans. Therefore, Jeff Charleston has an estimated net worth of $5.5 million.
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