A big smile and a desire to succeed helped make Jamaica Rector a four-year All-American and two-time national player of the year finalist while at Northwest Missouri State.
Jamaica came to Northwest after a standout career in football and track at Celeste High School in Texas. Although he'd go on to shine on both offense and special teams at the next level, he arguably excelled best on the defensive side in high school, even earning Texas 1A Defensive Player of the Year honors as a senior.
His focus on the offensive side of the ball would prove to be beneficial for the Bearcats, highlighted by a distinguished career that included 289 catches and more than 4,000 yards receiving. Jamaica could always find a way to spoil a defensive back’s afternoon discovering open windows throughout the secondary. These skills propelled him to finish his career in the top five in NCAA Division II in both career catches and receiving yards while donning the green and white.
Aside from the sheer numbers, he always seemed to find a way to come up big when his team needed him the most, whether it was accumulating 330 all-purpose yards in a 2002 playoff game against Minnesota Duluth - including a touchdown reception and a punt returned for a score, a game winning touchdown with 25 seconds to go in the 2003 home opener against Minnesota State-Mankato or any number of other remarkable achievements during his four-year career. Performances like these are what helped cement Jamaica’s legacy in Bearcat lore.
For his final three years as a Bearcat, he even had the opportunity to team up with his younger brother Andre to create one of the most potent receiving tandems in all of Division II.
A commitment to hard work on and off the field carried him on to a career in professional football that saw him suit up for the Dallas Cowboys and Arizona Cardinals in the NFL and the Edmonton Eskimos in the CFL.
Today, he's is working for the Dallas Nike division and lives in Frisco, Texas, with his wife, Kara.