Jason Belser, Raytown South High School, 1988
Jason Belser graduated from Raytown South High School in 1988. A decorated high school athlete, he went on to play football at the University of Oklahoma, where he was a two time first-team All-Conference selection at defensive back in 1990 and 1991. He led the Sooners in interceptions his last three seasons and is tied for sixth all-time for career interceptions with 13. He is fifth in all-time interception yards in a career with 220, and eighth all-time in tackles by a defensive back with 215 at OU.
In 1992 Belser realized his dream and was selected the first pick in the eighth round of the National Football League (NFL) draft, 197th overall, by the Indianapolis Colts. He played from 1992-2000 for the Colts and from 2001-2002 for the Chiefs. He had over 800 tackles, as well as 14 interceptions and nine quarterback sacks in his NFL career. He was a finalist for "NFL Man of the Year" in 1999-2000.
Belser currently serves as Senior Regional Director for the NFL Players Association. Working to serve over 2,000 members, his office provides educational opportunities for current and former players, as well as protecting their rights and benefits. Most recently, he pledged to help future players by donating his brain and spinal cord tissue upon his death to the Center for the Study of Traumatic Encephalopathy to assist in their study of the effects of repeated head trauma on the nervous system.
Belser takes an active role in promoting football to America’s youth. He serves on the board of USA Football, an organization dedicated to improving all areas of amateur football. He served on the committee to pick the inaugural USA Football/NFLPA All-Fundamentals team, which honors 26 of the NFL’s most fundamentally sound players who also commit themselves to their communities.
He also established the JB Foundation in Indianapolis which works with underserved youth, homeless shelters and area football camps.