PRO: The Titans acquired Desmond King II from the Los Angeles Chargers prior to the 2020 trade deadline. The 5-foot-10-inch, 201-pound playmaker appeared in 53 games with Los Angeles and earned Associated Press All-Pro honors as both a cornerback and punt returner. The University of Iowa product is a skilled cover corner that has excelled in the slot and is also a willing tackler and blitzer. King II is also an accomplished return specialist having returned two punts for touchdowns during his NFL career.
• In 2018, King II was named first-team All-Pro at defensive back and a second-team All-Pro at punt returner by the Associated Press.
• With four sacks as a rookie in 2017, King II became the second defensive back to post at least four sacks as a rookie (Bill Bates, 1983).
• King became just the sixth player in NFL history and second defensive back ever to post multiple pick-sixes and at least four sacks over the first two seasons of his career (S Roy Williams, 2002-03).
• King founded the King Kares Foundation in 2017, which provides financial support to underprivileged families in the Detroit area. After establishing itself, King Kares Foundation will expand its financial assistance to Eastern Iowa and Southern California.
• In May 2020 during the COVID-19 pandemic, King and his foundation delivered 100 meals to medical professionals at Placentia-Linda Hospital in Placentia, Calif. Additionally, this past Thanksgiving King and his foundation provided 400 ready-to-cook meals to children and their families of Boys & Girls Clubs in the area. Most recently, King Kares held a backpack giveaway in Detroit on July 18, 2020, where recipients received the backpacks filled with notebooks, pencils, football gear and other supplies.
• King is an avid bowler and participates in a bowling league. He has a lifetime high score of 215.
• The Detroit, Mich., native was originally selected by the Los Angeles Chargers in the fifth round (151st overall) of the 2017 NFL Draft.
• Traded by the Chargers to the Titans on Nov. 2, 2020 for a Titans 2021 sixth-round draft choice.
• Played four seasons (2013-16) at Iowa, setting school records with 53 games played and 51 starts. Was the only Big Ten player in a 20-year stretch with 12-plus interceptions and over 1,500 combined return yards. Finished his career as one of two players in Iowa history with three career interceptions returned for touchdowns.
• In 2015, received the Jim Thorpe Award, which is annually given to the nation's best defensive back. Also won the Jack Tatum Award, presented by the Touchdown Club of Columbus, as the best defensive back in college football. Also received the Tatum-Woodson Big Ten Conference Defensive Back of the Year Award while winning Iowa's Most Valuable Player on defense and the Reggie Roby Special Teams Award
• As a senior (2016), started all 13 games at cornerback and recorded 58 tackles, with 3.5 tackles for loss. Shared the team lead with three interceptions and ranked second with seven pass break-ups. Averaged 10.2 yards on 26 punt returns and 27.8 yards on 27 kickoff returns.
• As a junior (2015), started all 14 games at cornerback and recorded 72 tackles and eight interceptions for 118 yards and one touchdown. Led the team with 13 pass break-ups. Averaged 14.2 yards on 17 punt returns and 24.4 yards on 29 kickoff returns.
• As a sophomore (2014), started all 13 games and recorded 64 tackles. Shared the team lead with three interceptions for 72 yards and one touchdown. Also had five pass break-ups and two tackles for loss.
• As a true freshman (2013), saw action in all 13 games, with 12 starts and recorded 69 tackles, including three tackles for loss. Collected eight pass break-ups and two recovered fumbles
• Earned a degree with a double-major in African-American studies and broadcasting from Iowa.
• Earned first-team All-State honors as a junior and senior at East English Village Preparatory Academy in Detroit, Mich.
• Set a Michigan high school record with 29 career interceptions. Also played running back for the Bulldogs, setting a school record for career rushing yards.
• As a senior, ran for 2,360 yards and 33 touchdowns and posted 56 tackles and seven interceptions.
• Named first-team All-City for his sophomore, junior and senior seasons. Earned second-team All-State honors as a sophomore.
• Lettered four years in football and four years in track & field, competing in sprint events and relays.
• Follow King on Twitter at @blaqbadger14.
• Follow King on Instagram at @iiam_blaqbadger14.
• Born Desmond E. King II on Dec. 14, 1994 in Detroit, Mich.