Jacques E. Cesaire (born August 30, 1980) is a retired American footballdefensive end of Haitian descent, who spent all nine of his National Football League seasons with the San Diego Chargers. He was signed by the Chargers as an undrafted free agent in 2003. He played college football at Southern Connecticut State.
Cesaire graduated from Gardner High School in Gardner, Massachusetts, in 1998. While there, he lettered in football, basketball, and track.
Cesaire played football at Southern Connecticut State University. In 2002, he was named the Northeast-10 Conference Defensive Lineman of the year. Cesaire also was a first team NCAA Division II All-America selection by the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) and a first team all NE-10 pick.
Cesaire was signed by the Chargers as an undrafted free agent in 2003. He was one of many successful Chargers undrafted free agents that year. Along with Antonio Gates, Kris Dielman, Stephen Cooper, and Kassim Osgood.
His best years came between 2006 and 2008 where he had 8.5 total sacks while playing a key role in the Chargers defense. Cesaire's biggest contribution came in the leadership department.
Cesaire was released on August 31, 2012 after 9 seasons with the Chargers. In total he started 66 of 109 games, recording 217 tackles and 12.5 sacks while forcing three fumbles. Cesaire was mostly apreciated for being a great leader and having a great locker room mentality.
On January 21, 2013, Cesaire announced his retirement