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Running Back   1984-1985


Houston Gamblers All-Time Team Member

Running Back


Born: February 7, 1957, Ahoskie, NC

Height: 6-02     Weight: 225

College: East Carolina University

Acquired: Signed as a free agent on October 3, 1983

Pro Bio: (1984 season) Started the Gamblers' first eight games as the club's single running back before breaking his leg in the final minutes of the contest in Oakland (April 16)... Missed the next seven games but played in the final three games of the season... Rushed for 200 yards on just 20 carries in the win against the Blitz in week 3, setting a USFL single-game record that would be broken later in the year by teammate Todd Fowler... Also scored a USFL record four touchdowns... Still finished the 1984 season as the team's second-leading scorer with 100 points... Had another outstanding game against the Invaders, with 20 carries for 154 yards and two TDs... Named USFL Player of the Week after his performance in Chicago... Proved to be the fluid, elusive runner needed to compliment the workhorse Fowler.

Original 11th round draft choice (288th player selected) of the Minnesota Vikings in the 1980 NFL draft... Spent the 1980 season on injured reserve with a hip injury... Was active for all 16 games in 1981 and played in four... Was inactive for season opener in 1982, but was reactivated for the remainder of the season and played in one regular season game, returning two kickoffs for 21 yards... Released by Vikings during 1983 training camp.

College Bio: Carried 81 times for 596 yards (7.4 average) and scored seven touchdowns as a senior... Also caught nine passes for 61 yards... Two-year starter... Three-year letterman.

Personal: Native of Harrellsville, NC... All-Conference basketball and track athlete in addition to playing offensive guard and quarterback at Ahoskie High... Member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes... Majored in parks recreation conservation at East Carolina... Hobbies include fishing, hunting, swimming, reading and basketball.