Anthony Armstrong (American football)
Armstrong at Redskins 2011 training camp.
No. 86 Cleveland Browns
|Date of birth:March 29, 1983|
|Place of birth: Greencastle, Indiana|
|High school: Carrolton (TX) Newman Smith|
|College: West Texas A&M|
|Undrafted in 2005|
|Debuted in 2006 for the Odessa Roughnecks|
|Roster status: Active|
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of 2013
Career Arena football statistics
|Stats at ArenaFan.com|
Anthony Armstrong (born March 29, 1983) is an American football wide receiver who currently plays for the Cleveland Browns of the National Football League (NFL). He was signed as an undrafted free agent by the Miami Dolphins in 2008. He played college football at West Texas A&M.
He was also a member of the Washington Redskins and Jacksonville Jaguars. Before joining the NFL, Armstrong was a member of the Dallas Desperados of the Arena Football League and the Odessa Roughnecks of the Intense Football League.
- 1 Early life
- 2 College career
- 3 Arena and Indoor football career
- 4 National Football League career
- 5 References
- 6 External links
Armstrong was born on March 29, 1983 in Greencastle, Indiana. His mother, Gwen Armstrong, worked as an Administration Manager at IBM and his father, Thomas Armstrong, died when Anthony was 2 days short of 6 years old. Anthony is a middle child of 4. He has a brother named Courtney Lee and 2 sisters, Catrina Scott and Ashley Armstrong . When Anthony was a teen, he played high school football at Newman Smith High School. During his senior season, he had 11 receptions for 250 yards and three touchdowns and was named to the All-Metrocrest second-team. He also lettered twice as a member of the track and field team and competed in the 100-meter dash.
Armstrong attended and played college football at West Texas A&M University, a Division II school in Canyon, Texas. As a freshman, he played in ten games and had 165 yards and one touchdown on 13 catches. The following season, he played in ten games and recorded 24 receptions for 256 yards. As a junior, Armstrong started all 11 games and caught 54 passes for 740 yards and four touchdowns. He was named the LSC South Receiver of the Year and earned first-team All-LSC South honors. In his final college season, Armstrong was named second-team All-LSC as a senior after leading the team with 54 catches for 607 yards and four touchdowns. He finished his four-year letterman career as West Texas A&M’s fourth leading receiver with 145 receptions for 1,768 yards and nine touchdowns.
Armstrong graduated with a degree in Marketing.
Arena and Indoor football career
Armstrong was signed by the Odessa Roughnecks of the Intense Football League in 2006. In 13 games for the Roughnecks, he had 55 receptions for 760 yards and 18 touchdowns and returned seven kickoffs for 166 yards and a touchdown. He was the team's second leading rusher and rushed four times for 39 yards and three touchdowns. Armstrong also had eight tackles, two pass breakups and a fumble recovery on defense. His best game was against the Louisiana Swashbucklers on July 1, 2006, during which he registered 11 receptions for 157 yards and three touchdowns. The Roughnecks won the championship during Armstrong's only season on the team.
In 2007, Armstrong joined the Dallas Desperados of the Arena Football League as a practice squad member and was signed to active roster on March 25, 2007. He made his AFL debut against the Austin Wranglers on March 31, 2007 where he recovered an onside kick and returned it 40 yards for the game-winning touchdown. Armstrong was placed on the Reserve/Injured list with a hamstring injury on May 2 and missed the remainder of the season, after recording ten catches for 126 yards and two touchdowns in four games. He played the entire 2008 season with the Desperados and posted 85 catches for 1,148 yards and 18 touchdowns. He additionally returned seven kickoffs for 31 yards helping the team compile a 12-4 regular season record and a berth to the AFL playoffs.
National Football League career
After the Arena season, Armstrong was signed with the Miami Dolphins’ practice squad as an unrestricted free agent on July 25, 2008. He stayed on the practice squad the entire season and the 2009 preseason, but was waived August 29, 2009.
Armstrong made his first regular season NFL career catch for 11 yards on September 12, 2010 in a 13-7 win over the Dallas Cowboys and soon emerged as one of the Redskins' primary deep threats. He recorded a career long 76-yard reception against the eagles on November 15, 2010, finishing fourth among all receivers with 7 receptions of 40 yards or more for the 2010-2011 season. Among receivers with at least 20 receptions over the season, Armstrong finished third with 19.8 yards/catch.
In Week 1 against the New York Giants, Armstrong made his first touchdown of the 2011 season. He would not get another touchdown until Week 12 against the Seattle Seahawks, where he caught a 50-yard touchdown pass from Rex Grossman helping to end the Redskins' six-game losing streak.
Second Stint with Dolphins
On September 1, 2012, Armstrong was claimed off waivers by the Dolphins. He was waived on October 30.
Armstrong was signed by the Jacksonville Jaguars on October 31, 2012. He was released on November 12.
On January 7, 2013 Armstrong signed a one-year, $630,000 contract. He was released on March 27. On April 3, Armstrong re-signed with the Cowboys. He was released on August 31.
- Maese, Rick (January 2, 2011). "After a long and uncertain journey, rookie wide receiver Anthony Armstrong is a bright spot for the Washington Redskins". The Washington Post. Retrieved 10 March 2011.
- "Anthony Armstrong's Washington Redskins bio". Washington Redskins. Retrieved 2010-10-17.
- "Anthony Armstrong's Dallas Desperados bio". Dallas Desperados. Retrieved 2010-10-17.
- "Former Roughnecks WR Anthony Armstrong Signs to Washington Redskins Practice Squad". Indoor Football League. Archived from the original on 24 November 2010. Retrieved 2010-10-17.
- "Giants Vs. Redskins Score Update: Anthony Armstrong Touchdown Ties Score At 14". dc.sbnation.com. Retrieved 2011-09-11.
- Maese, Rick (November 28, 2011). "Anthony Armstrong takes advantage of rare opportunity with the Redskins". WashingtonPost.com. Retrieved 2011-11-27.
- Jones, Mike (August 31, 2012). "Redskins release WR Anthony Armstrong". WashingtonPost.com. Retrieved 2012-08-31.
- Miami Dolphins claim receiver Anthony Armstrong, release Steve Slaton
- Boren, Cindy (November 26, 2012). "Anthony Armstrong signs with Dallas Cowboys". The Washington Post. Retrieved 2012-11-26.
- Burch, Jimmy (December 22, 2012). "Cowboys release WR Armstrong, sign OL Leary to active roster". Star-Telegram. Retrieved 2012-12-22.
- Wilkening, Mike (April 3, 2013). "Anthony Armstrong re-signing with Cowboys". NBCSports.com. Retrieved 2013-04-03.
- "Browns add seven to roster". ClevelandBrowns.com. Retrieved 19 May 2014.