Dane Looker

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
Dane Looker
Puyallup, Washington School Board Position #2, Director
Incumbent
Assumed office
December 12, 2011
Preceded by Cindy Poysnick
Personal details
Born Dane Alan Looker
(1976-05-05) May 5, 1976 (age 38)
Puyallup, Washington
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Amy Clancy Looker
Children 4
Alma mater University of Washington (B.A., speech communication)
Occupation American football player, high school sports coach
Dane Looker
Dane Looker holding snap.jpg
Looker in November 2007.
No. 89
Wide Receiver/ Special teamer
Personal information
Date of birth: (1976-05-05) May 5, 1976 (age 38)
Place of birth: Puyallup, Washington
Height: 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) Weight: 194 lb (88 kg)
Career information
College: Washington
Undrafted in 2000
Debuted in 2002 for the Berlin Thunder
Last played in 2008 for the St. Louis Rams
Career history
*Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of Week 17, 2008
Receptions 112
Receiving yards 1,224
Receiving TDs 5
Stats at NFL.com

Dane Alan Looker (born May 5, 1976) is a former American football wide receiver and current member of the Puyallup, Washington school board. He was signed by the St. Louis Rams as an undrafted free agent in 2000. He played college football at University of Washington.

Looker has also played for the New England Patriots and Detroit Lions.

Early years[edit]

Looker attended Puyallup High School in Puyallup, Washington, and won varsity letters in football and basketball. In football, he won All-State honors and made 50 receptions for 916 yards and 18 touchdowns as a senior. He won two varsity letters in basketball and graduated in 1995 with honors.

College career[edit]

Looker played college football at the University of Washington where he made 84 catches for 949 yards. Looker was a walk-on to the University of Washington football team in 1996 after playing basketball for two years at Western Washington University. He was named honorable mention All-Pac-10 as a senior after starting seven of 11 games, making 20 receptions for 287 yards. He led the Huskies with 64 receptions for 662 yards as a junior. He graduated with a degree in speech communications.[1] During his time at Washington, he played under Scott Linehan, who was initially the wide receivers coach and later the offensive coordinator.

Professional career[edit]

First stint with Rams[edit]

Looker was signed as an undrafted free agent by the St. Louis Rams on April 17, 2000. Looker spent 2000 training camp with the Rams before being traded to the New England Patriots on August 7.[2]

New England Patriots[edit]

Looker made the final opening day roster with the Patriots but was listed as inactive. On November 16, 2000, the Patriots placed Looker on injured reserve due to a leg injury.[2] On July 31, 2001, the Patriots waived Looker.[3]

Second stint with Rams[edit]

The Rams signed Looker on August 8, 2001 and waived Looker on August 27, 2001.[1][4] The Rams re-signed Looker on February 12, 2002 and assigned Looker to the NFL Europe team Berlin Thunder.[1][5]

Looker led Berlin to a World Bowl title and was named World Bowl Most Valuable Player after catching 11 passes for 111 yards and two touchdowns, as Berlin defeated the Rhein Fire 26-20.[6] He was named to All-NFL Europe team and led all NFL Europe receivers in receptions (54) and receiving yards (661) during the regular season, he also scored five touchdowns.[1]

After playing in three preseason games in 2002,[7] Looker signed with the Rams practice squad on September 9, 2002 and to the active roster on December 12.[1] Looker played his first regular season NFL game on December 15 in the Rams' game against the Arizona Cardinals, on both offense and special teams.[1] Looker played in the Rams' two final games of 2002 as well.[7] In 2003 he received significant offensive action, emerging as the Rams’ third receiver with 47 receptions. His first touchdown reception came on September 14, 2003, on a 19-yard reception from quarterback Marc Bulger.[1]

Looker played in 14 games of the 2004 season. On the October 10 away game against the Seattle Seahawks, the Seattle-area native Looker made a critical, out-of-bounds 16-yard catch to bring the Rams to the 18-yard line and set up a game-tying field goal late in the fourth quarter. The Rams would win 33-27.[8] In 2005 he caught 23 passes for 237 yards. In 2006 Looker handled holder duties all 16 games and also returned punts. In 2007 he played in 13 games serving as holder in each of the contests and made six receptions for 38 yards and Rams’ 2007 recipient of the Ed Block Courage Award.[1] In 2008 Looker played 13 games with 6 starts and made 23 receptions for 271 yards, and 11.8-yard average and 2 touchdowns.[9]

The head coach of the Rams during 2006, 2007, and 2008 seasons was Scott Linehan, for whom Looker had previously played at the University of Washington.

Looker's contract with the Rams expired at the end of the 2008 season making him a free agent.

Detroit Lions[edit]

The Detroit Lions signed Looker on August 17, 2009 after the team waived wide receiver Bobby Sippio.[10] Scott Linehan was by then the Lions offensive coordinator. In three preseason games, Looker made 6 receptions for 65 yards.[11] However Looker was released a few weeks later on September 5, 2009.[12]

Political career[edit]

Initially Looker was planning to run for the Puyallup, Washington School Board but "decided to suspend his campaign believing a seat in the state legislature will put him in a better position to improve our local schools." Looker intended to run on a Republican ticket.[13] Following the primary election, in which Looker qualified for the General Election for the Puyallup School Board position, he re-entered the race for the School Board seat. He won the General Election and was installed as a member of the Puyallup School Board on December 12, 2011.[14]

Personal[edit]

Looker has a wife, Amy Clancy Looker, who is a teacher at Aylen Junior High and head coach of the Rogers High School girls' basketball team.[15] They have four children, including a son named Tate born in July 2011, and live in the Summit-Waller community of Tacoma, Washington.[13]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h "Dane Looker". St. Louis Rams. Archived from the original on December 31, 2008. 
  2. ^ a b "Patriots Sign C/G Grey Ruegamer; Place WR Dane Looker On IR; Re-Sign WR Tony Gaiter To Practice Squa". New England Patriots. November 16, 2000. Retrieved July 14, 2012. 
  3. ^ Associated Press (July 31, 2001). "Pats sign veteran LB Cox to add depth on defense". CNNSI.com. Retrieved July 14, 2012. 
  4. ^ "Araguz, 10 Others, Cut by Rams". Associated Press. August 27, 2001. Retrieved July 14, 2012. 
  5. ^ "A moment with ... Dane Looker, St. Louis Rams wide receiver". Seattle Post-Intelligencer. December 12, 2003. Retrieved July 14, 2012. 
  6. ^ Carlson, Mike (June 24, 2002). "World Bowl: Berlin's Thunder puts out Fire". International Herald-Tribune. Retrieved July 14, 2012. 
  7. ^ a b "Dane Looker game log, 2002". NFL. Retrieved July 14, 2002. 
  8. ^ Associated Press (October 10, 2004). "Rams rally from 17 points down". ESPN.com. Retrieved July 14, 2012. 
  9. ^ "Dane Looker game log, 2008". NFL. Retrieved July 14, 2012. 
  10. ^ Kowalski, Tom (August 17, 2009). "Lions cut Bobby Sippio, Kirk Barton; sign Dane Looker, Terrence Metcalf". MLive.com. Retrieved July 14, 2012. 
  11. ^ "Dane Looker game log, 2009". NFL. Retrieved July 14, 2012. 
  12. ^ Cushing, Scott (September 9, 2009). "Cut Me". Undrafted Free Agent. SeattlePI.com. Retrieved July 14, 2012. 
  13. ^ a b Schrader, Jordan (July 12, 2011). "Former NFL player Dane Looker runs for state House". Political Buzz. TheNewsTribune.com. 
  14. ^ "Puyallup School Board election results final". Puyallup School District. November 29, 2011. 
  15. ^ Ringer, Sandy (March 3, 2010). "Payback time for Rogers' Dane Looker". The Seattle Times. Retrieved July 14, 2012.