At a game in Denver in November, 2010
No. 80 New England Patriots
|Wide Receiver / Punt Returner|
|Date of birth:November 2, 1985|
|Place of birth: The Woodlands, Texas|
|College: Texas Tech|
|Undrafted in 2008|
|Debuted in 2009 for the St. Louis Rams|
|Roster status: Active|
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of Week 13, 2013
Daniel James Amendola (born November 2, 1985) is an American football wide receiver for the New England Patriots of the National Football League (NFL). He was signed by the Dallas Cowboys as an undrafted free agent in 2008. He played college football at Texas Tech. Amendola has also been a member of the Philadelphia Eagles and St. Louis Rams.
Amendola attended The Woodlands High School in The Woodlands, Texas, under coach Weldon Willig. He completed his high school career by attempting to lead his team to its first ever Texas State championship game. Although they lost to North Shore High School, Amendola finished his senior season with 1,045 receiving yards, 129 rushing yards, and 8 touchdowns.
Amendola finished his college career at Texas Tech with 204 receptions for 2,246 yards and 15 touchdowns. He also returned 116 punts for 1,283 yards and one TD, an 11.06 yards per return average ranking Amendola third all-time in school history in punt returns and yardage, behind only Wes Welker and Tyrone Thurman. Amendola's best year was his senior year, in which he was overshadowed by teammate Michael Crabtree, but still recorded 109 catches for 1,245 yards and 6 TDs.
In his freshman 2004 season, Amendola saw limited duty on offense but was Tech's leading punt returner. He was named to the All-Big 12 first team as punt return specialist. He also caught 13 passes during the season, including one touchdown pass during the 2004 game against Baylor.
During the 2005 season, Amendola made two memorable plays that led to Red Raider victories. The first was late in the 2005 game against Oklahoma. Tech was trailing. On fourth down, a Cody Hodges pass attempt was tipped, and Amendola made a leaping catch in traffic. He was tackled immediately and appeared to have been stopped just short of a first down. However, the spot was reviewed by the replay officials and the final spot of the ball resulted in a first down. The drive was kept alive and resulted in yet another disputed call—Taurean Henderson's stretch over the goal line on the final play of regulation, which gave the Red Raiders the victory over the Sooners.
Another game-changing play came when Amendola recovered the fumble from an intercepted pass during the final drive of the 2005 game against Nebraska. Tech needed a touchdown to win. Tech quarterback Cody Hodges' pass was tipped and intercepted. Instead of taking a knee to seal the victory, the Nebraska defender decided to run with the ball and had it stripped. Amendola dove for the loose ball and recovered it. Tech retained possession, resulting in a game-winning touchdown pass from Hodges to Joel Filani on fourth down with under 30 seconds remaining.
Amendola graduated with a major in Communication Studies.
|Height||Weight||40-yard dash||10-yard split||20-yard split||20 ss||3-cone||Vert||Broad||BP||Wonderlic|
|5-10 *||185 *||41.1||1.51 *||2.65 *||4.25 **||6.81 **||31½" *||8'07" *||13 *||27 *|
|*At NFL Combine **At Texas Tech Pro Day|
Amendola has drawn numerous comparisons, including from Texas Tech head coach Mike Leach, to former Tech receiver Wes Welker, now with the Denver Broncos, as the two have similar builds (Welker is 5'9", 185 lb, while Amendola is 5'11", 183 lb), played the same positions at Tech (slot receiver and punt returner), and are both white.
Amendola signed as an undrafted free agent with the Dallas Cowboys on April 27, 2008. His attempt to make it pro was featured on the HBO special Hard Knocks. Amendola was cut by the Cowboys on August 30 and re-signed to the team's practice squad after clearing waivers.  He spent the entire 2008 regular season on the team's practice squad.
After his contract expired with the Dallas Cowboys, Amendola was signed to the practice squad of the Philadelphia Eagles on January 6, 2009. Following the season, Amendola was re-signed to a future contract on January 19, 2009. He was waived during final cuts on September 5, 2009. He was re-signed to their practice squad on September 6, 2009.
St. Louis Rams
Amendola was signed off the Eagles' practice squad by the St. Louis Rams on September 22, 2009. In 2009, he caught 43 passes for 326 yards and one touchdown as a slot receiver. He returned 66 kicks for 1,618 yards and 31 punts returns for 360 yards. He started in six games in 2010, an increase from his two starts in 2009. In 2010 Amendola led the NFL in all-purpose yards with 2,364.
On October 6, 2012, Amendola suffered a dislocated clavicle and had season-ending triceps surgery. In a rare case, instead of popping out, the clavicle popped in and came millimeters from puncturing his trachea and aorta, which could have killed him. Rams' medical staff called around the league for information but no teams had ever had players suffering a similar injury. Amendola was anesthetized before popping the clavicle back into place. Due to the unusual nature of the injury the Rams were not certain when Amendola would return, but he was able to recover after just three weeks and recorded 11 catches for 102 yards in a hard fought tie with the San Francisco 49ers.
New England Patriots
On March 13, 2013, just hours after New England Patriots slot receiver Wes Welker signed with the Denver Broncos, the Patriots announced the signing of Amendola. Amendola received a five-year contract for $28.5 million, with $10 million of that money guaranteed.  According to Tom E. Curran of CSN New England, Amendola actually signed with the Patriots before Welker signed with the Broncos.
In the aftermath of the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings, Amendola pledged on his Twitter feed to donate to a recovery fund $100 for every pass he catches during the 2013 season, and $200 for every dropped pass. Patriots defensive back Devin McCourty, citing Amendola, made a similar pledge ($100 per tackle, and $200 per interception).
In his Week 1 debut with New England, Amendola suffered a groin injury in the first half. He then returned after halftime to finish the game with 10 catches for 104 yards. Three of his catches were on crucial 3rd downs including two on the game winning drive.
Amendola became the 50th receiver all time to catch a touchdown pass from Tom Brady when he caught a touchdown in the first quarter of a game against the Pittsburgh Steelers on November 3, 2013.
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