Derrick Ward

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Derrick Ward
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Ward in 2010.
No. 44, 34, 28, 32
Running back
Personal information
Date of birth: (1980-08-30) August 30, 1980 (age 33)
Place of birth: Los Angeles, California
Height: 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m) Weight: 240 lb (109 kg)
Career information
College: Ottawa
NFL Draft: 2004 / Round: 7 / Pick: 235
Debuted in 2004 for the New York Giants
Last played in 2011 for the Houston Texans
Career history
*Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Roster status: Retired
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of Week 13, 2011
Rushing yards 2,578
Rushing average 4.8
Rushing TDs 12
Stats at NFL.com

Derrick LaRon Ward (born August 30, 1980) is a former American football running back who last played for the Houston Texans of the National Football League (NFL). He was originally drafted by the New York Jets in the seventh round of the 2004 NFL Draft. He played college football at Fresno State University and Ottawa University. Ward is the cousin of former New England Patriots running back J.R. Redmond.

Ward has also played for the New York Giants. He earned a Super Bowl ring with the Giants in Super Bowl XLII.

Early years[edit]

Ward attended Valley View High School in Moreno Valley, California and was a letterman in football. In football, as a senior, he posted 1,100 rushing yards, 973 receiving yards, and 17 touchdowns, was an All-Riverside County choice, won All-CIF honors, was the Team Co/MVP, and was named the Sun Belt League Offensive MVP. As a junior, he was not the Team MVP.

College career[edit]

For his collegiate career, he rushed 460 times for 3,152 yards (6.9-yard avg.) and 39 touchdowns and caught seven passes for 96 yards (13.7-yard avg.).

Fresno State[edit]

He gained 1,091 yards with 11 touchdowns on 197 carries (5.5-yard avg.) and caught three passes for 49 yards (16.3-yard avg.) in 20 games at Fresno State. Ward was ruled academically ineligible to play at Fresno State in 1998, he earned Freshman All-America honors the following year despite playing with a broken right hand. He was limited to only seven games for the Bulldogs in 2000 due to a knee injury. His Fresno State career ended when he was again ruled ineligible to play in 2001 and 2002 due to academics.

Ottawa[edit]

Ward transferred to Ottawa University in Kansas for his final year in 2003, when he set NAIA single-season records with 2,061 rushing yards, 28 touchdowns and 7.8 yards per carry (263 attempts). Also had 47 yards on four receptions (11.8-yard avg.) in ten games at Ottawa.

Professional career[edit]

New York Giants[edit]

Ward was selected by the New York Jets in the seventh round of the 2004 NFL Draft, but never appeared in a game for them.

He was signed by the Giants off the Jets practice squad on October 13, 2004.

Ward had a good season in 2007 rushing for 602 yards on 125 touches, averaging 4.8 yards per carry and scoring three touchdowns.

On March 14, 2008, Ward was re-signed by the Giants.

Because of their success in the backfield during the 2008 season, Ward and his teammates Brandon Jacobs and Ahmad Bradshaw were jokingly referred to as Earth (Brandon), Wind (Derrick) and Fire (Ahmad).[1]

On December 21, 2008, Ward led the Giants' rushing attack with 215 rushing yards in a 34-28 overtime victory over the Carolina Panthers to clinch homefield advantage throughout the 2009 NFL Playoffs. He finished the season with 1,025 yards, making him and Brandon Jacobs the fifth pair of teammates to rush for 1000 yards in a single season. The strong performance by both running backs is credited to high grade run blocking by the Giants offensive line.

While playing with the Giants, Ward was a resident of Weehawken, New Jersey.[2]

Tampa Bay Buccaneers[edit]

Ward was signed by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on March 2, 2009. He signed a four-year contract worth $17 million.[3] In the 2009 season for the Buccaneers he rushed 114 times for 409 yards and 1 touchdown. Ward was cut from the team on August 31, 2010.[4]

Houston Texans[edit]

On September 4, 2010, Ward was signed by the Houston Texans. On July 3, 2012, Ward announced his retirement via Twitter.

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://bleacherreport.com/articles/78226-earth-wind-and-fire-the-new-york-giants-three-headed-monster
  2. ^ Mullins, Michael D. "Was it the shoes? Local fan says he has secret of Giants' success, as city plans celebration", Hudson Reporter, February 19, 2008. Accessed February 6, 2013. "City officials said that besides quarterback Eli Manning, who lives in the Hudson Tea Building on 15th Street, linebackers Kawika Mitchell and Mathias Kiwanuka are Hoboken residents. Several Giants live in surrounding municipalities, including Amani Toomer and Derrick Ward, who both live in Weehawken."
  3. ^ (March 3, 2009). Ward Signs With Bucs SI.com Retrieved May 5, 2009.
  4. ^ http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2010/08/31/bucs-let-go-of-derrick-ward/

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