|Date of birth:May 21, 1970|
|Place of birth: Syracuse, New York|
|High school: Syracuse (NY) Nottingham|
|College: Georgia Tech|
|NFL Draft: 1994 / Round: 5 / Pick: 149|
|Debuted in 1994 for the Green Bay Packers|
|Last played in 2004 for the Philadelphia Eagles|
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Herbert Dorsey Levens (born May 21, 1970) is a retired American football running back in the National Football League. He was drafted by the Green Bay Packers in the fifth round (149th overall) of the 1994 NFL Draft. He played college football at Notre Dame and later Georgia Tech.
In his career, Levens also played for the Philadelphia Eagles and New York Giants. While playing for the Packers, he rushed for 1,000 or more yards twice and was selected to the Pro Bowl after the 1997 season.
Levens was born in Syracuse, New York and first attended Nottingham High School (Syracuse, New York), then Notre Dame. However, he found himself in competition with Ricky Watters, Jerome Bettis, Rodney Culver, Reggie Brooks, and Anthony Johnson, all of whom would play in the NFL, at running back. Levens eventually earned the starting spot, but injured his knee before the season started.
The next year he transferred to Georgia Tech, where—after sitting out a year—he set a school record by averaging 7.2 yards-per-carry. In his senior season, he was voted First-Team All-ACC. He rushed for 823 yards and scored eight touchdowns that season.
- 1989 (Notre Dame): 25 carries for 132 yards and 1 TD. 3 catches for 27 yards.
- 1990 (Notre Dame): 13 carries for 53 yards and 2 TD. 1 catch for 20 yards.
- 1992 (Georgia Tech): 55 carries for 213 yards and 2 TD. 13 catches for 142 yards and 1 TD.
- 1993 (Georgia Tech): 114 carries for 823 yards and 8 TD. 8 catches for 134 yards and 1 TD.
Due in part to his injury, Levens was considered to be a marginal pick in the 1994 NFL Draft, and Mel Kiper Jr. labelled him the most overrated pick on the board. He was selected in the fifth round (149th overall) by the Green Bay Packers.
Green Bay Packers
After playing in various backup roles, he played well in the 1996 postseason, and became the starting halfback after Edgar Bennett tore his achilles tendon in the 1997 pre-season. Levens rushed for over 1,400 yards and was voted to the Pro Bowl. However, he injured his knee again during the 1998 season and was never the same. He gained 1,000 yards for the Packers in the 1999 season, but was mostly used in a reserve role after that.
Levens was released by the Packers in 2001.
During the 2002 season, Levens played for the Philadelphia Eagles, replacing the injured Correll Buckhalter, and in 2003, with the New York Giants, both times as a backup. He was released by the Giants after 2003. After Buckhalter was again injured during the 2004 preseason, Levens was signed by the Eagles as a free agent. He shared duties with Brian Westbrook through the season, and retired during the 2006 offseason as a Green Bay Packer.
After retiring from the NFL, Levens became an NFL analyst for the sports website PlayerPress.com. There, he picks NFL games against the spread, and against other professional athletes and experts. He also became an analyst for Sprint Exclusive Entertainment's NFL Mobile Gamecenter, where he breaks down all the NFL games for viewers each week. In 2009, Levens was elected to the Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame.