Camarillo with the Dolphins in 2009.
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|Date of birth:April 18, 1982|
|Place of birth: Redwood City, California|
|Undrafted in 2005|
|Debuted in 2006 for the San Diego Chargers|
|Last played in 2012 for the New Orleans Saints|
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of Week 17, 2011
Camarillo also played for the Miami Dolphins. He is most notable for his game winning 64-yard touchdown reception from Cleo Lemon against the Baltimore Ravens on December 16, 2007. The play won the Dolphins the game 22–16 in overtime and was the team's first win after thirteen consecutive losses to begin the year. It was also the only game the Dolphins won the entire season and allowed them to narrowly avoid becoming the first 0–16 team in NFL history (which was later achieved by the Detroit Lions in the 2008 season).
Camarillo is Jewish. His mother is also Jewish, and her family immigrated to the U.S. from Hungary. His father was born in California, and is a professor of Mexican-American history and culture at Stanford. His Catholic paternal grandfather immigrated to the U.S. from Mexico. Camarillo was raised Jewish and celebrating both Christmas and Chanukah.
Camarillo attended Menlo-Atherton High School in Atherton, California, where he was a letterman in football and basketball. In football, he was a four-year letterman and as a senior, he was a first team All-Peninsula Athletic League honoree and an All-San Mateo County selection. In basketball, he was a second team All-Peninsula Athletic League selection.
He turned down Harvard and chose Stanford, where he walked on as a punter, red-shirted his first year in 2000 and later played wide receiver for four seasons, totaling 46 receptions for 614 yards, and played on special teams for the Cardinal. He earned Academic All-Pac-10 honors for three years, graduating with a degree in product design engineering.
As a junior, Camarillo caught 18 passes for 225 yards (a 12.5 per-catch average), and posted similar but slightly better statistics as a senior (19 catches for 294 yards and a 15.5 per-catch average).
San Diego Chargers
On September 2, 2007, the Miami Dolphins claimed Camarillo off waivers. On December 16, 2007, Camarillo caught a 64-yard touchdown pass from Cleo Lemon in overtime against the Baltimore Ravens, clinching the Miami Dolphins' first and only win of the 2007 NFL season. It was the longest offensive play for the Dolphins in 2007. Camarillo had a career-high 109 receiving yards and one touchdown. This was Camarillo's first touchdown since high school, since he failed to score during his four seasons at Stanford. In the following week, a 28–7 loss to the New England Patriots, Camarillo recorded his second professional touchdown when he scored on a 21-yard pass reception.
On November 20, 2008, Camarillo signed a three-year, $6 million contract extension. Three days later, he caught what would be his fourth and final touchdown of the season, as later on he suffered a torn ACL against the New England Patriots and was subsequently placed on season-ending injured reserve.
In the 2009 NFL season, Camarillo did not drop a single pass thrown to him, earning him a reputation as a safe pair of hands in a pinch.
On August 25, 2010, the Miami Dolphins traded Camarillo to the Minnesota Vikings for cornerback Benny Sapp due to the Vikings' injury problems at wide receiver. He became a free agent after not being re-signed at the start of the 2012 offseason.
New Orleans Saints
The New Orleans Saints signed Camarillo on August 19, 2012. He was released as part of the final roster cuts before the start of the 2012 regular season. He was re-signed on September 11, 2012 following injuries to the saints receiving corps on the first game of the regular season. His contract with the New Orleans Saints was terminated on October 20, 2012 to make room for Linebacker Jonathan Vilma who was activated off of the PUP list.
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