Javier Arenas (American football)

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
Javier Arenas
Javier Arenas (American football) 2014 02.jpg
During his tenure with the Falcons, 2014
No. 28     Atlanta Falcons
Cornerback
Personal information
Date of birth: (1987-10-28) October 28, 1987 (age 27)
Place of birth: Tampa, Florida
Height: 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m) Weight: 197 lb (89 kg)
Career information
High school: Tampa (FL) Robinson
College: Alabama
NFL Draft: 2010 / Round: 2 / Pick: 50
Debuted in 2010 for the Kansas City Chiefs
Career history
Roster status: Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of 2013
Tackles 148
Quarterback sacks 5.0
Interceptions 2
Stats at NFL.com

Javier E. Arenas (born October 28, 1987) is an American football cornerback and return specialist for the Atlanta Falcons of the National Football League (NFL). Arenas played college football for the University of Alabama, earned consensus All-American honors, and was a member of a BCS National Championship team. He was drafted by the Kansas City Chiefs in the second round of the 2010 NFL Draft. He has also played for the Arizona Cardinals.

Early years[edit]

Arenas was born in Tampa, Florida. He attended Robinson High School in Tampa, and played for the Robinson Knights high school football team.

College career[edit]

Arenas attended the University of Alabama, where he played for coaches Mike Shula and Nick Saban from 2006 to 2009. On November 21, 2009, Javier broke Derek Abney's Southeastern Conference (SEC) record for career punt return touchdowns by returning his seventh punt return for a touchdown against the University of Tennessee-Chattanooga in Bryant-Denny Stadium.[2][3] Following his senior season, he was a first-team All-SEC selection and was recognized as a consensus first-team All-American. The 2009 Crimson Tide completed an undefeated 14–0 season, beat the Florida Gators 32–13 to win the 2009 SEC Championship Game, and then defeated the Texas Longhorns 37–21 to win the 2010 BCS National Championship.

Arenas left Alabama with 1,752 punt return yards and 2,166 kickoff return yards, both school records, along with his career average of 14 yards per punt return.[1]

Professional career[edit]

Kansas City Chiefs[edit]

Arenas was selected by the Kansas City Chiefs in the 2nd round, 50th overall of the 2010 NFL Draft. On July 28, 2010 Arenas signed a 4 year, $3.798 million dollar contract with the Chiefs.[4]

Arenas scored his first career offensive touchdown on October 23, 2011, against the Oakland Raiders. Arenas finished the 2011 season with 2 interceptions, 33 tackles, and 1 sack. He also recovered a fumble in the Chiefs/Steelers game.

For the 2012 season, Arenas tallied 53 solo tackles and 1 forced fumble in 16 games played. He also logged 204 yards in kickoff returns and 297 yards in punt returns on special teams.

Arizona Cardinals[edit]

On May 1, 2013, Arenas was traded to the Arizona Cardinals in exchange for Anthony Sherman.[5]

Atlanta Falcons[edit]

On March 18, 2014, Arenas signed a one year contract with the Atlanta Falcons.[6]

Personal[edit]

He is the cousin of All-Star point guard Gilbert Arenas.[7] Like Gilbert, his paternal grandfather is of Cuban descent. His brother, Armando Murillo, was a Golden Helmet winner at Robinson High School in Tampa, and started at defensive back for the University of Nebraska in 2007 and 2008. [8]

References[edit]

External links[edit]