Javier Arenas (American football)
During his tenure with the Falcons, 2014
|Date of birth:||October 28, 1987|
|Place of birth:||Tampa, Florida|
|Height:||5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)|
|Weight:||197 lb (89 kg)|
|High school:||Tampa (FL) Robinson|
|NFL draft:||2010 – 2nd round – 50th pick|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Career NFL statistics as of Week 17, 2014|
|Stats at NFL.com|
Javier E. Arenas (born October 28, 1987) is an American football cornerback and return specialist who is currently a free agent 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 played for the Arizona Cardinals and the Atlanta Falcons.
Arenas was born in Tampa, Florida. He attended Robinson High School in Tampa, where he was a first-team All-Suncoast selection in football and a track star. In high school football, he was a highly regarded punt returner and defensive back. He was named USA Navy Player of the Week and Bright House Player of the Week in 2005. He set the record for most punt and kick returns for touchdowns at Robinson as a senior, with four punt-return touchdowns and three kickoff returns for scores, scoring 16 touchdowns overall.
In track & field, Arenas was an standout sprinter, competing in the 200-meter dash, with a personal-best time of 22.9 seconds, and in the 400-meter dash, with a personal-best time of 51.48 seconds. He was also a member of the Knights relay teams, running PR of 42.9 seconds in the 4x100m, 1:32.31 minutes in the 4x200m and 3:30.08 minutes in the 4x400m.
Arenas attended the University of Alabama, where he played for coaches Mike Shula, Joe Kines, 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. 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.
|Ht||Wt||40-yd dash||10-yd split||20-yd split||20-ss||3-cone||Vert||Broad||BP|
|5 ft 9 in||197 lb||4.60 s||1.55 s||2.61 s||9 ft 4 in|
|All values from NFL combine|
Kansas City Chiefs
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.
He is the cousin of All-Star point guard Gilbert Arenas. 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.
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- Alabama's Javier Arenas sets SEC punt return for ID mark – ESPN
- "Chiefs announce McCluster, Arenas deals". National Football Post. 28 July 2010. Retrieved 2010-08-03.
- "Chiefs Trade CB Javier Arenas to Cardinals". KCChiefs.com.
- Ledbetter, Orlando. "Falcons agree to one-year deal with Arenas". ajc.com. Retrieved 18 March 2014.
- "Chiefs Select CB Javier Arenas with second Pick in Round 2". KCChiefs.com.