Jean Fugett

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Jean Fugett
No. 84
Tight end
Personal information
Date of birth: (1951-12-16) December 16, 1951 (age 62)
Place of birth: Baltimore, Maryland
Height: 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) Weight: 225 lb (102 kg)
Career information
High school: Cardinal Gibbons School
College: Amherst
NFL Draft: 1972 / Round: 13 / Pick: 338
Debuted in 1972 for the Dallas Cowboys
Last played in 1979 for the Washington Redskins
Career history
*Inactive and/or offseason member only
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Games 103
Receptions 156
Receiving Yards 2,270
Touchdowns 28
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Jean Schloss Fugett, Jr. (born December 16, 1951 in Baltimore, Maryland) is a former professional American football tight end in the National Football League. He played eight seasons from 1972-1979 for the Dallas Cowboys and Washington Redskins and was selected to the Pro Bowl after the 1977 season.

Early years[edit]

Fugett attended Cardinal Gibbons School, where he started playing football as a senior, becoming a two-way player (tight end and defensive end). He graduated in 1968 and was named the Baltimore Catholic Athlete of the Year, the first black athlete to be given the award.[1]

He accepted a scholarship to Amherst College, because he wanted to go to a school where he could play both basketball and football. He received Little All-American honors in 1971.

Professional career[edit]

Dallas Cowboys[edit]

Fugett was selected in the thirteenth round of the 1972 NFL Draft by the Dallas Cowboys. The Cowboys carried only two tight ends on the roster back in those years, but saw potential in the 20 year-old rookie and made and exception by adding him as the third one. The next year, Billy Joe DuPree was drafted in the first round of the 1973 NFL Draft and became an instant starter at tight end.

In 1975, he started 9 games an was the team's second leading receiver (behind Drew Pearson), with 38 receptions for 488 yards and 3 touchdowns. He also started Super Bowl X against the Pittsburgh Steelers.[2]

Washington Redskins[edit]

After the courts ruled in favor of the National Football League Players Association, a new form of free agency was briefly instituted in 1976.[3] Fugett signed as a free agent with the Washington Redskins and was looked upon as the replacement of former All-Pro Jerry Smith.[4]

In 1977, he registered 36 receptions for 631 yards and 5 touchdowns. At the end of the year, he was tied with the St. Louis Cardinals' J. V. Cain in Pro Bowl votes, but edged him based on the team records.[5]

In 1979, he was limited with a knee injury and was replaced in the starting lineup with rookie Don Warren. He retired in 1980, after he did not receive a contract offer from the Redskins.[6]

Personal life[edit]

During his time with the Redskins, Fugett earned his JD at the George Washington University Law School attending school only at night. After his eighth year as an all pro tight end in the NFL and passing the Maryland State Bar exam, he made the decision of joining his older brother Reginald Lewis in business.

While working with Lewis Fugett largely contributed the founding of TLC Group in 1983. From there he served as Director and Vice-Chair of the McCall Pattern Company Management Committee, as founding partner of a Baltimore law firm, and as a partner with Fanfone in Europe. After the death of his brother in 1993, Fugett took over TLC Beatrice International Foods, the largest black-owned and black managed business in the United States at the time. At its peak, TLC Beatrice had $2.2 billion in sales and was number 512 on Fortune magazine’s list of 1,000 largest.

In addition to his law practice, Fugett is the most recent past President of the Retired Players Steering Committee of the National Football League Players Association, as legal counsel and advisor to Wall Street investment services firm GFS Acquisition Partners, Managing Director of Axum Capital Partners, and on the Leadership Council for the American Diabetes Association Maryland Chapter. Fugett is currently working on his memoirs to be published in the near future.

Fugett currently resides in Baltimore Maryland, living with wife Carlotta. He has two sons and one daughter. The oldest son Joseph "Russell" Fugett, followed by Audie Fugett and Reginald Fugett.


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