John Minardi

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John Minardi (born October 19, 1979 in San Jose, California) is a former American football player. He played high school football at Santa Margarita Catholic High School in Orange County, California, from 1995 to 1997. In 1996, he caught 42 passes for 1,040 yards and 14 touchdowns; he also led the team with 117 tackles, the fourth best in school history.[1] He holds the school's records for most receiving yards in a game (242), a season (1,469), and a career (2,546), and for the most receiving touchdowns in a game (3), season (19), and career (33).[2] In high school, he played with quarterback Carson Palmer, and the two were called "the California high school equivalent of the San Francisco 49ers' Joe Montana and Jerry Rice."[3] He played college football for the Colorado Buffaloes from 1998 to 2001.[4][5][6][7][8][9] He was signed by the Houston Texans as an undrafted free agent in April 2002 but released in August 2002.[10] On August 16, 2002, the Houston Chronicle reported that Minardi was "battling long odds to make the roster," but noted that "all eyes were on him Thursday when he made a great catch of a pass from David Carr and dragged both feet inbounds in the back of the end zone for a touchdown."[11] However, he was waived by the Texans in the first week of September 2002.[12] In January 2003, the Texans allocated Minardi to the NFL Europe.[13] He played for the Scottish Claymores in the 2003 NFL Europe seasons.[14][15][16] [17]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "1997 EAGLES #82 John Minardi". Santa Margarita Catholic HS Eagles Football. Retrieved 2010-05-03. 
  2. ^ "Hall of Fame". Santa Margarita Catholic HS Eagles Football. Retrieved 2010-05-03. 
  3. ^ B.G. Brooks (2000-09-06). "USC'S PALMER, CU'S MINARDI ONCE A POTENT PASSING COMBO". Rocky Mountain News. 
  4. ^ "John Minardi". espn.com. Retrieved 2010-05-03. 
  5. ^ B.G. Brook (2001-09-25). "BATTERED BUFFS HOPING TO ADD SPICE TO GROUND-FIXATED OFFENSE: MINARDI'S ABSENCE WILL COMPLICATE CU'S DESIRE TO VARY MENU WITH MORE PASSING". Rocky Mountain News. 
  6. ^ Joseph Sanches (2000-09-06). "Friends on hold for day Minardi has a new passer". Denver Post. 
  7. ^ Adam Thompson (2002-01-29). "Minardi won't get redshirt". Denver Post. 
  8. ^ "HUSKERS BREAK MINARDI'S HEART BUT NOT HIS DREAMS". Rocky Mountain News. 1999-11-27. 
  9. ^ Sam Adams (2001-08-18). "MINARDI, BLESSED WITH TALENT, WILL BE CU'S TOP RECEIVER". Rocky Mountain News. 
  10. ^ "Texans Sign Jones, 14 Other Players". AP Online Article. 2002-04-25. 
  11. ^ "Texans Training Camp: Best Catch". Houston Chronicle. 2002-08-16. 
  12. ^ "NFL Football: Graham, Prentice among 19 waived by Texans". The Sports Network. 2002-09-02. 
  13. ^ "Transactions". The New York Times. 2003-01-31. 
  14. ^ "NFL Europe Week 5 Recap". packers.com. 2003-05-05. 
  15. ^ "NFL Europe: Week 2 Recap". packers.com. 2003-04-14. 
  16. ^ "NFL Europe: Week 7 Recap". packers.com. 2003-05-19. 
  17. ^ Matthew Lindsay (2003-06-02). "Claymores put 'em to the sword; GRIDIRON: Scoops shines in sun as Dahlquist's men down Dragons". Evening Times - Glasgow (UK).