John Stephens (American football)

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John Stephens
No. 44
Running back
Personal information
Date of birth: (1966-02-23)February 23, 1966
Place of birth: Shreveport, Louisiana
Date of death: September 1, 2009(2009-09-01) (aged 43)
Place of death: Keithville, Louisiana
Height: 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) Weight: 220 lb (100 kg)
Career information
High school: Springhill (LA)
College: Northwestern State
NFL Draft: 1988 / Round: 1 / Pick: 17
Debuted in 1988 for the New England Patriots
Last played in 1993 for the Kansas City Chiefs
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Rushing yards 3,440
Average 3.6
Touchdowns 18
Stats at NFL.com

John Milton Stephens (February 23, 1966 – September 1, 2009) was a professional American football player who was selected by the New England Patriots in the first round (17th overall) of the 1988 NFL Draft. At 6 feet 1 inch and 220 pounds, he was a running back from Northwestern State University in Louisiana. Stephens played in six NFL seasons from 1988 to 1993 for the Patriots, the Green Bay Packers, and the Kansas City Chiefs. As a rookie for the Patriots during the 1988 NFL season, Stephens rushed for 1,168 yards and was selected to his one and only Pro Bowl. His one daughter, Sloane Stephens, born in 1993, is an American professional tennis player.

Stephens died in Keithville, Louisiana, on September 1, 2009 in a car accident.[1]

Statistics[edit]

Note: G = Games played; Att = Rushing attempts; Yds = Rushing yards; Avg = Average yards per carry; Long = Longest rush; Rush TD = Rushing touchdowns; Rec = Receptions; Yds = Receiving yards; Avg = Average yards per reception; Long = Longest reception; Rec TD = Receiving touchdowns

Year Team GP Att Yds Avg Long Rush TD Rec Yds Avg Long Rec TD
1988 New England Patriots 16 297 1,168 3.9 52 4 14 98 7.0 17 0
1989 New England Patriots 14 244 833 3.4 35 7 21 207 9.9 37 0
1990 New England Patriots 16 212 808 3.8 26 2 28 196 7.0 43 1
1991 New England Patriots 14 63 163 2.6 13 2 16 119 7.4 24 0
1992 New England Patriots 16 75 277 3.7 19 2 21 161 7.7 32 0
1993 Green Bay Packers 5 48 173 3.6 22 1 5 31 6.2 10 0
1993 Kansas City Chiefs 7 6 18 3.0 7 0 0 0 0.0 0 0
Career Totals 88 945 3,440 3.6 52 18 105 812 7.7 43 1
  • Stats that are highlighted show career high

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Wreck claims NSU football great John Stephens". 2009-09-02. Retrieved 2009-09-02. 

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Tony Collins
New England Patriots leading rusher
1988–1990
Succeeded by
Leonard Russell