Judd Garrett

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Judd Garrett
Dallas Cowboys
Personal information
Date of birth: (1967-06-25) June 25, 1967 (age 47)
Place of birth: Abington, Pennsylvania
Career information
College: Princeton
NFL Draft: 1990 / Round: 12 / Pick: 328
Debuted in 1991 for the London Monarchs
Career history
 As player:
*Offseason and/or practice squad member only
 As coach:
Career highlights and awards

Judd Garrett (born June 25, 1967)[1] is an American football coach and former running back. He is currently the director of pro scouting for the Dallas Cowboys.

Playing career[edit]

Early years[edit]

Garrett went to high school at University School in Hunting Valley, Ohio, where he earned a varsity letter in football, basketball, and baseball. He was named Most Valuable Player in all three sports his senior year. In football, as a senior, Garrett gained a school record 2,011 yards rushing and scored 35 touchdowns. He was selected first team all-state and he won the Cleveland Touchdown Club's Lou Groza Award which is given to the Most Valuable Player in Northeast Ohio.[2] Garrett graduated from University School in 1985.

Prior to University School, Garrett attended grade school at Saint Ann's Catholic School which is located in Cleveland Heights, Ohio from 1978 to 1981. His three years at Saint Ann's, Garrett played in three consecutive City Championship Football Games and his team won the City Championship in 1979.

College[edit]

Garrett is a 1990 graduate of Princeton University where he was a three-year starter at running back. In his three seasons, Garrett gained 3,109 yards rushing, caught 137 passes and scored 41 touchdowns. In his senior year, Garrett lead the Tigers to their first Ivy League championship in 20 years. Following his senior season, Garrett was awarded the Asa S. Bushnell Cup which is given to the Ivy League Player of the Year, and he was selected to the Division 1-AA All-American team. He played in the 1990 Hula Bowl where he scored the first touchdown of the game.[3] [4][5] He also represented the Ivy League with a group of 40 league All-Stars in the Epson Ivy Bowl in Tokyo Japan vs. a team of Japanese All-Stars.[6]

Professional[edit]

Garrett was drafted in the 12th round of the 1990 NFL Draft by the Philadelphia Eagles. After being released by the Eagles, Garrett spent part of the 1990 season on the Dallas Cowboy's injured reserve list. Garrett then played the next two seasons (1991–1992) with the London Monarchs of the World League of American Football. His first season in London, he led the league in receptions with 71 while helping the team amass an 11-1 record and the first ever World Bowl Championship. In that championship game, Garrett set a World Bowl record of 13 receptions and caught the game sealing touchdown with less than a minute left in the first half. After the 1991 season, Garrett was selected to the All-World League team.[7] Following his two seasons in the World League, Garrett spent the 1993 season on the Dallas Cowboys practice squad, earning a Super Bowl ring. He finished his playing career with two stints in the Canadian Football League with the Las Vegas Posse (1994) and the San Antonio Texans (1995).[3]

Coaching career[edit]

Garrett started his NFL coaching career as an offensive assistant with the New Orleans Saints under Mike Ditka from 1997 to 1999. After leaving the Saints, Garrett spent six seasons with Miami Dolphins from 2000 to 2005, as an assistant coach under Dave Wannstedt and Nick Saban during which time the Dolphins had five winning seasons, won a Division Title and two play-off appearances. After the 2005 season, Garrett was hired by the St. Louis Rams to coach tight ends. He stayed with the Rams from 2006 to 2007. He was hired by the Dallas Cowboys as the director of pro scouting in May 2008.[3]

Personal[edit]

Garrett was married to the former Kathleen Kobler, an all-American soccer player at Princeton University, for 14 years, and together they had four children, Calvin, Frances, Campbell and Kassity. Kathy died unexpectedly on August 19, 2007 from a heart attack.[3][8]

He has two brothers who currently coach in the NFL. Jason Garrett is the current head coach of the Dallas Cowboys and John Garrett is the wide receivers coach at the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.[9] All three of the Garrett brothers played in the WLAF.

His father (Jim Garrett) was an assistant coach for the New York Giants (1970–1973), New Orleans Saints (1976–1977), and Cleveland Browns (1978–1984), head coach of the Houston Texans of the fledgling WFL (1974), and head football coach at Columbia University (1985). From 1987 to 2004, he served as a scout for the Dallas Cowboys [10]

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