Lee Rouson

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Lee Rouson
No. 22
Date of birth: (1962-10-18) October 18, 1962 (age 52)
Place of birth: Elizabeth City, North Carolina
Career information
Position(s): Running back
College: Colorado
NFL Draft: 1985 / Round: 8 / Pick 213
Organizations
As player:
1985-1990
1991
New York Giants
Cleveland Browns
Career stats
Playing stats at DatabaseFootball.com

Cecil Lee Rouson (born October 18, 1962) is a former professional American football running back. He played a total of seven seasons for the NFL's New York Giants and Cleveland Browns. He was selected as the NFL Special Teams Player of the Year in 1986.

Early life[edit]

Rouson was born in Elizabeth City, North Carolina.[1] His family later moved to Greensboro, North Carolina where he attended Page High School[2] and was an older football teammate of former NFL wide receiver Haywood Jeffires. After high school Rouson attended the University of Colorado. While playing for the Buffaloes he earned Freshman All Big Eight team honors in 1981, was an honorable mention All Big Eight Player of the Year, and participated in the Blue–Gray Football Classic. Rouson is 4th on the list of Buffaloes all time leading rushers.[3]

Professional career[edit]

Lee Rouson was drafted in the 8th round of the 1985 NFL Draft by the New York Giants, the #213th player taken overall.[2] Rouson saw little playing time his first year, appearing in only two games rushing for one yard on one attempt.[4] The next season he would see considerably more playing time, appearing in 14 games. Serving on special teams and backing up Giants running back Joe Morris, Rouson had 54 carries for 179 yards and two touchdowns, plus eight receptions for 121 yards and a third touchdown.[4] He played a notable role in the Giants 39-20 win over the Denver Broncos in Super Bowl XXI, primarily returning kicks but also rushing for 22 yards on three carries plus a 23-yard reception from quarterback Phil Simms in the third quarter.[5] Rouson continued as a solid player for the Giants through the 1990 season, capping it with a second Super Bowl ring as New York edged the Buffalo Bills 20 to 19 in Super Bowl XXV. Lee Rouson's final season in the NFL was spent as a tight end and fullback for the Cleveland Browns before suffering a career-ending ankle injury.[6]

Life after football[edit]

Lee Rouson works as a motivational speaker for Sports World Ministries, travelling to schools and churches around the United States. Rouson is also an associate pastor at New Horizon Community Church and has served as northern New Jersey director for the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.[6] He lives in Flanders, New Jersey. Rouson and wife Lisa, a Registered Nurse and Director of Oncology, are the parents of four children; two boys, two girls. Son Jas Lee Rouson was a running back for Towson University.[3] in September 2013 Lee Rouson started working in Mount Olive Township School District at Mount Olive High School.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Lee Rouson FAQs". Fantasy Football Challenge website. 2012. Retrieved 20 October 2012. 
  2. ^ a b "Lee Rouson Player Bio". Database Football website. 2011. Retrieved 20 October 2012. 
  3. ^ a b "Jas Lee Rouson bio". Towson University athletics website. 2008. Retrieved 20 October 2012. 
  4. ^ a b "Players-Lee Rouson". NFL website NFL.com. 2012. Retrieved 20 October 2012. 
  5. ^ "Lee Rouson's Super Bowl XXI plays". Pro Football Reference.com. 2012. Retrieved 20 October 2012. 
  6. ^ a b "Sports Ministry Lee Rouson bio". Sports World Ministries website. 2012. Retrieved 20 October 2012.