Leroy Hoard

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Leroy Hoard
No. 33, 44
Running back
Personal information
Date of birth: (1968-05-15) May 15, 1968 (age 46)
Place of birth: New Orleans, Louisiana
Career information
College: Michigan
NFL Draft: 1990 / Round: 2 / Pick: 45
Debuted in 1990 for the Cleveland Browns
Last played in 1999 for the Minnesota Vikings
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Rushing Yards 3,964
Average 3.9
TDs 51
Stats at NFL.com

Leroy Hoard (born May 15, 1968 in New Orleans, Louisiana) is a retired American football running back who played for the Cleveland Browns, Baltimore Ravens, Carolina Panthers, and Minnesota Vikings of the NFL. He played college football at the University of Michigan and was typically a third down or a goal-line back for all the teams he played for.

Collegiate career[edit]

The highlight of his college career was being named MVP of the 1989 Rose Bowl in Michigan's win over USC.

  • 1988: Ran for 752 yards and 11 TD.
  • 1989: Ran for 832 yards and 6 TD.

Professional career[edit]

Hoard was named to the Pro Bowl in 1994 after rushing for 890 yards and five touchdowns for Cleveland. He also added 45 receptions for 445 yards and four touchdowns receiving. Hoard set a career-high with ten rushing touchdowns in 1999, his final season in the league. Was utilized as a good receiving running back by then head coach Bill Belichick in Cleveland until the 1995 NFL season.

  • 1991: Had 48 catches for 567 yards and 9 TD.
  • 1993: Had 35 catches for 351 yards and 0 TD.
  • 1994: Ran for 890 yards and 5 TD. Had 45 catches for 445 yards and 4 TD.
  • 1995: Ran for 547 yards and 0 TD.
  • 1998: Ran for 479 yards and 9 TD with the Minnesota Vikings.
  • 1999: Ran for 555 yards and 10 TD with the Minnesota Vikings.

Noted for both his sense of humor and bruising, powerful rushing style, Hoard was primarily a "goal-line" running back who excelled at breaking through an opposing defense's goal line run-stopping formations. Regarding his skills, Hoard reportedly once said to his coach, "Coach, if you need one yard, I'll get you three yards. If you need five yards, I'll get you three yards."

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