Naaman Roosevelt

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Naaman Roosevelt
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At a pre-season game in Denver in August, 2011.
No. 19     Detroit Lions
Wide Receiver
Personal information
Date of birth: (1987-12-24) December 24, 1987 (age 26)
Place of birth: Buffalo, New York, USA
Height: 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) Weight: 199 lb (90 kg)
Career information
High school: St. Joseph's Collegiate Institute
College: Buffalo
Undrafted in 2010
Debuted in 2010 for the Buffalo Bills
Career history
Roster status: Active
Career highlights and awards
  • 2008 first-team All-MAC
  • 2007 third-team All-MAC
Career NFL statistics as of 2013
Receptions 25
Receiving yards 396
Receiving TDs 1
Stats at NFL.com

Naaman Roosevelt (born December 24, 1987) is an American football wide receiver for the Detroit Lions of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at University at Buffalo.

High school and collegiate career[edit]

Roosevelt attended St. Joseph's Collegiate Institute in Buffalo where he played at the quarterback position before staying in Buffalo to attend the University at Buffalo. Roosevelt was the first recruit of new head coach Turner Gill. He started seven games as a freshman and was converted into a wide receiver, catching 31 passes and 2 touchdowns. In his second year, the wide receiver caught 63 passes and 4 touchdowns. In his junior season, Roosevelt dramatically increased his production, catching 104 passes, primarily from quarterback Drew Willy.

On September 13, 2008 Roosevelt caught a Hail Mary pass from QB Drew Willy as time expired against the Temple Owls. Also in his junior season, Buffalo won the 2008 MAC Championship Game against Nate Davis and the Ball State Cardinals. Roosevelt's 104 receptions was one short of the MAC Conference record at the time.[1] Roosevelt graduated in 2009 and, the following season, Roosevelt caught 70 passes and 9 touchdowns.[2]

Professional career[edit]

Roosevelt went undrafted in the 2010 NFL Draft. He was signed as an undrafted free agent by the Buffalo Bills on April 24.[3] Roosevelt was cut by the Bills on final cuts on September 4, 2010, but signed to their practice squad on September 5, 2010. On November 27, 2010, Roosevelt was promoted from the practice squad to the active roster. On October 16, 2011, Roosevelt caught his first pro TD pass, a 60-yard catch-and-run at MetLife Stadium against the New York Giants.[4]

On August 31, 2012, he was cut by the Bills. On July 23, 2013, he was signed by the Cleveland Browns. After the 2013 season, he was not resigned and was signed after a tryout for the Detroit Lions on April 23, 2014.[5]

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Naaman Roosevelt Buffalo Athletics biography
  2. ^ Naaman Roosevelt ESPN.com profile
  3. ^ Roosevelt To Bills WGRZ.com, April 24, 2010
  4. ^ http://espn.go.com/blog/afceast/post/_/id/22336/shawne-merriman-wont-play-for-buffalo
  5. ^ Wilkening, Mike (April 25, 2014). "Lions sign WR Naaman Roosevelt, C Sherman Carter". NBC Sports. Retrieved June 17, 2014.