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|Date of birth:April 26, 1972|
|Place of birth: Harrisburg, North Carolina|
|College: North Carolina|
|NFL Draft: 1993 / Round: 2 / Pick: 41|
|Debuted in 1993 for the San Diego Chargers|
|Last played in 2000 for the Carolina Panthers|
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Natrone Jermaine Means (born April 26, 1972), nicknamed Natrone "Refried" Means and, later, "Natrone Means Business" by ESPN's Chris Berman, is a former professional American Football running back who played for the San Diego Chargers, Jacksonville Jaguars, and Carolina Panthers of the NFL from 1993 to 2000. He was selected by the Chargers in the 2nd round (41st overall) of the 1993 NFL Draft. In 1994, he was selected to the Pro Bowl during San Diego's Super Bowl season. He is a member of the San Diego Chargers 50th Anniversary Team. Means is credited as the inspiration behind the Charger's 1994 AFC Championship win after delivering his now famous "Pig Pile" speech.
Means attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and finished his career with 605 rushing attempts for 3,074 yards (5.1 yards per rushing attempt avg.), and 34 touchdowns, and hauled in 61 receptions for 500 yards (8.19 yards per rec. avg.). He rushed for more than 1,000 yards as both a sophomore and junior.
- 1990: 168 carries for 849 yards with 10 TD. 24 catches for 229 yards with 1 TD.
- 1991: 201 carries for 1,030 yards with 11 TD. 23 catches for 178 yards.
- 1992: 236 carries for 1,195 yards with 13 TD. 14 catches for 93 yards.
Means played from 1993 to 1995 for the Chargers, and was a Pro Bowl selection in 1994 after leading his team to Super Bowl XXIX versus the San Francisco 49ers, only to lose 49-26. Scoring a touchdown in the Super Bowl, he broke Refrigerator Perry's record for the youngest player to score a touchdown in the Super Bowl at age 22. This was eventually broken by 21-year-old Jamal Lewis in Super Bowl XXXV. He was waived by San Diego before the 1996 season and signed with the Jaguars. Means returned to San Diego as an unrestricted free agent in 1998, but left as a free agent for the Panthers in 2000. He retired at the end of the 2000 season.
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College Coaching Career
In 2005 Natrone Means joined the staff of Livingstone College in North Carolina, one of the first black colleges to play collegiate football. In 2005 he became Running Backs Coach, and in 2006 was promoted to Offensive Coordinator. He was recruited by Head Coach Robert Massey, who knew Means because they both played for the Jacksonville Jaguars in 1996. Means honed his coaching skills while participating in the NFL Minority Coaching Fellowship Program during the summer months of 2003 and 2006 with the Atlanta Falcons.
In 2007, Means was the offensive coordinator at the historical powerhouse West Charlotte High School in Charlotte, North Carolina. As of Training Camp for the 2008 season, Natrone is once again participating in the NFL Minority Coaching Fellowship Program working with the Running Backs, especially Jonathan Stewart of the Carolina Panthers.
Natrone is married to Shonda Means, they have 4 children and reside in Huntersville, North Carolina.
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- Wilner, Barry (January 22, 1995), "The Natrone Bomb", The Sunday Courier (The Associated Press): 4B, retrieved 2009-08-31