Natrone Means

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Natrone Means
No. 20
Running back
Personal information
Date of birth: (1972-04-26) April 26, 1972 (age 42)
Place of birth: Harrisburg, North Carolina
Career information
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 history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Rushing yards 5,215
Average 3.7
Touchdowns 45
Stats at NFL.com

Natrone Jermaine Means (born April 26, 1972), nicknamed Natrone "Refried" Means and, later, "Natrone Means Business" by ESPN's Chris Berman,[1] 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.

College career[edit]

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.

Natrone is married to Shonda Means, they have 4 children and reside in Huntersville, North Carolina.

Professional career[edit]

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.

Means was named to the San Diego Chargers 50th Anniversary Team in 2009.[2] He was a finalist in 2012 to be inducted into the San Diego Chargers Hall of Fame.[3]

NFL stats[edit]

Rushing Stats[4]

Year Team Games Carries Yards Yards per Carry Longest Carry Touchdowns First Downs Fumbles Fumbles Lost
1993 SD 16 160 645 4.0 65 8 48 1 1
1994 SD 16 343 1,350 3.9 25 12 79 5 4
1995 SD 10 186 730 3.9 36 5 39 2 2
1996 JAX 14 152 507 3.3 35 2 27 3 1
1997 JAX 14 244 823 3.4 20 9 43 4 3
1998 SD 10 212 883 4.2 72 5 42 1 1
1999 SD 7 112 277 2.5 15 4 16 0 0
Career 87 1,409 5,215 3.7 72 45 294 16 12

Receiving Stats[4]

Year Team Games Receptions Yards Yards per Reception Longest Reception Touchdowns First Downs Fumbles Fumbles Lost
1993 SD 16 10 59 5.9 11 0 3 0 0
1994 SD 16 39 235 6.0 22 0 9 0 0
1995 SD 10 7 46 6.6 14 0 1 0 0
1996 JAX 14 7 45 6.4 11 1 2 0 0
1997 JAX 14 15 104 6.9 21 0 3 1 0
1998 SD 10 16 91 5.7 22 0 3 1 1
1999 SD 7 9 51 5.7 12 1 2 0 0
Career 87 103 631 6.1 22 2 23 2 1

College Coaching Career[edit]

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.

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://bleacherreport.com/articles/215693-a-forgotten-player-of-the-nfl-natrone-means
  2. ^ "Chargers 50th anniversary team". The Press-Enterprise. November 17, 2009. Archived from the original on August 26, 2011. 
  3. ^ Gehlken, Michael (July 16, 2012). "Fans to decide next Chargers Hall of Famer". U-T San Diego. Archived from the original on July 30, 2012. 
  4. ^ a b "Natrone Means Stats". ESPN Internet Vnetures. Retrieved 30 April 2014. 

Bibliography[edit]

  • Wilner, Barry (January 22, 1995), The Natrone Bomb, The Sunday Courier (The Associated Press): 4B, retrieved 2009-08-31