Oronde Gadsden

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Oronde Gadsden
No. 86, 88
Wide receiver
Personal information
Date of birth: (1971-08-20) August 20, 1971 (age 43)
Place of birth: Charleston, South Carolina
Height: 6 ft 2 in (188 cm) Weight: 215 lb (98 kg)
Career information
High school: Charleston (SC) Burke
College: Winston-Salem State
Undrafted in 1995
Debuted in 1995 for the Dallas Cowboys
Last played in 2003 for the Miami Dolphins
Career history
*Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Receptions 228
Receiving Yards 3,252
Touchdowns 24
Stats at NFL.com
Career Arena football statistics
Receptions 93
Receiving Yards 1,335
Touchdowns 37
Tackles 20
Interceptions 3
Stats at pro-football-reference.com
Stats at ArenaFan.com

Oronde Benjamin Gadsden (pronounced o-RON-day) (born August 20, 1971) is a former professional American football player who played with the Miami Dolphins from 1998 to 2003.[1] A 6'3", 220-lb. wide receiver from Winston-Salem State University, played with the Dallas Cowboys, Pittsburgh Steelers and Frankfurt Galaxy of NFLE and the Arena Football League's Portland Forest Dragons, where he won Rookie of the Year[2] before signing as a free agent with the Dolphins.

Career[edit]

Oronde Gadsden started his NFL career on the roster of the Dallas Cowboys in 1995 where he played in the Divisional Round game for the Cowboys, before being cut for the rest of the postseason.[3] After two years of playing in the Arena Football League and the World Football League, he rejuvenated his NFL career, earning a roster spot for the Miami Dolphins.[4] From 1998 to 2004 he would play a pivotal role in the Dolphins offense, amassing over 3800 yards between that time. When he left he had started all but 6 games and ranked 10th on the team's all-time receiver list.

Gadsen's two most famous catches came against the New York Jets, on an across-the-middle one-handed catch from Jay Fiedler, and in the 2001 playoffs against the Oakland Raiders, in which Gadsden reached up and caught the pass one-handed in full stride while falling backwards. Both such photos are in the Pro Football Hall of Fame and were nominated for ESPY'S.

Gadsden now runs a clothing company Original Gear, which he started in 2000. The company went public in 2006 under the name TotalLuxuryGroup. Gadsden is also involved with his charity, NextLevel Charities, which enables underprivileged and disadvantaged youths to achieve success in athletics and academics. Gadsden resides in Davie, Florida.

NFL stats[edit]

Year Team Games Receptions Yards Yards per Reception Longest Reception touchdowns First Downs Fumbles Fumbles Lost
1998 MIA 16 48 713 14.9 50 7 34 2 2
1999 MIA 16 48 803 16.7 62 6 37 0 0
2000 MIA 16 56 786 14.0 61 6 36 0 0
2001 MIA 14 55 674 12.3 61 3 34 1 1
2002 MIA 6 16 228 14.3 29 0 14 0 0
2003 MIA 6 4 48 12.0 23 0 4 0 0
Career 74 227 3,252 14.3 62 22 159 3 3

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "Oronde Gadsden". pro-football-reference.com. 
  2. ^ "Arena league star impression Dolphins". Boca Raton News. August 18, 1998. Retrieved August 22, 2014. 
  3. ^ "13 rookies survive Dallas' final cuts 8/25/97". www.amarillo.com. Amarillo Globe-News. August 25, 1997. Retrieved August 22, 2014. 
  4. ^ Jason Cole (September 8, 1998). "Dolphins To Start Gadsden At WR". www.sun-sentinel.com. SunSentinel. Retrieved August 22, 2014. 
  5. ^ "Oronde Gadsden Stats". ESPN. ESPN Internet Ventures. Retrieved 2 July 2014. 

External links[edit]

"Oronde Gadsden Arena Football Statistics". ArenaFan.com. Retrieved May 2, 2014.