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 (1.88 m) Weight: 215 lb (98 kg)
Career information
High school: Burke (SC)
College: Winston-Salem State
Undrafted in 1995
Debuted in 1998 for the Portland Forest Dragons
Last played in 2003 for the Miami Dolphins
Career history
*Inactive and/or offseason member only
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Receptions 227
Receiving Yards 3,252
Touchdowns 22
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 DatabaseFootball.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, Frankfurt Galaxy of the WLAF 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 Miami Dolphins.

Early years[edit]

Gadsden attended Burke High School before moving on to Winston-Salem State University. Although he spent his first year as a basketball player, he decided to concentrate on football as a sophomore.

In his last year of eligibility, he had 56 receptions, led the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association with a 19.8 yards average per reception and ranked second in yards per game (101.0), total receiving yards (1,111 yards)and touchdowns (16). After playing three season of football, he finished his college career with 118 receptions for 2,757 yards (23.4 yards per catch) and 42 touchdowns (second in school history).[3]

In 2006, he was inducted into the Winston-Salem State University Athletic Hall of Fame.[4]

Professional career[edit]

Dallas Cowboys[edit]

After not being selected in the 1995 NFL Draft because of his small school background and his lack of speed, he was signed as an undrafted free agent by the Dallas Cowboys. He was released before the season started and signed to the team's practice squad.[5] Gadsden credits hall of famer Michael Irvin for teaching him how to play the wide receiver position.[6]

He played in the Divisional playoff round game, before being returned to the practice squad for the rest of the postseason. The Cowboys would end up winning Super Bowl XXX. The next year he fractured an orbital bone below his right eye and was waived injured before the start of the 1996 season.[7]

Pittsburgh Steelers[edit]

On February 4, 1997, he was signed by the Pittsburgh Steelers as a free agent, joining fellow Winston-Salem alumn Yancey Thigpen.[8] He was cut before the season started.

Frankfurt Galaxy (WLAF)[edit]

The Frankfurt Galaxy of the World League of American Football signed him for their 1997 season, but he separated his shoulder during the tryout camp in Atlanta and did not play during the season.[9]

Portland Forest Dragons (AFL)[edit]

Gadsden signed with the Portland Forest Dragons in 1998, where he played as a wide receiver and linebacker. He earned AFL Rookie of the Year honors after registering 93 receptions, 1,335 yards and 37 touchdowns in 14 games.

Miami Dolphins[edit]

In 1998, the Miami Dolphins were having problems finding a capable compliment to O.J. McDuffie and signed Gadsden to compete for the position. He entered the season as a 27 year old rookie and his first NFL reception was a 44 yard touchdown on opening day against the Indianapolis Colts.[10] He ended up starting 12 games, finishing with 48 receptions, 713 yards (second on the team) and 7 receiving touchdowns (tied for first on the team).

The next year he registered 48 receptions (second on the team), a career high 803 yards and 6 receiving touchdowns (led the team). In 2000 after Dan Marino retired, he had a career high 56 receptions for 786 yards and 6 receiving touchdowns (led the team). After the 2001 season, health problems limited his production to a combined 20 receptions with no touchdowns. He was waived injured on September 5, 2003,[11] leaving the Dolphins starting all but 6 games and ranking in the top 10 of the franchise'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.

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

[12]

Personal life[edit]

Gadsden runs the clothing company Original Gear, which he started in 2000 while he still was an NFL player. The company went public in 2006 under the name TotalLuxuryGroup. He is also involved with his charity, NextLevel Charities, which enables underprivileged and disadvantaged youths to achieve success in athletics and academics. He was a minority owner of the Miami Morays of the National Indoor Football League.

References[edit]

External links[edit]

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