Pierre Garçon

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Pierre Garçon
Pierre garcon redskins.jpg
Garçon at Redskins training camp in 2012.
No. 88     Washington Redskins
Wide receiver
Personal information
Date of birth: (1986-08-08) August 8, 1986 (age 27)
Place of birth: Carmel, New York[1]
Height: 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) Weight: 216 lb (98 kg)
Career information
High school: Greenacres (FL) John I. Leonard
College: Mount Union
NFL Draft: 2008 / Round: 6 / Pick: 205
Debuted in 2008 for the Indianapolis Colts
Career history
Roster status: Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of Week 17, 2013
Receptions 345
Receiving yards 4,498
Receiving TDs 25
Stats at NFL.com

Pierre Andre Garçon (/piˈɛər ɡɑrˈsn/; born August 8, 1986) is an American football wide receiver who plays for the Washington Redskins of the National Football League (NFL). He was drafted by the Indianapolis Colts in the sixth round of the 2008 NFL Draft. He played college football at Mount Union College.

High school career[edit]

Pierre Garçon is of Haitian descent.[2] Garçon attended John I. Leonard High School in Greenacres, Florida.[3] He earned two varsity letters in football. He also played soccer,[4] playing for travel teams competing across the state and across the country. He was also known for his backflip after scoring goals.

College career[edit]

Garçon started his college career at Norwich University in Northfield, Vermont. As a freshman in 2004, he played in ten games and had 44 receptions for 1,017 yards and 13 touchdowns. Wanting to play in a more football oriented program, he transferred to Mount Union College in the Ohio Athletic Conference. He averaged over 60 catches, 1000 yards and 15 touchdowns in his career as a Purple Raider. While at Mount Union he led the team to two consecutive Div III National Championships, falling just short of a third.[4] During his sophomore season in 2005, he earned Ohio Athletic Conference second-team honors after having 68 receptions for 1,196 yards and 16 touchdowns. As a junior, he was named to the Ohio Athletic Conference first-team and was the recipient of the Ed Sherman Award for the OAC's most outstanding receiver.[5] That season, he was third in the nation with 1,212 receiving yards and had 67 receptions with 17 touchdowns. As a senior in 2007, Garçon was Ohio Athletic Conference first-team and was the recipient of the Ed Sherman Award, for the second time. He had 67 receptions for 955 yards and 14 touchdowns.[6]

During his time at Mount Union, he was teammates with fellow wide receiver, Cecil Shorts III.[7]

Track and field[edit]

Garçon also ran track at Mount Union College, where he recorded personal bests of 10.61 seconds in the 100 meters and 21.69 seconds in the 200 meters.

Personal bests[edit]

Event Time (seconds) Venue Date
100 meters 10.61 Berea, Kentucky April 29, 2006
200 meters 21.69 Berea, Kentucky April 29, 2006

Professional career[edit]

2008 NFL Combine[edit]

Pre-draft measurables
Ht Wt 40-yd dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert Broad BP
6 ft 0 in 210 lb 4.42 s 1.50 s 2.56 s 4.19 s 6.90 s 36.5 in 10 ft 5 in 20 reps
All values from NFL Combine

Indianapolis Colts[edit]

2008 Season[edit]

Garçon was drafted by the Indianapolis Colts in the sixth round of the 2008 NFL Draft with the 205th overall pick. In Week 2 against the Minnesota Vikings, he made his NFL debut. Later in Week 10 against the Pittsburgh Steelers, he recorded his first reception. Garçon spent his rookie season as a backup receiver recording only four catches for 23 yards.

2009 Season[edit]

Garçon at Super Bowl XLIV's Media Day.

By the start of the 2009 season, Garçon was made Reggie Wayne's back-up. After Anthony Gonzalez was injured in the first game of the season, he took his place in the starting lineup. In Week 2 against the Miami Dolphins, he had his first start and recorded his first touchdown. He continued to be a starter until a hand injury caused him to miss the last two games of the season. He displayed himself as a deep threat in Peyton Manning's offense, recording 47 receptions, 765 yards, and four touchdowns in his second season.

2010 Season[edit]

In the 2010, Garçon had the starting spot most of the season with the exception for Week 3 and 4, where he was inactive for both games. In Week 6 against the Washington Redskins, he made an impressive one-handed catch. By the end of the season, he had 67 receptions for 784 yards and six touchdowns.

2011 Season[edit]

Despite Peyton Manning being out the entire 2011 season due to injury, Garçon had his best season with the Colts. He started in all 16 games of the season and recorded 70 receptions, 947 receiving yards, and six touchdowns.

Washington Redskins[edit]

2012 Season[edit]

On March 13, 2012, Garçon signed a five-year $42.5 million, $20.5 million guaranteed, contract with the Washington Redskins.[8][9] He was the Redskins' first free agent signing for the 2012 season. During the first OTA of the 2012 preseason, Garçon and Brandyn Thompson accidentally collided into coach Mike Shanahan.[10] In the season opening 40-32 win against the New Orleans Saints, he scored the first touchdown. After catching a 16-yard pass from Robert Griffin III, Garçon ran for an additional 72 yards and a touchdown, which gave Griffin his first career touchdown.[11] Despite not playing for the entire second half of the game due to a foot injury, he finished with 109 yards on four receptions and one touchdown.[12] After missing several games due to the same foot injury, it was confirmed on October 25 that he had a plantar plate tear in the bottom of his right foot.[13][14] In the Week 12 win against the Dallas Cowboys on Thanksgiving, he would score his second touchdown of the season after catching a 59-yard pass from Griffin.[15]

2013 Season[edit]

Garçon running an end-around against the Philadelphia Eagles.

In the Week 9 win against the San Diego Chargers, Garçon achieved a new career-high of 172 receiving yards in a single game.[16][17] During the Week 16 game against the Dallas Cowboys, he broke the Redskins' all-time franchise record for receptions in a single season, previously held by Art Monk with 106 receptions set in 1984, with 107 receptions.[18] At the end of the 2013 season, Garçon extended the record to 113 receptions, as well as finishing with a new career high of 1,346 yards.[19]

2014[edit]

On the NFL Network's Top 100 Players of 2014, Garcon was voted the 80th best player (overall) in the league by his peers.[20]

Professional Statistics[edit]

Year Team G GS Rec Yards AVG TD
2008 IND 14 0 4 23 5.8 0
2009 IND 14 13 47 765 16.3 4
2010 IND 14 14 67 784 11.7 6
2011 IND 16 16 70 947 13.5 6
2012 WAS 10 10 44 633 14.4 4
2013 WAS 16 16 113 1346 11.9 5
Career -- 84 69 345 4,498 13.0 25

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Meet a Colt: Pierre Garcon". New York Post. January 19, 2010. 
  2. ^ "These Days, Everybody's All-American Just May Be a Haitian". Retrieved 10 March 2014. 
  3. ^ Pierre Garcon, WR for the Indianapolis Colts at. Nfl.com. Retrieved on 2011-09-10.
  4. ^ a b Pierre Garcon – 85. pierregarconlive.com
  5. ^ Ohio Athletic Conference. (PDF) . Retrieved on 2011-09-10.
  6. ^ 2008 Football Media Guide. oac.org
  7. ^ Hiatt, Gabe (December 2, 2013). "Pierre Garçon and Cecil Shorts III: The Pride Of Mount Union". Redskins.com. Retrieved 2014-01-10. 
  8. ^ Klemko, Robert (13 March 2012). "Redskins add WRs Garcon, Morgan". USA Today. Retrieved 14 March 2012. 
  9. ^ Campbell, Rich (2012-03-14). "Garcon hopes to be key cog in Redskins’ return to winning ways". WashingtonTimes.com. 
  10. ^ Corbett, Jim (May 21, 2012). "Redskins' Mike Shanahan knocked to turf in collision". USAToday.com. Retrieved 2012-05-23. 
  11. ^ Campbell, Rich (September 11, 2012). "Redskins - Saints Film Review: OFFENSE". WashingtonTimes.com. Retrieved 2012-09-12. 
  12. ^ Whyno, Stephen (September 9, 2012). "Pierre Garcon’s impact felt from the start". WashingtonTimes.com. Retrieved 2012-09-12. 
  13. ^ El-Bashir, Tarik (October 25, 2012). "Garçon confirms diagnosis of plantar plate tear". CSNWashington.com. Retrieved 2012-10-25. 
  14. ^ Whyno, Stephen (October 25, 2012). "Redskins’ Pierre Garcon discusses foot injury, wants to avoid surgery". WashingtonTimes.com. Retrieved 2012-10-25. 
  15. ^ Tinsman, Brian (November 22, 2012). "Redskins Score Texas-Sized Win, 38-31". Redskins.com. Retrieved 2012-11-22. 
  16. ^ Hiatt, Gabe (November 4, 2013). "Garçon's Career Day: No Target Too Tough". Redskins.com. Retrieved 2013-11-11. 
  17. ^ Tinsman, Brian (November 11, 2013). "Garçon Unimpressed With Stellar Stat Line". Redskins.com. Retrieved 2013-11-11. 
  18. ^ Czarda, Stephen (December 23, 2013). "Garçon Seizes Spot In History Books". Redskins.com. Retrieved 2014-01-10. 
  19. ^ Tinsman, Brian (December 30, 2013). "Redskins-Giants Monday Stats Pack". Redskins.com. Retrieved 2014-01-10. 
  20. ^ http://www.nfl.com/top100/2014#video=0ap2000000363057

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