Randall Gay

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Randall Gay
Randall Gay in 2011.jpg
Gay practices with the Saints in 2011.
No. 21, 20
Cornerback
Personal information
Date of birth: (1982-05-05) May 5, 1982 (age 32)
Place of birth: Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Height: 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m) Weight: 190 lb (86 kg)
Career information
High school: Brusly (LA)
College: LSU
Undrafted in 2004
Debuted in 2004 for the New England Patriots
Last played in 2010 for the New Orleans Saints
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of Week 17, 2010
Tackles 180
Sacks 2.0
Interception 6
Stats at NFL.com

Randall Jerome Gay, Jr. (born May 5, 1982) is a retired American football cornerback of the National Football League. He was signed by the New England Patriots as an undrafted free agent in 2004. He played college football at LSU. Randall has won a championship at both the college and pro level for teams of his home state.

He has also played for the New Orleans Saints.

Early years[edit]

At Brusly High School in Brusly, Louisiana, Randall Gay was a four-year letterman in football. He also lettered in weight lifting (three years) and track (one year). He was a first team All-Metro selection, and a first team All-District selection in football during his last two years of high school. As a senior, in only eight games, he rushed for 1,067 yards and 13 touchdowns, caught three touchdown passes, and returned two punts for touchdowns.

College career[edit]

He played college football at LSU. He won a BCS National Championship in 2003 with LSU as a nickel back.

Professional career[edit]

New England Patriots[edit]

On April 29, 2004, he was signed by the Patriots shortly after the NFL draft as an undrafted free agent. His rookie year, Gay beat out cornerback Christian Morton, the Patriots' 7th-round draft pick, for a place on the roster. Later in the season, Gay was placed into the starting lineup because of injuries to veterans Ty Law and Tyrone Poole. Gay's rookie season concluded with a victory in Super Bowl XXXIX, in which he started opposite Asante Samuel where he was the leading tackler with 11 solo tackles. Gay was involved in several low level controversies as a Patriot: He failed to make a full contribution in 2005 and 2006, due to injuries that landed him on injured reserve. This led to some long running criticisms from the tough vocal New England fans and repeated questions about him on the region's talk shows and in the papers. Hence, after failing to deliver up to expectations of New England Patriots fans in both the 2005 and 2006 seasons, before the 2007 training camp, Gay was quoted as saying:[1]

“You know how it is, It’s like, ‘Oh man, you’re still getting a paycheck?’ and ‘Two years in a row!?!’ That’s the kind of stuff you really don’t want to hear, because in your heart you want to be back out there.”

“I can say this, I’m the most anxious person for training camp. I’m about the only one here that’s ready for it to come.”

Gay returned in 2007 and played primarily as a nickel back and a backup safety. He did start several games, including the AFC Divisional Game against the Jacksonville Jaguars. Gay intercepted a career high three passes while playing in every game of the 2007 season.

New Orleans Saints[edit]

On March 2, 2008, Gay signed a four-year, $17.8 million contract with the New Orleans Saints. The deal included an $3.75 million signing bonus and $6.9 million in guaranteed money.[2] He was a member of the Saints' 2009 Super Bowl XLIV Championship team. Gay suffered a concussion early in the 2010 season that eventually led to him being placed on injured reserve on October 20, 2010.[3]

Gay was released by New Orleans on July 28, 2011.

Gay has retired and is pursuing a law degree.[4]

Personal[edit]

  • He majored in marketing at LSU.
  • Gay has the ability to play both cornerback and safety, as he did against the Indianapolis Colts in 2005.
  • After Super Bowl XXXIX, one of Gay's college professors attempted to order a replica jersey of her former student. The NFL Shop denied her request because the word "Gay" was on a blacklist of words considered related to drugs, sex, or gangs.[5] After the incident was reported in the press, "Gay" was removed from the banned name list because it is the actual name of an NFL player.
  • Randall and his wife, Desha, have two sons.[6]

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