Rod Gardner

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Rod Gardner
No. 87, 82, 85
Wide receiver
Personal information
Date of birth: (1977-10-26) October 26, 1977 (age 36)
Place of birth: Jacksonville, Florida
Career information
College: Clemson
NFL Draft: 2001 / Round: 1 / Pick: 15
Debuted in 2001 for the Washington Redskins
Last played in 2006 for the Kansas City Chiefs
Career history
Career NFL statistics
Receptions 242
Receiving yards 3,165
Touchdowns 23
Stats at NFL.com

Roderick F. Gardner (born October 26, 1977 in Jacksonville, Florida) is a former American college and professional football player who was a wide receiver in the National Football League (NFL) for five seasons.

College career[edit]

Gardner played college football at Clemson University, where he started as a quarterback and safety on the practice squad (as a true redshirt freshman) before switching to wide receiver his sophomore year. He was selected as a second team All-ACC during his junior year. His senior year, he not only made first team All-ACC, but was a first team All-American as well. In 2000, he was one of the ten finalists for the Biletnikoff Award after posting six touchdowns on 51 receptions and 956 yards.[1]

Professional career[edit]

Washington Redskins[edit]

Gardner was chosen by the Washington Redskins with the 15th overall selection in the first-round draft pick of the 2001 NFL Draft. During his rookie year, he was selected as NFC Offensive Player of the Week after a 208-yard, one touchdown performance against the Carolina Panthers. His history at quarterback would lead the Redskins to utilize him on trick plays during games; during the 2003 NFL season he was 2-for-3 for 46 yards and two passing touchdowns (to Chad Morton and Trung Canidate). Gardner shined in a Redskins uniform on Monday Night Football on September 27, 2004, compiling 167 yards and 2 touchdowns on 10 catches against the Dallas Cowboys.[2]

Carolina Panthers[edit]

After four seasons in Washington, he was traded to the Carolina Panthers during the 2005 offseason for a sixth-round pick in the 2006 NFL Draft.[3] He spent most of the season fourth on the Panthers' depth chart, behind Steve Smith, Keary Colbert, and Ricky Proehl.

Green Bay Packers[edit]

Gardner was waived by the Panthers on December 16, 2005, and he was then signed by the Green Bay Packers on December 19, 2005.[4] He re-signed with Green Bay on March 21, 2006. On September 2, 2006, Gardner was waived by the Packers.[5]

Kansas City Chiefs[edit]

In September 2006 he signed a three-year contract with the Kansas City Chiefs.[5] In 2006 with the Chiefs he only had 2 receptions for 17 yards. He was cut from the Chiefs before the 2007 season.[6]

NFL stats[edit]

Year Team Games Receptions Yards Yards per Reception Longest Reception Touchdowns First Downs Fumbles Fumbles Lost
2001 WSH 16 46 741 16.1 85 4 28 1 1
2002 WSH 16 71 1,006 14.2 43 8 51 1 0
2003 WSH 16 59 600 10.2 35 5 30 1 0
2004 WSH 16 51 650 12.7 51 5 30 0 0
2005 GB 2 4 67 16.8 33 0 4 0 0
2005 CAR 11 9 84 9.3 15 1 4 0 0
2006 KC 14 2 17 8.5 13 0 1 0 0
Career 91 242 3,165 13.1 85 23 148 3 1

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "Gardner Hauls In Semifinalist Nod For Biletnikoff Award". Clemson Tigers. Oct 26, 2000. Retrieved 19 November 2011. 
  2. ^ http://espn.go.com/nfl/boxscore?gameId=240927028
  3. ^ Pasquarelli, Len (July 28, 2005). "Redskins deal Gardner to Carolina for future pick". ESPN. Retrieved 19 November 2011. 
  4. ^ Pasquarelli, Len (December 19, 2005). "Packers claim Gardner from Panthers". ESPN. Retrieved 19 November 2011. 
  5. ^ a b Pasquarelli, Len (September 11, 2006). "Chiefs add Gardner after receivers net 69 yards in loss". ESPN. Retrieved 19 November 2011. 
  6. ^ "Chiefs Announce 14 Transactions". Kansas City Chiefs. Aug 28, 2007. Retrieved 19 November 2011. 
  7. ^ "Rob Gardner Stats". ESPN Internet Ventures. Retrieved 9 June 2014.