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 37)
Place of birth: Jacksonville, Florida
Height: 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Weight: 219 lb (99 kg)
Career information
High school: Jacksonville (FL) Raines
College: Clemson
NFL draft: 2001 – 1st round – 15th pick
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).

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.[2] 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.[3] He re-signed with Green Bay on March 21, 2006. On September 2, 2006, Gardner was waived by the Packers.[4]

Kansas City Chiefs[edit]

In September 2006 he signed a three-year contract with the Kansas City Chiefs.[4] In 2006 with the Chiefs, he only had 2 receptions for 17 yards. He was released before the 2007 season.[5]

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. ^ Pasquarelli, Len (July 28, 2005). "Redskins deal Gardner to Carolina for future pick". ESPN. Retrieved 19 November 2011. 
  3. ^ Pasquarelli, Len (December 19, 2005). "Packers claim Gardner from Panthers". ESPN. Retrieved 19 November 2011. 
  4. ^ a b Pasquarelli, Len (September 11, 2006). "Chiefs add Gardner after receivers net 69 yards in loss". ESPN. Retrieved 19 November 2011. 
  5. ^ "Chiefs Announce 14 Transactions". Kansas City Chiefs. Aug 28, 2007. Retrieved 19 November 2011. 
  6. ^ "Rob Gardner Stats". ESPN Internet Ventures. Retrieved 9 June 2014.