Rodney Hampton

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Rodney Hampton
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Running back
Personal information
Date of birth: (1969-04-03) April 3, 1969 (age 45)
Place of birth: Houston, Texas
Career information
College: Georgia
NFL Draft: 1990 / Round: 1 / Pick: 24
Debuted in 1990 for the New York Giants
Last played in 1997 for the New York Giants
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Rushing yards 6,897
Average 3.8
Touchdowns 49
Stats at NFL.com

Rodney Craig Hampton (born April 3, 1969)[1][2] is a former professional American football player who was drafted by the New York Giants in the first round of the 1990 NFL Draft. He was a starting running back for the 1990 New York Giants who finished the year at 13-3 during the regular season while winning Super Bowl XXV on January 27, 1991.

Biography[edit]

A 6'0", 215 lbs. running back from the University of Georgia by way of Kashmere High School in Houston, Texas, Rodney Hampton played his entire career with the Giants from 1990–1997.[2][3] A two-time Pro Bowl selection in 1992 and 1993, his 6,897 career rushing yards stood as the most in Giants history until Tiki Barber surpassed that mark in the 2004 NFL season. Hampton was a member of the Giants team that won Super Bowl XXV.

After his rookie season was cut short due to injury, Hampton emerged as the team's most consistent offensive weapon over the next five seasons. He broke the 1,000 yard mark each year from 1991–1995.[2][3] Following the 1995 season, Hampton was signed to a free agent offer sheet by the San Francisco 49ers, but the Giants quickly matched, and he remained in New York.[4] Hampton rushed for over 800 yards in the 1996 season[5] sharing carries with Tyrone Wheatley, but in 1997, Hampton underwent preseason arthroscopic surgery for a knee injury sustained in late in the 1996 season, and was only able to return to the team to see action in 2 late-season games, plus the Giants' lone playoff game.[6] The Giants released Hampton prior to the 1998 season, and though he announced his intention to continue playing and a couple of teams reportedly enquired with his agent, having received no offers once the season began, Hampton opted to retire.[6]

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Statistics[edit]

Hampton's stats for the Georgia Bulldogs
Rushing Receiving
YEAR ATT YDS AVG LNG TD NO. YDS AVG LNG TD
1987 126 890 7.1 50 4 10 133 13.3 36 2
1988 128 719 5.6 56 6 10 86 8.6 13 1
1989 218 1,059 4.9 36 12 26 219 8.4 29 0
Totals 472 2,668 5.7 50 22 46 438 9.5 36 3

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Hampton's stats in the NFL
Rushing Receiving
YEAR TEAM ATT YDS AVG LNG TD NO. YDS AVG LNG TD
1990 NYG 109 455 4.2 41 2 32 274 8.6 27 2
1991 NYG 256 1,059 4.1 44 10 43 283 6.6 19 0
1992 NYG 257 1,141 4.4 63 14 28 215 7.7 31 0
1993 NYG 292 1,077 3.7 20 5 18 210 11.7 62 0
1994 NYG 327 1,075 3.3 27 6 14 103 7.4 17 0
1995 NYG 306 1,182 3.9 32 10 24 142 5.9 18 0
1996 NYG 254 827 3.3 25 1 15 82 5.5 16 0
1997 NYG 23 81 3.5 22 1 0 0 0.0 0 0
Totals 1,824 6,897 3.8 63 49 174 1,309 7.5 62 2

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