Antonio Gibson

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Antonio Gibson
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Gibson with the Washington Football Team in 2021
No. 24 – Washington Commanders
Position:Running back
Personal information
Born: (1998-06-23) June 23, 1998 (age 24)
Stockbridge, Georgia
Height:6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Weight:220 lb (100 kg)
Career information
High school:Eagle's Landing (McDonough, Georgia)
College:
NFL Draft:2020 / Round: 3 / Pick: 66
Career history
Roster status:Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of Week 3, 2022
Rushing yards:1,956
Rushing average:4.2
Rushing touchdowns:20
Receptions:88
Receiving yards:628
Receiving touchdowns:3
Player stats at NFL.com · PFR

Antonio Gibson (born June 23, 1998) is an American football running back for the Washington Commanders of the National Football League (NFL). A native of Georgia, he played college football at East Central Community College in Mississippi for two years prior to transferring to Memphis in 2018.

As a return specialist and wide receiver with Memphis, Gibson was named American Athletic Conference (AAC) special teams player of the year in 2019 and received conference honors for both positions. He entered the 2020 NFL Draft as a running back, where he was selected by Washington in the third round.

Early life and college[edit]

Gibson attended Eagle's Landing High School in McDonough, Georgia, playing for their football, basketball and track teams. As a senior, he was named the Henry Daily Herald's offensive player of the year.[1] Gibson enrolled at East Central Community College in 2016, playing football for them prior to transferring to the University of Memphis in 2018.[2] In his two years at East Central, he had 50 receptions for 871 receiving yards with 13 touchdowns, 27 kick returns, 554 kick-return yards and 249 rushing yards. He played wide receiver and running back at Memphis.[3]

In his two years, he had 44 receptions for 834 yards with 10 touchdowns, 369 rushing yards and four touchdowns and 647 return yards and a touchdown.[4] In 2019, he was named the AAC Special Teams Player of the Year and made first-team all-AAC as a return specialist and second-team as a wide receiver, becoming only the fourth player in conference history to receive such an honor at two positions.[5] He was invited to the 2020 Senior Bowl as a running back, where he recorded 68 rushing yards on 11 carries.[6]

Professional career[edit]

Pre-draft measurables
Height Weight Arm length Hand span 40-yard dash Vertical jump Broad jump Bench press
6 ft 0+38 in
(1.84 m)
228 lb
(103 kg)
31+18 in
(0.79 m)
8+58 in
(0.22 m)
4.39 s 35.0 in
(0.89 m)
9 ft 10 in
(3.00 m)
16 reps
All values from NFL Combine[7]
Gibson scoring a touchdown against the Dallas Cowboys in 2020.

Gibson entered the 2020 NFL Draft as a running back prospect, where he was selected by the Washington Redskins in the third round (66th overall).[8] Team executives cited his ability to play various positions as a major reason why they drafted him.[9][10][11] He signed his four-year rookie contract on July 22, 2020.[12]

He scored his first career touchdown, an 11-yard run, in Week 2 against the Arizona Cardinals.[13] In Week 4 against the Baltimore Ravens, Gibson recorded 128 total yards from scrimmage along with a rushing touchdown.[14] He recorded his first career 100-yard rushing game in Week 7 against the Dallas Cowboys, rushing 20 times for 128 yards and a touchdown.[15]

In a rematch against the Cowboys on Thanksgiving, Gibson rushed for 115 yards and three touchdowns during a 41–16 victory.[16] He was the first rookie to score three touchdowns on Thanksgiving since Randy Moss in 1998, and the first running back on the same day to rush for over 100 yards with three touchdowns since Barry Sanders in 1997.[17][18] He was also named the Pepsi NFL Rookie of the Week for his performance.[19] The following week against the Pittsburgh Steelers, he suffered a turf toe injury early in the first quarter and subsequently missed the rest of that game and the next one against the San Francisco 49ers.[20][21] Gibson finished the 2020 season leading all rookies in rushing touchdowns with 11, and was also the first Washington rookie to record 1,000 yards from scrimmage since Alfred Morris in 2012.[22]

In Week 3 of the 2021 season, Gibson recorded a 73–yard touchdown reception against the Buffalo Bills.[23] The play was the second-longest touchdown reception by a Washington running back in franchise history.[24] The next week, he recorded 63 yards and one touchdown in the win over the Atlanta Falcons, which brought him over 1,000 career rushing yards.[25] This made Gibson the third Washington player in the franchise's history to attain 1,000 rushing yards within his first two seasons since running back Alfred Morris and quarterback Robert Griffin III. On Monday Night Football against the Seattle Seahawks, he recorded 111 yards over 29 carries in the Week 12 win which was his first 100-plus rushing yard game of the season.[26] On December 31, 2021, he was placed on the team's COVID-19 reserve list and was forced to sit out of the Week 17 game against the Philadelphia Eagles.[27] He was placed back on active roster on January 5, 2022.[28]

Statistics[edit]

Regular season
Year Team Games Rushing Receiving Fumbles
GP GS Att Yds Avg Lng TD Rec Yds Avg Lng TD Fum Lost
2020 WAS 14 10 170 795 4.7 40 11 36 247 6.9 40 0 4 2
2021 WAS 16 16 258 1,037 4.0 27 7 42 294 7.0 73 3 7 4
Career 30 26 428 1,832 4.3 40 18 78 541 6.9 73 3 11 6
Playoffs
2020 WAS 1 1 14 31 2.2 11 0 2 4 2.0 3 0 0 0
Career 1 1 14 31 2.2 11 0 2 4 2.0 3 0 0 0

References[edit]

  1. ^ Torres, Maria (December 23, 2015). "Offensive Player of the Year: Antonio Gibson, Sr., WR/ATH, Eagle's Landing". Henry Herald. Archived from the original on April 25, 2020. Retrieved April 19, 2020.
  2. ^ Barnes, Evan (October 10, 2019). "Memphis' Antonio Gibson motivated by former high school coach's memory". The Commercial Appeal. Archived from the original on April 25, 2020. Retrieved March 12, 2020.
  3. ^ Jordan, Jonah (January 27, 2020). "Running back designation only a 'label' for Antonio Gibson". The Daily Memphian. Archived from the original on May 4, 2020. Retrieved March 12, 2020.
  4. ^ Goodman, Darius (January 2, 2020). "Antonio Gibson's rise to fame at Memphis was a long time coming". Henry Herald. Archived from the original on May 14, 2020. Retrieved October 8, 2020.
  5. ^ "Antonio Gibson". gotigersgo.com. Retrieved September 8, 2020.
  6. ^ Fowler, Christian (January 29, 2020). "Antonio Gibson talks Senior Bowl, NFL Draft and breakout season". 247 Sports. Archived from the original on October 29, 2020. Retrieved September 10, 2020.
  7. ^ "Antonio Gibson Combine Profile". NFL.com. Archived from the original on January 1, 2021. Retrieved July 9, 2020.
  8. ^ Carpenter, Les (April 24, 2020). "Redskins draft offensive playmaker Antonio Gibson with third-round pick". Washington Post. Archived from the original on April 25, 2020. Retrieved April 25, 2020.
  9. ^ Selby, Zach (April 28, 2020). "'He's A Swiss Army Knife': Redskins Plan To Use Antonio Gibson As An Offensive Weapon". Redskins.com. Retrieved May 14, 2020.
  10. ^ Paras, Matthew (April 30, 2020). "Antonio Gibson's speed desperately needed for Redskins". Washington Times. Retrieved May 14, 2020.
  11. ^ Noll, Hunter (April 25, 2020). "Washington Redskins: Antonio Gibson is a multi-headed weapon to unleash". NFL Spin Zone. Archived from the original on January 1, 2021. Retrieved May 14, 2020.
  12. ^ Fortier, Sam; Jhabvala, Nicki (July 23, 2020). "No. 2 overall pick Chase Young signs with Washington". Washington Post. Archived from the original on July 23, 2020. Retrieved July 23, 2020.
  13. ^ Selby, Zach (September 20, 2020). "5 Takeaways From Washington's Game Against the Arizona Cardinals". Washington Commanders. Retrieved February 2, 2022.
  14. ^ Dajani, Jordan (October 4, 2020). "Ravens vs. Washington score: Lamar Jackson, Mark Andrews rebound to defeat Washington with ease". CBSSports.com. Retrieved October 6, 2020.
  15. ^ "Football Team's Antonio Gibson: Thrives in workhorse role". CBS Sports. Rotowire. October 25, 2020. Archived from the original on January 1, 2021. Retrieved October 25, 2020.
  16. ^ Polacek, Scott (November 26, 2020). "Antonio Gibson's 3 TDs Power Washington to Blowout Win over Andy Dalton, Cowboys". Bleacher Report. Retrieved November 27, 2020.
  17. ^ Shapiro, Michael (November 26, 2020). "Antonio Gibson Ties Randy Moss's Rookie Thanksgiving Touchdown Record". SI.com. Retrieved November 27, 2020.
  18. ^ Fortier, Sam (November 26, 2020). "Antonio Gibson's career day shines a spotlight on Washington's promising young core". The Washington Post. Archived from the original on January 1, 2021. Retrieved November 27, 2020.
  19. ^ Stackpole, Kyle (December 4, 2020). "Antonio Gibson Named NFL Rookie Of The Week". Washington Commanders. Archived from the original on January 1, 2021. Retrieved February 2, 2022.
  20. ^ Keim, John (December 7, 2020). "Washington Football Team loses Antonio Gibson to toe injury". ESPN. Retrieved December 8, 2020.
  21. ^ Keim, John (December 11, 2020). "Washington Football Team RB Antonio Gibson out with turf toe injury". ESPN. Retrieved December 11, 2020.
  22. ^ @Wash_PR (January 3, 2021). "RB Antonio Gibson has surpassed 1,000 scrimmage yards on the season. He is one of seven rookies in franchise history to hit the mark, and the first to do so since Alfred Morris in 2012" (Tweet). Retrieved January 5, 2021 – via Twitter.
  23. ^ Werner, Barry (September 26, 2021). "Antonio Gibson takes screen pass 73 yards for touchdown". Touchdown Wire. USA Today. Retrieved September 27, 2021.
  24. ^ @Wash_PR (September 26, 2021). "That Antonio Gibson 73-yard receiving TD is the second-longest by a Washington RB in franchise history. RB Matt Jones had a 78-yard TD reception in 2015" (Tweet). Retrieved October 3, 2021 – via Twitter.
  25. ^ Washington Football Team Public Relations (October 4, 2021). "Washington-Falcons Monday Stats Pack". Washington Commanders. Retrieved February 2, 2022.
  26. ^ Lambert, Ivan (November 30, 2021). "Fuller interception saves Washington". USAToday.com. Retrieved December 2, 2021.
  27. ^ Keim, John (December 31, 2021). "Washington Football Team adds Antonio Gibson, Ereck Flowers to reserve/COVID-19 list". ESPN.com. Retrieved January 8, 2022.
  28. ^ Cadeaux, Ethan (January 5, 2022). "Washington activates Gibson, Flowers from reserve/COVID-19 list". NBCSports.com. Retrieved January 8, 2022.

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