Bobby Abrams

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Bobby Abrams
No. 51, 50
Position: Linebacker
Personal information
Date of birth: (1967-04-12) April 12, 1967 (age 50)
Place of birth: Detroit, Michigan
Height: 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Weight: 240 lb (109 kg)
Career information
High school: Detroit (MI) Henry Ford
College: Michigan
Undrafted: 1990
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Games played: 74
Games started: 3
Player stats at NFL.com
Player stats at PFR

Robert E. Abrams Jr. (born April 12, 1967) is a former American football player. He played college football as defensive back and linebacker for the University of Michigan from 1986 to 1989. He played professional football in the National Football League (NFL) for six seasons as a linebacker and special teams player for the New York Giants (19901992, Cleveland Browns (1992), Dallas Cowboys (19921993), Minnesota Vikings (19931994) and New England Patriots (1995).

Early years[edit]

Abrams was born in Detroit, Michigan, in 1967. He attended Henry Ford High School in Detroit.[1]

University of Michigan[edit]

Abrams enrolled at the University of Michigan in 1985 and played college football for head coach Bo Schembechler's Michigan Wolverines football teams from 1986 to 1989.[2] He began as a defensive back at Michigan and was converted to a linebacker in 1987. He started nine games (seven at outside linebacker, two at inside linebacker) for the 1987 Michigan Wolverines football team.[3]

As a redshirt junior, he started all 12 games at outside linebacker for the 1988 Michigan team that compiled a 9-2-1 record, won the Big Ten Conference championship, defeated USC in the 1989 Rose Bowl, and finished the season ranked #4 in the final AP Poll.[4]

In his final year at Michigan, he again started all 12 games at outside linebacker for the 1989 Michigan team that compiled a 10-2 record, won a second consecutive Big Ten championship, lost to USC in the 1990 Rose Bowl, and finished the season ranked #7 in the final AP Poll.[5]

Professional career[edit]

Abrams was signed as an undrafted free agent by the New York Giants after the 1990 NFL Draft.[6][7] As a rookie, he was a part of the Super Bowl XXV winning team. He was a special teams player and a backup linebacker behind Lawrence Taylor and Carl Banks.[1][8][9] He appeared in 32 games, including two as a starter in place of an injured Banks, before being waived on August 31, 1992.[10]

On September 1, 1992, he was claimed by the Dallas Cowboys to provide depth on the special teams units, before being cut on October 6.[11] He was later signed by the Cleveland Browns where he played in three games. On November 9, he was claimed off waivers by the Giants after Taylor was lost for the year.[9][12] On November 21, he was released to make room for Ken Willis.[13]

He began the 1993 season with the Cowboys, before joining the Minnesota Vikings for the last four games. The next year, he appeared in all 16 games for the Vikings as a backup, while leading the team with 28 special teams tackles.[1][9]

Abrams signed with the New England Patriots on March 1, 1995,[9] appearing in nine games (one start) during the season.[1] On September 10, 1996, he was released from the injured reserve list.[14]

Personal life[edit]

Abrams was a teacher and head coach at Southside High School. He is currently the principal at Jefferson Davis High School in Montgomery, Alabama.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "Bobby Abrams". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved April 2, 2015. 
  2. ^ "All-Time Football Roster Database". University of Michigan, Bentley Historical Library. Retrieved April 1, 2015. 
  3. ^ "1987 Michigan Football Team". University of Michigan, Bentley Historical Library. Retrieved April 1, 2015. 
  4. ^ "1988 Michigan Football Team". University of Michigan, Bentley Historical Library. Retrieved April 1, 2015. 
  5. ^ "1989 Michigan Football Team". University of Michigan, Bentley Historical Library. Retrieved April 1, 2015. 
  6. ^ "Abrams Fits the Mold Of Giants Linebacker". Retrieved January 25, 2016. 
  7. ^ "Abrams trying to fill Taylor's shoes". Retrieved January 25, 2016. 
  8. ^ "There are plenty of candidates for Banks' job". The Day. August 20, 1992. p. C7. 
  9. ^ a b c d "Abrams signs with New England". Bangor Daily News. March 2, 1995. p. D2. 
  10. ^ "Giants Cut Anderson, Reasons". Retrieved January 25, 2016. 
  11. ^ "Transactions". Retrieved January 25, 2016. 
  12. ^ "Subbing For Superman". Retrieved January 25, 2016. 
  13. ^ "Transactions". Retrieved January 25, 2016. 
  14. ^ "Transactions". Retrieved January 25, 2016. 

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