Cory Fleming

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Cory Fleming
No. 82
Position: Wide receiver
Personal information
Date of birth: (1971-03-19) March 19, 1971 (age 46)
Place of birth: Nashville, Tennessee
Height: 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Weight: 216 lb (98 kg)
Career information
High school: Nashville (TN) Stratford
College: Tennessee
NFL Draft: 1994 / Round: 3 / Pick: 87
Career history
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Games played: 18
Games started: 0
Receptions: 6
Receiving yards: 83
Touchdowns: 0
Player stats at NFL.com
Career Arena statistics
Receptions: 846
Receiving yards: 10,221
Touchdowns: 239
Tackles: 145
Interceptions: 20
Player stats at PFR
Player stats at ArenaFan.com

Cory Lamont Fleming (born March 19, 1971) is a former professional American football wide receiver in the National Football League for the Dallas Cowboys. He also played in the Arena Football League for the Nashville Kats, Carolina Cobras and the Orlando Predators. He played college football for the University of Tennessee.

Early years[edit]

Fleming attended Stratford High School, where he was the starting quarterback in football. He was the starting power forward in basketball. He also practiced track and field.[1]

Fleming accepted a scholarship from the University of Tennessee and was converted to wide receiver. As a sophomore, he scored five touchdowns out of just 14 receptions, contributing to the team winning the SEC championship. After being the backup to Carl Pickens, he became a starter as a junior, registering 40 receptions for 490 yards (leading the team) and two touchdowns.[2] In his last year, he posted 39 receptions for 596 yards and 11 touchdowns.

Fleming finished his college career with 94 receptions for 1,266 yards, and at the time school records, with 18 career touchdown receptions, 11 single-season career touchdown receptions, and six consecutive games with a touchdown reception.

Professional career[edit]

San Francisco 49ers[edit]

Fleming was selected by the San Francisco 49ers in the third round (87th overall) of the 1994 NFL Draft. On July 21, the team rescinded his rights because of salary cap reasons, making him a free agent.[3]

Dallas Cowboys[edit]

On August 3, 1994, he was signed by the Dallas Cowboys.[4] The next year he competed to replace Alvin Harper in the starting lineup, but lost out to Kevin Williams and was named the team's third wide receiver, making him a part of the Super Bowl XXX winning team.[5][6]

In 1996, he was released on February 6 and was also suspended for a year by the NFL after failing a third drug test.[7][8]

Arena Football League[edit]

In 1997, he was signed by the Nashville Kats of the Arena Football League, after being contacted by then offensive coordinator Jay Gruden. In 10 seasons, he was a five-time All-Arena, a four-time All–Ironman and an Ironman of the Year selection.

In 2013, Fleming was inducted into the Arena Football Hall of Fame.[9][10]

Personal life[edit]

Fleming owns an insurance agency and also organizes football camps for kids in the offseason. In August 2013, he was arrested in Davidson County, Tennessee, for driving under the influence of alcohol.[11]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Former Vol Receiver Cory Fleming Named AFL Ironman of the Week". Retrieved January 29, 2016. 
  2. ^ "Fleming, Faulkner give Volunteers flair, stability". Retrieved January 29, 2016. 
  3. ^ "Rookies Find Times Tough In Preseason Camps". Retrieved January 29, 2016. 
  4. ^ "Transactions". Retrieved January 29, 2016. 
  5. ^ "Dallas tries to replace Harper". Retrieved January 29, 2016. 
  6. ^ "Cowboys lack balance in air attack". Retrieved January 29, 2016. 
  7. ^ "Aikman undergoes successful surgery". Retrieved January 29, 2016. 
  8. ^ "NFL Training Camp Report". Retrieved January 29, 2016. 
  9. ^ Mike Organ (April 26, 2014). "Kats' Cory Fleming goes to Arena Football Hall of Fame". www.tennessean.com. The Tennessean. Retrieved August 22, 2015. 
  10. ^ Inabinett, Mark (August 11, 2013). "Lawrence Samuels going into Arena Football League Hall of Fame". Press-Register. Mobile, AL: Advance Publications. Retrieved August 12, 2015. 
  11. ^ Wood, Ryan (August 1, 2013). "Former Dallas Cowboy arrested Thursday for DUI". Dallas, TX: WFAA-TV. Retrieved August 26, 2015.