Derrick Alexander (wide receiver)

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Derrick Alexander
No. 85, 82
Position: Wide receiver
Personal information
Date of birth: (1971-11-06) November 6, 1971 (age 44)
Place of birth: Detroit, Michigan
Height: 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Weight: 206 lb (93 kg)
Career information
High school: Detroit (MI) Benedictine
College: Michigan
NFL draft: 1994 / Round: 1 / Pick: 29
Career history
Career highlights and awards
  • Chiefs team record for receiving yards in a season (1,391 in 2000)
Career NFL statistics
Receptions: 417
Receiving Yards: 6,971
Touchdowns: 40
Player stats at NFL.com

Derrick Scott Alexander (born November 6, 1971) is a former American football wide receiver of the National Football League. He was drafted in the first round of the 1994 NFL Draft by the Cleveland Browns and in 2000 set the Kansas City Chiefs record of 1,391 receiving yards in a single season. He is currently employed as an assistant coach in charge of wide receivers at Avila University.

College career[edit]

Alexander was a wide receiver for the University of Michigan from 1989-1993. His Junior year (1991) he broke his leg in a game against Boston College which resulted in him taking a redshirt year. After the graduation of Heisman Trophy winner Desmond Howard, he became the Wolverines top receiver. In his junior and senior seasons he led the team in receptions and receiving yards.[1] In 1993 he had a career game against Illinois, catching seven passes from quarterback and future teammate in the NFL as well, Todd Collins for 188 yards and two touchdowns. His 90-yard touchdown reception stood as the longest completion in Michigan football history until Mario Manningham surpassed it with a 97-yard reception on November 10, 2007 at Wisconsin.[2]

In his final college game, he returned a punt for 79 yards, the longest punt return in Outback Bowl history, as well as the only punt returned for a touchdown.[3]

Alexander was twice named to the All-Big Ten Conference team, and was honored as an All-American in 1992.[2]

Professional career[edit]

Cleveland Browns/Baltimore Ravens[edit]

Derrick Alexander was taken by the Cleveland Browns with the final pick in the first round of the 1994 NFL Draft. He had an immediate impact, leading the playoff-bound Browns in receiving as a rookie.[4]

Following the 1995 season, the Browns moved to Baltimore and became the Ravens. After playing only sporadically in 1995, Alexander recorded two consecutive 1,000 yard seasons for the Ravens. He is the Ravens all-time leader in yards-per reception (16.6). He also has the most 100-yard receiving games in Ravens history, as well as the longest pass reception.[5]

Kansas City Chiefs[edit]

In 1998, he signed as a free agent with the Kansas City Chiefs.[6] Alexander led the team in receiving yards.[7] In 2000, he set a team record for receiving yards in a season, with 1,391.[8] The Chiefs quarterback that year was his former Michigan teammate, Elvis Grbac.

After playing through 2001 with a persistent abdominal injury, Alexander was released by the Chiefs.

Minnesota Vikings[edit]

Alexander signed with the Minnesota Vikings prior to the 2002 season.[9] A knee injury ended his season prematurely, and the Vikings released him in the off-season.[10]

Retirement[edit]

On July 22, 2003, he signed a one-day ceremonial contract with the Chiefs to retire as a Chief.[11] He ended his career with 417 receptions for 6,971 yards and 40 touchdowns.

NFL stats[edit]

Year Team Games Receptions Yards Yards per Reception Longest Reception Touchdowns First Downs Fumbles Fumbles Lost
1994 CLE 14 48 828 17.3 81 2 38 2 0
1995 CLE 14 15 216 14.4 40 0 9 1 0
1996 BAL 15 62 1,099 17.7 64 9 50 0 0
1997 BAL 15 65 1,009 15.5 92 9 39 1 1
1998 KC 15 54 992 18.4 65 4 40 0 0
1999 KC 16 54 832 15.4 86 2 31 0 0
2000 KC 16 78 1,391 17.8 81 10 55 0 0
2001 KC 13 27 470 17.4 46 3 22 0 0
2002 MIN 8 14 134 9.6 18 1 7 0 0
Career 126 417 6,971 16.7 92 40 291 4 1

[12]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Michigan Football Statistic Archive". MGoBlue.com. Regents of the University of Michigan. Retrieved 2007-01-20. 
  2. ^ a b "Derrick Alexander, Football All-American". University of Michigan Athletic History. Bentley Historical Library. Retrieved 2007-01-21. 
  3. ^ "Outback Bowl Individual Records". Outback Bowl.com. Outback Bowl. Retrieved 2007-01-20. 
  4. ^ "1994 Cleveland Browns statistics". pro-football-reference.com. Retrieved 2007-01-21. 
  5. ^ "Ravens Records" (PDF). Baltimore Ravens 2006 Media Guide. Baltimore Ravens. Retrieved 2007-01-20. [dead link]
  6. ^ "Alexander Is Signed To Pair With Rison". The New York Times. The New York Times Company. 1998-03-03. Retrieved 2007-01-20. 
  7. ^ "1998 Kansas City Chiefs statistics". pro-football-reference.com. Retrieved 2007-01-21. 
  8. ^ "All-Time Records". KC Chiefs.com. Kansas City Chiefs. Archived from the original on 2006-10-18. Retrieved 2007-01-21. 
  9. ^ "Alexander signs with Vikings". The New York Times. The New York Times Company. 2002-06-08. Retrieved 2007-01-21. 
  10. ^ Pasquarelli, Len (2003-08-13). "Moss plan doesn't pan out for receiver". ESPN.com. ESPN Internet Ventures. Retrieved 2009-03-11. 
  11. ^ "WR Alexander retires with Chiefs". NFL.com. NFL Enterprises LLC. 2005-07-22. Archived from the original on 2006-12-10. Retrieved 2007-01-20. 
  12. ^ "Derrick Alexander Stats". ESPN Internet Ventures. Retrieved 6 June 2014.