Duke Preston

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Duke Preston
No. 75, 69
Position:Center
Personal information
Born: (1982-06-12) June 12, 1982 (age 36)
San Diego, California
Height:6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)
Weight:311 lb (141 kg)
Career information
High school:San Diego (CA) Mt. Carmel
College:Illinois
NFL Draft:2005 / Round: 4 / Pick: 122
Career history
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Games played:59
Games started:20
Fumble recoveries:2
Player stats at NFL.com
Player stats at PFR

Raymond Newton Preston III (born June 12, 1982 in San Diego, California) is a former American football center in the center for the Buffalo Bills and Dallas Cowboys. He was drafted by the Buffalo Bills in the fourth round of the 2005 NFL Draft. He played college football at Illinois.

Early years[edit]

Preston graduated from Mt. Carmel High School in San Diego, where he practiced football and baseball.

College career[edit]

Preston accepted a football scholarship from the University of Illinois. He was a three-year starter at center and only allowed one sack in his last two seasons. He started 35 straight games.

Professional career[edit]

Buffalo Bills[edit]

Preston was selected by the Buffalo Bills in the fourth round (122nd overall) of the 2005 NFL Draft. He competed for the starting position to help fill the void left with the departure of Trey Teague. As a rookie, he played in all 16 games,[1] starting one game for the injured Chris Villarrial, while playing on special teams. He was also named to the he was named to The Sporting News All-Rookie Team.

In 2006, Preston appeared in all 16 games for the Bills while starting in 8 of the contests.[2] In 2007, Preston failed to start in any games for the Bills, but made appearances in 13 of the clubs 16 games.[3]

In 2008, Preston started a career-high 11 games, all at center, sharing time with Melvin Fowler. He has also played some guard and right tackle for the Bills making appearances in 15 of the teams 16 contests.

During the four years Preston spent with the Bills, he appeared in 59 of the teams 64 contests while getting a starting nod in 20 of them. After the 2008 season, Preston became an unrestricted free agent. In 2009, Preston and Fowler were replaced by Geoff Hangartner.

Green Bay Packers[edit]

On March 30, 2009, he was signed as a free agent by the Green Bay Packers.[4] He was released on August 25.[5]

Dallas Cowboys[edit]

On August 26, 2009, he signed with the Dallas Cowboys, declining offers from the Cleveland Browns and Oakland Raiders.[6] He was released on October 10, to make room for Chauncey Washington who was signed from the practice squad. He was re-signed on October 12, after Washington was waived. He was declared inactive in 15 regular season games and 2 playoff games.

On May 8, 2010, Preston announced his retirement from professional football.

Personal life[edit]

His father, Ray Preston, was a standout football player at Syracuse University, and had a nine-year NFL career with the San Diego Chargers. He has one sister Casie currently living and teaching in Indianapolis.

After football, he earned a Master’s Degree in Christian Education from the Dallas Theological Seminary. In 2013, he was hired as the Program Director for the University of Notre Dame's Student Welfare and Development.[7] In 2015, he was hired by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as the team's director of player engagement.[8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "2005 Buffalo Bills Starters, Roster, & Players - Pro-Football-Reference.com". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved September 15, 2018.
  2. ^ "2006 Buffalo Bills Starters, Roster, & Players - Pro-Football-Reference.com". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved September 15, 2018.
  3. ^ "2007 Buffalo Bills Starters, Roster, & Players - Pro-Football-Reference.com". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved September 15, 2018.
  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on June 23, 2009. Retrieved March 31, 2018.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link) Packers Sign Free Agent Duke Preston
  5. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on August 28, 2009. Retrieved August 25, 2018.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  6. ^ Tom Pelissero [@TomPelissero] (August 26, 2009). "That didn't take long. RT @BradBiggs Duke preston agrees to terms with dallas, chooses cowboys over cleveland and oakland" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  7. ^ "Duke Preston Named Program Director For Notre Dame Student Welfare And Development". January 24, 2013. Retrieved September 15, 2018.
  8. ^ "In tragic times, Bucs rely on bonds Duke Preston forms". November 6, 2015. Retrieved September 15, 2018.