Ernest Givins

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Ernest Givins
No. 81, 84
Position: Wide receiver
Personal information
Date of birth: (1964-09-03) September 3, 1964 (age 52)
Place of birth: St. Petersburg, Florida
Career information
College: Louisville
NFL Draft: 1986 / Round: 2 / Pick: 34
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Receptions: 571
Receiving Yards: 8,215
Touchdowns: 49
Player stats at

Ernest Pastell Givins, Jr. (born September 3, 1964), is a former professional American football player from St. Petersburg, Florida. He played ten seasons as a wide receiver with the National Football League, mostly with the Houston Oilers.

High school and college[edit]

Givins attended Lakewood High School where he was a star football player. He attended Northeast Oklahoma Junior College, then transferred to the University of Louisville. At Louisville he set records for punt return and kickoff return that still stand.

Professional career[edit]

He was selected by the Houston Oilers in the 2nd round of the 1986 NFL Draft.[1] A 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m), 175 lbs. wide receiver, he played in 10 NFL seasons from 1986 to 1995. A two-time Pro Bowl selection in 1990 and 1992, he played most of his career with the Oilers, catching passes from quarterback Warren Moon, along with receivers Curtis Duncan, Haywood Jeffires and Drew Hill in the Oilers' "run and shoot" offense. Givins was best known for his touchdown celebration dance known as the "Electric Slide."[2]

After nine seasons with the Oilers, Givins played one season with the Jacksonville Jaguars, then retired.

Post-professional career[edit]

He is very active in St. Petersburg's football community. In the mid-1990s, he was offensive coordinator of his high school alma mater, Pinellas Lakewood High School. He served as Head Coach of St. Petersburg semi-pro football team, the St. Pete Sharks of the SSFL (Suncoast Semi-pro Football League). Givins is entering his third season as the Head Coach of the Sarasota Millionaires, initially in the United Football Federation (UFF) and as of 2014 in the Florida Football Alliance (FFA).

Givins is currently the offensive coordinator for Boca Ciega High School's football team. He also works at Bay Point Middle School in St. Petersburg as a campus monitor.

Personal life[edit]

Givins' brother, Anthony, is the head coach of the St. Petersburg-based University of Faith football team.[3]


  1. ^ "Ernest Givins". Pro Football Reference. Retrieved 13 December 2014. 
  2. ^ Goddard, Lee (August 24, 2010). "Oilers-ex Givins still looking for recognition". Corpus Christi Caller-Times. Retrieved 13 December 2014. 
  3. ^ Kruse, Michael (November 1, 2014). "At college football's lowest rung, games are matter of faith and creative financing". Tampa Bay Times. Retrieved February 5, 2015. 

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