J. J. Birden

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JJ Birden
No. 88, 89
Position: Wide receiver
Personal information
Born: (1965-06-16) June 16, 1965 (age 53)
Portland, Oregon
Career information
College: Oregon
NFL Draft: 1988 / Round: 8 / Pick: 216
(By the Cleveland Browns)
Career history
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Career NFL statistics
Receptions: 244
Reception yards: 3441
Touchdowns: 17
Player stats at PFR

LaJourdain J. Birden Sr. (born June 16, 1965) is a former professional American football player who was selected by the Cleveland Browns in the 8th round of the 1988 NFL Draft.

A 5'10", 157-lb. wide receiver, Birden graduated from Lakeridge High School in Lake Oswego, Oregon and the University of Oregon.[1] He played in 9 NFL seasons for the Kansas City Chiefs and Atlanta Falcons from 1988 to 1996.

College statistics[edit]

  • 1985: 3 catches for 39 yards
  • 1987: 19 catches for 399 yards and 1 touchdown; his quarterback was Bill Musgrave

After football[edit]

Following his football career, Birden became an executive for Xocai with Team X 88. Later he became a distributor of Isagenix health and wellness products and continues to represent Isagenix. JJ has also travelled extensively as a motivational and opportunity speaker and trainer for companies large and small; team building seminars, as well as youth group life skill development meetings.

Birden and his wife Raina have three children and 5 adopted children. They live in Scottsdale.[1]

In 2010, Birden was inducted into the University of Oregon's Athletic Hall of Fame for his performance on the Ducks' 1985 Track and Field NCAA Championship team.


  1. ^ a b Newell, Cliff (2008-07-03). "Birden sees plenty of success after pro football career". Lake Oswego Review. Retrieved 2008-07-08.

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