March 4, 1958 |
|Height:||6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)|
|Weight:||195 lb (88 kg)|
|High school:||William M. Raines (FL)|
|NFL Draft:||1980 / Round: 9 / Pick: 246|
|* Offseason and/or practice squad member only|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Career NFL statistics|
Jackie Flowers (born March 4, 1958) is a former professional American football wide receiver in the United States Football League for the Arizona Wranglers, Chicago Blitz, Pittsburgh Maulers and the Orlando Renegades. He also played in the National Football League for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He played college football at Florida State University.
In his senior year, he caught 37 passes for 622 yards (led the team), 7 touchdowns, a 2-point conversion reception and was named second-team All-American. Against Memphis State University, he had 9 receptions for 117 yards and one touchdown.
Flowers was selected by the Dallas Cowboys in the ninth round (246th overall) of the 1980 NFL Draft, after dropping because he lacked speed and was seen as a possession receiver. On August 25, he was waived in pre-season after the Cowboys decided to keep only 3 wide receivers on the roster.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Arizona Wranglers (USFL)
In 1983, Flowers jumped to the Arizona Wranglers of the United States Football League after being out of football for a year, registering 63 receptions for 869 yards and 11 touchdowns, including the longest reception (98 yards) in league history. At the end of the season, Wranglers owner Jim Joseph did an unprecedented swap of franchises with Chicago Blitz owner Ted Diethrich. Diethrich sold the Blitz to James Hoffman, then bought the Wranglers from Joseph. Hoffman and Diethrich then engineered a swap of assets in which Allen, the Blitz coaching staff and most of its players moved to Phoenix while most of the Wranglers roster moved to Chicago.
Chicago Blitz (USFL)
Pittsburgh Maulers (USFL)
In 1984, Flowers was one of the league's best wide receivers with the Pittsburgh Maulers, leading the team with 46 catches for 881 yards and 8 touchdowns. The next year owner Edward J. DeBartolo, Sr. folded the team, after the USFL announced that they would be switching to a fall schedule in 1986.
Orlando Renegades (USFL)
- Boyles, Bob & Guido, Paul:  USA Today College Football Encyclopedia 2009-2010, Florida State University, Page 950
- "Colston is prepared for opportunity". Retrieved January 13, 2018.
- "Johnson, Flowers axed; Saints check out Reaves". Retrieved January 13, 2018.
- "Shifting Into Football Gear". Retrieved January 13, 2018.
- "Bucs Trim Roster". Retrieved January 13, 2018.
- "Flowers' Record Reception Gives Wranglers Win". Retrieved January 13, 2018.
- Cook, Ron: "After weeding out receivers, Maulers cultivating Flowers" Pittsburgh Press, March 27, 1984
- "I shed some tears will be the Maulers' epilogue". Retrieved January 13, 2018.
- "Maulers' brief history was made up mostly of mistakes". Retrieved January 13, 2018.