James Hardy (American football)

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James Hardy
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practice at M&T Bank stadium August 2011
No. 81, 84, 13
Position: Wide receiver
Personal information
Date of birth: (1985-12-24) December 24, 1985 (age 30)
Place of birth: Fort Wayne, Indiana
Height: 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m)
Weight: 220 lb (100 kg)
Career information
High school: Fort Wayne (IN) Elmhurst
College: Indiana
NFL draft: 2008 / Round: 2 / Pick: 41
Career history
Career highlights and awards
  • Freshman All-American (2005)
  • Third-team All-Big Ten (2005-2006)
  • First-team All-Big Ten (2007)
Career NFL statistics
Receptions: 10
Receiving yards: 96
Receiving touchdowns: 2
Player stats at NFL.com

James W. Hardy, III (born December 24, 1985) is a former American football wide receiver. He was drafted by the Buffalo Bills in the second round of the 2008 NFL Draft and played college football at Indiana University.

High School career[edit]

Hardy attended Elmhurst High School, where he played football and basketball. As a senior, he posted 34 catches for 710 yards and 10 touchdowns and was a Class 4A all-state selection by the Indiana Football Coaches Association.

As a basketball player, he was runner-up in the Mr. Basketball voting and an Indiana All-Star. He ranks high on the list for the city scoring record for Fort Wayne, with over 2,000 points during his four years at Elmhurst. Hardy led Elmhurst to a state championship appearance his senior year. However, Elmhurst was defeated by Bishop Chatard High School from Indianapolis.

Hardy was also a two-time winner of the Tiffany Gooden Award, awarded annually to the most outstanding male or female basketball player in the SAC.

College career[edit]

Hardy redshirted as a true freshman in 2004. As a redshirt freshman in 2005, he posted 61 catches for 893 yards and 10 touchdowns. His play earned him a Freshman All-America selection.

He followed his stellar freshman season with another good one as he hauled in 51 passes for 722 yards and 10 touchdowns and was named Second Team All-Big Ten for a second straight year. His 20 career receiving touchdowns in his first two years had tied him with Ernie Jones (1984–1987) for second on the university's all-time list, trailing only Jade Butcher (1967–1969) and his 30 career TD grabs.

As a junior, Hardy caught 74 passes for 1,075 yards—ranking third in the Big Ten in both categories—and became the Hoosiers' all-time receiving leader in touchdowns (36), yards (2,690) and receptions (186). He was selected first team All-Big Ten selection, a Fred Biletnikoff Award semifinalist and the team's most valuable player.[1]

During his time at Indiana, Hardy also played on the basketball team for two years.

In January 2008, Hardy declared himself eligible for the 2008 NFL Draft, saying "I have reached the pinnacle of my college football career".[1]

Professional career[edit]


At the NFL Scouting Combine, Hardy was a top 10 performer in the bench press, broad jump, 3-cone drill, and 20-yard shuttle. In the bench press Hardy finished 9th among WRs with 18 reps at 225 pounds. Hardy finished 8th in the broad jump with a distance of 10'5". He finished 7th in the 3-cone drill with a time of 6.84 seconds. He also finished tied for 7th in the 20-yard shuttle with a time of 4.20 seconds. Official 40-yard dash was 4.49.[2]

Buffalo Bills[edit]

Hardy was drafted by the Buffalo Bills in the second round (41st overall) of the 2008 NFL Draft. He signed a multi-year contract with the team on July 24.

On September 14, 2008, in his second game, Hardy caught his first touchdown late in a win against the Jacksonville Jaguars. He finished the campaign with 9 catches for 87 yards and 2 touchdowns.

Hardy played in only 2 games all season in 2009, catching 1 pass for 9 yards.

On September 4, 2010 Hardy was released by the Bills.

Baltimore Ravens[edit]

On January 17, 2011 Hardy was signed to a reserve/future contract by the Baltimore Ravens.[2]

However, he practiced very little with the Ravens during the 2011 training camp due to chronic hamstring problems, the same injury that nagged him while with the Bills. He was released by the Ravens on September 5, 2011.

Post-athletic career[edit]

Unable to make it in the NFL, Hardy turned his attention to Hollywood. He is currently pursuing a career in modeling and acting.[3]

On May 4, 2014, Hardy was arrested on felony charges following a dispute at his home in Los Angeles, in which a visibly drugged Hardy attacked police officers responding to a disturbing the peace call.[4]

In November 2014, it was reported a judge deemed Hardy unfit for trial and remanded him to a mental facility.[5]


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