Javier Arenas (American football)

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Javier Arenas
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Arenas with the Atlanta Falcons in 2014
No. 21, 35, 28
Position: Cornerback
Personal information
Born: (1987-10-28) October 28, 1987 (age 30)
Tampa, Florida
Height: 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Weight: 197 lb (89 kg)
Career information
High school: Tampa (FL) Robinson
College: Alabama
NFL Draft: 2010 / Round: 2 / Pick: 50
Career history
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Total tackles: 157
Sacks: 5.0
Forced fumbles: 4
Interceptions: 2
Total return yards: 2,576
Total touchdowns: 1
Player stats at NFL.com
Player stats at CFL.ca

Javier E. Arenas (born October 28, 1987) is a former American football cornerback. Arenas played college football for the University of Alabama, earned consensus All-American honors, and was a member of a BCS National Championship team. He was drafted by the Kansas City Chiefs in the second round of the 2010 NFL Draft. He has also played for the Arizona Cardinals, New York Jets, Atlanta Falcons, and Buffalo Bills of the NFL. Arenas also had a brief stint with the Ottawa Redblacks of the Canadian Football League.

Early years[edit]

Arenas was born in Tampa, Florida. He attended Robinson High School in Tampa, where he was a first-team All-Suncoast selection in football and a track star. In high school football, he was a highly regarded punt returner and defensive back. He was named USA Navy Player of the Week and Bright House Player of the Week in 2005. He set the record for most punt and kick returns for touchdowns at Robinson as a senior, with four punt-return touchdowns and three kickoff returns for scores, scoring 16 touchdowns overall.[2]

In track & field, Arenas was an standout sprinter, competing in the 200-meter dash, with a personal-best time of 22.9 seconds, and in the 400-meter dash, with a personal-best time of 51.48 seconds.[3] He was also a member of the Knights relay teams, running PR of 42.9 seconds in the 4 × 100m, 1:32.31 minutes in the 4 × 200m and 3:30.08 minutes in the 4 × 400m.[4]

Regarded as a three-star recruit by Rivals, Arenas chose Alabama over Florida Atlantic.[5]

College career[edit]

Arenas in May 2011, volunteering for the American Red Cross

Arenas attended the University of Alabama, where he played for coaches Mike Shula, Joe Kines, and Nick Saban from 2006 to 2009. On November 21, 2009, Javier broke Derek Abney's Southeastern Conference (SEC) record for career punt return touchdowns by returning his seventh punt return for a touchdown against the Chattanooga Mocs in Bryant–Denny Stadium.[6][7] Following his senior season, he was a first-team All-SEC selection and was recognized as a consensus first-team All-American. The 2009 Crimson Tide completed an undefeated 14–0 season, beat the Florida Gators 32–13 to win the 2009 SEC Championship Game, and then defeated the Texas Longhorns 37–21 to win the 2010 BCS National Championship.

Arenas left Alabama with 1,752 punt return yards and 2,166 kickoff return yards, both school records, along with his career average of 14 yards per punt return.[1]

Professional career[edit]

Pre-draft measurables
Ht Wt 40-yard dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert jump Broad
5 ft 9 in
(1.75 m)
197 lb
(89 kg)
4.60 s 1.55 s 2.61 s 9 ft 4 in
(2.84 m)
All values from NFL combine[8]

Kansas City Chiefs[edit]

Arenas was selected by the Kansas City Chiefs in the 2nd round, 50th overall of the 2010 NFL Draft. On July 28, 2010 Arenas signed a 4-year, $3.798 million contract with the Chiefs.[9]

Arenas scored his first career offensive touchdown on October 23, 2011, against the Oakland Raiders. Arenas finished the 2011 season with 2 interceptions, 33 tackles, and 1 sack. He also recovered a fumble in the Chiefs/Steelers game.

For the 2012 season, Arenas tallied 53 solo tackles and 1 forced fumble in 16 games played. He also logged 204 yards in kickoff returns and 297 yards in punt returns on special teams.

Arizona Cardinals[edit]

On May 1, 2013, Arenas was traded to the Arizona Cardinals in exchange for Anthony Sherman.[10]

Atlanta Falcons[edit]

On March 18, 2014, Arenas signed a one-year contract with the Atlanta Falcons.[11]

New York Jets[edit]

Arenas was signed by the New York Jets on August 11, 2015.[12] He was waived on August 30.[13]

Buffalo Bills[edit]

On February 3, 2016, Arenas signed a futures contract with the Buffalo Bills.[14] On August 7, 2016, Arenas was released by the Bills.[15]

Ottawa Redblacks[edit]

On March 2, 2017, Arenas signed with the Ottawa Redblacks of the Canadian Football League (CFL).[16] He was released by the Redblacks on June 18, 2017.[17]

NFL statistics[edit]

2010 KC 16 43 36 7 3.0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 8
2011 KC 15 33 26 7 1.0 0 1 0 2 5 3 5 0 6
2012 KC 16 60 53 7 0.0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 8
2013 ARI 16 12 11 1 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2014 ATL 6 9 9 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
Career[18] 69 157 135 22 5.0 4 1 1 2 5 3 5 1 23

Personal life[edit]

Javier grew up on the east side of Tampa, in the College Hill area, the same place MLB standout Dwight Gooden grew up. At the age of 13, he was diagnosed with having a double aorta arch which required doctors to go in and remove. His father is of Colombian descent and was deported for drug trafficking in 1987, the same year he was born. He is the cousin of former NBA point guard Gilbert Arenas.[19] Like Gilbert, his paternal grandfather is of Cuban descent. His brother, Armando Murillo, was a Golden Helmet winner at Robinson High School in Tampa, and started at defensive back for the University of Nebraska in 2007 and 2008.

On may 21, 2011, Arenas graced the cover of Sports Illustrated after a category 4 tornado tore through Tuscaloosa Alabama leaving the death toll in the double digits. Arenas is currently assisting the defensive backs and punt returners at his Alma Mater, University of Alabama. 2017 was his first year back at the University in a coaching capacity and he has already won a National title helping his tide defeat a Georgia Bulldog team, led by his former defensive coordinator, Kirby Smart, who was the Tides defensive coordinator in 2009, which was the only Alabama football team to go unbeaten and win a championship title the same year.teamtitleAl[20] He has a daughter with his girlfriend Stephanie.


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  2. ^ http://www.rolltide.com/sports/m-footbl/mtt/javier_arenas_347031.html
  3. ^ http://www.rolltide.com/sports/m-footbl/spec-rel/072406aao.html
  4. ^ https://www.trackingfootball.com/players/javier-arenas-2280/
  5. ^ https://rivals.yahoo.com/alabama/football/recruiting/player-Javier-Arenas-47533
  6. ^ XOS Digital Corporate
  7. ^ Alabama's Javier Arenas sets SEC punt return for ID mark – ESPN
  8. ^ http://www.nfldraftscout.com/ratings/dsprofile.php?pyid=66909&draftyear=2010&genpos=CB
  9. ^ "Chiefs announce McCluster, Arenas deals". National Football Post. 28 July 2010. Archived from the original on 1 August 2010. Retrieved 2010-08-03. 
  10. ^ "Chiefs Trade CB Javier Arenas to Cardinals". KCChiefs.com. 
  11. ^ Ledbetter, Orlando. "Falcons agree to one-year deal with Arenas". ajc.com. Retrieved 18 March 2014. 
  12. ^ Inabinett, Mark (August 11, 2015). "New York Jets altercation creates roster opening for Javier Arenas". AL.com. Archived from the original on August 12, 2015. Retrieved August 11, 2015. 
  13. ^ Cimini, Rich (August 30, 2015). "New York Jets cut 12 players, including DeVier Posey". ESPN.com. Retrieved August 30, 2015. 
  14. ^ "Bills sign CB/KR Javier Arenas". www.buffalobills.com. Retrieved 2016-02-03. 
  15. ^ Alper, Josh. "Bills release Javier Arenas, waive/injured Kevin Reddick". ProFootballTalk. 
  16. ^ "Javier Arenas signs with Ottawa of the Canadian Football League". BamaOnLine. Retrieved 2017-03-02. 
  17. ^ "CFL TRANSACTIONS". cfl.ca. Archived from the original on July 12, 2017. Retrieved July 12, 2017. 
  18. ^ "Javier Arenas Stats". ESPN. ESPN Internet Ventures. Retrieved 15 May 2015. 
  19. ^ "Chiefs Select CB Javier Arenas with second Pick in Round 2". KCChiefs.com. 
  20. ^ http://www.huskers.com/ViewArticle.dbml?DB_OEM_ID=100&ATCLID=831238

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