Jean Fugett

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Jean Fugett
No. 84
Position:Tight end
Personal information
Born: (1951-12-16) December 16, 1951 (age 67)
Baltimore, Maryland
Height:6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Weight:225 lb (102 kg)
Career information
High school:Cardinal Gibbons (MD)
College:Amherst (MA)
NFL Draft:1972 / Round: 13 / Pick: 338
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Games played:103
Receiving Yards:2,270
Player stats at
Player stats at PFR

Jean Schloss Fugett, Jr. (born December 16, 1951) is a former professional American football tight end in the National Football League for the Dallas Cowboys and Washington Redskins. He played college football at Amherst College.

Early years[edit]

Born and raised in Baltimore, Maryland, he skipped two grades as a youngster.[1] He attended Cardinal Gibbons School, where he started playing football as a senior, becoming a two-way player (tight end and defensive end). He graduated in 1968 and was named the Baltimore Catholic Athlete of the Year, the first black athlete to be given the award.[2]

Fugett accepted an athletic scholarship to Amherst College in Massachusetts, because he wanted to go to a school where he could play both basketball and football. As a senior in 1971, he led the team in receiving and scoring with 39 receptions for 635 yards and 9 touchdowns, while earning Little All-American honors.

Professional career[edit]

Dallas Cowboys[edit]

Fugett was selected in the thirteenth round (338th overall) of the 1972 NFL Draft. The Cowboys carried only two tight ends on the roster in those years, but saw potential in the 20-year-old rookie and made an exception by adding him as the third one. He ended up alternating snaps with Mike Ditka and was a part of the Super Bowl VI winning team.

The next year, Billy Joe DuPree was taken in the first round of that year's draft and became a starter at tight end. Fugett tallied 9 receptions for 168 yards and 3 touchdowns, leading the team with an 18.7-yard average per reception.

In 1975, Fugett started nine games over an injured DuPree and was the team's second leading receiver (behind Drew Pearson), with 38 receptions for 488 yards and three touchdowns. He also started Super Bowl X against the Pittsburgh Steelers.[3]

Washington Redskins[edit]

After the courts ruled in favor of the National Football League Players Association, a new form of free agency was briefly instituted in 1976.[4] Fugett signed as a free agent with the Washington Redskins and was looked upon as the replacement of former All-Pro Jerry Smith.[5] He was named the starter, finishing with 27 receptions (tied for third on the team) for 334 yards (third on the team) and 6 receiving touchdowns (led the team).

In 1977, he led the team with 36 receptions for 631 yards, a 17.5-yard average and 5 touchdowns. At the end of the year, he was tied with the St. Louis Cardinals' J. V. Cain in Pro Bowl votes, but edged him based on the team records.[6] In the offseason he underwent an operation to repair torn cartilage in his left knee.

In 1978, he had 25 receptions for 367 yards and 7 receiving touchdowns (led the team).

In 1979, he was limited with a knee injury and started 6 games, before being replaced in the starting lineup with rookie Don Warren. He retired prior to the 1980 season, after he did not receive a contract offer from the Redskins.[7]

Personal life[edit]

During his time with the Redskins, Fugett earned his law degree at the George Washington University Law School, attending school only at night.[8] After his eighth year as an all pro tight end in the NFL and passing the Maryland state bar exam, he made the decision of joining his older brother Reginald Lewis in business.

While working with Lewis Fugett largely contributed the founding of TLC Group in 1983. From there he served as Director and Vice-Chair of the McCall Pattern Company Management Committee, as founding partner of a Baltimore law firm, and as a partner with Fanfone in Europe. After the death of his brother in 1993, Fugett took over TLC Beatrice International Foods, the largest black-owned and black managed business in the United States at the time. At its peak, TLC Beatrice had $2.2 billion in sales and was number 512 on Fortune magazine’s list of 1,000 largest.

In addition to his law practice, Fugett is the most recent past President of the Retired Players Steering Committee of the National Football League Players Association, as legal counsel and advisor to Wall Street investment services firm GFS Acquisition Partners, Managing Director of Axum Capital Partners, and on the Leadership Council for the American Diabetes Association Maryland Chapter. Fugett is currently working on his memoirs to be published in the near future.

Fugett currently resides in Baltimore with his wife Carlotta. His two sons are Joseph "Russell" and Reginald. His only daughter Audie married Adam Jones in late-December 2014.[9]


  1. ^ "Jean Fugett: From TE To CEO". Retrieved January 7, 2018.
  2. ^ "Biography". Retrieved January 7, 2018.
  3. ^ "Super Bowl Game Plan". The Prescott Courier. Retrieved February 11, 2018.
  4. ^ "Fugett Signed By Redskins". Times Daily. Retrieved February 11, 2018.
  5. ^ "Fugett Signed By Redskins". Observer-Reporter. Retrieved February 11, 2018.
  6. ^ "Cardinal's Cain dies at Practice". The Tuscaloosa News. Retrieved February 11, 2018.
  7. ^ "Washington makes offers to all but two veterans". Free Lance-Star. (Fredericksburg, Virginia). Associated Press. January 31, 1980. p. 13. Retrieved February 11, 2018.
  8. ^ Hansen, Jean (January 21, 1978). "That's Jean Fugett, attorney-at-law". St. Petersburg Evening Independent. (Florida). p. 1C. Retrieved February 11, 2018.
  9. ^ "Orioles center fielder Adam Jones gets married in Arizona". The Baltimore Sun. (Florida). January 1, 2015. Retrieved February 11, 2018.

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