John Garrett (American football)

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John Garrett
No. 48
Position: Wide receiver
Personal information
Born: (1965-03-02) March 2, 1965 (age 53)
Danville, Pennsylvania
Career information
High school: Hunting Valley (OH) University
College: Princeton
Undrafted: 1988
Career history
As player:
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
As coach:
As administrator:
Career NFL statistics
Player stats at

John Morgan Garrett (born March 2, 1965) is an American football coach and former wide receiver. He is currently the head football coach at Lafayette College, a position he assumed December 21, 2016 after spending one season as the offensive coordinator for the University of Richmond. He played college football at both Columbia University and Princeton University. He was signed as an undrafted free agent by the Dallas Cowboys in 1988. He was also a member of the Cincinnati Bengals, San Antonio Riders (WLAF), and Buffalo Bills.

Early years[edit]

Garrett was born in Danville, Pennsylvania and graduated from University School in Hunting Valley, Ohio in 1983.[1] He went on to study and play football at two Ivy League schools—Columbia University and Princeton University. In 1988, he graduated from Princeton with a degree in history.[2]

Professional playing career[edit]

After graduating from college Garrett spent time in training camp with the Dallas Cowboys in 1988. He then played wide receiver for the Cincinnati Bengals in 1989. The following season, he played in the World League for the San Antonio Riders.[3] In his final season as a player he was a member of Buffalo Bills in 1991.

Coaching career[edit]

After his playing career ended, Garrett began as a pro personnel assistant for Sam Wyche's Tampa Bay Buccaneers from 1992 to 1994. Then in 1995 and ending in 1998, Garrett served as an offensive assistant and wide receivers coach for the Cincinnati Bengals.[2] In 1999, he became the quarterbacks coach for the Arizona Cardinals and served in that position for two seasons.[2] Then in 2001, he was hired as a tight ends coach for the Bengals. After spending two seasons working with tight ends, he was named one of the teams scouts.[2]

In 2004, Garrett was hired as a wide receivers coach for the Virginia Cavaliers where he worked for three seasons.[2] Later in 2007, he was hired by the Dallas Cowboys to be a tight ends coach. And beginning in 2011, he began to serve as the passing game coordinator. In January, 2013, John was hired as wide receivers coach by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.[4]

On January 20, 2016, Garrett was named offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at the University of Richmond.[5] They finished 10-6, in fourth place in the Colonial Athletic Association.

On December 21, 2016, Garrett accepted the position as head football coach at Lafayette College.[6]

Personal life[edit]

Garrett comes from a family of coaches, his father, Jim, was an assistant coach for the New York Giants (1970–1973), New Orleans Saints (1976–77), and Cleveland Browns (1978–84), head coach of the Houston Texans of the fledgling WFL (1974), and head football coach at Columbia University (1985). From 1987-2004, he served as a scout for the Dallas Cowboys.[7] Garrett's brother, Jason, is currently the head coach of the Dallas Cowboys, Judd Garrett, also works for the Cowboys.[8] Another brother, Jim, is chairman of the English Department at John's alma mater, University School.[1]

With his wife, Honor, Garrett has four children named John Morgan, Honor, Olivia and Caroline.[2]

Head coaching record[edit]

Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs
Lafayette Leopards (Patriot League) (2017–present)
2017 Lafayette 3–8 3–3 T–3rd
2018 Lafayette 0–0 0–0
Lafayette: 3–8 3–3
Total: 3–8


  1. ^ a b "US Alum Named NFL Coach". University School. November 9, 2010. Retrieved December 7, 2010. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f "John Garrett, Coach/Executive Bios". Archived from the original on December 22, 2010. Retrieved December 7, 2010. 
  3. ^ "John Garrett, Profile". University of Virginia Athletics Football. Retrieved December 7, 2010. 
  4. ^
  5. ^ "Garrett Named Offensive Coordinator And QB Coach". Retrieved April 29, 2016. 
  6. ^ "John Garrett Takes Over as Lafayette Football Coach". Retrieved December 21, 2016. 
  7. ^ "Jason, John Garrett coach against brother Judd when Cowboys meet Rams". USA Today. September 28, 2007. Retrieved May 7, 2010. 
  8. ^ Lubinger, Bill (November 8, 2010). "University School's Jason Garrett takes over as coach of the Dallas Cowboys". The Plain Dealer. Retrieved December 7, 2010. 

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