Jonathan Goddard's player profile picture with the Lions
|No. 50, 96, 99|
|Position:||Defensive end / Linebacker|
|Date of birth:||May 11, 1981|
|Place of birth:||San Diego, California|
|Date of death:||June 15, 2008(aged 27)|
|Place of death:||Clay County, Florida|
|NFL draft:||2005 / Round: 6 / Pick: 206|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Career NFL statistics|
|Stats at NFL.com|
Jonathan Bruce Goddard (May 11, 1981 – June 15, 2008) was an American defensive end in the National Football League and Arena Football League. He was drafted by the Detroit Lions and also spent time with the Indianapolis Colts and Colorado Crush before his death in a June 2008 motorcycle accident.
His senior season statistics include 78 tackles, 16 sacks, 28 tackles for loss, 5 broken up passes, 5 forced fumbles, and 3 quarterback hurries. He was runner-up in the Bronko Nagurski Trophy standings.
Goddard was drafted by the Detroit Lions in the sixth round (206th overall) of the 2005 NFL Draft with a pick acquired from the New England Patriots. He was signed to a three-year contract on July 15 and assigned No. 99. However, injuries plagued him during the 2005 preseason and he was released by the team on September 3.
Following his release from the Lions, Goddard was signed to the practice squad by the Indianapolis Colts on September 14. He was promoted to the active roster on January 1, 2006 and made his NFL debut the same day against the Arizona Cardinals. Goddard recorded one solo tackle in the Colts' 17-13 victory. He was inactive during the team's divisional round loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Goddard was signed by the Colorado Crush of the Arena Football League on May 6, 2008. He appeared in two games for the team, recording one assisted tackle and breaking up a pass. He was waived by the team on June 4.
Goddard died on June 15, 2008, from injuries suffered in a motorcycle accident in northern Florida. According to reports, Goddard's motorcycle went off the shoulder of a road at high speed and overturned at approximately 7:40 p.m. in Clay County.