Johnny Rutledge

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Johnny Rutledge
No. 51, 58, 53
Position: Linebacker
Personal information
Date of birth: (1977-01-04) January 4, 1977 (age 38)
Place of birth: Belle Glade, Florida
Height: 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Weight: 239 lb (108 kg)
Career information
High school: Belle Glade (FL) Glades Central
College: Florida
NFL draft: 1999 / Round: 2 / Pick: 51
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Games played: 46
Games started: 4
Stats at
Stats at

Johnny Boykins Rutledge, III (born January 4, 1977) is an American former college and professional football player who was a linebacker in the National Football League (NFL) for five seasons during the 1990s and 2000s. Rutledge played college football for the University of Florida, and was a member of a national championship team. A second round pick in the 1999 NFL Draft, he played professionally for the Arizona Cardinals and the Denver Broncos of the NFL.

Early years[edit]

Rutledge was born in Belle Glade, Florida in 1977.[1] He attended Glades Central High School in Belle Glade,[2] where he played high school football for the Glades Central Raiders.

College career[edit]

Rutledge accepted an athletic scholarship to attend the University of Florida in Gainesville, Florida, where he played for coach Steve Spurrier's Florida Gators football team from 1995 to 1998.[3] He was a member of the 1996 Gators' team that defeated the Florida State Seminoles 52–20 in the Sugar Bowl for the Bowl Alliance national championship. He was a second-team All-Southeastern Conference (SEC) selection as a junior in 1997, and a first-team selection as a senior in 1998.[3]

Rutledge later returned to Gainesville after his NFL career was over, and graduated from the University of Florida with a bachelor's degree in health and human performance in 2007.

Professional career[edit]

The Arizona Cardinals selected Rutledge in the second round (fifty-first overall pick) in the 1999 NFL Draft,[4] and he played for the Cardinals from 1999 to 2002.[5] He played his final season with the Denver Broncos in 2003.[5] In his five-season NFL career, Rutledge appeared in forty-six regular season games.[1]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b, Players, Johnny Rutledge. Retrieved July 16, 2010.
  2. ^, Players, Johnny Rutledge. Retrieved July 16, 2010.
  3. ^ a b 2011 Florida Gators Football Media Guide, University Athletic Association, Gainesville, Florida, pp. 79, 97, 99, 101, 153–154, 185 (2011). Retrieved August 31, 2011.
  4. ^ Pro Football Hall of Fame, Draft History, 1999 National Football League Draft. Retrieved July 17, 2010.
  5. ^ a b National Football League, Historical Players, Johnny Rutledge. Retrieved July 16, 2010.


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