Larry Donnell

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Larry Donnell
Free agent
Position: Tight end
Personal information
Born: (1988-11-01) November 1, 1988 (age 29)
Ozark, Alabama
Height: 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m)
Weight: 265 lb (120 kg)
Career information
High school: Ozark (AL) Carroll
College: Grambling State
Undrafted: 2011
Career history
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Career NFL statistics as of 2016
Receptions: 110
Receiving yards: 969
Receiving touchdowns: 9
Player stats at

Larry Donnell (born November 1, 1988) is an American football tight end who is currently a free agent. He played college football for Grambling State. He was signed by the New York Giants as an undrafted free agent in 2012.[1]

Early years[edit]

Donnell attended Carroll High School in Ozark, Alabama, where he played football, basketball, and baseball.[2][3]

College career[edit]

Donnell played football for four seasons at Grambling State University. He switched from quarterback to tight end during his freshman year.[4][5] He finished his college career with 38 receptions for 432 yards and 11 touchdowns.[6]

After his senior season at Grambling State, Donnell was not invited to the NFL Scouting Combine.[4]

Professional career[edit]


Pre-draft measurables
Ht Wt 40-yard dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert jump Broad
6 ft 6 in
(1.98 m)
268 lb
(122 kg)
4.91 s 1.78 s 2.82 s 4.59 s 7.41 s 34.5 in
(0.88 m)
9 ft 8 in
(2.95 m)
All values from Grambling State Pro Day[7]

New York Giants[edit]

Donnell, who was not drafted during the 2011 NFL Draft, sat out the 2011 season.[4] He signed with the Giants as an undrafted free agent on March 13, 2012. He was waived by the Giants on August 31, 2012 and signed to the Giants practice squad on September 1, 2012.[2]

He was signed to a reserve/future contract by the Giants on September 2, 2013.[2] He played on special teams for the entire regular season and started one game as a tight end.[3] He finished the season with 3 receptions for 31 yards.[8]

On September 25, 2014, in a nationally televised game on Thursday Night Football, Donnell scored 3 touchdowns on 7 receptions for 54 yards.[9] Donnell was the first Giant tight end to accomplish the feat of scoring three touchdowns in the same game since Joe Walton in 1962.

On March 4, 2015, the Giants tendered Donnell, which yielded him the three-year veteran minimum salary of $585,000 over one-year. The next day, Donnell was aboard Delta Air Lines Flight 1086 when it crashed upon landing. Donnell was not among the injured or hospitalized passengers, and posted pictures and video he took of the incident to his Instagram account.[10]

On October 11, 2015, Donnell caught a 12-yard game-winning touchdown pass from Eli Manning in a week 5 game against the San Francisco 49ers.[11] On December 8, 2015, Donnell was placed on season-ending injured reserve due to a neck injury he suffered after trying to do a somersault over a defender on November 1 in a game against the New Orleans Saints. Prior to being placed on injured reserve, Donnell had missed the previous four games.[12] Donnell became a restricted free-agent after the 2015 season. On March 3, 2016, the Giants tendered Donnell with the original-round tender of $1.671 million.[13] On April 19, 2016, Donnell signed his one-year restricted free-agent tender after getting clearance from team doctors.[14] On February 13, 2017 Mike Garafolo of reported that Donnell would not be re-signed.[15]

Baltimore Ravens[edit]

On July 30, 2017, Donnell signed with the Baltimore Ravens.[16] On September 1, 2017, he was released by the Ravens during final roster cuts.[17]


  1. ^ "Giants Add Tight End, Offensive Tackle". SNY Giants. Retrieved 24 March 2015. 
  2. ^ a b c "Larry Donnell, New York Giants". Retrieved 2014-09-26. 
  3. ^ a b Mark Inabinett. "NFL kicks off Week 4 with Giants tight end Larry Donnell on the rise". Retrieved 2014-09-26. 
  4. ^ a b c Dane Brugler. "The unlikely NFL journey of Giants tight end Larry Donnell". Retrieved 2014-09-26. 
  5. ^
  6. ^ "Football - NCAA - Player Stats - Larry Donnell - Grambling State Tigers -". Retrieved 24 March 2015. 
  7. ^ "Larry Donnell - Grambling State, TE : 2011 NFL Draft Scout Player Profile". Retrieved 24 March 2015. 
  8. ^ "Larry Donnell". Retrieved 24 March 2015. 
  9. ^ "Eli Manning (5 TDs), Larry Donnell (3) star as Giants rout Redskins". Retrieved 2014-09-26. 
  10. ^ "Giants TE Larry Donnell Walks Away Unharmed After Botched Plane Landing". Bleacher Report. 5 March 2015. Retrieved 26 March 2015. 
  11. ^
  12. ^ Eisen, Michael (December 8, 2015). "Giants place LS Zak DeOssie, TE Larry Donnell on IR". Retrieved December 19, 2015. 
  13. ^ Graziano, Dan (March 3, 2016). "Giants will bring back Larry Donnell, keep looking for TE help". ESPN. Retrieved March 18, 2016. 
  14. ^ Sessler, Marc (April 19, 2016). "Cleared to play, TE Larry Donnell re-signs with Giants". Retrieved June 16, 2016. 
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  16. ^ Patra, Kevin (July 30, 2017). "Ravens sign veteran tight end Larry Donnell". 
  17. ^ Mink, Ryan (September 1, 2017). "Ravens Announce 24 Roster Moves, Have 13 More To Make". 

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