Naaman Roosevelt

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Naaman Roosevelt
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At a pre-season game in Denver in August, 2011.
No. 82 Saskatchewan Roughriders
Position: Wide receiver
Personal information
Date of birth: (1987-12-24) December 24, 1987 (age 28)
Place of birth: Buffalo, New York, USA
Height: 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Weight: 199 lb (90 kg)
Career information
High school: St. Joseph's Collegiate Institute
College: Buffalo
Undrafted: 2010
Career history
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Roster status: Practice roster
CFL status: International
Career highlights and awards
  • 2008 first-team All-MAC
  • 2007 third-team All-MAC
Career NFL statistics
Receptions: 25
Receiving yards: 396
Receiving TDs: 1
Player stats at

Naaman Roosevelt (born December 24, 1987) is an American football wide receiver for the Saskatchewan Roughriders of the Canadian Football League (CFL). He played college football at University at Buffalo.

High school and collegiate career[edit]

Roosevelt attended St. Joseph's Collegiate Institute in Buffalo where he played at the quarterback position before staying in Buffalo to attend the University at Buffalo. Roosevelt was the first recruit of new head coach Turner Gill. He started seven games as a freshman and was converted into a wide receiver, catching 31 passes and 2 touchdowns. In his second year, the wide receiver caught 63 passes and 4 touchdowns. In his junior season, Roosevelt dramatically increased his production, catching 104 passes, primarily from quarterback Drew Willy.

On September 13, 2008 Roosevelt caught a Hail Mary pass from QB Drew Willy as time expired against the Temple Owls. Also in his junior season, Buffalo won the 2008 MAC Championship Game against Nate Davis and the Ball State Cardinals. Roosevelt's 104 receptions was one short of the MAC Conference record at the time.[1] Roosevelt graduated in 2009 and, the following season, Roosevelt caught 70 passes and 9 touchdowns.[2]

Professional career[edit]

Roosevelt went undrafted in the 2010 NFL Draft. He was signed as an undrafted free agent by the Buffalo Bills on April 24.[3] Roosevelt was cut by the Bills on final cuts on September 4, 2010, but signed to their practice squad on September 5, 2010. On November 27, 2010, Roosevelt was promoted from the practice squad to the active roster. On October 16, 2011, Roosevelt caught his first pro TD pass, a 60-yard catch-and-run at MetLife Stadium against the New York Giants.[4]

On August 31, 2012, he was cut by the Bills. On July 23, 2013, he was signed by the Cleveland Browns. After the 2013 season, he was not re-signed and was signed after a tryout for the Detroit Lions on April 23, 2014.[5] After being let go by the Lions, he signed with the Buffalo Bills on July 21, 2014.[6] The Bills released Roosevelt on August 29, 2014.[7] On October 3, 2014 the Buffalo Bills re-signed Roosevelt to the practice squad. He was released from the practice squad on October 4, 2014.

Roosevelt signed with the Saskatchewan Roughriders of the Canadian Football League on March 14, 2015.[8]


Receiving   Regular season   Playoffs
Year Team Games No. Yards Avg Long TD Games No. Yards Avg Long TD
2015 SSK 10 25 488 19.5 71 5 DNQ
2016 SSK 4 30 477 15.9 89 1
CFL totals 14 55 965 16.7 89 6


  1. ^ Naaman Roosevelt Buffalo Athletics biography
  2. ^ Naaman Roosevelt profile
  3. ^ Roosevelt To Bills, April 24, 2010
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  5. ^ Wilkening, Mike (April 25, 2014). "Lions sign WR Naaman Roosevelt, C Sherman Carter". NBC Sports. Retrieved June 17, 2014. 
  6. ^
  7. ^ Bills reduce roster to 62 ahead of 53-man deadline
  8. ^ "Receivers added to roster". March 14, 2015. Archived from the original on March 14, 2015. Retrieved March 14, 2015. 

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