Orson Charles

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Orson Charles
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Charles with the Cincinnati Bengals
No. -- Free agent
Position: Tight end
Personal information
Date of birth: (1991-01-27) January 27, 1991 (age 26)
Place of birth: Tampa, Florida
Height: 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Weight: 250 lb (113 kg)
Career information
High school: Tampa (FL) Plant
College: Georgia
NFL Draft: 2012 / Round: 4 / Pick: 116
Career history
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Career highlights and awards
  • All-SEC First Team (2011)
  • All-SEC Second Team (2010)
Career NFL statistics
Receptions: 9
Receiving Yards: 109
Receiving Avg: 12.1
Receiving TDs: 0
Player stats at NFL.com

Orson Charles (born January 27, 1991) is an American football tight end who is currently a free agent. He played college football at Georgia.

High school career[edit]

Charles attended Riverview High School before transferring to Henry B. Plant High School in Tampa, Florida for his Sr. year, where he was a teammate of Aaron Murray. During a recruiting visit to the University of Florida in 2008, Charles accidentally dropped the school's 2006 National Championship Trophy, breaking the Waterford Crystal football. [1] He played in the 2009 U.S. Army All-American Bowl.

College career[edit]

Charles was named a finalist for the 2011 John Mackey Award on November 21, 2011.[2]

Professional career[edit]

Charles was drafted by the Cincinnati Bengals in the 2012 NFL Draft with the 116th pick (4th round). Orson Charles was moved to Fullback prior to the 2013 NFL Cincinnati Bengals training camp.

Cincinnati Bengals[edit]

In his rookie season, he played all 16 games starting 6 of them. He accumulated 8 receptions for 101 yards. His longest reception was 25 yards with an average of 12.6 YPC. In 2013 Charles played primarily at fullback; He played 13 games but started none and recorded one catch for eight yards.[3]

New Orleans Saints[edit]

On September 23, 2014, Charles was signed to the New Orleans Saints practice squad.

Detroit Lions[edit]

On June 16, 2016, Charles was signed by the Detroit Lions.[4] He was released on October 4, 2016.[5]

Legal troubles[edit]

Shortly before the 2012 NFL draft, Charles was arrested for a DUI.[6]

On March 31, 2014, Charles was arrested for wanton endangerment in Richmond, Kentucky. Charles was pulled over by a police officer after another driver called in a complaint that Charles had shown a gun multiple times.[6] In February 2015 Charles pleaded guilty to wanton endangerment and will enter a diversion program.[7]


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