Otis Hudson

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Otis Hudson
No. -- Free agent
Position: Guard
Personal information
Date of birth: (1986-07-19) July 19, 1986 (age 29)
Place of birth: Chicago, Illinois
Height: 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)
Weight: 330 lb (150 kg)
Career information
College: Eastern Illinois
NFL draft: 2010 / Round: 5 / Pick: 152
Career history
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Roster status: Active
Career NFL statistics
Stats at NFL.com

Otis Hudson (born July 19, 1986) is an American football guard who is currently a free agent. He was drafted by the Cincinnati Bengals in the 5th round of the 2010 NFL Draft. He played college football at Eastern Illinois.

Personal life[edit]

Otis has a life story similar to The Blind Side. He grew up in the Austin neighborhood on the West Side of Chicago. As a child, he was always the biggest in his class. In 5th grade, he evaded 15 gang members who were trying to pursue him on his walk home from winning a basketball game. He used sports as a way to stay out of trouble. He liked playing basketball, football, and baseball. When Hudson was in middle school, he became part of AAU basketball, where he met the Leopardo family from Barrington. He enjoyed traveling around the country playing basketball. He started playing football in 8th grade and realized he had great athletic ability in football. He played on both the varsity offensive line and defensive line, when he was a freshman at John Marshall High School. He also played on the varsity basketball team as the center. When he was a sophomore in high school, he told his parents he wanted to move to the suburbs, because he knew he would have a better opportunity of playing NCAA football. He and his family moved to Barrington, IL near the Leopardo family. He played varsity football and basketball at Barrington High School and graduated in 2005.[1] Mr. and Mrs. Leopardo were mentors to Otis throughout high school and college.

He graduated from Eastern Illinois University with a degree in construction management. He helped his team earn All Conference and All Area recognitions. After graduation, he traveled to California to train with Travelle Gaines of Performance Gaines. Gaines always spoke highly of Hudson. "For the 2010 NFL draft, I have been training 24 top prospects, including Otis, and Otis is just as good as everyone I've seen. He has a work ethic that outclasses most and is very cooperative and coachable, which are intangibles you can't teach." [1]

Professional career[edit]

Cincinnati Bengals[edit]

On July 7, 2010, Hudson agreed to terms on his rookie contract with the Cincinnati Bengals. He was penciled in as the backup right guard. On September 4, 2010, he was waived by the Bengals. He cleared waivers and was re-signed to the Bengals' practice squad.

During the 2011 season, Hudson spent part of the season on the active roster and on the practice squad. Coach Paul Alexander said he was one of the most improved players during summer camp in 2011.

Hudson spent the entire 2012 season on the Bengals' practice squad. On August 10, 2013, after an ankle injury caused Bengals rookie Tanner Hawkinson to be sidelined indefinitely, the Bengals re-signed Hudson.[2] Hudson was later released during final roster cuts.

Kansas City Chiefs[edit]

Hudson signed with the Kansas City Chiefs on May 1, 2014.[3] He was released August 25.[4]

Real Estate[edit]

Hudson is currently a Realtor with Keller Williams Team Realty in Palatine, Illinois. He specializes in downtown Chicago and the surrounding Chicagoland area.[5]


  1. ^ a b ""Under The Radar" Late-Round NFL Draft Prospect, Otis Hudson, Expected to Shine in Pros". Prweb.com. 2010-04-15. Retrieved 2015-03-01. 
  2. ^ Hudy, Steven (2015-02-25). "Camp report: Whale-n of a practice; Hudson gives football another shot". Bengals.com. Retrieved 2015-03-01. 
  3. ^ Wilkening, Mike. "Chiefs sign guard Otis Hudson". Pro Football Talk. Retrieved 1 May 2014. 
  4. ^ "Chiefs Annouce Roster Moves". Kcchiefs.com. 2014-08-25. Retrieved 2015-03-01. 
  5. ^ [1][dead link]

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