Paul Palmer (American football)
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|Date of birth:||October 14, 1964|
|Place of birth:||Bethesda, Maryland|
|Height:||5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)|
|Weight:||184 lb (83 kg)|
|High school:||Potomac (MD) Churchill|
|NFL draft:||1987 / Round: 1 / Pick: 19|
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Paul Woodrow Palmer (born October 14, 1964) is a former professional American football running back. He played in the National Football League for three seasons for the Kansas City Chiefs, the Detroit Lions, and the Dallas Cowboys.
Palmer attended Churchill High School in Potomac, Maryland. He went on to starred at Temple University where he still holds several school records including career rushing yards: 4,895 (1983–86), single season rushing yards: 1,866 (1986), and single game rushing yardage: 349 (East Carolina 1986).
Palmer was the runner-up to Vinny Testaverde for the 1986 Heisman Trophy and holds rushing records during his college career at Temple University. After being found in violation of NCAA policies for signing with an agent before his eligibility expired, sixteen of his marks and the six victories the school registered in the 1986 season were eliminated from the record books.
Kansas City Chiefs
He was drafted in the first round of the 1987 NFL Draft by the Kansas City Chiefs, where he led the AFC in kickoff return average (24.3 yards per attempt) and was named All Pro as a rookie. Palmer rushed for 607 yards in two seasons. After not being able to take over the starting running back position from Christian Okoye, he was waived at the end of the 1988 season.
He became the starting running back after Herschel Walker was traded to the Minnesota Vikings. Palmer led the Cowboys with 446 yards on 112 carries during 9 games, on a team that would finish with a 1–15 record for the 1989 season, and that had the second lowest 16-game rushing total in franchise history (after the 2012 season), with quarterback Troy Aikman as the team's second-leading rusher with 302 yards. Palmer played a key role in the only win the team had that season (against the Washington Redskins), when he registered the only 100-yard rushing game of his career, after gaining 110 yards and scoring a touchdown.
Barcelona Dragons (WLAF)