Richard Rodgers (American football)

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Richard Rodgers
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Rodgers with the Green Bay Packers in 2014
No. 82 – Philadelphia Eagles
Position:Tight end
Personal information
Born: (1992-01-22) January 22, 1992 (age 27)
Martinez, California
Height:6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Weight:257 lb (117 kg)
Career information
High school:Saint John's
(Shrewsbury, Massachusetts)
College:California
NFL Draft:2014 / Round: 3 / Pick: 98
Career history
Roster status:Active
Career NFL statistics as of 2018
Receptions:121
Receiving yards:1,173
Receiving touchdowns:13
Player stats at NFL.com

Richard Christopher Rodgers II (born January 22, 1992) is an American football tight end for the Philadelphia Eagles of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at California, and was drafted by the Green Bay Packers in the third round of the 2014 NFL Draft.

Early life[edit]

Rodgers was born in California and grew up in California, Oregon, and New Mexico before moving to Worcester, Massachusetts in 2004.[1] He attended St. John's High School in Shrewsbury. At St. John's he was a four-time letterman in basketball and three-time letterman in football for the Pioneers. While on the basketball team, he led the Pioneers to the state championship game all four years, including a win in 2009. As a senior, he averaged 17.8 points, 10.8 rebounds, 4.5 blocks, 4.1 steals and 3.4 assists playing basketball. Rodgers was named to the starting five on ESPNBoston's MIAA All-State Boys Basketball Team along with other talented players from Massachusetts such as seniors Pat Connaughton and Jake Layman as well.[2] He is one of 14 athletes in Saint John's history to be a member of the 1000 Point Scorers List, with 1423 points. In football, he helped lead the Pioneers to central Massachusetts super bowl championship wins his last two years.[3] Former Pittsburgh Steelers tight end Rob Blanchflower was also a teammate of Rodgers in football and basketball at St. John's.

Prior to the start of his senior year, Rodgers committed to attend the University of California, Berkeley, where his father, who also played football, handled two of the five laterals in "The Play".[4]

Rodgers is cousins with Jairus Byrd.[5]

College career[edit]

Rodgers played in 35 of 37 possible games (starting 11) for the California Golden Bears during three seasons from 2011-13. He had 20 catches for 288 yards as a 2012 sophomore. He had his best season in 2013 as a junior, when he totaled career highs of 39 receptions and 608 yards receiving to rank third on the team in both categories. He finished his career at Cal with 59 receptions for 896 yards receiving (15.2 yards per catch) and two touchdown catches.[6]

College statistics[edit]

California Golden Bears
Year Games Receiving
G GS Rec Yds Avg Lng TD
2011 13 0 0 0 0 0 0
2012 11 6 20 288 14.4 51 1
2013 11 5 39 608 15.6 75 1
Total 35 11 59 896 15.2 75 2
Source: CalBears.com

Professional career[edit]

External video
Rodgers' NFL Combine workout
Pre-draft measurables
Ht Wt Arm length Hand size 40-yard dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert jump Broad BP Wonderlic
6 ft 4 in
(1.93 m)
257 lb
(117 kg)
32 58 in
(0.83 m)
10 18 in
(0.26 m)
4.87 s 1.69 s 2.82 s 4.47 s 7.23 s 31.5 in
(0.80 m)
9 ft 8 in
(2.95 m)
16 reps 22[7]
All values are from NFL Combine[8][9]

Green Bay Packers[edit]

Rodgers was selected in the third round (98th overall) by the Green Bay Packers in the 2014 NFL Draft.[10] On June 12, 2014, he signed a contract with the Packers.[11] He made his NFL debut on September 4, 2014. He did not record a catch. In Week 4, he recorded his first two catches for 52 yards against the Chicago Bears. Rodgers' first NFL touchdown came in the second quarter of the Packers' November 23, 2014 matchup versus the Minnesota Vikings at TCF Bank Stadium. After rolling out far to his right, quarterback Aaron Rodgers completed a 1-yard touchdown pass across the width of the field to Richard Rodgers, who had completely avoided defensive coverage and was left standing alone in the corner of the endzone.[12]

On December 3, 2015, in a Week 13 matchup against the Detroit Lions, Richard Rodgers caught a Hail Mary pass from Aaron Rodgers for 61 yards with 0:00 left to beat the Lions 27–23, after the game was extended due to a face mask penalty called on Detroit.[13] The Hail Mary was quickly dubbed as "The Miracle in Motown." After the game Richard Rodgers admitted thinking about "The Play" his father was part of stating "It's a really special moment for him and I was kind of thinking on the play before, when Aaron got the facemask, I was kind of thinking we would do something like that. Obviously it turned out differently."

Philadelphia Eagles[edit]

On April 4, 2018, the Philadelphia Eagles signed Rodgers to a one-year, $880,000 contract that included $200,000 guaranteed.[14][15] He was placed on injured reserve on September 4, 2018 with a knee injury.[16] He was activated off injured reserve on November 16, 2018.[17]

On March 28, 2019, Rodgers re-signed with the Eagles on a two-year contract.[18]

NFL statistics[edit]

Regular season[edit]

Year Team Games Receiving Fumbles
G GS Rec Yds Avg Lng TD FUM Lost
2014 GB 16 5 20 225 11.3 43 2 0 0
2015 GB 16 12 58 510 8.8 61 8 0 0
2016 GB 16 6 30 271 9.0 22 2 0 0
2017 GB 15 1 12 160 13.3 36 1 0 0
2018 PHI 7 0 1 7 7 7 0 0 0
Total 70 24 127 1,173 9.7 61 13 0 0
Source: NFL.com

Postseason[edit]

Year Team Games Receiving Fumbles
G GS Rec Yds Avg Lng TD FUM Lost
2014 GB 2 0 5 48 9.6 13 1 0 0
2015 GB 2 2 7 56 8.0 15 0 0 0
2016 GB 3 0 1 34 34.0 34 1 0 0
Total 7 2 13 138 10.6 34 2 0 0
Source: NFL.com

References[edit]

  1. ^ Toland, Jennifer (August 23, 2014). "Rodgers proud to watch son blossom into pro". telegram.com. Archived from the original on April 8, 2018. Retrieved April 8, 2018.
  2. ^ "ESPNBoston's MIAA All-State Boys Basketball Team". ESPN.com. March 29, 2011. Archived from the original on October 29, 2017. Retrieved April 8, 2018.
  3. ^ Hall, Brendan (May 10, 2010). "Richard Rodgers drafted by Green Bay Packers". ESPN.com. Archived from the original on October 29, 2017. Retrieved April 8, 2018.
  4. ^ "St. John's Richard Rodgers chooses Cal". ESPN.com. August 29, 2010. Archived from the original on April 8, 2018. Retrieved April 8, 2018.
  5. ^ Dunne, Tyler (May 18, 2014). "Packers rookie Richard Rodgers Jr. learned football from dad". JSOnline.com. Archived from the original on September 28, 2017. Retrieved April 8, 2018.
  6. ^ "California Golden Bears: Richard Rodgers". CalBears.com. Archived from the original on August 26, 2016. Retrieved April 8, 2018.
  7. ^ "2014 Green Bay Packers draft picks". JSOnline.com. May 10, 2014. Archived from the original on April 22, 2018. Retrieved April 22, 2018.
  8. ^ "NFL Events: Combine Player Profiles - Richard Rodgers". NFL.com. Archived from the original on April 8, 2018. Retrieved August 23, 2016.
  9. ^ "Richard Rodgers - California, TE : 2014 NFL Draft Scout Player Profile". NFLDraftScout.com. Archived from the original on April 8, 2018. Retrieved August 23, 2016.
  10. ^ "Richard Rodgers Draft Profile". NFL.com. Archived from the original on April 8, 2018. Retrieved August 23, 2016.
  11. ^ "Packers sign draft picks Adams, Rodgers". Packers.com. June 12, 2014. Archived from the original on April 8, 2018. Retrieved October 19, 2016.
  12. ^ "Eddie Lacy, Aaron Rodgers lift Packers past Vikings". ESPN.com. November 23, 2014. Archived from the original on April 8, 2018. Retrieved April 8, 2018.
  13. ^ Rosenthal, Gregg (December 3, 2015). "Packers stun Lions on Aaron Rodgers' Hail Mary TD". NFL.com. Archived from the original on April 8, 2018. Retrieved April 8, 2018.
  14. ^ McPherson, Chris (April 4, 2018). "Tight end depth increases with veteran Richard Rodgers". PhiladelphiaEagles.com. Archived from the original on April 8, 2018. Retrieved April 8, 2018.
  15. ^ "Eagles' Richard Rodgers: Gets $200K guaranteed". CBSSports.com. April 10, 2018. Archived from the original on May 27, 2018. Retrieved May 27, 2018.
  16. ^ "Eagles Bring Back WR Markus Wheaton". PhiladelphiaEagles.com. September 4, 2018.
  17. ^ Foley, Graham (November 16, 2018). "Richard Rodgers Activated From Injured Reserve". PhiladelphiaEagles.com.
  18. ^ Spadaro, Dave (March 28, 2019). "Richard Rodgers returning to add depth at TE". PhiladelphiaEagles.com.

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