Ted Gregory

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Ted Gregory
No. 74
Position:Defensive Tackle
Personal information
Born: (1965-02-11) February 11, 1965 (age 54)
Queens, New York
Height:6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Weight:260 lb (118 kg)
Career information
High school:Islip Terrace (NY) East Islip
NFL Draft:1988 / Round: 1 / Pick: 26
Career history
Career highlights and awards
  • Consensus All-American (1987)
Career NFL statistics
Player stats at NFL.com

Theodore Anthony Gregory (born February 11, 1965) is a former professional American football defensive tackle who played one season for the New Orleans Saints in the National Football League. Gregory was drafted by the Denver Broncos following a sterling collegiate career at Syracuse. Gregory listed his height as 6'1".[1] However, a shocked Dan Reeves, who is also listed as 6'1"[2] commented, "I'm taller than he is!" upon meeting Gregory after the draft. By Reeves' estimate, Gregory was closer to 5'9".[3]

Gregory had injured his knee in his last collegiate game, and the knee gave out during training camp. Following scathing criticism from the press for wasting a pick on damaged goods, the Broncos traded him to the Saints for Shawn Knight before the season.[4] He is now regarded as one of the biggest draft busts in Broncos' history.[5] After the Gregory incident the Broncos began meeting with potential draft picks prior to the draft, a practice they had not previously engaged in.[citation needed]

Gregory blew out his knee in this third game with the Saints, and never played in the NFL again. After a series of failed business ventures drained his life savings, he took a job as a construction worker, only to have that end due to a ruptured disc in his back that temporarily rendered him a parapalegic.[4] Gregory placed 8th in Deadspin's "The 100 Worst NFL Players of All Time".[6]


  1. ^ "Ted Gregory, NT at". Nfl.com. Retrieved 2010-11-23.
  2. ^ "Dan Reeves Past Stats, Statistics, History, and Awards". databaseFootball.com. 1944-01-19. Archived from the original on 2012-10-23. Retrieved 2010-11-23.
  3. ^ Pearlman, Jeff. The 100 Worst Players in NFL History, part 2. Deadspin, 2010-11-16.
  4. ^ a b Cimini, Rich. "Glory Days to Ugly Daze". New York Daily News. Archived from the original on April 15, 2011. Retrieved 21 September 2012.
  5. ^ "Biggest draft bust ever for all 32 NFL teams at". ESPN.com. Retrieved 2017-04-13.
  6. ^ The Bottom 100: The Worst Players in NFL History. Deadspin. Retrieved August 14, 2014.