Tim Golden (American football)

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Tim Golden
No. 59, 91
Position: Linebacker, defensive end
Personal information
Born: (1959-11-15) November 15, 1959 (age 58)
Pahokee, Florida
Height: 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Weight: 220 lb (100 kg)
Career information
High school: Lauderdale Lakes (FL) Boyd Anderson
College: Florida
Undrafted: 1982
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Games played: 42
Games started: 1
Fumbles recovered: 3
Player stats at NFL.com
Player stats at PFR

Timothy George Golden (born November 15, 1959) is an American former college and professional football player who was a linebacker in the National Football League (NFL) for four seasons during the mid-1980s. Golden played college football for the University of Florida, and thereafter, he played professionally for the New England Patriots and Philadelphia Eagles of the NFL.

Early years[edit]

Golden was born in the small town of Pahokee, Florida.[1] He attended Boyd H. Anderson High School in Lauderdale Lakes, Florida,[2] and played high school football for the Boyd Anderson Cobras.

College career[edit]

Golden accepted an athletic scholarship to attend the University of Florida in Gainesville, Florida, where he played defensive end for coach Doug Dickey and coach Charley Pell's Florida Gators football teams from 1978 to 1980.[3] As a junior in 1979, he lived through the worst season in the history of the Florida football program,[4] when the Gators posted an 0–10–1 record.[5] The following season, Golden was part of the biggest one-year turn-around in Division I football history,[4] when the 1980 Gators finished 8–4 after defeating the Maryland Terrapins in the Tangerine Bowl.[6] He was a second-team All-Southeastern Conference (SEC) selection and an honorable mention All-American in 1980.[3]

Golden graduated from the University of Florida with a bachelor's degree in broadcasting in 1981.

Professional career[edit]

Golden was signed by the New England Patriots as an undrafted free agent in 1982, and he played for the Patriots for three seasons from 1982 to 1984, primarily as a backup.[7] He appeared in forty games for the Patriots, and played his final two games for the Philadelphia Eagles in 1985.[1]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Pro-Football-Reference.com, Players, Tim Golden. Retrieved April 13, 2011.
  2. ^ databaseFootball.Com, Players, Tim Golden Archived 2011-11-21 at the Wayback Machine.. Retrieved April 13, 2011.
  3. ^ a b 2011 Florida Gators Football Media Guide Archived 2012-04-02 at the Wayback Machine., University Athletic Association, Gainesville, Florida, pp. 87, 96, 154, 181 (2011). Retrieved August 29, 2011.
  4. ^ a b Norm Carlson, University of Florida Football Vault: The History of the Florida Gators, Whitman Publishing, LLC, Atlanta, Georgia, pp. 95–97 (2007).
  5. ^ College Football Data Warehouse, Charley Pell Records by Year, 1979. Retrieved April 13, 2011.
  6. ^ College Football Data Warehouse, Charley Pell Records by Year, 1980. Retrieved April 13, 2011.
  7. ^ National Football League, Historical Players, Tim Golden. Retrieved April 13, 2011.


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  • McEwen, Tom, The Gators: A Story of Florida Football, The Strode Publishers, Huntsville, Alabama (1974). ISBN 0-87397-025-X.
  • Nash, Noel, ed., The Gainesville Sun Presents The Greatest Moments in Florida Gators Football, Sports Publishing, Inc., Champaign, Illinois (1998). ISBN 1-57167-196-X.