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Richard Rodgers (American football)

Richard Rodgers
Rodgers in 2014 training camp
No. 89     Green Bay Packers
Tight End
Personal information
Date of birth: (1992-01-22) January 22, 1992
Height: 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) Weight: 257 lb (117 kg)
Career information
High school: St. John's (Shrewsbury, MA)
College: California
NFL Draft: 2014 / Round: 3 / Pick: 98
Debuted in 2014 for the Green Bay Packers
Career history
Roster status: Active
Career NFL statistics as of Week 13, 2014
Receptions 13
Receiving Yards 172
Touchdowns 2
Stats at NFL.com

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

Early life

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.[2] In football, he helped lead the Pioneers to central Massachusetts super bowl championship wins his last two years.[3] Pittsburgh Steelers tight end Rob Blanchflower was a teammate of Rodgers in football and basketball at St. John's.

Prior to the start of his senior year, he committed to attend California, where his father played football.[4]

College career

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 and had his best season as a 2013 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 with 59 receptions for 896 yards receiving (15.2 yards per catch) and two touchdown catches.[5]

Professional career

Rodgers was drafted by the Green Bay Packers in the third round (98th overall) in the 2014 NFL Draft.[6]

Rodgers 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 Rodgers, who had completely avoided defensive coverage and was left standing alone in the corner of the endzone.[7]

References

  1. ^ http://www.telegram.com/article/20140823/NEWS/308239764/1009#.U_oDfdTZ6Bc.faceb
  2. ^ http://espn.go.com/blog/boston/high-school/post/_/id/31955/richard-rodgers-drafted-by-green-bay-packers
  3. ^ http://espn.go.com/blog/boston/high-school/post/_/id/31955/richard-rodgers-drafted-by-green-bay-packers
  4. ^ http://espn.go.com/blog/boston/high-school/post/_/id/597/rodgers-chooses-cal
  5. ^ http://www.calbears.com/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=207872892
  6. ^ Packers invest in Cal tight end Richard Rodgers
  7. ^ http://scores.espn.go.com/nfl/recap?gameId=400554324

External links

  • Green Bay Packers bio
  • California Golden Bears bio
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