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Tommy Vardell

 

Tommy Vardell

Tommy Vardell
Date of birth (1969-02-20) February 20, 1969
Place of birth El Cajon, California
Career information
Position(s) Fullback
College Stanford
NFL draft 1992 / Round: 1 / Pick 9
Career history
As player
1992-1995 Cleveland Browns
1996 San Francisco 49ers
1997-1998 Detroit Lions
1999 San Francisco 49ers
Career stats
  • Playing stats at DatabaseFootball.com

Thomas "Tommy" Arthur Vardell (born February 20, 1969) is a former professional American football fullback in the National Football League.

Contents

  • College career 1
  • NFL career 2
    • NFL Draft 2.1
    • NFL career 2.2
    • NFL stats 2.3
  • Personal life 3
  • References 4

College career

Tommy Vardell was a star running back for the Stanford Cardinal.

In 1990, Vardell was given the nickname "Touchdown Tommy" by then Stanford head coach Denny Green after scoring four touchdowns (all from the one yard line) against Notre Dame.

For the Cardinal, Vardell rushed for 1,843 yards, scored 37 touchdowns, and never recorded a fumble in his college career. He ranks second in Stanford football history for most touchdowns and third for most rushing yards. Vardell held the record for most rushing yards in a season by a Cardinal running back, with 1084 yards in 1991. His record was broken by Toby Gerhart in 2008.[1]

In 1990 as a Junior, he carried the ball just 120 times for 441 yards but scored an impressive 14 TDs (1 TD every 9 carries). As a Senior, he would carry the ball 226 times for 1,084 yards and score 20 TD in only 11 games.

NFL career

NFL Draft

Vardell's performance for Stanford in 1991 resulted in him being one of the top draft picks in 1992 NFL draft. He was selected by the Cleveland Browns under then head coach Bill Belichick in the first round (9th overall) of the 1992 NFL Draft.

NFL career

He displayed solid running ability in his first two years with the Browns rushing for 1,013 yards on 270 carries but only scored 3 TD. He would only play 10 games combined due to injuries in the 1994 and 1995 seasons before he ended up with the San Francisco 49ers in 1996 and Detroit Lions in 1997.

In his pro career, Vardell played in eight NFL seasons as the fullback for the Browns, the Detroit Lions, and the San Francisco 49ers. He overcame a career threatening knee injury early in his career and retired in 1999 with 22 touchdowns.[2]

He was the starting fullback when Barry Sanders rushed for 2,053 yards in the 1997–1998 NFL season.

NFL stats

Rushing Stats[3]
Year Team Games Carries Yards Yards per Carry Longest Carry Touchdowns First Downs Fumbles Fumbles Lost
1992 CLE 14 99 369 3.7 35 0 14 0 0
1993 CLE 16 171 644 3.8 54 3 37 2 1
1994 CLE 5 15 48 3.2 9 0 2 0 0
1995 CLE 5 4 9 2.3 6 0 1 0 0
1996 SF 11 58 192 3.3 17 2 12 0 0
1997 DET 16 32 122 3.8 41 6 15 1 1
1998 DET 14 18 37 2.1 17 6 9 1 1
1999 SF 6 6 6 1.0 5 1 2 0 0
Career 87 403 1,427 3.5 54 18 92 4 3
Receiving Stats[3]
Year Team Games Receptions Yards Yards per Reception Longest Reception Touchdowns First Downs Fumbles Fumbles Lost
1992 CLE 14 13 128 9.8 23 0 8 0 0
1993 CLE 16 19 151 7.9 28 1 8 1 1
1994 CLE 5 16 137 8.6 19 1 6 0 0
1995 CLE 5 6 18 3.0 7 0 0 0 0
1996 SF 11 28 179 6.4 22 0 7 0 0
1997 DET 16 16 218 13.6 37 0 10 0 0
1998 DET 14 14 143 10.2 31 1 6 0 0
1999 SF 6 7 36 5.1 11 0 1 0 0
Career 87 119 1,010 8.5 37 3 46 1 1

Personal life

Vardell was a member of the Sigma Nu fraternity at Stanford. Vardell is married to Andrea, and he with his family reside in California. Upon retirement from football in 1999, he co-founded Northgate Capital, a private equity investment firm with offices in Danville, California and London, UK. He currently serves as a Managing Director of the firm.[4]

References

  1. ^ http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2008/11/23/SPL114AF0B.DTL
  2. ^ "Tommy Vardell NFL Football Statistics". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved 2013-12-01. 
  3. ^ a b "Tommy Vardell Stats". ESPN Internet Ventures. Retrieved 2 June 2014. 
  4. ^ http://www.northgatecapital.com/profile/our-team.php
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