Cleveland Gary

Cleveland Everette Gary (born May 4, 1966), also known as Cleveland Edward Gary, is a former professional American football running back in the National Football League (NFL). He was selected in the first round of the 1989 NFL draft by the Los Angeles Rams. Cleveland led the NFL in touchdowns in 1990 with 14. In 1992 Cleveland rushed for 1,125 yards and caught 52 passes.

Gary began his college career at the University of Georgia where in his first start as a true freshman against Clemson he rushed for 101 yards and scored two touchdowns. After his freshman year at Georgia, Cleveland made the cover of Inside Sports Magazine and was touted as the best running back in the SEC as a true freshman. After his freshman season at the University of Georgia he transferred to the University of Miami, where he became a first team All-American and set a school record for most catches (57) ever in a single season by a running back that stills stands. After leaving the Hurricanes and before being drafted in the first round by the Los Angeles Rams, he was voted MVP of the Senior Bowl.

At the University of Miami, after playing only one season of baseball for the Miami Hurricanes, Gary was offered a six-figure baseball contract from the Atlanta Braves in 1989. In 1990 Gary played professional baseball in the minor leagues for the Montreal Expos as an outfielder and displayed tremendous power as a hitter.

Gary attended South Fork High School, where he was an outstanding baseball and football player. In baseball, he played shortstop for the South Fork Bulldogs and was a tremendous power hitter. Against archrival Martin County High School his 450 ft home run over center field wall is noted as the longest hit home run in Bulldog history. In football, he was a Parade Magazine High School Football All-American. In his senior season, he rushed for 2,100 yards and scored 30 touchdowns. He was one of the nations most sought out athletes coming out of high school.

Gary became part owner of the National Indoor Football League, an indoor football organization that ran for several seasons in the 2000s. Some of the teams included: Palm Beach Waves, Port St. Lucie Mustangs, Green Cove Lions, Beaumont Drillers, Fort Worth Sixers, San Antonio Steers, Wyoming Cavalry, Fort Myers Tarpons, Fayetteville Guard, LA Lynx, and San Diego Shock Waves, however, the NIFL ended operations in the 2007 season.

Cleveland Gary
No. 43
Position:Running back
Personal information
Born:May 4, 1966 (age 52)
Stuart, Florida
Height:6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Weight:226 lb (103 kg)
Career information
High school:Stuart (FL) South Fork
College:Georgia Bulldogs Miami (FL)
NFL Draft:1989 / Round: 1 / Pick: 26
Career history
Career highlights and awards
  • Led NFL in Rushing TD's in 1990 with 14
Career NFL statistics
Rushing yards:2,645
Average:3.9
Touchdowns:24
Player stats at NFL.com

Statistics

Note: GP = Games played; Att = Rushing attempts; Yds = Rushing yards; Avg = Average yards per carry; Long = Longest rush; Rush TD = Rushing touchdowns; Rec = Receptions; Yds = Receiving yards; Avg = Average yards per reception; Long = Longest reception; Rec TD = Receiving touchdowns

Year Team GP Att Yds Avg Long Rush TD Rec Yds Avg Long Rec TD
1989 Los Angeles Rams 10 37 163 4.4 18 1 2 13 6.5 8 0
1990 Los Angeles Rams 15 204 808 4.0 48 14 30 150 5.0 22 1
1991 Los Angeles Rams 10 68 245 3.6 14 1 13 110 8.5 22 0
1992 Los Angeles Rams 16 279 1,125 4.0 63 7 52 293 5.6 22 3
1993 Los Angeles Rams 15 79 293 3.7 15 1 36 289 8.0 60 1
1994 Miami Dolphins 2 7 11 1.6 4 0 2 19 9.5 11 0
Career Totals 68 674 2,645 3.9 63 24 135 874 6.5 60 5
  • Stats that are highlighted show career high
1988 College Football All-America Team

The 1988 College Football All-America team is composed of college football players who were selected as All-Americans by various organizations and writers that chose College Football All-America Teams in 1988. The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) recognizes five selectors as "official" for the 1988 season. They are: (1) the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA); (2) the Associated Press (AP) selected based on the votes of sports writers at AP newspapers; (3) the Football Writers Association of America (FWAA); (4) the United Press International (UPI) selected based on the votes of sports writers at UPI newspapers; and (5) the Walter Camp Football Foundation (WC). Other notable selectors included Football News, the Gannett News Service, Scripps Howard (SH), and The Sporting News (TSN).

1988 Miami Hurricanes football team

The 1988 Miami Hurricanes football team represented the University of Miami during the 1988 NCAA Division I-A football season. It was the Hurricanes' 63rd season of football. The Hurricanes were led by fifth-year head coach Jimmy Johnson and played their home games at the Orange Bowl. They finished the season 11–1 overall. They were invited to the Orange Bowl where they defeated Nebraska, 23-3.

1988 Michigan Wolverines football team

The 1988 Michigan Wolverines football team represented the University of Michigan in the 1988 NCAA Division I-A football season. The team's head coach was Bo Schembechler. The Wolverines played their home games at Michigan Stadium. The team won the first of five consecutive Big Ten Conference championships.

1989 NFL Draft

The 1989 NFL draft was the procedure by which National Football League teams selected amateur college football players. It is officially known as the NFL Annual Player Selection Meeting. The draft was held April 23–24, 1989, at the Marriott Marquis in New York City, New York. The league also held a supplemental draft after the regular draft and before the regular season.

The draft is noted for having four of the first five players selected – quarterback Troy Aikman, running back Barry Sanders, linebacker Derrick Thomas, and cornerback Deion Sanders – being inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Offensive tackle Tony Mandarich, the only top five pick not inducted, is considered a draft bust.

The 1989 NFL Draft also helped set a major precedent, as Barry Sanders was selected with the third overall pick despite an NFL rule stating that collegiate juniors could not declare for the draft.

1990 Los Angeles Rams season

The 1990 Los Angeles Rams season was the team's 53rd year with the National Football League and the 45th season in Los Angeles. On November 11, 1990, Marcus Dupree made his NFL debut against the New York Giants. The Rams temporarily playing in the Los Angeles Coliseum looked to improve on their 11-5 season from 1989 and make the playoffs for the 3rd straight season and be possible contenders for the Super Bowl. However, the Rams would struggle all season, starting 1-4 before winning 2 of their next 3 games before losing their next 2 games as they dipped to a 3-7 record. After a win over Cleveland, the Rams upset the 49ers 28-17 in San Francisco to improve to 5-7. However, this would be perhaps the only good highlight of the season for the Rams, as after the win, they ended the season on a 4 game losing streak as the Rams finished with a disappointing 5-11 record and missed the playoffs for the first time since 1987.

1990 Seattle Seahawks season

The 1990 Seattle Seahawks season was the team's 15th season with the National Football League. The team improved on its 7-9 record from 1989, finishing 9-7. Despite the winning record, the Seahawks missed the postseason. Seattle would start the season 0-3 before abandoning the Run and Shoot Offense installed before the season and returning to the “Ground Chuck” Offense. Upon becoming a “run first” offense once again Running Back Derrick Fenner led the AFC in Rushing and Total Touchdowns with 14 (tied with Los Angeles Rams Running Back Cleveland Gary) and finishing second in the NFL in Total Touchdowns (leading the AFC in that category) with 15 (one behind Detroit Lions Running Back Barry Sanders 16 Total Touchdowns) The return to “Ground Chuck” led to them upsetting the Cincinnati Bengals at home on Monday Night Football 31-16 to pick up their first win of the season. After they traded wins and losses in their next 5 games, Seattle would win 3 straight to sit at 7-6. However, a loss to the Dolphins in Miami hurt the Seahawks hopes for a playoff berth. They won their final 2 games of the season against the Broncos and Lions to finish at 9-7 but were eliminated after the Houston Oilers (led by backup QB Cody Carlson subbing for an injured Warren Moon) defeated the Pittsburgh Steelers on the final Sunday Night Football game of 1990 due to conference record tiebreakers. The Oilers win sent Houston and the Cincinnati Bengals to the playoffs while a Pittsburgh win would’ve sent the Seahawks and Steelers to the postseason. This was the closest Seattle came to returning to the playoffs until missing them by a game in 1998 and was the last winning season by a Seattle team until their 1999 AFC West Championship team that also finished 9-7. Seattle Would bottom out at 2-14 two seasons later before becoming known as an also ran for the better part of the rest of the decade known by some players and fans as the “Forever 8 and 8 Era” where Seattle finished at or a game below .500 throughout Dennis Erickson’s tenure.

This was the first Seahawks season without original member Steve Largent, who retired at the end of the previous season. This season is also notable for Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Derrick Thomas sacking Seahawks quarterback Dave Krieg an NFL record 7 times in a single game. Despite this the Seahawks managed to pull out the win when Krieg broke free of what would have been another Thomas sack to throw the game winning touchdown to receiver Paul Skansi.

Seattle’s 1990 NFL Draft is notable in that they not only acquired a future Pro-Football Hall of Famer in Cortez Kennedy but they grabbed multiple time ProBowl RB Chris Warren in the 4th Round. Warren would play in Seattle until the end of the 1997 Season becoming Seattle’s All-Time Leading Rusher on his final carry as a Seahawk passing Seahawks Ring of Honor Member Curt Warner with 6,706 to Warner’s 6,705 (since broken by Shaun Alexander’s 9,429 Rushing Yards as a Seahawk.). As well as ProBowl Defensive Back Robert Blackmon and Defensive mainstay Terry Wooden. Next to the 1997 NFL Draft where the Seahawks netted HoFer Walter Jones and multiple time ProBowler Shawn Springs and the 2012 NFL Draft where Seattle acquired Bobby Wagner and Russell Wilson this is considered one of best drafts in Seattle history in terms of leaguewide impact players and career honors and accolades. Kennedy would become the first player drafted by the Seahawks to make the Hall of Fame as Steve Largent was taken by the Houston Oilers in the 1976 NFL Draft never playing a down for them before joining Seattle in it’s Expansion Season of 1976.

1991 Los Angeles Rams season

The 1991 Los Angeles Rams season was the team's 54th year with the National Football League and the 46th season in Los Angeles. The team was looking to improve on its 5-11 record from 1990. However, the Rams finished the 1991 season 3-13, tied for the second worst record in the NFL with the Cincinnati Bengals and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. After splitting their first 6 games, the Rams lost their final 10 games of the season, their longest losing streak to end a season since 1937, when the team was in Cleveland, when the team lost 9 in a row to end that season. The 3-13 record was the worst for the Rams in Los Angeles for a 16-game schedule and they tied the third-fewest posted by the team in its tenure in the city. This was also, at the time, the worst record for the Rams in a 16-game schedule overall (not including the 1982 strike-shortened season).

The 1991 Rams' pass defense surrendered 7.86 yards-per-pass attempt (including quarterback sacks), the fourth-most in the history of the league.

1992 Los Angeles Rams season

The 1992 Los Angeles Rams season was the team's 55th year with the National Football League and the 47th season in Los Angeles. In a scheduling quirk, the Rams' first four opponents were all AFC East teams. The Rams' final twelve games were against only NFC teams.

According to Football Outsiders, the 1992 Rams had the second-worst run-defense they had ever tracked. The Rams allowed 383 points, the second most in the league in 1992. The Rams were also second-worst in the league in total allowed yards (5,523), allowed rushing yards (2,230), and yards per rushing attempt (4.8).

Bern Brostek

Bern Orion Brostek (born September 11, 1966) is a former American football offensive lineman in the National Football League for the Los Angeles and St. Louis Rams from 1990 to 1997.

David Lang (American football)

David Lang (March 28, 1967 – May 21, 2005) was an American football running back in the National Football League for the Los Angeles Rams and Dallas Cowboys. He played college football at Northern Arizona University.

Eric Dickerson

Eric Demetri Dickerson (born September 2, 1960) is a former American football running back who played in the National Football League (NFL) for eleven seasons. Dickerson played college football for the SMU Mustangs of Southern Methodist University and was recognized as an All-American. He was selected in the first round of the 1983 NFL Draft and played professionally for the Los Angeles Rams, Indianapolis Colts, Los Angeles Raiders, and Atlanta Falcons of the NFL. During his NFL career, he rushed for over 13,000 yards. He holds the NFL's single-season rushing record with 2,105 yards, set in 1984. Dickerson was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1999. He wore prescription goggles throughout his career due to myopia.

Green Cove Lions

The Green Cove Lions were an indoor football team intended to be based in Green Cove Springs, Florida. They played briefly in the National Indoor Football League in 2007, but folded before ever playing a home game. The Green Cove Lions' registered agent was former National Football League player Cleveland Gary. The Lions evidently originated with the Jacksonville Stallions, a planned NIFL team that attempted to get a contract to play at Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena in Jacksonville in 2006. This never came through, but the team may have been related to the later Jacksonville Pelicans, another ephemeral NIFL team who listed their home address in the suburb of Green Cove Springs. The Pelicans evidently rebranded as the Green Cove Lions for the 2007 season and paid a deposit to use the Clay County Fairgrounds arena in Green Cove Springs as their home stadium. However, they apparently determined that the arena would not be suitable for indoor football. The team played two away games before withdrawing from the rest of their schedule, and folded before ever playing a home game.

Joe Brodsky

Joe Brodsky (June 9, 1934 – May 25, 2006) was an American football coach. He won three Super Bowls with the Dallas Cowboys of the National Football League (NFL) and two national championships at the University of Miami. He played college football at the University of Florida.

Mel Bratton

Melvin Torrance Bratton (born February 2, 1965) is a former American football running back and current sports agent. Bratton attended the University of Miami, where he played running back and starred in the national championship game at the 1988 Orange Bowl against Oklahoma, where he blew out his knee.

Bratton was drafted by the Miami Dolphins in 1988 but did not make the team. He reentered the draft the following year and was drafted again in 1989 by the Denver Broncos. Bratton played for the Broncos for two seasons, though never recovered his full athletic ability after the knee injury he suffered in the 1988 Orange Bowl.

Miami Hurricanes football statistical leaders

The Miami Hurricanes football statistical leaders are individual statistical leaders of the Miami Hurricanes football program in various categories, including passing, rushing, receiving, total offense, defensive stats, and kicking. Within those areas, the lists identify single-game, single-season, and career leaders. The Hurricanes represent the University of Miami in the NCAA's Atlantic Coast Conference.

Miami began competing in intercollegiate football in 1926, but these lists are dominated by more recent players for several reasons:

Since 1926, seasons have increased from 10 games to 11 and then 12 games in length.

The NCAA didn't allow freshmen to play varsity football until 1972 (with the exception of the World War II years), allowing players to have four-year careers.

Bowl games only began counting toward single-season and career statistics in 2002.. The Hurricanes have played in 12 bowl games since this decision, giving many recent players an extra game to accumulate statistics.These lists are updated through the end of the 2016 season.

Senior Bowl

The Senior Bowl is a post-season college football all-star game played each January in Mobile, Alabama, which showcases the best NFL Draft prospects of those players who have completed their college eligibility. First played in 1950 in Jacksonville, Florida, the game moved to Mobile's Ladd–Peebles Stadium the next year. Produced by the non-profit Mobile Arts & Sports Association, the game is also a charitable fund-raiser benefiting various local and regional organizations with over US$5.9 million in donations over its history.

In 2007, telecast of the game moved from ESPN to NFL Network. In 2013, Reese's took over sponsorship, starting with the 2014 game. In January 2018, Reese's announced that they were extending their sponsorship of the game; a specific duration was not given.

South Fork High School

South Fork High School (SFHS) is a public high school in Stuart, Florida, USA. It is part of the Martin County School District.

The school's mascot is the Bulldog, and its colors are black, red and white. South Fork has its own on-campus golf course. There is also an on-campus farm used for cattle and citrus groves, a football/track stadium, tennis and volleyball courts, and a baseball/softball field.

South Fork High is the only high school in the Martin County School District with the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme.

Stuart, Florida

Stuart is a city in and the seat of Martin County, Florida, United States. Located on Florida's Treasure Coast, Stuart is the largest of four incorporated municipalities in Martin County. The estimated population is 16,543 according to the most recent United States census estimates. Stuart is the 126th largest city in Florida based on official 2017 estimates from the US Census Bureau. It is part of the Port St. Lucie, Florida Metropolitan Statistical Area.

Stuart is frequently cited as one of the best small towns to visit in the U.S., in large part because of its proximity to the St. Lucie River and Indian River Lagoon.

Warren Williams (American football)

Warren Williams (born July 29, 1965) is a former professional American football running back.

Warren Williams played college football at the University of Miami.

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