Reuben Droughns

Reuben Droughns (/ˈdroʊnz/; born August 21, 1978) is a retired American football running back who was the assistant coach for the Serbian team Vukovi Beograd,[1] the two-time champions of the Central European Football League, from 2010-2013.[2] He was drafted by the Detroit Lions in the third round of the 2000 NFL Draft. He played college football at Oregon.

Droughns has also been a member of the Miami Dolphins, Denver Broncos, Cleveland Browns, and New York Giants of the National Football League. He earned a Super Bowl ring with the Giants in their Super Bowl XLII victory against the New England Patriots.

Reuben Droughns
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Droughns in 2019
No. 21, 34, 22
Position:Running back
Personal information
Born:August 21, 1978 (age 40)
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
Height:5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Weight:220 lb (100 kg)
Career information
High school:Anaheim (CA)
NFL Draft:2000 / Round: 3 / Pick: 81
Career history
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Rushing attempts:929
Rushing yards:3,602
Rushing touchdowns:19
Receiving yards:989
Receiving touchdowns:6
Player stats at

Early years

Droughns moved from the Midwest to Orange County, California where he attended Anaheim High School (Anaheim, California) and was a student and a letterman in football.[3] In football, he rushed for 49 touchdowns and 4,915 yards, which ranks as the fifth most yards gained in Orange County high school football history. He also won a CIF title in wrestling while attending Anaheim High.

College career

Droughns played college football at the University of Oregon in 1998 and 1999 and was a two-year starter after a stellar two-year career at Merced Junior College in California, and was a first-team All-Pac-10 choice as a senior. He ranks sixth on Oregon's all-time rushing list with 2,058 yards. Droughns had 1,234 yards and nine touchdowns on 277 carries (4.5) as a senior, including rushing for over 200 yards in three contests. In his first game for Oregon, he ran for 202 yards and two scores against Michigan State. One of his most impressive performances came at UCLA, where he ran for 172 yards and a score despite fracturing his right fibula during the contest, an injury that would force him to miss the rest of the season. Droughns was a history major at Oregon. He was a JUCO All-America at Merced after leading the nation in yards in 1997 with 1,611 and leading the state of California in all-purpose yardage with 1,984. Prep Star Magazine deemed him the nation's top JUCO running back after that campaign. He was an honorable mention All-American as a freshman.

Professional career

Detroit Lions

2000 season

He was drafted by the Detroit Lions out of the University of Oregon, in the third round (81st pick overall) of the 2000 NFL Draft. Droughns spent the 2000 season on injured reserve after separating his right shoulder on his first carry in Detroit's opening preseason game against the New England on August 4, then placed on injured reserve August 22.

2001 season

During the 2001 season, he played in nine games and started three for the Lions, rushing for 72 yards on 30 carries (2.4) and catching four passes for 21 yards (5.3) and a touchdown. He was waived by Detroit after Week 1 and was signed to Miami's practice squad on September 18 before being re-signed by the Lions on October 9.

Denver Broncos

2002-2004 seasons

Droughns played for the Denver Broncos for three seasons from 2002 to 2004. Although originally intended to be a fullback, he ultimately rushed for 1,240 yards in 2004. He also tied a playoff franchise record by returning 6 kickoffs in the wildcard loss to Indianapolis, January 4, 2004.[4] Despite this production, Droughns was not guaranteed the starting job for the 2005 season, so he asked for a trade.[5]

Cleveland Browns

2005-2006 seasons

Droughns was traded to the Cleveland Browns on March 30, 2005, for defensive linemen Ebenezer Ekuban and Michael Myers. In 2005 he became the first Browns player to gain 1,000 yards rushing in a season since Earnest Byner and Kevin Mack both achieved the feat in 1985.

New York Giants

2007-2008 seasons

On March 9, 2007, Droughns was traded to the New York Giants in exchange for wide receiver Tim Carter.[6] Droughns battled Derrick Ward for the back-up job but became the third running back for the Giants, and helped the Giants replace the retired Tiki Barber. However, due to his poor performances throughout the year, he dropped to fourth on the Giants depth chart behind rookie Ahmad Bradshaw, and was replaced by Domenik Hixon as kick returner after similar special-teams performances. He was however, primarily used as a goal-line/third down back for most of the regular season, recording a team-leading 6 touchdowns for the season. During the 2008 preseason, the emergence of D.J. Ware dropped Droughns to fifth on the Giants depth chart at running back, but he managed to make the final 53-man roster playing primarily on special teams.

Droughns was released by the Giants on February 9, 2009.

Legal trouble

During the 2005 season on November 1, Droughns was pulled over and arrested for driving under the influence after a breathalyzer showed he was over the legal limit. Nevertheless, he missed no playing time, and on May 9, 2006, he was acquitted of all charges.


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  3. ^ Reid, Scott M. (October 14, 1998). "Mean streets". Orange County Register. Retrieved April 21, 2008.
  4. ^ Box score
  5. ^ Schwab, Frank (January 19, 2005). "Droughns seeks trade". The Gazette. Retrieved January 10, 2007.
  6. ^ "Reuben Droughns Traded to New York for Tim Carter". March 9, 2007. Retrieved March 9, 2007.

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Clinton Portis
Denver Broncos Starting Running Back
Succeeded by
Mike Anderson/Tatum Bell
1998 Pacific-10 Conference football season

The Pacific-10 Conference football season in 1998 ended with the UCLA Bruins winning the conference with an undefeated 8–0 conference record.

2002 Denver Broncos season

The 2002 Denver Broncos season was the team's 43rd year in professional football and its 33rd with the National Football League.

With the sudden retirement of Terrell Davis in the preseason, Denver had to rely on rookie Clinton Portis, who provided an instant spark to the Broncos running game. Despite his presence, however, the Broncos finished with a 9-7 record, and narrowly missing the postseason.

2003 Denver Broncos season

The 2003 Denver Broncos season was the team's 44th year in professional football and its 34th with the National Football League.

After the departure of Brian Griese, who signed with his father's team, the Dolphins, the Broncos acquired Jake Plummer, who had been struggling in recent years with Arizona.

After two seasons of mediocrity, the Broncos rebounded with a 10-6 record. Denver's season ended with a 41-10 blowout to the Indianapolis Colts in the Wildcard round. Following the season, Clinton Portis was traded to the Washington Redskins, and Shannon Sharpe and Ed McCaffrey both retired.

2004 Denver Broncos season

The 2004 Denver Broncos season was the team's 45th year in professional football and its 35th with the National Football League. Under head coach Mike Shanahan the Broncos equalled their 10–6 record from 2003, and again finished second in the AFC West. In a repeat of 2003, the Broncos’ season ended in defeat to the Indianapolis Colts 49–24 in the AFC Wild Card playoffs.

Starting quarterback Jake Plummer finished the season with 4,089 passing yards (4th in the league). During the offseason, the Broncos traded running back Clinton Portis to the Washington Redskins in exchange for cornerback Champ Bailey.

2005 Cleveland Browns season

The 2005 Cleveland Browns season was the franchise's 57th season as a professional sports franchise and its 53rd season as a member of the National Football League. The Cleveland browns have failed to qualify for the playoffs for the third consecutive season with a record of six wins and ten losses.

2006 Cleveland Browns season

The 2006 Cleveland Browns season was the team’s 58th season as a professional sports franchise and its 54th season as a member of the National Football League (NFL). It began with the team attempting to improve upon their win-loss record from 2005, where the team ended the year at 6–10. They were one of the most active teams during the free agency period, and looked to be one of the most improved teams of the season at the end of the NFL Draft. They experienced many setbacks during training camp, from which they never fully recovered. By the end of the season they had finished 4–12, losing two more games than the previous season.

2007 New York Giants season

The 2007 New York Giants season was the 83rd season for the New York Giants in the National Football League. The Giants finished the regular season 10–6 and in second place in the NFC East, improving upon their 8–8 record in 2006 in which they finished third in their division. They qualified for the playoffs as a wild-card team as the #5 seed, and beat the #4 seed Tampa Bay Buccaneers (9–7), the top-seeded Dallas Cowboys (13–3), and the #2 seed Green Bay Packers (13–3) to become the National Football Conference representative in Super Bowl XLII. There, they defeated the heavily favored and previously undefeated 18–0 New England Patriots and spoiled their perfect season, aided by the famous Manning to Tyree forward pass. The 2007 New York Giants became the 9th wild card team in NFL history to reach the Super Bowl and the 5th wild card team to win the Super Bowl, and the very first NFC wild card to accomplish the feat. They were the third team in history to win three road playoff games en route to a Super Bowl and set a league record for most consecutive road wins in a single season (11), though the Super Bowl is played on a neutral field rather than an opponent's stadium. It was the 7th league championship season for the New York Giants and their first since they won Super Bowl XXV in 1991. This season would also mark the end of defensive end Michael Strahan's NFL career as he retired following the Giants' Super Bowl victory. After playing 14 years for the Giants and appearing in 2 Super Bowls with them (the other being Super Bowl XXXV), Strahan became a media personality, becoming a host of Fox NFL Sunday and co-hosted ABC's Live! with Kelly and Michael with Kelly Ripa from 2012 to 2016.

2007 marked the third consecutive season that the Giants made the playoffs, which was only the second time that had happened since the AFL-NFL merger in 1970 (New York accomplished this feat in 1984, 1985, and 1986 and won the Super Bowl in the last of those three years). Tom Coughlin joined Bill Parcells (who led the team to the playoffs five times), Steve Owen, and Allie Sherman as the only head coaches in the history of the team to lead the Giants to the postseason three consecutive years. The Giants season is widely regarded as one of the greatest cinderella stories in professional sports history; not only did they beat one of the greatest teams of all time in the undefeated Patriots, they did so as a wild-card team that had to win three playoff games on the road, two of them against the top two seeds in the National Football Conference, the Dallas Cowboys and Green Bay Packers (both of whom they had lost to in their first two games of the season by ten points or more), to get to Super Bowl XLII, and after looking very unimpressive at times during the regular season (despite their 10-6 record, they had a point differential of +22, went 3-5 at home, and had a strength of victory of just .375). In fact, based on regular season performance, the 2007 New York Giants were the worst team to ever reach a Super Bowl, a curiosity later surpassed when the 2011 New York Giants won Super Bowl XLVI to become the first team with a negative point differential to win a Super Bowl.

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Anaheim High School

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C. J. Anderson

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Christopher Asher

Christopher Asher was a track and field coach in the NCAA. He served on the UCLA staff from 2012-13 as a full-time assistant coach, working with the Bruin women's and men's 400m and 4 X 400m relay and helping to direct University of California, Los Angeles recruiting efforts. Asher was the director of Track and Field/Cross Country at California State University, Los Angeles.

Asher has coached numerous CCAA Conference Champions, over 30 All-Americans and an NCAA Champion. His 2006 women's cross country team captured the NCAA West Region Championship and finished 4th at the NCAA Championships. His women's cross country team also captured the 2007 CCAA Championship and placed 5th at the NCAA Championships.

Asher has coached professional athletes Derek Knight (top-5 USA ranked 110mHH), Sergio Santos (1st round MLB pick for the Arizona Diamondbacks), Reuben Droughns (NFL-Detroit Lions, Denver Broncos, Cleveland Browns, New York Giants) and Trevor Ariza (NBA- New York Knicks, Orlando Magic, L.A. Lakers).

Asher currently serves on several committees including Vice-President of the Cal-Nevada Coaches Association, Vice-President of Division 2 for the USTFCCCA, and is on the Zero Tolerance USA Track and Field Committee for USA Track and Field Coaches Advisory Committee. He has been selected CCAA Conference Coach of the Year for Cross Country (2007) as well as the 2006 USTFCCCA West Region Coach of the Year for Cross Country/Indoor Track and Field. He holds a BA degree in African-American Studies from California State University, Northridge and a Master of Education Degree in Physical Education from Azusa Pacific University.

Darren Carrington

Darren Carrington (born October 10, 1966 in Bronx, New York) is a former safety who played 8 seasons in the National Football League for five different teams. He started in Super Bowl XXIX for the San Diego Chargers and was the Denver Broncos kick returner in Super Bowl XXIV, which he finished with a franchise-record 6 kickoff returns (now shared with Glyn Milburn and Reuben Droughns) for 146 yards, including a 39-yard return that set up the Broncos only touchdown of the game. His best season was in 1993, when he intercepted 7 passes and returned them for 104 yards. He was selected by the Jacksonville Jaguars in the 1995 NFL Expansion Draft.In his eight NFL seasons, Carrington intercepted 22 passes and returned them for 377 yards and a touchdown. He also returned 6 kickoffs for 176 yards. As of 2017's NFL off-season, he held the Broncos franchise record for most kick returns in a playoff game (6 in the 1989 Super Bowl; with Glyn Milburn and Reuben Droughns), and average yards per return in a single post-season (24.63 in 1989).

Darren Carrington is a 1984 graduate of James Monroe High School. He has a son, also named Darren, who played wide receiver for the Oregon Ducks until he was dismissed following a DUI arrest. He played his senior year for the Utah Utes.

Carrington currently lives in San Diego with his wife and 3 kids. He works as the marriage and parenting pastor for the Rock Church.

Dave Atkins (American football)

Dave Atkins (born May 18, 1949) is a former American football running back.Atkins was the 19th pick in the 8th round of the 1973 NFL Draft. He joined the San Francisco 49ers for the 1973 and 1974 seasons before moving to the San Diego Chargers for the 1975 season.After Atkins finished his pro playing career, he moved into coaching. He had spells as offensive coordinator for the Arizona Cardinals and was the senior offensive assistant coach for the Cleveland Browns for two seasons, 2005 - 2007.A longtime assistant coach, usually coaching running backs, he had various success coaching skill position players and coordinating offenses. 1986 RB Keith Byars ran for 577 yards with 1 touchdown. In 1987, Byars and FB Anthony Toney would combine to run for 899 yards with 8 touchdowns. In 1988, the same duo would combine for 1,019 yards and 10 touchdowns on the ground. In 1989, the tandem of Byars & Toney would be even better running for 1,034 yards and 8 touchdowns. In 1990, RB/FB Heath Sherman took over for Byars and his combination with Toney ran for 1,137 yards and 2 touchdowns. In 1992, Atkins took over the tight ends and helped Pat Beach into a solid run blocker as the team helped Herschel Walker and Heath Sherman run for a combined 1,653 yards.

Dave Atkins would join the New England Patriots for the 1993 NFL season. He would help guide Leonard Russell to 1,088 yards with 7 touchdowns.

The next year, Atkins would go to the Arizona Cardinals as their Offensive Coordinator. Despite some struggles in 1994, quarterbacks Steve Beuerlein and Jay Schroeder combined to throw for 3,055 yards with 9 touchdowns. FB Larry Centers had 647 yards receiving. The offense improved in 1995 with quarterback Dave Krieg throwing for 3,554 yards and 16 touchdowns. RB Garrison Hearst also ran for 1,070 yards with 1 touchdown and 3 players: Larry Centers, Rob Moore, and Frank Sanders finished with over 880 yards receiving.

Atkins would go to the New Orleans Saints for a single season in 1996. RB Mario Bates and FB Ray Zellars would combine to run for 1,059 yards with 8 touchdowns despite the team going 3-13 on the year.

Returning to the New Orleans Saints in 2000, Atkins would be instrumental in the development of Ricky Williams in 2000 & 2001 (1,000 yards and 8 touchdowns then 1,245 yards and 6 touchdowns) and Deuce McAllister in 2002-2004 (4,103 yards and 30 touchdowns on the ground over that 3-year span).

Before retiring, Atkins would coach with the Cleveland Browns in 2005 and 2006. He would guide Reuben Droughns to 1,232 yards and 2 touchdowns in 2005 and 758 yards and 4 touchdowns in 2006.

Gary Campbell (American football coach)

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Kyle Johnson (American football)

Albert Kyle Johnson (born December 15, 1978 in Wheaton, Illinois) is an American football fullback who is currently a free agent. He was originally drafted by the Carolina Panthers in the fifth round of the 2002 NFL Draft. He played college football at Syracuse.

Lee Suggs

Lee Ernest Suggs, Jr. (born August 11, 1980) is a former American football running back for Virginia Tech and New York Jets in the National Football League.

Suggs attended high school at William Fleming High School. During his 1998 senior year in high school, he rushed for 2,918 yards and 30 touchdowns, capping a prolific high school career and helping boost his ranking among running backs to fourth in the state and 19th in the nation, according to the SuperPrep scouting organization.

While at Virginia Tech he set, and still holds the NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision records for most games scoring a touchdown in a single season (14 games in 2002), and for most consecutive games scoring a touchdown (27 consecutive games, from September 2, 2000 through December 31, 2002; 57 touchdowns). His accomplishments at the university earned him a spot in the Virginia Tech Sports Hall of Fame.

Suggs was drafted by the Cleveland Browns with the 18th pick in the fourth round and 115th overall of the 2003 NFL Draft. He was unable to play a full season due to several injuries as well as the acquisition of Reuben Droughns. On Monday, August 14, 2006, Suggs was traded to the New York Jets for defensive back Derrick Strait, but the trade was voided when Suggs failed his physical, and subsequently returned to the Browns. He was then subsequently cut by the Browns.

Suggs was claimed off waivers by the Miami Dolphins on September 3, 2006. He was released by the Dolphins on October 10, 2006.

Suggs is currently the quarterbacks coach for Division III Catholic University of America. His coaching career began at Oberlin College in 2008 as running backs coach.

Merced College

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Olandis Gary

Olandis Gary (born May 18, 1975) is a former American football running back who played for the Denver Broncos from 1999 to 2002 and the Detroit Lions from 2003 to 2004. He is an alumnus of the University of Georgia and Riverdale Baptist School.

His best season came in 1999 when, replacing an injured Terrell Davis, he rushed for 1159 yards on 276 attempts, a 4.2 yards per carry average, with seven touchdowns. He injured his knee the following season and appeared to never fully recover, as his success was limited in the following years. He was one of many Broncos running backs to have success in Denver's potent run blocking system, along with Davis, Mike Anderson, Clinton Portis, Reuben Droughns, Tatum Bell, Mike Bell, Selvin Young, and Quentin Griffin.

As of 2017's NFL off-season, Olandis Gary still held at least 2 Broncos franchise records, including:

Rush Attempts: rookie game (37 on 1999-10-17 GNB; with Mike Anderson)

Rush Yds/Game: rookie season (96.6 in 1999)

SBB Vukovi Beograd

SBB Vukovi Beograd are an American football team from Belgrade, Serbia. After establishing in 2003, in just few years SBB Vukovi have become one of the best-organized and most successful American football teams in Eastern Europe. Today SBB Vukovi are competing in SAAF Serbian Superleague and Central European Football League.

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