D. J. Dozier
No. 42
Position:Running back
Personal information
Born: (1965-09-21) September 21, 1965 (age 58)
Norfolk, Virginia, U.S.
Height:6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Weight:210 lb (95 kg)
Career information
High school:Virginia Beach (VA) Kempsville
College:Penn State
NFL draft:1987 / Round: 1 / Pick: 14
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Rushing yards:691
Rushing average:4.0
Baseball career
Batted: Right
Threw: Right
MLB debut
May 6, 1992, for the New York Mets
Last MLB appearance
October 4, 1992, for the New York Mets
MLB statistics
Batting average.191
Home runs0
Runs batted in2
Player stats at PFR

William Henry "D.J." Dozier Jr. (born September 21, 1965) is an American former National Football League (NFL) running back and Major League Baseball (MLB) outfielder. He played five seasons with the NFL's Minnesota Vikings and Detroit Lions from 1987 to 1991, and played one season with the MLB's New York Mets in 1992. He currently resides in Virginia Beach, Virginia.

Early years

Dozier was born in Norfolk, Virginia. He attended Kempsville High School in Virginia Beach, Virginia, and later attended Penn State University. When D.J. was 12 years old, he played on a youth basketball team for Kempsville and made it to the Virginia Beach city championship game. His team played against the Green Run Suns, who had future NBA Hall of Fame player David Robinson on the team. Kempsville won the game, mainly in part to David Robinson (who was a small forward and not the tallest player on the team nor highest scorer) missing the game due to having come down with the mumps. Dozier, who would eventually grow to 6 feet tall, was already 5'9" or 5'10" by 12 years old. With his athleticism, skill and size, he dominated the undefeated Suns and won the city championship.

Football career

Pre-draft measurables
Height Weight Arm length Hand span Vertical jump
6 ft 0+14 in
(1.84 m)
204 lb
(93 kg)
31+14 in
(0.79 m)
10+14 in
(0.26 m)
34.0 in
(0.86 m)

Baseball career

Dozier, who was 6'0", 202 pounds and who threw and batted right-handed was originally drafted by the Detroit Tigers in the 18th round in 1983 (459th overall). He opted not to sign and decided to go to college, where he would pursue his football career.

In 1990, the New York Mets signed him as an amateur free agent. He spent 1990 and 1991 in the minor leagues, where he showed good speed (he stole 33 bases with St. Lucie in 1990) and also some power (in 1990, he hit 13 home runs with St. Lucie). He played for the Williamsport Bills in 1991.

After spending some time in the minors in 1992, he was called up to the Major Leagues and made his debut on May 6, 1992, at the age of 26. In 25 games, he hit .191 with 4 stolen bases and 19 strikeouts in 47 at-bats. Defensively, he committed 1 error for a fielding percentage of .971.

On October 26, 1992, Dozier was traded with catcher Raul Casanova and pitcher Wally Whitehurst for shortstop/third baseman Tony Fernández.[2]


  1. ^ "1987 NFL Draft Listing". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved 2023-09-25.
  2. ^ Miller, Scott (October 27, 1992). "Padres Ship Fernandez to Mets : Baseball: Wally Whitehurst, D.J. Dozier are the players received in exchange for the All-Star shortstop". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved February 16, 2020.