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|Born:||September 3, 1964|
St. Petersburg, Florida
(St. Petersburg, Florida)
|NFL Draft:||1986 / Round: 2 / Pick: 34|
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Ernest Pastell Givins Jr. (born September 3, 1964), is a former professional American football player from St. Petersburg, Florida. He played ten seasons as a wide receiver with the National Football League, mostly with the Houston Oilers.
Givins attended Lakewood High School where he was a star football player. He attended Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College, then transferred to the University of Louisville. At Louisville he set records for punt return and kickoff return that still stand.
He was selected by the Houston Oilers in the 2nd round of the 1986 NFL Draft. A 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m), 175 lbs. wide receiver, he played in 10 NFL seasons from 1986 to 1995.
During his rookie season, in a Week 9, 1986 game against the Miami Dolphins, Givins took a reverse and was injured after getting hit in the head/neck area and was taken off the field on a stretcher. He only missed one game and returned two weeks later in Week 11 against the Steelers.
A two-time Pro Bowl selection in 1990 and 1992, he played most of his career with the Oilers, catching passes from quarterback Warren Moon, along with receivers Curtis Duncan, Haywood Jeffires and Drew Hill in the Oilers' "run and shoot" offense. Givins was best known for his touchdown celebration dance known as the "Electric Slide."
After nine seasons with the Oilers, Givins played one season with the Jacksonville Jaguars, then retired.
He is very active in St. Petersburg's football community. In the mid-1990s, he was offensive coordinator of his high school alma mater, Pinellas Lakewood High School.
Givins served as head coach of St. Petersburg semi-pro football team, the St. Pete Sharks (Suncoast Semi-pro Football League). Givins served as head coach of the Sarasota Millionaires (initially in the United Football Federation and as of 2014 in the Florida Football Alliance (FFA), from 2012 to 2014. On May 26, 2017, Givins was named head coach of the Dunedin Pirates (Florida Football Alliance) based in Dunedin, Florida.
Givins has been the offensive coordinator for Boca Ciega High School's football team. He also works at Bay Point Middle School in St. Petersburg as a campus monitor.
Givins' brother, Anthony, is the head coach of the St. Petersburg-based University of Faith football team.