Jonathan Wells
No. 32
Position:Running back
Personal information
Born: (1979-07-21) July 21, 1979 (age 43)
River Ridge, Louisiana
Height:6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Weight:252 lb (114 kg)
Career information
High school:John Curtis Christian
(River Ridge, Louisiana)
College:Ohio State
NFL Draft:2002 / Round: 4 / Pick: 99
Career history
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Career NFL statistics
Rushing attempts:374
Rushing yards:1,167
Rushing touchdowns:10
Receiving yards:323
Receiving touchdowns:2
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Jonathan Wells (born July 21, 1979) is a former American football running back. He played college football at Ohio State University and professionally in the National Football League (NFL) with the Houston Texans.

High school career

Wells played high school football at John Curtis Christian High School in his native River Ridge, Louisiana. He assisted the team in capturing three consecutive 4A state championships.

College career

Wells played college football with the Ohio State Buckeyes. Despite starting only 15 of 45 career games, he carried 479 times for 2,418 yards and 27 TDs, ranking 13th on the school’s all-time rushing yards list. He was drafted in the 2002 NFL Draft by the Houston Texans.

He is most remembered by Buckeye fans for his 129 yards rushing 3 touchdown performance against Michigan, to help the Buckeyes beat the 11th-ranked Wolverines 26–20 in Jim Tressel's first year as head coach. His effort helped snap an Ohio State six- game losing streak at Michigan Stadium, getting a win there for the first time since 1987. He was named Ohio State's 2001 season MVP. Wells was also named to the 2nd Team All Big Ten Coaches and Media Teams in 2001.

Rushing statistics

Year Games Rushes Yards Average TD
1998 12 41 197 4.8 2
1999 9 51 292 5.7 3
2000 12 136 598 4.4 6
2001 12 251 1331 5.2 16
Total 45 479 2,418 5.0 27

Post-football career

After his football career, Wells co-founded From the Ground Up Records with fellow NFL player, Charles Grant and Carlos Diaz. The label has signed multiple artists such as Titanium, King Kun, Gangsta Luck, and Solid (American Rapper),and Mullage who are now signed to Jive Records.