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Leonard Russell
No. 32, 42
Position:Running back
Personal information
Born: (1969-11-17) November 17, 1969 (age 52)
Long Beach, California
Career information
High school:Long Beach Polytechnic
(Long Beach, California)
College:Arizona State
NFL Draft:1991 / Round: 1 / Pick: 14
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Rushing yards:3,973
Average:3.4
Touchdowns:29
Player stats at NFL.com

Leonard James Russell (born November 17, 1969) is a former professional American football player who was selected by the New England Patriots in the 1st round (14th overall) of the 1991 NFL Draft. A 6'2", 235-lb. running back from Arizona State University, Russell played in 6 NFL seasons from 1991 to 1996 for the Patriots, the Denver Broncos, the St. Louis Rams, and the San Diego Chargers.[1]

Professional career

In 1991, Russell was selected as the AP Offensive Rookie of the Year after rushing for 959 yards and 4 touchdowns for the Patriots.

In 1993, Bill Parcells Bill Parcells took over as head coach, bringing a strong focus on running the football. Russell rushed for 1,088 yards and 7 TDs.[2]

Before the start of the 1994 season, following his best year with New England, he was released after the Patriots traded for Marion Butts, the leading rusher from the Chargers.[3]

Thought not always utilized heavily in the passing game, Russell was an effective receiver for a power running back, catching 71.2% of targets during his career.[4]

NFL career statistics

Year Team GP Att Yds Avg Lng TD Rec Yds Avg Lng TD
1991 NE 16 266 959 3.6 24 4 18 81 4.5 18 0
1992 NE 11 123 390 3.2 23 2 11 24 2.2 12 0
1993 NE 16 300 1,088 3.6 21 7 26 245 9.4 69 0
1994 DEN 14 190 620 3.3 22 9 38 227 6.0 19 0
1995 STL 13 66 203 3.1 18 0 16 89 5.6 17 0
1996 SD 15 219 713 3.3 21 7 13 180 13.8 35 1
Career 85 1,164 3,973 3.4 24 29 122 846 6.9 69 1

Post Football

Leonard is currently the Resident Manager of the Salvation Army Adult Rehabilitation Center in Perris, CA.

Personal life

Former Indianapolis Colts defensive back Chuckie Miller is his cousin.[5]

References

  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on August 25, 2006. Retrieved October 20, 2006.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  2. ^ "Leonard Russell Stats". Pro-Football-Reference.com.
  3. ^ Associated Press. "NFL TRANSACTIONS : Chargers Unload Leading Rusher Butts for Draft Picks". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved December 4, 2018.
  4. ^ "Leonard Russell Stats". Pro-Football-Reference.com.
  5. ^ "Poly Football Honors Its Own With Second Hall Of Fame Ceremony". Long Beach Post. July 13, 2009. Retrieved June 9, 2014.