Vaughn Dunbar
No. 32
Position:Running back
Personal information
Born: (1968-09-04) September 4, 1968 (age 55)
Fort Wayne, Indiana, U.S.
Height:5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Weight:204 lb (93 kg)
Career information
High school:Fort Wayne (IN) Snider
NFL Draft:1992 / Round: 1 / Pick: 21
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Games played:39
Games started:14
Rushing yards:935
Player stats at · PFR

Vaughn Allen Dunbar (born September 4, 1968) is an American former professional football player who was a running back in the National Football League (NFL) for three seasons. He played college football for the Indiana Hoosiers, and earned consensus All-American accolades. A first-round choice in the 1992 NFL draft, he played professionally for the New Orleans Saints and Jacksonville Jaguars of the NFL.

Early years

Dunbar was born in Fort Wayne, Indiana.[1] He graduated from R. Nelson Snider High School in Fort Wayne,[2] where he was a standout high school football player for the Snider Panthers.

College career

Dunbar first attended Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College, before accepting an athletic scholarship to attend Indiana University Bloomington and play for the Hoosiers teams in 1990 and 1991. His smooth and shifty running style and physique reminded many commentators of Florida's Emmitt Smith. With 4.5/4.6 speed in the 40-yard dash, Dunbar made up for the lack of explosive speed with "between the tackles toughness," outstanding balance and vision. He was one of the first in college to wear a reflective/shaded facemask visor making it difficult for Big Ten defenders to see where his eyes were looking.

Dunbar and fellow Hoosier running back Anthony Thompson brought national media attention to the Hoosiers' often overlooked football program. As a senior in 1991, he was recognized as a consensus first-team All-American and finished sixth in Heisman Trophy balloting after being ranked second in the nation in rushing yards per game.

Professional career

The New Orleans Saints selected Dunbar in the first round, 21st pick overall, of the NFL Draft.[3] He played for the Saints in 1992 and again in 1994 and 1995.[4] He finished his NFL career with the Jacksonville Jaguars in 1995.[1] In his three NFL seasons, he compiled 965 rushing yards and five touchdowns on 267 carries.[4]

Dunbar was subsequently a first round draft pick of the XFL's San Francisco Demons in 2001. He started all games for the first 4 weeks but was released after gaining just 29 yards on 25 carries.[5] He subsequently retired from professional football.

Life after football

Dunbar now works for Precision Hose, Inc.[6] in Stone Mountain, Georgia.[7] He has 3 children and is divorced.[citation needed]

See also


  1. ^ a b National Football League, Historical Players, Vaughn Dunbar. Retrieved February 25, 2012.
  2. ^, Players, Vaughn Dunbar Archived 2012-03-24 at the Wayback Machine. Retrieved February 25, 2012.
  3. ^ "1992 NFL Draft Listing". Retrieved 2023-05-07.
  4. ^ a b, Players, Vaughn Dunbar. Retrieved February 25, 2012.
  5. ^ "XFL San Francisco Demons Press Release 19".
  6. ^ "Vaughn Dunbar, LinkedIn".
  7. ^ "San Francisco Demons Roster - Vaughn Dunbar".