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Martin Rucker (American football)

Martin Rucker
Martin Rucker hugs a fan following the 2008 Cotton Bowl Classic.
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Tight end
Personal information
Date of birth: (1985-05-04) May 4, 1985
Place of birth: St. Joseph, Missouri
Height: 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) Weight: 251 lb (114 kg)
Career information
High school: St. Joseph (MO) Benton
College: Missouri
NFL Draft: 2008 / Round: 4 / Pick: 111
Debuted in 2008 for the Cleveland Browns
Last played in 2011 for the Jacksonville Jaguars
Career history
Career highlights and awards
  • First-team SN Freshman All-Big 12 (2004)
  • Honorable mention All-Big 12 (2005)
  • First-team All-Big 12 (2006, 2007)
  • Consensus All-American (2007)
Career NFL statistics
Receptions 2
Receiving yards 17
Receiving TDs 0
Stats at NFL.com

Martin Rucker, Jr. (born May 4, 1985) is an American former college and professional football player who was a tight end for five different National Football League (NFL) teams. He played college football for the University of Missouri, and was recognized as a consensus All-American. He was chosen by the Cleveland Browns in the fourth round of the 2008 NFL Draft, and has also been a member of the Philadelphia Eagles, Dallas Cowboys and Jacksonville Jaguars of the NFL.

Early years

Rucker was born in St. Joseph, Missouri. He is the younger brother of former NFL defensive end Mike Rucker and the son of politician Martin T. Rucker. He attended Benton High School in St. Joseph, and was a standout player for the Benton Cardinals high school football team.

College career

Rucker attended the University of Missouri, where he played for coach Gary Pinkel's Missouri Tigers football team from 2004 to 2007. He was recognized as a consensus first-team All-American tight end, having been named to the first teams of the American Football Coaches Association and the Associated Press.[1][2] Rucker finished his collegiate career with over 200 receptions, 2,175 yards, and 18 touchdowns.

Professional career

Cleveland Browns

Rucker was drafted by the Cleveland Browns in the fourth round (111th overall) of the 2008 NFL Draft. He signed a contract with the team on July 22, 2008. Rucker caught two passes for 17 yards during the 2008 season, with both receptions resulting in first downs.

He was waived on September 22, 2009.

Philadelphia Eagles

Rucker was signed to the Philadelphia Eagles practice squad on September 24, 2009. He was promoted to the active roster on December 15. He was waived on August 9, 2010.[3]

Dallas Cowboys

Rucker signed with the Dallas Cowboys on August 20, 2010. He was cut on September 4, 2010, and signed to the practice squad a day later. He was promoted to the active roster on December 1, 2010. Rucker returned one kickoff for 16 yards in a game against the Philadelphia Eagles. On September 13, 2011, he was waived by Dallas.

Jacksonville Jaguars

On October 18, 2011, Rucker was signed by the Jacksonville Jaguars off the Dallas Cowboys practice squad.

Kansas City Chiefs

Rucker signed with the Kansas City Chiefs on May 16, 2012, and was placed on the injured reserve list on June 13, 2012 with a torn ACL.[4]

Retirement

On August 6, 2014, Rucker announced his retirement from the NFL and professional football.

Career statistics

Career Offensive Statistics
Year G GS Rec Yds Y/R TD Lg
2008 5 1 2 17 8.5 0 9
2009 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 0
TOTAL 5 1 2 17 8.5 0 9

References

  1. ^ Martin Rucker Named 1st-Team All-American :: Senior Tight End Becomes 27th All-American in Mizzou History
  2. ^ Five Tigers Named to AP All-America Teams :: Mizzou has two Consensus AA's for first time
  3. ^ "Eagles drop Martin Rucker". Profootballtalk.com. August 9, 2010. Retrieved 2010-08-09. 
  4. ^ "Chiefs ink two more draft picks, sign three players off minicamp tryout and add another free agent". KCChiefs.com. 

External links

  • Martin Rucker on Twitter
  • Philadelphia Eagles bio
  • Cleveland Browns bio
  • Missouri Tigers bio
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