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Rashad Jennings

Rashad Jennings
Rashad Jennings

Rashad Jennings was a leader for the Giants during his tenure with the team. (HOWARD SIMMONS/NEW YORK DAILY NEWS)

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Rashad Jennings

Born: March 26, 1985 in Forest, Virginia

College: Liberty

NFL Draft: 2009, Round 7, 250th pick overall by the Jacksonville Jaguars

NFL Teams: Jaguars (2009-2012), Oakland Raiders (2013), Giants (2014-2016)

Career Statistics: 930 rushing attempts, 3772 yards, 23 touchdowns, 4.1 yards per carry. 191 receptions, 1,491 yards, 2 touchdowns.

Spin: Rashad Jennings was a backup for most of his career for Maurice Jones-Drew in Jacksonville and Darren McFadden in Oakland. However, when he signed with the Giants in the spring of 2014, he became the #1 running back on the depth chart and showed some flashes early that season. In 2015, he started all 16 games for the Giants.

 

How many asthmatic, 270-pound teenagers become productive NFL running backs? How often does a student who once carried a point-six grade point average become obsessed with learning? How does a football player make it to the NFL by moving from a big-time program at the University of Pittsburgh to small-school Liberty? (Questions via Giants.com)

“I did a 180 in my life – an overweight, chubby kid with glasses and asthma, I had to figure something out. I was 270 in high school riding the bench saying, ‘I want to play in the NFL.’ I had to make a commitment in my life to change that around and it’s unique, because I get to sit back and look and where I’m at today because of some small decisions and it’s humbling.” – Rashad Jennings