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Reidel Anthony

Reidel Anthony

American football player, wide receiver
Reidel Anthony
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Intro American football player, wide receiver
A.K.A. Reidel Clarence Anthony
Is American football player Athlete
From United States of America
Type Sports
Gender male
Birth 20 October 1976, Pahokee, USA
Age: 43 years
Star sign LibraLibra
Stats
Height: 180 cm
Weight: 178 lbs
Education
University of Florida
Awards
1996 College Football All-America Team  
Sports Teams
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Florida Gators football
The details

Biography

Reidel Clarence Anthony (born October 20, 1976) is a former American football wide receiver who played in the National Football League (NFL) from 1997 to 2001. Anthony played college football for the University of Florida, and received consensus All-American honors. He was a first-round pick in the 1997 NFL Draft, and played professionally for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers of the NFL.

Early years

Anthony was born in Pahokee, Florida, in 1976. He attended Glades Central High School in Belle Glade, Florida, and he was a stand-out high school football player for the Glades Central Raiders. He is the son of former South Bay, Florida mayor Clarence E. Anthony.

College career

Anthony accepted an athletic scholarship to attend the University of Florida in Gainesville, Florida, where he was a wide receiver and a key target in head coach Steve Spurrier's Florida Gators football team from 1994 to 1996. Anthony showed his stuff as a freshman in Spurrier's "fun 'n' gun" offense in 1994, when he caught an 87-yard touchdown pass from Gators quarterback Eric Kresser against the Southern Mississippi Golden Eagles. As a junior in 1996, he played an instrumental role in the Gators' 12–1 national championship season, catching seventy-two passes to lead the Southeastern Conference (SEC) with 1,293 yards (an average of 18.0 yards per reception), and setting the SEC regular season record with eighteen touchdown catches. Both Anthony and his fellow Gator wideout, Ike Hilliard, were first-team All-SEC selections and earned consensus first-team All-American honors. During his three college seasons, the Gators won three consecutive SEC Championship Games in 1994, 1995, and 1996.

In the aftermath of his All-American junior season and the Gators' Bowl Alliance national championship victory over the Florida State Seminoles in the Sugar Bowl, Anthony decided to forgo his final season of NCAA eligibility and enter the NFL Draft. He finished his college career with 126 receptions for 2,274 yards and twenty-six touchdowns (a career average of 18.0 yards per reception). His eighteen receiving touchdowns in 1996 remains the SEC and Gators' team record.

In a 2006 series written for The Gainesville Sun, Anthony was recognized as No. 17 among the 100 all-time greatest Gators of the first 100 years of Florida football. He was inducted into the University of Florida Athletic Hall of Fame as a "Gator Great" in 2009.

Professional career

His home state Tampa Bay Buccaneers chose Anthony in the first round (sixteenth pick overall) of the 1997 NFL Draft, and he played for the Buccaneers for five seasons from 1997 to 2001.

In 1997, Anthony recorded thirty-five receptions for 448 yards and four touchdowns. In his fourth game, Anthony became (and still remains) the second youngest NFL player ever to record a touchdown reception (20 years, 336 days). In 1998, he set career highs with fifty-one receptions for 708 yards and seven touchdowns. In perhaps his finest game as a Buccaneer, Anthony recorded 126 receiving yards with two touchdowns against the Jacksonville Jaguars on November 15, 1998. During the year, he also finished eighth in the NFL in all-purpose yards, totaling 1,869 yards. In 1999, Anthony had thirty receptions for 296 yards, and scored one touchdown. In 2000, Anthony had fifteen receptions for 232 yards and four touchdowns. In his final NFL season in 2001, he recorded thirteen receptions for 162 yards.

Anthony finished his five-year NFL career with 144 receptions for 1,846 yards and sixteen touchdowns.

NFL statistics

Receiving Stats

Year Team Games Receptions Yards Yards per Reception Longest Reception Touchdowns First Downs Fumbles Fumbles Lost
1997 TB 16 35 448 12.8 38 4 23 0 0
1998 TB 15 51 708 13.9 79 7 35 0 0
1999 TB 13 30 296 9.9 30 1 18 1 0
2000 TB 16 15 232 15.5 46 4 13 0 0
2001 TB 13 13 162 12.5 35 0 8 0 0
Career 73 144 1,846 12.8 79 16 97 1 0

Kickoff Return Stats

Year Team Games Attempts Yards Touchdowns Fair Catches Longest Return
1997 TB 16 25 592 0 0 51
1998 TB 15 46 1,118 0 0 60
1999 TB 13 21 434 0 0 39
2000 TB 16 3 88 0 0 45
2001 TB 13 0 0 0 0 0
Career 73 95 2,232 0 0 60

Life after the NFL

Anthony currently is the offensive coordinator at his alma mater, Glades Central High School in Belle Glade, Florida. He was formerly the receivers coach for the Celtics football team of Trinity Catholic High School in Ocala, Florida. He is also a contributing writer to the ESPN-affiliated fan site GatorCountry.com as its official offensive analyst.

The contents of this page are sourced from Wikipedia article on 23 May 2020. The contents are available under the CC BY-SA 4.0 license.
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https://www.pro-football-reference.com/players/A/AnthRe00.htm
http://www.databasefootball.com/players/playerpage.htm?ilkid=ANTHOREI01
https://web.archive.org/web/20110528170827/http://databasefootball.com/players/playerpage.htm?ilkid=ANTHOREI01
http://articles.latimes.com/1999/jan/27/news/mn-2201
http://web.gatorzone.com/football/media/2012/media_guide.pdf
https://web.archive.org/web/20130527130648/http://web.gatorzone.com/football/media/2012/media_guide.pdf
http://fs.ncaa.org/Docs/stats/football_records/2012/Awards.pdf
http://www.gainesville.com/article/20060817/GATORS70/60817015
http://www.gatorfclub.org/hall-of-fame/greats
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