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Gerald Riggs

PositionRunning back
Number42, 37
Birth DateNovember 6, 1960(age 56)
Tullos, Louisiana
CollegeArizona State
Teams * Atlanta Falcons (1982-1988) * Washington Redskins (1989-1991)
Stat1labelRushing yards
Highlights * 3× Pro Bowl selection (1985, 1986, 1987) * 2× All-Pro selection (1984, 1985)

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Gerald Antonio Riggs (born November 6, 1960 in Tullos, Louisiana) is a former American football running back in the National Football League for the Atlanta Falcons from 1982-1988 and the Washington Redskins from 1989-1991.

Before his NFL career, he attended Bonanza High School in Las Vegas, Nevada and after graduation attended Arizona State University in Tempe, Arizona.

A superb rusher and pass receiver out of the backfield, Riggs made the Pro Bowl three times in his career from 1985 to 1987. His best season was in 1985, when he rushed for 1,719 yards and ten touchdowns, while also catching 33 passes for 267 yards. In the three seasons from 1984 1986, Riggs amassed a whopping 5,212 combined rushing and receiving yards, and scored 32 touchdowns. In his seven years with the Falcons, he rushed for 6,631 yards, making him the franchise all-time leading rusher. Prior to the 1989 season, Riggs was traded to the Washington Redskins.

In his final year of 1991, Riggs rushed for 248 yards and 11 touchdowns, assisting his team to a 14-2 record. He is the only player to rush for 11 touchdowns in fewer than 80 attempts in a single season. He went on to rush for four touchdowns in Washington's two playoff games, and two touchdowns in Washington's 37-24 win over the Buffalo Bills in Super Bowl XXVI. His six touchdowns in the postseason tied an NFL record.

Riggs finished his 10 NFL seasons with 8,188 rushing yards and 69 touchdowns, along with 201 receptions for 1,516 yards.

He is the father of Gerald Riggs Jr., former running back at the University of Tennessee, who was signed by the Miami Dolphins, and Cody Riggs, a cornerback for the University of Florida

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