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Gerald Riggs

PositionRunning back
Number42, 37
Birth DateNovember 6, 1960(age 54)
Tullos, Louisiana
Debutyear1982
Finalyear1991
Draftyear1982
Draftround1
Draftpick9
CollegeArizona State
Teams * Atlanta Falcons (1982-1988) * Washington Redskins (1989-1991)
Stat1labelRushing yards
Stat1value8,188
Stat2labelAverage
Stat2value4.1
Stat3labelTouchdowns
Stat3value69
NflRIG415288
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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GoVolsXtra--Clausen scored on a 1-yard run, as did -Gerald Riggs-, and James Wilhoit added a field goal to send the game into overtime. Jonathan Hefney had a key ... - Date : Mon, 27 Sep 2010 19:51:32 GMT+00:00
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1982 NFL Draft First Round Selections

Kenneth Sims * Johnie Cooks * Chip Banks * Art Schlichter * Jim McMahon * Jeff Bryant * Darrin Nelson * Mike Munchak * Gerald Riggs * Marcus Allen * Anthony Hancock * Walter Abercrombie * Lindsay Scott * Barry Redden * Jimmy Williams * Luis Sharpe * Sean Farrell * Butch Woolfolk * Perry Tuttle * Mike Quick * Gerald Willhite * Ron Hallstrom * Bob Crable * Roy Foster * Rod Hill * Glen Collins * Lester Williams

Atlanta Falcons first-round draft picks

Nobis * Johnson * Humphrey * Kunz * Small * Profit * Ellis * Bartkowski * Bean * Bryant * Faumuina * Kenn * D. Smith * J. Miller * Butler * Riggs * Pitts * Bryan * Fralic * Casillas * Green * C. Miller * Bruce * Sanders * Collins * Broussard * Pickens * Pritchard * Whitfield * T. Smith * Kennedy * Bush * Booker * Brooking * Kerney * Vick * Duckett * Hall * Jenkins * White * Anderson * Ryan * Baker * Jerry * Weatherspoon

Washington Redskins Super Bowl XXVI Champions

2 Kelly Goodburn * 6 Cary Conklin (IR) * 8 Chip Lohmiller * 10 Jeff Rutledge * 11 Mark Rypien (MVP) * 16 Stan Humphries * 20 Alvoid Mays * 21 Earnest Byner * 26 Danny Copeland * 27 Brad Edwards * 28 Darrell Green * 30 Brian Mitchell * 31 Clarence Vaughn * 32 Ricky Ervins * 34 Terry Hoage * 35 Martin Mayhew * 37 Gerald Riggs * 40 Alvin Walton * 45 Sidney Johnson * 47 A. J. Johnson * 50 Ravin Caldwell * 51 Monte Coleman * 53 Jeff Bostic * 54 Kurt Gouveia * 55 Andre Collins * 57 Matt Millen * 58 Wilber Marshall * 60 Fred Stokes * 61 Mark Adickes * 63 Raleigh McKenzie * 64 Ralph Tamm * 65 Mohammed Elewonibi (IR) * 66 Joe Jacoby * 67 Ray Brown * 68 Russ Grimm * 69 Mark Schlereth * 71 Charles Mann * 74 Markus Koch * 75 Eric Williams * 76 Ed Simmons * 78 Tim Johnson * 79 Jim Lachey * 80 Keenan McCardell (IR) * 81 Art Monk * 82 John Brandes * 83 Ricky Sanders * 84 Gary Clark * 85 Don Warren * 86 Stephen Hobbs * 87 Ron Middleton * 88 James Jenkins * 89 Terry Orr * 94 Bobby Wilson * 97 Jumpy Geathers * 99 Jason Buck



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