C. J. Goodwin
No. 29     
Personal information
Date of birth: (1990-02-04) February 4, 1990 (age 29)
Place of birth: Wheeling, West Virginia
Career information
College: California (PA)
Undrafted in 2014
No regular season or postseason appearances
Career history
* Pittsburgh Steelers ( 2014)*
Roster status: Active
Career highlights and awards
  • N/A
Career NFL statistics as of 2018
Total tackles     27
Forced fumbles     0
Fumble recoveries     0
Pass deflections     2
Interceptions     0
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Charaun Jareé "C. J." Goodwin (born February 4, 1990) is an American football cornerback for the Dallas Cowboys of the National Football League (NFL). He was signed by the Pittsburgh Steelers as an undrafted free agent following the 2014 NFL Draft. He played college football at California University of Pennsylvania.

Early yearsEdit

Goodwin attended The Linsly School in Wheeling, West Virginia and began playing football his senior year. He was a standout wide receiver for Linsly's football team. In addition to football, he also competed in track and basketball.

College careerEdit

Bethany CollegeEdit

After graduating from high school, Goodwin attended Bethany College. He would play basketball for Bethany for two seasons and transferred after his sophomore year.[1]

Fairmont State UniversityEdit

Following his departure from Bethany, Goodwin would enroll in Fairmont State University for his junior year. After his arrival, he played in an intramural basketball game against the school's football staff. At the urging of his father, the late Perry Galloway, Jr., and his college roommate, future NFL player Dewey McDonald he eventually joined the Fighting Falcons football team.

In his first game against Clarion he would make 6 catches for 56 yards. On September 22, Goodwin would amass 3 catches, 104 yards, and make an 83-yard touchdown catch in a game against West Liberty University (during a game against his first cousin Daree' Goodwin). While matching up against West Virginia Wesleyan, he would reel in three receptions, 55 receiving yards, and a career-high two touchdowns. In the next game against Seton Hill, Goodwin would score on a 31-yard reception. On November 10, he made a career-high seven catches for 141 receiving yards in a win against Shepherd.

After walking on his first year and having a successful season he was offered a scholarship to continue playing for Fairmont. Head coach Mike Lopez would be fired after Goodwin's first year playing for Fairmont and accepted a defensive coordinator position with California University of Pennsylvania. Goodwin finished the 2012 season third on the team with 24 receptions and 440 receiving yards. He also led the team with 18.3 yards per a catch and finished the season with 4 touchdown receptions.[2]

California University of PennsylvaniaEdit

After the departure of Fairmont's head coach, Goodwin would transfer to California University of Pennsylvania to continue playing wide receiver for his former head coach Mike Lopez. Since he already graduated from Fairmont, he was able to begin playing immediately, instead of sitting out a year due to NCAA student transfer guidelines.

He would make his first touchdown reception of the 2013 season against Kutztown. In a game against IUP, he made two receptions for 16 yards. While playing Gannon, he made three receptions for 40 receiving yards. Against Millersville, Goodwin ended with a season-high four catches and 49 yards. Since he mainly saw action on special teams, he only finished his senior season at Cal-Pennsylvania with a total of 11 receptions, 126 receiving yards, and one touchdown in 11 games and one start.[3]

Professional careerEdit

Pittsburgh SteelersEdit

After finishing his collegiate career, Goodwin would enter the 2014 NFL Draft. He was a virtually unknown prospect due to him playing at two NCAA Division II schools and he was thought to be a raw player, but also had good size and measurables to play wide receiver. Although he wasn't invited to the official NFL Combine held annually in Indianapolis, he still had good showing at a pre-draft combine held by the Detroit Lions.

After going undrafted and not receiving any interest as an undrafted free agent immediately after the draft, Goodwin finally received a tryout with the Pittsburgh Steelers after Mel Blount urged them to give him an opportunity.[4] On June 4, 2014, he signed an undrafted rookie free agent contract with the Steelers, for three-years and $1.53 million.[5][6] He was released on August 26.[7] He was added to the practice squad five days later.[8] He signed a reserve/futures contract on January 5, 2015.[9]

On August 31, 2015, Goodwin was waived by the Steelers.[10][11]

Atlanta FalconsEdit

On November 3, 2015, Goodwin was signed to the Atlanta Falcons practice squad.[12]

Goodwin signed a reserve/futures contract with the Atlanta Falcons on January 5, 2016.[13] During the Falcons training camp in 2016, he converted from a wide receiver to a cornerback.[14] In 2016, he played in 14 games with one start, recording 17 tackles, 2 passes defensed and 10 special teams tackles. Goodwin and the Falcons reached Super Bowl LI on February 5, 2017. Against the New England Patriots, the Falcons fell in a 34–28 overtime defeat. He recorded two total tackles in the game.[15]

In 2017, Goodwin played in 12 games before being waived on December 14, 2017.[16]

Arizona CardinalsEdit

On December 15, 2017, Goodwin was claimed off waivers by the Arizona Cardinals.[17]

On May 1, 2018, Goodwin was released by the Cardinals.[18]

New York GiantsEdit

On May 2, 2018, Goodwin was claimed off waivers by the New York Giants.[19] He was waived by the Giants on May 14.[20]

San Francisco 49ersEdit

On May 15, 2018, Goodwin was claimed off waivers by the San Francisco 49ers.[21] He was waived on July 31, 2018.[22]

Cincinnati BengalsEdit

On August 4, 2018, Goodwin signed with the Cincinnati Bengals.[23] He was waived on September 1, 2018 and was signed to the practice squad the next day.[24][25]

Dallas CowboysEdit

On October 9, 2018, Goodwin was signed by the Dallas Cowboys off the Bengals practice squad.[26] He was placed on injured reserve on October 26, after undergoing surgery for a broken forearm.[27] On December 24, he was activated off injured reserve, to play gunner on special teams and improve the coverage units.[28]


Goodwin founded the PeGa Foundation (Perry Galloway, Jr. Foundation) to honor his late father/mentor after his passing. The PeGa Foundation is a nonprofit mentoring organization based out of Goodwin's hometown in Wheeling, WV. Off-the-field, Goodwin spends most of his free time mentoring youth of PeGa and volunteering his time by speaking to schools and youth groups across the country.[29]

Personal lifeEdit

Goodwin was born on February 4, 1990 as Charaun Jareé Goodwin to his mother, Yvette Goodwin and has a daughter named Caidyn and a son named Cason.

References Edit

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  2. "Fairmont State University Athletics:Charaun Goodwin".
  3. "Cal Vulcans Football Roster:CJ Goodwin".
  4. Alex Nieves. " Blount's Call a Big Help for Steeler's Rookie CJ Goodwin". Retrieved June 22, 2014.
  5. " Goodwin contract".
  6. Coolong, Neal (June 4, 2014). "Steelers sign UDFA Goodwin, release Collins". Behind the Steel Curtain.
  7. Coolong, Neal; Hartman, Jeff (August 26, 2014). "Steelers cut nine players, including Dangerfield". Behind the Steel Curtain.
  8. Coolong, Neal (August 31, 2014). "Steelers keep Howard Jones, nine others". Behind the Steel Curtain.
  9. Coolong, Neal (January 5, 2015). "Steelers retain Howard Jones, six others". Behind the Steel Curtain.
  10. Bostick, Dani (August 31, 2015). "One surprise in first round of Steelers cuts". Behind the Steel Curtain.
  11. Bryan, Dave (September 17, 2017). "Steelers Tried To Get C.J. Goodwin To Convert To CB In 2015". Steelers Depot.
  12. "Falcons Sign WR Goodwin, Release WR Byrd". November 3, 2015.
  13. "Five Players Signed to Reserve Future Contracts". January 6, 2016.
  14. Conway, Kelsey (May 27, 2016). "6 Position Changes to Watch Throughout OTAs".
  15. "Super Bowl LI - New England Patriots vs. Atlanta Falcons - February 5th, 2017". Retrieved August 6, 2017.
  16. McFadden, Will (December 14, 2017). "Falcons waive CB C.J. Goodwin, sign ex-Buc CB Deji Olatoye".
  17. Williams, Charean (December 15, 2017). "Cardinals claim C.J. Goodwin off waivers to take Adrian Peterson’s roster spot".
  18. Urban, Darren (May 1, 2018). "Cardinals Begin To Cut Down Roster". Archived from the original on May 2, 2018.
  19. Eisen, Michael (May 2, 2018). "Giants awarded CB C.J. Goodwin off waivers".
  20. "Report: Giants waive CB C.J. Goodwin". May 14, 2018.
  21. "49ers Announce a Pair of Roster Moves". May 15, 2018.
  22. "49ers Sign TE Wes Saxton". July 31, 2018.
  23. "Bengals sign free agent CB C.J. Goodwin". August 4, 2018.
  24. "Bengals Establish Roster of 53 Players". September 1, 2018.
  25. "Andrew Brown, Russell Signed to Practice Squad". September 2, 2018.
  26. "Roster update: Cowboys signing cornerback C.J. Goodwin from Bengals practice squad". October 9, 2018.
  27. "Report: C.J. Goodwin placed on injured reserve following surgery". October 26, 2018.
  28. Williams, Charean (December 24, 2018). "Cowboys will activate C.J. Goodwin from IR, cut Lance Lenoir". Pro Football Talk. NBC Sports.
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