Corey Sawyer
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Personal information
Date of birth: (1971-10-04) October 4, 1971 (age 48)
Place of birth: Key West, Florida
High School: Key West (FL)
Height: 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m) Weight: 177 lb (80 kg)
Career information
College: Florida State
NFL Draft: 1994 / Round: 4 / Pick: 104
Debuted in 1994 for the Cincinnati Bengals
Last played in 2001 for the Memphis Maniax
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Games played     65
Games started     12
Tackles     163
Interceptions     11
Forced fumbles     5
Quarterback sacks     3.5
Stats at
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Corey Franklyn Sawyer (born October 4, 1971) is a former American college and professional football player who was a cornerback in the National Football League (NFL) for six seasons during the 1990s. He played college football for Florida State University, and earned All-American honors. He played professionally for the Cincinnati Bengals and New York Jets of the NFL.

Early yearsEdit

Sawyer was born in Key West, Florida.[1] He graduated from Key West High School,[2] where he played high school football for the Key West Conchs.

College careerEdit

Sawyer accepted an athletic scholarship to attend Florida State University, where he played for the Florida State Seminoles football team from 1990 to 1993. He was recognized as a consensus first-team All-American at defensive back as a senior in 1993, and was a member of the Seminoles' team that defeated the Nebraska Cornhuskers 18–16 in the Orange Bowl to win the Bowl Coalition national championship.

Professional careerEdit

The Cincinnati Bengals selected Sawyer in the fourth round (104th pick overall) of the 1994 NFL Draft,[3] and he played for the Bengals from 1994 to 1998.[1] He played in 60 regular season games for the Bengals, mostly as a backup at cornerback, but also as a punt and kickoff returner.[4] In his five seasons in Cincinnati, he returned 54 punts for 507 yards and a touchdown, and 15 kickoffs for 305 yards.[4] As a defensive back, he compiled 163 tackles and 11 interceptions for 163 return yards and a touchdown.[4] He also played one NFL season as a backup for the New York Jets in 1999.[1]

He finished his professional career with the Memphis Maniax of the XFL in 2001.


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 National Football League, Historical Players, Corey Sawyer. Retrieved February 12, 2012.
  2., Players, Corey Sawyer. Retrieved February 12, 2012.
  3. Pro Football Hall of Fame, Draft History, 1994 National Football League Draft. Retrieved February 12, 2012.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2, Players, Corey Sawyer. Retrieved February 12, 2012.
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