Danieal Manning
Manning in 2012.
No. 38     Houston Texans
Strong safety / Return specialist
Personal information
Date of birth: (1982-08-09) August 9, 1982 (age 38)
Place of birth: Corsicana, Texas
High School: Corsicana (TX)
Height: 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m) Weight: 211 lb (96 kg)
Career information
College: Abilene Christian
NFL Draft: 2006 / Round: 2 / Pick: 42
Debuted in 2006 for the Chicago Bears
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of Week 17, 2012
Tackles     479
Sacks     3.0
INTs     11
Kick return yards     3,085
Total TDs     2

Danieal Manning (born August 9, 1982) is a professional American football safety for the Houston Texans. He previously played for the Chicago Bears.

Early years

Before college, he was a highly touted defensive back at Corsicana High School. Manning transferred from the University of Nebraska to ACU.[1]

Professional career

2006 NFL Draft

Manning was ranked as the No. 9 safety available in the 2006 NFL Draft by Sports Illustrated.[2] He was drafted by the Chicago Bears with the 42nd pick from Abilene Christian University, which made him the first player from a non-Division I school to be selected that year (as well as the second highest pick in the history of the school's football program, after Johnny Perkins in 1977).

Chicago Bears

Midway through the 2008 NFL season, Manning took over Devin Hester's duties as the Bears' kick returner. On December 11, 2008, he returned a kickoff 83 yards for a touchdown, making it the first regular season opening kickoff returned for a touchdown for the Bears since 1972.[3] A week before this touchdown, Manning picked off David Garrard's pass on the Jaguars opening drive, and returned it to the Jaguars five-yard line.[4]

Manning led the league in return average and number of 30+-yard returns, despite only starting half the season. Manning was Bears starting nickelback in 2008, and competed with Josh Bullocks, Corey Graham, Kevin Payne, and Craig Steltz for starting free safety.[5] Manning won the starting position before the start of the Bears 2009 summer training camp.[6] On passing downs, Manning played nickelback, while Steltz filled in for him at free safety.[6] Due to Manning's larger role on defense, the Bears have chosen second year wide receiver Johnny Knox to take over kick returning duties.[7]

Houston Texans

Manning signed a four year, $20 million contract with the Houston Texans on July 28, 2011. $9 million of the contract is guaranteed.[8]

In week 4 of the 2012 season, Manning intercepted Tennessee Titans quarterback Matt Hasslebeck and returned it 55 yards for the first defensive touchdown in his career.[9]

On October 17, 2012, Manning was fined $15,000 after an unnecessary roughness penalty in which he punched Packers offensive tackle Marshall Newhouse.


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