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Dante Ridgeway
No. 4     Chicago Rush
Wide receiver / Defensive back
Personal information
Date of birth: (1984-04-18) April 18, 1984 (age 37)
Place of birth: Chicago, Illinois
Height: 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) Weight: 200 lb (91 kg)
Career information
College: Ball State
NFL Draft: 2005 / Round: 6 / Pick: 192
Debuted in 2005 for the New York Jets
Career history
*Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Roster status: Active
Career highlights and awards
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Dante DeAndre Ridgeway[1] (born April 18, 1984 in Chicago, Illinois) is an Arena football Wide receiver / Defensive back for the Peoria Pirates of af2. He was drafted by the St. Louis Rams in sixth round of the 2005 NFL Draft. He played college football at Ball State.

In his career, Ridgeway has also played for the New York Jets, Cincinnati Bengals and New Orleans Saints.

High school career

Ridgeway attended Douglas MacArthur High School.[1] As a senior, he was named team’s Most Valuable Offensive and Defensive Player after recording 32 receptions for 570 yards (17.81 yards per rec. avg.) and nine touchdowns, returned three punts for touchdowns, was an All-County pick, an All-Big 12 Conference pick, an All-State Honorable Mention selection, and he led his team to an 8-3 record and a berth in the Illinois High School Association Football Playoffs.

For his career, he recorded 1,300 receiving yards and 23 touchdowns.[1]

College career

Ridgeway attended Ball State University where he majored in Criminal justice.

As a freshman in 2002, he played in every game, leading the team in receptions with 44, receiving yards with 556, and receiving yards-per-game averaging 46.33. He also recorded four touchdowns and was named a co-recipient of the John Hodge Award, which goes to Ball State's Most Outstanding Freshman. As a sophomore in 2003, he was an All-MAC selection, starting every game. He set the school season-record for receptions with 89 and receiving yards with 1,075.[1] As a junior in 2004, he earned Second-team All-America honors from the NFL Draft Report, AP, and Walter Camp Football Foundation. He broke the MAC single-season record for receptions with 105.[1] He also led the country in receptions-per-game with 9.55, receiving yards-per-game with 127.18 and total receiving yards with 1,399, the first in school history to record multiple 1,000 yard seasons in a career.[1] After his junior season, Ridgeway left school early for the National Football League. In doing so, he became the first player in Ball State history to leave early for the NFL.

For his career, Ridgeway had 10 100-yard receiving games, breaking the previous school record of seven. In 35 career games, he set school career-records with 238 receptions for 3,030 yards a 12.7 average and 22 touchdowns (second all-time).

Professional career


Pre-draft measureables
Ht Wt 40-yd dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert Broad BP Wonderlic
5 ft 11⅛ in 212 lb 4.36 s 1.57 s 2.69 s 4.26 s 7.27 s 36 in 9 ft 10 in 15 rep ×

National Football League

Ridgeway was selected in the sixth round (192nd overall) of the 2005 NFL Draft by the St. Louis Rams and on July 27, 2005, he signed a three-year contract with the Rams.[3] However, on August 30, he was waived by the Rams.[4] He was claimed off of waivers by the Cincinnati Bengals the next day, however, he was waived just four days later. He was then claimed off of waivers by the New York Jets on September 4, 2005.[5]

Ridgeway was on the Jets' practice squad until he was signed to the active roster on November 8. In his professional debut, Week 10 against the Carolina Panthers, he did not record any carries or receptions. During the Jets' Week 11 lost to the Denver Broncos he played on special teams recording one assisted tackle. He also recorded his first career reception, nine yards, and finished the game with two receptions for 26 yards, the second being of 17 yards.[6] During the Jets' Week 14 win over the Oakland Raiders he recorded an assisted special teams tackle. After the season on January 3, 2006, he signed a contract extension as an Exclusive rights free agent.

Ridgeway was waived by the Jets on September 6, 2006.[6] However he was later signed by the New Orleans Saints in November, 2006.[7] However, he was released by the Saints on August 7, 2007.[7] Then on August 12, He was then re-signed by the Jets,[5] only to be released on August 27, 2007.[8] Then on October 9, 2007, he was signed to the Saints' practice squad.[7] On December 26, 2007, he was placed on the practice squad's injured list.[9]


After not playing in a NFL game for three seasons, Ridgeway joined the af2. Later he was assigned to the Peoria Pirates. However, on March 10, he was placed on the teams Refused-to-Report list.[10] After reporting, he was placed on Injured reserve on May 6.[11] In his af2 debut, he recorded nine receptions for 99 yards.[12]


At the 2005 St. Louis Race for the Cure, a marathon to help support the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, Rams players Alex Barron, Zach Bray, Jeremy Calahan, Jerome Carter, Jeremy Carter, Jerome Collins, Clifford Dukes, Ryan Fitzpatrick, Madison Hedgecock, Reggie Hodges, Jamison Vontrell, Matt McChesney, Duvol Thompson, and Ridgeway presented roses to the breast cancer survivors at the finish line.[13]

On November 20, 2007, Ridgeway, along with teammates Mike McKenzie, Robert Meachem, Lance Moore, Usama Young, Pierre Thomas, Ronnie Ghent, Jermon Bushrod, Billy Miller, Kevin Houser, Josh Cooper, Zach Strief and Jon Stinchcomb volunteered to help hand out frozen turkeys, stuffing, vegetables and corn bread mix to a thousand low-income New Orleans families for Thanksgiving.[14] He is the step-son of Ivon Laryece Ridgeway. Also the step-brother of Ivon and Laryece Ridgeway(Ivon Jr.,Laryece the first/Sr).



  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 "Rams Select WR Ridgeway in 6th Round". April 24, 2005. Retrieved May 6, 2009.[dead link]
  2. Dante Ridgeway, Pro Scout
  3. Wagoner, Nick (July 27, 2005). "Tercero, Two Others Released, Kicker Signs". Retrieved May 6, 2009.[dead link]
  4. Wagoner, Nick (August 30, 2005). "Rams Make First Round of Cuts". St. Louis Rams. Retrieved May 6, 2009.[dead link]
  5. 5.0 5.1 "Ridgeway Returns; 2 Waived". New York Jets. August 12, 2007. Retrieved May 6, 2009.[dead link]
  6. 6.0 6.1 "New York Jets Sign DT Titus Adams and WR Wallace Wright to Practice Squad". New York Jets. September 6, 2006. Retrieved May 6, 2009.[dead link]
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 "Transactions for the three months from July 20, 2007 to October 20, 2007". New Orleans Saints. Retrieved May 6, 2009.
  8. "Tim Dwight, Seven Others Released". New York Jets. August 27, 2007. Retrieved May 6, 2009.[dead link]
  9. "Transactions for the three months from October 21, 2007 to January 21, 2008". New Orleans Saints. Retrieved May 6, 2009.
  10. "Transactions Bulletin #103". af2. March 10, 2009. Retrieved May 6, 2009.
  11. "Transactions Bulletin #148". af2. May 6, 2009. Retrieved May 6, 2009.
  12. "Week 4: Friday Night Matchup - Peoria at Milwaukee". af2. April 17, 2009. Retrieved May 6, 2009.
  13. "Rams Continue Support of Race for the Cure". June 22, 2005. Retrieved May 6, 2009.[dead link]
  14. Legendre, Rustin (November 20, 2007). "Saints Give Thanks". New Orleans Saints. Retrieved May 6, 2009.

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