Derek Abney
No. 12     
Wide receiver / Kick returner
Personal information
Date of birth: (1980-12-19) December 19, 1980 (age 40)
Place of birth: Minot, North Dakota
High School: D.C. Everest High School,
Schofield, Wisconsin
Height: 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m) Weight: 175 lb (79 kg)
Career information
College: Kentucky
NFL Draft: 2004 / Round: 7 / Pick: 244
No regular season or postseason appearances
Career history
* Baltimore Ravens ( 2004)*
*Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Career highlights and awards
* Consensus All-American (2002)
  • First-team All-SEC (2002, 2003)

Derek Allen Abney (born December 19, 1980) is a former American college and professional football wide receiver. He played college football for the University of Kentucky, and earned consensus All-American honors as a kicker returner. The Baltimore Ravens chose him in the seventh round of the 2004 NFL Draft, but he never played in a regular season National Football League (NFL) game.

Early years

Abney was born in Minot, North Dakota. He attended D.C. Everest High School in Schofield, Wisconsin, where he played wide receiver for the Evergreens high school football team. He led the Evergreens to a 14–0 record and a Division 1 state title his senior season. He caught 62 passes for 1,309 yards and 14 touchdowns. Abney was also received first-team all-state honors in both his junior and senior seasons. He was voted to the second team following his sophomore season.

College career

While attending the University of Kentucky, Abney was a wide receiver and kick returner for the Kentucky Wildcats football team from 2000 to 2003. Abney left Kentucky with the second-most receiving yards in team history, and the second-most all-purpose yards in Southeastern Conference (SEC) history.[1][2] In addition to being recognized as a consensus first-team All-American as a junior in 2002,[3] he was also a first-team All-SEC selection in 2002 and 2003.[4]

Professional career

Abney was selected in the seventh round (244th pick overall) of the 2004 NFL Draft by the Baltimore Ravens, but he was released without playing in a regular season game. Abney was signed by the Chicago Bears in the 2005 offseason, but again did not appear in a regular season game.


  1. USA today article
  2. Sports Illustrated article
  3. 2011 NCAA Football Records Book, Award Winners, National Collegiate Athletic Association, Indianapolis, Indiana, p. 11 (2011). Retrieved June 22, 2012.
  4., Football, 12 Derek Abney. Retrieved June 22, 2012.

External links

  • 12 Derek Abney – Kentucky Wildcats player profile at
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