|File:Drayton Florence 2006.jpg|
Florence in 2006.
|No. 29, 21, 31|
|Date of birth:December 19, 1980|
|Place of birth: Ocala, FL|
|NFL Draft: 2003 / Round: 2 / Pick: 46|
|No regular season or postseason appearances|
|* San Diego Chargers ( 2003– 2007)|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Stats at NFL.com|
|Stats at pro-football-reference.com|
Drayton Florence, Jr. (born December 19, 1980) is a former American football cornerback who played eleven seasons in the National Football League. He was drafted by the San Diego Chargers in the second round of the 2003 NFL Draft. He played college football at Tennessee-Chattanooga and Tuskegee.
Florence attended Tuskegee University. He was inducted into Tuskegee University Hall Of Fame in 2014 (2001–2002) after transferring from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga (1999–2000). He registered school-record three returns for touchdowns on interceptions at Tuskegee. As a senior, he was named first-team Division II All-America by the Associated Press and American Coaches Association. Florence is the highest drafted player to enter the NFL from Tuskegee University. Florence finished his degree at the University of North Florida with a bachelors in Sport Management.
2003 NFL Draft
Florence was drafted by the Chargers 46th overall in the second round of the 2003 NFL Draft and was the 2nd cornerback selected by Chargers that draft after Sammy Davis. He is the highest drafted NFL player from Tuskegee University
|Ht||Wt||40-yard dash||10-yd split||20-yd split||20 ss||3-cone||Vert||Broad||BP||Wonderlic|
|6-0¼ *||198 lb *||4.39 *||1.53 *||2.58 *||X *||X *||35 in. *||10'04" *||18 *||X|
|(* represents NFL Combine)|
San Diego Chargers
On Sunday, January 14, 2007 in the AFC Divisional Playoff game against the New England Patriots after a muffed punt by wide receiver Eric Parker at the San Diego 31-yard line, Florence committed a personal foul, head-butting Patriot TE Daniel Graham following a 3rd and long play. During the play, the Charger defense had stopped the Patriots for a 7-yard loss putting the ball at the Charger 37-yard line (apx. 53-yard field goal range). The result of the penalty was a Patriots first down on the Charger 18. The extension of the drive led to a Stephen Gostkowski 34 yard field goal. The Patriots went on to win the game 24-21.
The NFL fined San Diego Chargers cornerback Drayton Florence $15,000 for the illegal hit he put on Houston Texans Quarterback Matt Schaub on Sunday October 28. On an interception return, Florence drilled Schaub from the blind side, and he was penalized 15 yards for unnecessary roughness. The league ruled that on a change of possession, Florence unnecessarily made helmet-to-helmet contact with Schaub, who suffered a concussion and missed the rest of the game.
On March 1, 2008, Florence was signed by the Jacksonville Jaguars to a six-year $36 million contract with $13 million in guaranteed money. After only one disappointing season with the team he was released on February 11, 2009.
On March 3, 2009, Florence was signed by the Buffalo Bills. Florence made the starting rotation under Head Coach Dick JauronTemplate:Circular reference. Florence responded by leading the Bills in takeaways, including a fumble returned for a touchdown against the Bengals and an interception returned for a touchdown against Minnesota, two weeks apart. He also scored the go-ahead touchdown in the Bills' victory against the New England Patriots in 2011.
On July 27, 2011, Florence re-signed with the Bills for 3 years at a total contract value of $15 million. On May 4, 2012, Florence was released.
Florence signed with the Denver Broncos on May 10, 2012 and released on Aug, 31, 2012.
On August 31, 2013, he was cut by the Panthers. He was later re-signed to their roster on September 19, 2013.
On May 1, 2015, he retired from the NFL and graduated from the University of North Florida with a bachelor's degree in Sports Management.
|Year||Team||GP||COMB||TOTAL||AST||SACK||FF||FR||FR YDS||INT||IR YDS||AVG IR||LNG||TD||PD|
- GP: games played
- COMB: combined tackles
- TOTAL: total tackles
- AST: assisted tackles
- SACK: sacks
- FF: forced fumbles
- FR: fumble recoveries
- FR YDS: fumble return yards
- INT: interceptions
- IR YDS: interception return yards
- AVG IR: average interception return
- LNG: longest interception return
- TD: interceptions returned for touchdown
- PD: passes defensed
- "Drayton Florence Draft Profile", NFLDraftScout.com, http://www.nfldraftscout.com/ratings/dsprofile.php?pyid=59452&draftyear=2003&genpos=CB, retrieved January 18, 2010
- "The Marty Watch begins following Chargers' ouster". Sporting News. 2007-01-15. Archived from the original on 2007-02-21. https://web.archive.org/web/20070221172956/http://www.sportingnews.com/yourturn/viewtopic.php?t=168105. Retrieved 2007-01-17.
- "Play By Play, 3rd Quarter". ESPN. 2007-01-14. http://scores.espn.go.com/nfl/playbyplay?gameId=270114024&quarter=3. Retrieved 2007-01-17.
- "Jags sign former San Diego cornerback". 2008-03-01. Archived from the original on 2008-03-03. https://web.archive.org/web/20080303005629/http://news.jacksonville.com/justin/2008/03/01/jaguars-sign-former-san-diego-cornerback/. Retrieved 2008-03-01.
- Ketchman, Vic (02-11-2009). "Porter, Florence cut by Jaguars". Jaguars.com. http://www.jaguars.com/news/article.aspx?id=7649. Retrieved 02-11-2009.
- List of Buffalo Bills head coaches
- Bills, CB Florence Agree to Terms[dead link] Yahoo Sports, March 4, 2009
- Drayton Florence to sign with Lions, reports say
- Panthers sign veteran Drayton Florence
- Dunkak, Ashley. "Lions Sign Veteran Cornerback Drayton Florence". CBS Detroit. http://detroit.cbslocal.com/2014/08/07/lions-sign-veteran-cornerback-drayton-florence/. Retrieved 9 August 2014.
- Wilson, Aaron. "Drayton Florence officially retiring from NFL, graduating from college". Reign Net Media. http://www.nationalfootballpost.com/drayton-florence-officially-retiring-from-nfl-graduating-from-college/. Retrieved 6 May 2015.
- "Drayton Florence Stats". ESPN Internet Ventures. http://espn.go.com/nfl/player/stats/_/id/4504/drayton-florence. Retrieved 29 December 2014.
- Ultimate Jaguars Newsroom: It's a Small world 02/19/04