|Wide receiver / Return specialist|
|Date of birth:April 12, 1980|
|Place of birth: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania|
|College: Penn State|
|Undrafted in 2002|
|No regular season or postseason appearances|
|* Detroit Lions (2002–2006)|
|Career highlights and awards|
|* Pro Bowl selection (2004)|
|Stats at NFL.com|
Edward Matthew Drummond (born April 12, 1980) is a former American football wide receiver and return specialist. He was signed by the Detroit Lions as an undrafted free agent in 2002. He played college football at Penn State.
Early years[edit | edit source]
College career[edit | edit source]
Although recruited by Joe Paterno as a running back, Drummond would spend his time at Penn State switching between tailback and wide receiver. He finished his collegiate career with 71 receptions for 1,132 yards and five touchdowns and rushed the ball 40 times for 272 yards and one touchdown. He caught the attention of pro scouts when he finished the 2001 Blue–Gray Football Classic as the second leading rusher with 26 yards rushing on eight carries.
Professional career[edit | edit source]
Detroit Lions[edit | edit source]
Drummond went undrafted during the 2002 NFL Draft, but was signed as an undrafted free agent when the Lions' two starting kick returners, Az-Zahir Hakim and Desmond Howard, became injured. Drummond had an outstanding rookie season, averaging 26.0 yards per kick return, ranking him third in the NFC and fifth in the NFL, and returned a punt 73 yards for a touchdown against the Arizona Cardinals.
During the Lions' opening game of the 2003 season, Drummond returned another punt 57 yards for a touchdown, also against the Arizona Cardinals, but became injured later in the season and missed a total of 10 games.
During the 2004 season, Drummond returned two kickoffs for touchdowns of 99 and 92 yards, and returned two punts for touchdowns in the same game, against the Jacksonville Jaguars. Drummond became injured later in the season and was placed on injured reserve. Drummond was voted into the NFL Pro Bowl in 2004 after returning 2 kicks and 2 punts for touchdowns, although his injury prevented him from playing.
Drummond was the 2004 recipient of the Detroit Lions/Detroit Sports Broadcasters Association/Pro Football Writers Association's Media-Friendly "Good Guy" Award. The Good Guy Award is given yearly to the Detroit Lions player who shows consideration to, and cooperation with the media at all times during the course of the season.
On August 23, 2007, the Lions released Drummond.
Kansas City Chiefs[edit | edit source]
Pittsburgh Steelers[edit | edit source]
On July 31, 2008, Drummond was signed by the Pittsburgh Steelers. A Steelers fan while growing up, Drummond stated his desire to end his career in Pittsburgh. He was released on August 30 during final cuts.
Las Vegas Locomotives[edit | edit source]
After being out of football for two years, on June 13, 2011 Drummond signed with the Las Vegas Locomotives.
References[edit | edit source]
- "Lions Release WR/KR Eddie Drummond". DetroitLions.com. August 23, 2007. http://www.detroitlions.com/document_display.cfm?document_id=459772. Retrieved August 1, 2008.
- "Career stats". Eddie Drummond. NFL.com. http://www.nfl.com/players/profile?id=DRU359398. Retrieved August 1, 2008.
- "Steelers sign veteran kick returner Drummond". Yahoo! Sports. Associated Press. July 31, 2008. Archived from the original on May 23, 2011. https://web.archive.org/web/20110523225707/http://sports.yahoo.com/nfl/news?slug=ap-steelers-drummond. Retrieved August 1, 2008.
- Brown, Scott (July 31, 2008). "Steelers sign Pittsburgh native Drummond". Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/pittsburghtrib/news/breaking/s_580436.html?source=rss&feed=1. Retrieved August 1, 2008.
- Bouchette, Ed (August 1, 2008). "Steelers Notebook: Drummond joins team, gets shot as return man". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/08214/901122-66.stm. Retrieved August 1, 2008.