Eldridge Small
Defensive back
Personal information
Date of birth: (1949-08-02)August 2, 1949
Place of birth: Houston, Texas
Date of death: May 11, 2015(2015-05-11) (aged 65)
Career information
College: Texas A&I
NFL Draft: 1972 / Round: 1 / Pick: 17
No regular season or postseason appearances
Career history
* New York Giants (19721974)
Career highlights and awards
Tackles     0
Sacks     0
INTs     1

Eldridge Small (August 2, 1949[1] – May 11, 2015) was an American football defensive back who played with the National Football League's (NFL) New York Giants from 1972 to 1974.

Small was born in Houston, Texas,[1] and attended Wheatley High School before playing college football for the Texas A&I Javelinas from 1968 to 1971 as a wide receiver and defensive back.[2] As a receiver, he had 20 touchdowns in his college career, made 167 receptions, and had 2,547 receiving yards.[3] Small was the Javelinas' all-time receptions leader until 2013, when Robert Armstrong surpassed his total.[4] Texas A&I won two National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics national championships during his team with the team.[2] The university's Javelina Hall of Fame inducted Small in 1991.[4]

In the 1972 NFL Draft, the Giants selected Small in the first round with the 17th overall pick,[1] which they had obtained from the New England Patriots in a trade for defensive end Fred Dryer.[5] He played in 34 games for the Giants over three seasons, intercepting one pass, in 1974.[1] In 1975, the Giants traded Small to the Cleveland Browns, but he was released before the start of the regular season.[6] Following his NFL career, he began coaching in the Houston Independent School District, working for Sterling High School as an offensive coordinator.[2] On May 11, 2015, when he was 65 years old, Small died.[4]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 "Eldridge Small". Pro Football Reference. Retrieved October 12, 2011.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 "Eldridge Small". Texas A&M University–Kingsville. Archived from the original on April 5, 2012. Retrieved November 4, 2011.
  3. "Giants Sign Eldridge Small". The Victoria Advocate. Associated Press: p. 1B. May 8, 1972.,1291764. Retrieved October 12, 2011.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 "Javelina Hall of Famer Eldridge Small Passes Away". Texas A&M University–Kingsville. May 11, 2015. Retrieved January 5, 2019.
  5. "Patriots get Giants' Dryer; give up three draft choices". The Lowell Sun. Associated Press: p. 36. February 1, 1972. Retrieved January 5, 2019.
  6. "Defensive back cut by Browns". The Daily Sentinel. United Press International: p. 4. August 26, 1975.,3639997. Retrieved October 12, 2011.

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