|Date of birth:August 2, 1949|
|Place of birth: Houston, Texas|
|Date of death: May 11, 2015(aged 65)|
|College: Texas A&I|
|NFL Draft: 1972 / Round: 1 / Pick: 17|
|No regular season or postseason appearances|
|* New York Giants (1972–1974)|
|Career highlights and awards|
Small was born in Houston, Texas, 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. As a receiver, he had 20 touchdowns in his college career, made 167 receptions, and had 2,547 receiving yards. Small was the Javelinas' all-time receptions leader until 2013, when Robert Armstrong surpassed his total. Texas A&I won two National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics national championships during his team with the team. The university's Javelina Hall of Fame inducted Small in 1991.
In the 1972 NFL Draft, the Giants selected Small in the first round with the 17th overall pick, which they had obtained from the New England Patriots in a trade for defensive end Fred Dryer. He played in 34 games for the Giants over three seasons, intercepting one pass, in 1974. In 1975, the Giants traded Small to the Cleveland Browns, but he was released before the start of the regular season. Following his NFL career, he began coaching in the Houston Independent School District, working for Sterling High School as an offensive coordinator. On May 11, 2015, when he was 65 years old, Small died.
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 "Eldridge Small". Pro Football Reference. https://www.pro-football-reference.com/players/S/SmalEl20.htm. Retrieved October 12, 2011.
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 2.2 "Eldridge Small". Texas A&M University–Kingsville. Archived from the original on April 5, 2012. https://web.archive.org/web/20120405194301/http://www.javelinaathletics.com/EldridgeSmall.cfm?sp=hofm. Retrieved November 4, 2011.
- ↑ "Giants Sign Eldridge Small". The Victoria Advocate. Associated Press: p. 1B. May 8, 1972. https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=8NlHAAAAIBAJ&sjid=OYAMAAAAIBAJ&pg=3477,1291764. Retrieved October 12, 2011.
- ↑ 4.0 4.1 4.2 "Javelina Hall of Famer Eldridge Small Passes Away". Texas A&M University–Kingsville. May 11, 2015. https://javelinaathletics.com/news/2015/5/11/FB_0511155532.aspx?path=football. Retrieved January 5, 2019.
- ↑ "Patriots get Giants' Dryer; give up three draft choices". The Lowell Sun. Associated Press: p. 36. February 1, 1972. https://www.newspapers.com/clip/26431660/lowell_sun_1_feb_1972_p36/. Retrieved January 5, 2019.
- ↑ "Defensive back cut by Browns". The Daily Sentinel. United Press International: p. 4. August 26, 1975. https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=v-hDAAAAIBAJ&sjid=t68MAAAAIBAJ&pg=2289,3639997. Retrieved October 12, 2011.
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