|Date of birth:June 19, 1984|
|Place of birth: Midwest City, Oklahoma|
|Height: 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)||Weight: 242 lb (110 kg)|
|NFL Draft: 2006 / Round: 6 / Pick: 195|
|Debuted in 2006 for the Chicago Bears|
|* Chicago Bears ( 2006– 2007)
|Career highlights and awards|
|Career NFL statistics as of Week 17, 2008|
|Stats at NFL.com|
J. D. Runnels (born June 19, 1984) is an American football fullback who is a free agent. He was drafted by the Chicago Bears in the sixth round of the 2006 NFL Draft. He played college football at Oklahoma.
Early years[edit | edit source]
Runnels attended Carl Albert High School in Midwest City where he played football, mostly at running back, but he also played wide receiver, tight end and defensive end. He helped lead Carl Albert to three Oklahoma state championships in class 5A. He was a consensus all state player and set school records for career receiving yards (1,391), career catches (67) and career receiving touchdowns (17). Runnels graduated from Carl Albert in 2002.
College career[edit | edit source]
Runnels attended the University of Oklahoma. In 53 games at Oklahoma, Runnels started 18 times. He carried twice for five yards and caught 51 passes for 450 yards (8.8 avg) and five touchdowns. In his agility tests he ran a 4.52 in the 40-yard dash, bench pressed 225 pounds 28 times, had a 35-inch vertical jump, a 10'0" broad jump, ran a 4.22 in the 20 yard shuttle, and a 7.0 in the 3 cone drill.
Professional career[edit | edit source]
Chicago Bears[edit | edit source]
He was drafted by the Chicago Bears in the 6th round of the 2006 NFL Draft. He spent most of his rookie season on the bench, but saw playtime towards the end of the season, when starting fullback Jason McKie injured his ankle. Although Runnels is the Bears' second fullback on the depth chart, the Bears will often tend to use the more experienced third-string tight end, Gabe Reid instead. The Bears waived/injured Runnels on June 11, 2007 and he spent the season on injured reserve. He was waived by the team on July 24, 2008.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers[edit | edit source]
Cincinnati Bengals[edit | edit source]
Runnels was re-signed to a future contract on December 29, 2008. He was waived on August 10, 2009. His release was profiled on the season premiere of the HBO series Hard Knocks: Training Camp with the Cincinnati Bengals.
Personal[edit | edit source]
Runnels has vitiligo around his eyes and mouth.
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