American Football Database
John Standeford
No. 16, 84, 85, 82     
Wide receiver
Personal information
Date of birth: (1982-04-15) April 15, 1982 (age 40)
Place of birth: Monrovia, Indiana
Career information
College: Purdue
Undrafted in 2004
No regular season or postseason appearances
Career history
* Washington Redskins ( 2004)*
Career highlights and awards
* Super Bowl champion (XLI)
Receptions     16
Receiving yards     249
Receiving average     15.6
Long reception     36
Touchdowns     0
Stats at
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John William Standeford (born April 15, 1982) is a former American football wide receiver. He played college football at Purdue, and signed with the Washington Redskins as an undrafted free agent in 2004. He also played for the Indianapolis Colts, Detroit Lions, Florida Tuskers, Cincinnati Bengals, and Virginia Destroyers. As a member of the Colts, Standeford won Super Bowl XLI, defeating the Chicago Bears.

Early years

Standeford started his football career at Monrovia High School in Monrovia, Indiana, near Indianapolis. He was an Indiana All-Star in basketball, but chose football as his profession.

College career

After high school, Standeford attended Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana to play under head coach Joe Tiller. He graduated holding the Big Ten's all-time career receptions record with 266 catches and had a career record of catches in a game with 14 against Wisconsin during his Senior season. He was teamed with current New Orleans Saints quarterback, Drew Brees, and both hold the conference record for most touchdown pass connections and following quarterback Kyle Orton of the Denver Broncos. He majored in Elementary Education and did his student teaching at Attica High School in Attica, Indiana.

His brother, Jake, who was also a multiple sports star in high school, was a wide receiver at Purdue from 2004 to 2007. One season later after becoming the conference career receptions leader, John's teammate, Taylor Stubblefield, set it as a new NCAA record with 325. John was named a First Team-All Big Ten selection in 2002, while being a First Team Academic All-American in 2002 & 2003.

Professional career

Washington Redskins and Indianapolis Colts

Standeford went undrafted in the 2004 NFL Draft and was signed by the Washington Redskins. He was soon traded to the Indianapolis Colts, where he played for three seasons under head coach Tony Dungy, mainly on the practice squad. Playing in a handful of preseason games, he never appeared in an official game as a Colt. He was a member of the Indianapolis Colts' Super Bowl XLI team.

Detroit Lions

After playing with the Colts primarily on the practice squad, he was traded to the Detroit Lions where he received some playing time. He appeared in nine games during the 2008 season, starting in four of them. He had 15 receptions for 244 yards. He averaged 16.3 yards per catch with a career long of 36 yards.

Standeford signed a one-year contract with the Lions during the 2009 offseason, and was waived on November 7, 2009.

Virginia Destroyers

Standeford was signed by the Virginia Destroyers of the United Football League on June 28, 2011.[1]

Cincinnati Bengals

Standeford was signed by the Cincinnati Bengals on August 11, 2011, but was waived on August 23.


  1. "UFL Transactions". OurSports Central. June 28, 2011. Retrieved July 6, 2011.

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