John Stephens
No. 44     
Running back
Personal information
Date of birth: (1966-02-23)February 23, 1966
Place of birth: Shreveport, Louisiana
Date of death: September 1, 2009(2009-09-01) (aged 43)
Place of death: Keithville, Louisiana
High School: Springhill (LA)
Height: 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) Weight: 220 lb (100 kg)
Career information
College: Northwestern State
NFL Draft: 1988 / Round: 1 / Pick: 17
Debuted in 1988 for the New England Patriots
Last played in 1993 for the Kansas City Chiefs
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Rushing yards     3,440
Average     3.6
Touchdowns     18
Stats at

John Milton Stephens (February 23, 1966 – September 1, 2009) was a professional American football player who was selected by the New England Patriots in the 1st round (17th overall) of the 1988 NFL Draft. A 6'1", 220 lbs. running back from Northwestern State University in Louisiana, Stephens played in 6 NFL seasons from 1988-1993 for the Patriots, the Green Bay Packers, and the Kansas City Chiefs. As a rookie for the Patriots during the 1988 NFL season, Stephens rushed for 1,168 yards and was selected to his one and only Pro Bowl. His one daughter, Sloane Stephens, born in 1993, is an American professional tennis player.

Stephens died in Keithville, Louisiana, on September 1, 2009 in a car accident.[1]


Note: G = Games played; Att = Rushing attempts; Yds = Rushing yards; Avg = Average yards per carry; Long = Longest rush; Rush TD = Rushing touchdowns; Rec = Receptions; Yds = Receiving yards; Avg = Average yards per reception; Long = Longest reception; Rec TD = Receiving touchdowns

Year Team GP Att Yds Avg Long Rush TD Rec Yds Avg Long Rec TD
1988New England Patriots162971,1683.952414987.0170
1989New England Patriots142448333.4357212079.9370
1990New England Patriots162128083.8262281967.0431
1991New England Patriots14631632.6132161197.4240
1992New England Patriots16752773.7192211617.7320
1993Green Bay Packers5481733.62215316.2100
1993Kansas City Chiefs76183.070000.000
Career Totals 88 945 3,440 3.6 52 18 105 812 7.7 43 1
  • Stats that are highlighted show career high


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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Troy Stradford
AP NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year
Succeeded by
Barry Sanders
Preceded by
Tony Collins
New England Patriots leading rusher
Succeeded by
Leonard Russell
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