Higgins at a game in Denver in October 2010.
|Wide receiver / Return specialist|
|Date of birth:September 8, 1983|
|Place of birth: Sweeny, Texas|
|Height: 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)||Weight: 185 lb (84 kg)|
|College: Texas-El Paso|
|NFL Draft: 2007 / Round: 3 / Pick: 99|
|Debuted in 2007 for the Oakland Raiders|
|Last played in 2011 for the Philadelphia Eagles|
|* Oakland Raiders ( 2007– 2010)
|Career highlights and awards|
|* 1× All-Pro selection (2008)|
|Career NFL statistics as of Week 17, 2010|
|Total Return Yards||1,815|
|Stats at NFL.com|
Johnnie Lee Higgins (born September 8, 1983) is a former professional American football wide receiver. He was drafted by the Oakland Raiders in the third round (99th overall and the last pick of the first day) out of the University of Texas at El Paso in the 2007 NFL Draft.
Higgins was born and raised in Bay City and attended Sweeny High School in Sweeny, Texas, and was a student and a letterman in football, basketball, and track. In basketball, he was named his team's Most Valuable Player.
After turning in a 4.43 40 yard dash time at the 2007 NFL Scouting Combine, Higgins was selected by the Oakland Raiders in the third round (99th overall and the final pick of the first day) of the 2007 NFL Draft. He became the team's starting punt returner and he returned a punt 90 yards for a touchdown in a preseason game against the Seattle Seahawks on August 30, 2007. He saw action in all 16 games in the 2007 season, starting in two of them at wide receiver.
He saw punt return action in the first three games, but it was in week 4 against the Denver Broncos in which Higgins made his first NFL reception. He caught two passes for 14 yards in the game. On special teams, Higgins recorded five tackles. In his final game of the season, he had a punt return for 54 yards, which set up fellow rookie JaMarcus Russell to throw his second touchdown of the season. Higgins finished his rookie year with six receptions for 47 yards, 20 punt returns for 103 yards, and five special teams tackles.
In the 2008 season, Higgins recorded more receiving yards than any other Raider wide receiver (tight end Zach Miller led the team in yards). He also returned punts for touchdowns in back-to-back games.
In the first game of the 2009 season, against San Diego, Higgins ran the ball one time for 19 yards.
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