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Josh Scobey
No. --     Free Agent
Running back / Kick returner
Personal information
Date of birth: (1979-12-11) December 11, 1979 (age 42)
Place of birth: Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Height: 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) Weight: 220 lb (100 kg)
Career information
College: Kansas State
NFL Draft: 2002 / Round: 6 / Pick: 185
Debuted in 2003 for the Arizona Cardinals
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of 2008
Kick returns     186
Kick return yards     4,160
Kick return average     22.4
Kick return TDs     1
Stats at
Career UFL statistics as of 2009
Receiving yards     73
Receiving average     14.9
Receiving TDs     1
Stats at

Joshua Payne Scobey (born December 11, 1979 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma) is an American football running back and kick returner who is currently a free agent. He was originally drafted by the Arizona Cardinals in the sixth round of the 2002 NFL Draft. He played college football at Kansas State. He has played for the Seattle Seahawks in his career.

Early years

At Del City High School, Scobey finished with the best single season rushing total in Del City High School history, with 1,829 yards (1997). He rushed for 3,303 total rushing yards, trailing only Bennie Butler (University of Oklahoma) in career rushing yards. He also finished only behind Butler in total rushing and receiving yards with 3,408.[1]

College career

In college, Scobey starred at running back for Kansas State University, setting a school record for rushing touchdowns.

Professional career

Scobey's NFL career began when he was drafted by the Arizona Cardinals in the 2002 NFL Draft. In 2003, Scobey led the National Football League in kick-off return yardage. He played for the Cardinals for three seasons before moving to the Seahawks. He was Seattle's kickoff returner in Super Bowl XL against the Pittsburgh Steelers, and served as a team captain for the game.

On May 3, 2007 Scobey signed with the Buffalo Bills. He was cut by the Bills on September 25 to make room for cornerback Jerametrius Butler. He re-signed with the Seahawks on December 4, exactly one year after he was placed on injured reserve by the Seahawks in 2006.


Scobey is notable in the NFL because he is a Buddhist. He practices Nichiren Buddhism through the Soka Gakkai International, and has been a practicing Buddhist since he was five years old.

Played Junior College Football at NEO A&M in Miami, Oklahoma.

His name is similar to Jacksonville Jaguars kicker, Josh Scobee.


  1. Statistics from Del City High football program

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