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Maurice Leggett
No. 31     
Cornerback
Personal information
Date of birth: (1986-10-02) October 2, 1986 (age 33)
Place of birth: McKeesport, Pennsylvania
Career information
College: Valdosta State
Undrafted in 2008
No regular season or postseason appearances
Career history
* Kansas City Chiefs ( 2008 2010)
Roster status: Active
Career highlights and awards
* 2× NCAA Division II national champion (2004, 2007)
Tackles     54
Pass Breakups     11
Forced Fumbles     0
Fumble recoveries     0
Interceptions     1
Stats at NFL.com
Career CFL statistics as of 2017
Tackles     253
Sacks     11.0
Forced Recoveries     6
Interceptions     16
Tackles     76.0
Pass Breakups     22
Forced Fumbles     3
Fumble recoveries     1
Interceptions     5
Stats at CFL.ca
Stats at ArenaFan.com

Maurice Lamar Leggett (also known as Mo Leggett[1]) (born October 2, 1986 in McKeesport, Pennsylvania) is an American football cornerback for the Albany Empire of the Arena Football League.[2] He was previously a member of the Kansas City Chiefs of the National Football League and the Winnipeg Blue Bombers of the Canadian Football League (CFL). He entered the NFL as an undrafted free agent in May 2008. He played college football for Valdosta State University.

High school & collegeEdit

Leggett attended and played football at Mount Zion High School in Jonesboro, Georgia. He played running back during high school.[3] His jersey from the school was retired in 2009.[4] He attended Valdosta State University and played on their football team, the Blazers, helping them win two Division II National Championships; in 2004 and 2007.[5][6] He was honored with first-team All-Gulf South honors in 2006 as well.[7]

Professional career Edit

Kansas City ChiefsEdit

Leggett was undrafted in the 2008 NFL Draft, and signed with the Kansas City Chiefs (NFL) on May 2, 2008 as an undrafted free agent.[7] After a productive rookie season, he was awarded the Mack Lee Hill Award for Most Outstanding Rookie for the Chiefs.[7][4] Leggett was the first undrafted rookie to win the award.[7] In November 2009, he was placed in injured reserve for a shoulder injury.[8] In 2010, he was again placed on injured reserve, and was eventually not resigned.[9]

Detroit LionsEdit

On July 29, 2011, Leggett signed with the Detroit Lions.[10] He was released on August 17, after his injury didn't heal.[11]

Utah BlazeEdit

Leggett signed with the Utah Blaze of the Arena Football League (AFL) in 2013 to resume his football career.[12] He had 69 tackles and five interceptions playing in 15 games during his only season in the AFL.

Philadelphia SoulEdit

During the offseason, Leggett signed with the Philadelphia Soul, but never played with the team.[13]

Winnipeg Blue BombersEdit

In 2014, Leggett signed with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers of the Canadian Football League. In his first CFL year, Leggett was Winnipeg’s nominee for the CFL outstanding defensive player of the year award.[14] He finished his first CFL season tied for second in the league with five interceptions, including three in one game. At the end of the season, he was rewarded with a three-year contract extension.[14] Leggett continued his strong play in 2015, contributing 59 tackles (including five on special teams), five quarterback sacks and one interception.

In 2016, Leggett was voted Winnipeg's top defensive player, and was the CFL's co-leader with seven interceptions, three of which he returned for touchdowns.[15]

In 2017, Leggett was named a "Shaw CFL Top Performer of the Week" after scoring two touchdowns in the Banjo Bowl win over the Saskatchewan Roughriders.[16] It was only the third time in the past 30 years that a CFL defensive player had multiple touchdowns in a game.[17] On October 15, 2017, nearing the end of the 2017 regular season, Leggett suffered a torn Achilles tendon and was declared out for the rest of the season.[18] In 13 games he had contributed 50 tackles, three interceptions and three sacks. In February 2018, less than a week before becoming a free agent, Leggett and the Bombers agreed to a one-year contract extension.[19] Leggett suffered another serious injury during the 2018 CFL season and was carted off the team's practice field on October 22, 2018.[20] Leggett was released by the Winnipeg Blue Bombers on November 21, 2018, after the Bombers were eliminated from the playoffs.[21]

Albany EmpireEdit

Leggett returned to the Arena Football League when he signed with the Albany Empire in time for the final regular season game. After advancing in the playoffs, Leggett recorded Albany's first points in ArenaBowl XXXII when he intercepted a pass and returned it 54 yards for a touchdown. Leggett also recovered a fumble en route to Albany's first championship.[22]

StatisticsEdit

  Defence
Year Team Games Tackles ST Sacks Int TD FF
2014 WPG 16 65 1 2 5 0 2
2015 WPG 17 54 5 5 1 0 0
2016 WPG 17 51 0 1 7 3 1
2017 WPG 13 50 0 3 3 1 3
2018 WPG 9 33 2 1 0 0 0
CFL totals 72 253 8 12 16 4 6

Personal lifeEdit

Leggett has a son, Malik Price, born in 2007.[7][23] He participates in ballet, performing with the Royal Winnipeg Ballet in a performance of The Nutcracker.[24] Leggett has been a fan of ballet since taking a ballet class in high school.[24] He also has interest in opera and frequently listens to classical music.[24][25] Leggett majored in criminal justice in college, and also studied voice and piano.[24] He cites Ed Reed and Ray Lewis as his inspirations in football.[26]

ReferencesEdit

  1. Sawatzky, Mike (July 21, 2017). "Dressler, Leggett definite maybes for Blue Bombers Friday in Ottawa". Winnipeg Free Press. https://www.winnipegfreepress.com/sports/football/bombers/dressler-leggett-definite-maybes-for-blue-bombers-friday-in-ottawa-437726533.html. Retrieved September 9, 2017.
  2. Empire bring in former NFL player to bolster defense, ‘’Albany Times-Union’’ (July 18, 2019)
  3. "Chiefs CB Maurice Leggett on Training Camp, Attitude and Clancy Pendergast". https://www.arrowheadpride.com/2009/6/18/913284/chiefs-cb-maurice-leggett-on. Retrieved September 14, 2017.
  4. 4.0 4.1 "CB Maurice Leggett Has High School Jersey Retired". http://www.chiefs.com/news/article-1/CB-Maurice-Leggett-Has-High-School-Jersey-Retired/6DD000FA-1B64-47FE-9C74-C2110BCC6C15. Retrieved September 14, 2017.
  5. "Valdosta State takes home Division II title on late score - USATODAY.com". https://usatoday30.usatoday.com/sports/college/football/2007-12-15-division-ii-championship_N.htm. Retrieved September 14, 2017.
  6. "Blazers record book". http://static.vstateblazers.com/custompages/PDFs/Football/2014/2014%20FB%20Record%20Book.pdf. Retrieved September 14, 2017.
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 7.3 7.4 "Kansas City Chiefs: Maurice Leggett". http://www.chiefs.com/team/roster/Maurice-Leggett/8a2798c8-89d4-4247-a4af-5819d192f1bd/. Retrieved September 14, 2017.
  8. "Chiefs put cornerback Leggett on injured reserve". http://www.nfl.com/news/story/09000d5d8147ced5/article/chiefs-put-cornerback-leggett-on-injured-r_9. Retrieved September 14, 2017.
  9. "So Long Maurice Leggett…We Hardly Knew Ye". July 28, 2011. https://arrowheadaddict.com/2011/07/28/so-long-maurice-leggett-we-hardly-knew-ye/. Retrieved September 14, 2017.
  10. Detroit Lions sum up first official practice: 'Crisp' MLive.com July 29, 2011
  11. "Lions sign free agent RB's Jerome Harrison and Mike Bell - The Majors Detroit". http://themajors.net/detroit/lions-sign-free-agent-rbs-jerome-harrison-and-mike-bell/. Retrieved September 14, 2017.
  12. "ICANDY: MAURICE LEGGETT Future, Family, and Football - Kontrol Magazine". August 12, 2013. Archived from the original on August 12, 2013. https://web.archive.org/web/20130812040052/http://www.kontrolmag.com/icandy-maurice-leggett-future-family-and-football/. Retrieved September 14, 2017.
  13. "JEFF HUGHLEY RETURNS TO PHILADELPHIA - Philadelphia Soul". http://www.philadelphiasoul.com/index.cfm?go=news&show=story&id=10769. Retrieved September 14, 2017.
  14. 14.0 14.1 "Winnipeg Blue Bombers sign safety Maurice Leggett to contract extension". December 8, 2014. http://o.canada.com/sports/winnipeg-blue-bombers-sign-safety-maurice-leggett-to-contract-extension. Retrieved September 14, 2017.
  15. "Bombers' Leggett comes up injured". http://www.winnipegsun.com/2017/05/30/bombers-leggett-comes-up-injured. Retrieved September 14, 2017.
  16. "Bombers’ Maurice Leggett honoured for Banjo Bowl performance". http://globalnews.ca/news/3737076/bombers-maurice-leggett-honoured-for-banjo-bowl-performance/. Retrieved September 14, 2017.
  17. Tait, Ed. "Some cool historical numbers on Maurice Leggett's @almighty31 two TD performance in Banjo Bowl from CFL stats guru Steve Daniel". https://twitter.com/EdTaitWFC/status/907628194878164992. Retrieved September 14, 2017.
  18. "Leggett out for season with torn Achilles - Article - TSN". TSN. October 15, 2017. https://www.tsn.ca/leggett-out-for-season-with-torn-achilles-1.885435.
  19. "Bombers re-sign DB Leggett to one-year deal - Article - TSN". TSN. February 6, 2018. https://www.tsn.ca/bombers-re-sign-db-leggett-to-one-year-deal-1.989642.
  20. "Report: Leggett leaves Bombers Monday practice on cart - CFL.ca" (in en-US). CFL.ca. October 22, 2018. https://www.cfl.ca/2018/10/22/report-leggett-leaves-bombers-monday-practice-cart/.
  21. "Bombers release longtime DB Maurice Leggett - CFL.ca" (in en-US). CFL.ca. November 21, 2018. https://www.cfl.ca/2018/11/21/bombers-release-longtime-db-maurice-leggett/.
  22. https://dailygazette.com/article/2019/08/12/empire-wins-arenabowl-32
  23. "Leggett scores twice, Blue Bombers win Banjo Bowl against Rough Roughriders". September 9, 2017. http://www.sportingnews.com/ca/cfl/news/winnipeg-blue-bombers-saskatchewan-rough-riders-banjo-bowl-recap-maurice-leggett/wt7hffmucrxm1n26pk0q9b5la. Retrieved September 14, 2017.
  24. 24.0 24.1 24.2 24.3 "Maurice Leggett, CFL Player, Suits Up For 'The Nutcracker' In Winnipeg". December 28, 2016. http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2016/12/28/maurice-leggett-winnipeg-the-nutcracker_n_13873654.html. Retrieved September 14, 2017.
  25. "Maurice Leggett: A man of many talents". https://www.tsn.ca/cfl/video/maurice-leggett-a-man-of-many-talents~1187788. Retrieved September 14, 2017.
  26. During a press conference to announce his re-signing with the Blue Bombers in February, Leggatt says he will seriously consider taking up permanent residency in the City if Winnipeg upon retirement from football. Brown, Chris L.. "INTERVIEW: CFL Star DB says he'd be "ecstatic" to play for Ravens - Cover32". http://cover32.com/2016/07/13/cfl-star-leggett-ravens/. Retrieved September 14, 2017.

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