Oronde Gadsden
No. 86     
Wide receiver
Personal information
Date of birth: (1971-08-20) August 20, 1971 (age 49)
Career information
College: Winston-Salem State
Debuted in 1995 for the Dallas Cowboys
Last played in 2003 for the Miami Dolphins
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Receptions (Rec)     228
Yards (Yds)     3,252
Touchdowns (TD)     24
Stats at pro-football-reference.com

Oronde Benjamin Gadsden (pronounced o-RON-day) (born August 20, 1971 in Charleston, South Carolina) is a former professional American football player who played with the Miami Dolphins from 1998 to 2003.[1] A 6'3", 220-lb. wide receiver from Winston-Salem State University, played with the Dallas Cowboys, Pittsburgh Steelers and Frankfurt Galaxy of NFLE and the Arena Football League's Portland Forest Dragons,where he won Rookie of the Year before signing as a free agent with the Dolphins.

His first career reception was a 44-yard touchdown against the Indianapolis Colts.

Career[edit | edit source]

Oronde Gadsden started his NFL career on the roster of the Dallas Cowboys in 1995 where he earned a Super Bowl ring. After two years of playing in the Arena Football League and World Football Leagues he rejuvenated his NFL career, earning a roster spot for the Miami Dolphins. From 1998 to 2004 he would play a pivotal role in the Dolphins offense, amassing over 3800 yards between that time. When he left he had started all but 6 games and ranked 10th on the team's all-time receiver list.

Gadsen's two most famous catches came against the New York Jets, on an across-the-middle one-handed catch from Jay Fiedler, and in the 2001 playoffs against the Oakland Raiders, in which Gadsden reached up and caught the pass one-handed in full stride while falling backwards. Both such photos are in the Pro Football Hall of Fame and were nominated for ESPY'S.

Gadsden now runs a clothing company Original Gear, which he started in 2000. The company went public in 2006 under the name TotalLuxuryGroup. Gadsden is also involved with his charity, NextLevel Charities, which enables underprivileged and disadvantaged youths to achieve success in athletics and academics. Gadsden resides in Davie, Florida.

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Oronde Gadsden. pro-football-reference.com.

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