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Pierre Garçon
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Garçon at Redskins training camp in 2012.
No. 88     Washington Redskins
Wide receiver
Personal information
Date of birth: (1986-08-08) August 8, 1986 (age 32)
Place of birth: Carmel, New York[1]
High School: Greenacres (FL) Leonard
Height: 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) Weight: 210 lb (95 kg)
Career information
College: Mount Union
NFL Draft: 2008 / Round: 6 / Pick: 205
Debuted in 2008 for the Indianapolis Colts
Career history
Roster status: Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of Week 17, 2012
Receptions     232
Receiving yards     3,152
Receiving TDs     20
Stats at NFL.com

Pierre Andre Garçon (/piˈɛər ɡɑrˈsn/; born August 8, 1986[2] in Carmel, New York)[1] is an American football wide receiver of Haitian descent[3] who plays for the Washington Redskins of the National Football League (NFL). He was drafted by the Indianapolis Colts in the sixth round of the 2008 NFL Draft. He played college football at Mount Union College.

High school careerEdit

Garçon attended John I. Leonard High School in Greenacres, Florida.[4] He earned two varsity letters in football. He also played soccer.[2]

College careerEdit

Garçon started his college career at Norwich University in Northfield, Vermont. As a freshman in 2004, he played in ten games and had 44 receptions for 1,017 yards and 13 touchdowns. Wanting to play in a more football oriented program, he transferred to Mount Union College in the Ohio Athletic Conference. He averaged over 60 catches, 1000 yards and 15 touchdowns in his career as a Purple Raider. While at Mount Union he led the team to two consecutive Div III National Championships, falling just short of a third.[2] During his sophomore season in 2005, he earned Ohio Athletic Conference second-team honors after having 68 receptions for 1,196 yards and 16 touchdowns. As a junior, he was named to the Ohio Athletic Conference first-team and was the recipient of the Ed Sherman Award for the OAC's most outstanding receiver.[5] That season, he was third in the nation with 1,212 receiving yards and had 67 receptions with 17 touchdowns. As a senior in 2007, Garçon was Ohio Athletic Conference first-team and was the recipient of the Ed Sherman Award, for the second time. He had 67 receptions for 955 yards and 14 touchdowns.[6]

Track and fieldEdit

Garçon also ran track at Norwich University, where he recorded personal bests of 10.61 seconds in the 100 meters and 21.69 seconds in the 200 meters.

Personal bestsEdit

Event Time (seconds) Venue Date
100 meters 10.61 Berea, Kentucky April 29, 2006
200 meters 21.69 Berea, Kentucky April 29, 2006

Professional careerEdit

2008 NFL CombineEdit

Pre-draft measureables
Ht Wt 40-yd dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert Broad BP Wonderlic
6 ft 0 in 210 lb 4.42 s 1.50 s 2.56 s 4.19 s 6.90 s 36.5 in 10 ft 5 in 20 rep

Indianapolis ColtsEdit

2008 SeasonEdit

Garçon was drafted by the Indianapolis Colts in the sixth round of the 2008 NFL Draft with the 205th overall pick. In Week 2 against the Minnesota Vikings, he made his NFL debut. Later in Week 10 against the Pittsburgh Steelers, he recorded his first reception. Garçon spent his rookie season as a backup receiver recording only four catches for 23 yards.

2009 SeasonEdit

File:Pierre Garcon voa.jpg

By the start of the 2009 season, Garçon was made Reggie Wayne's back-up. After Anthony Gonzalez was injured in the first game of the season, he took his place in the starting lineup. In Week 2 against the Miami Dolphins, he had his first start and recorded his first touchdown. He continued to be a starter until a hand injury caused him to miss the last two games of the season. He displayed himself as a deep threat in Peyton Manning's offense, recording 47 receptions, 765 yards, and four touchdowns in his second season.

2010 SeasonEdit

In the 2010, Garçon had the starting spot most of the season with the exception for Week 3 and 4, where he was inactive for both games. In Week 6 against the Washington Redskins, he made an impressive one-handed catch. By the end of the season, he had 67 receptions for 784 yards and six touchdowns.

2011 SeasonEdit

Despite Peyton Manning being out the entire 2011 season due to injury, Garçon had his best season with the Colts. He started in all 16 games of the season and recorded 70 receptions, 947 receiving yards, and six touchdowns

Washington RedskinsEdit

2012 SeasonEdit

On March 13, 2012, Garçon signed a five-year $42.5 million, $20.5 million guaranteed, contract with the Washington Redskins.[7][8] He was the Redskins' first free agent signing for the 2012 season. During the first OTA of the 2012 preseason, Garçon and Brandyn Thompson accidentally collided into coach Mike Shanahan.[9] In the season opening 40-32 win against the New Orleans Saints, he scored the first touchdown. After catching a 16-yard pass from Robert Griffin III, Garçon ran for an additional 72 yards and a touchdown, which gave Griffin his first career touchdown.[10] Despite not playing for the entire second half of the game due to a foot injury, he finished with 109 yards on four receptions and one touchdown.[11] After missing several games due to the same foot injury, it was confirmed on October 25 that he had a plantar plate tear in the bottom of his right foot.[12][13] In the Week 12 win against the Dallas Cowboys on Thanksgiving, he would score his second touchdown of the season after catching a 59-yard pass from Griffin.[14]

Professional StatisticsEdit

Year Team G GS Rec Yards AVG TD
2008 IND 14 0 4 23 5.8 0
2009 IND 14 13 47 765 16.3 4
2010 IND 14 14 67 784 11.7 6
2011 IND 16 16 70 947 13.5 6
2012 WAS 10 10 44 633 14.4 4
Career -- 68 53 232 3,152 13.7 20

ReferencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 "Meet a Colt: Pierre Garcon". New York Post. January 19, 2010. http://www.nypost.com/p/sports/jets/meet_colt_jVHA19dHfubO4NoMLTpCFL.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Pierre Garcon – 85. pierregarconlive.com
  3. "Titans' Washington emerging on, off field". ProFootballWeekly.com. 17 December 2011. http://www.profootballweekly.com/2011/12/17/titans-washington-emerging-on-off-field. Retrieved 19 December 2011.
  4. Pierre Garcon, WR for the Indianapolis Colts at. Nfl.com. Retrieved on 2011-09-10.
  5. Ohio Athletic Conference. (PDF) . Retrieved on 2011-09-10.
  6. 2008 Football Media Guide. oac.org
  7. Klemko, Robert (13 March 2012). "Redskins add WRs Garcon, Morgan". USA Today. http://content.usatoday.com/communities/thehuddle/post/2012/03/pierre-garcon-says-he-will-sign-with-washington-redskins/1#.T2DAfnnNljw. Retrieved 14 March 2012.
  8. Campbell, Rich (2012-03-14). "Garcon hopes to be key cog in Redskins’ return to winning ways". WashingtonTimes.com. http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2012/mar/14/pierre-garcon-hopes-to-be-key-cog-in-redskins-retu/.
  9. Corbett, Jim (May 21, 2012). "Redskins' Mike Shanahan knocked to turf in collision". USAToday.com. http://content.usatoday.com/communities/thehuddle/post/2012/05/redskins-mike-shanahan-knocked-to-turf-in-collision/1#.T7wAt7_jcgw. Retrieved 2012-05-23.
  10. Campbell, Rich (September 11, 2012). "Redskins - Saints Film Review: OFFENSE". WashingtonTimes.com. http://www.washingtontimes.com/blog/redskins-watch/2012/sep/11/redskins-saints-film-review-offense/. Retrieved 2012-09-12.
  11. Whyno, Stephen (September 9, 2012). "Pierre Garcon’s impact felt from the start". WashingtonTimes.com. http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2012/sep/9/pierre-garcons-impact-felt-from-the-start/. Retrieved 2012-09-12.
  12. El-Bashir, Tarik (October 25, 2012). "Garçon confirms diagnosis of plantar plate tear". CSNWashington.com. http://www.csnwashington.com/football-washington-redskins/talk/gar%C3%A7-confirms-diagnosis-plantar-plate-tear. Retrieved 2012-10-25.
  13. Whyno, Stephen (October 25, 2012). "Redskins’ Pierre Garcon discusses foot injury, wants to avoid surgery". WashingtonTimes.com. http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2012/oct/25/redskins-pierre-garcon-foot-injury-plantar-plate/. Retrieved 2012-10-25.
  14. Tinsman, Brian (November 22, 2012). "Redskins Score Texas-Sized Win, 38-31". Redskins.com. http://www.redskins.com/news-and-events/article-1/Redskins-Score-Texas-Sized-Win-38-31/9c63b942-5134-4b19-86b4-2703d32e217e. Retrieved 2012-11-22.

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