|No. -- Free Agent|
|Date of birth:April 6, 1973|
|Place of birth: Valdosta, Georgia|
|Height: 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)||Weight: 245 lb (111 kg)|
|NFL Draft: 1996 / Round: 2 / Pick: 49|
|Debuted in 1996 for the Dallas Cowboys|
|Last played in 2007 for the Washington Redskins|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Stats at NFL.com|
Randall Euralentris Godfrey (born April 6, 1973) is a former American football linebacker in the National Football League. Godfrey played college football at the University of Georgia, where he majored in housing and consumer economics. He also played High School Football at Lowndes High School in Valdosta Georgia. He was drafted in the 1996 NFL Draft by the Dallas Cowboys with the 49th overall pick. Since then he has also played for the Tennessee Titans and the Seattle Seahawks.
Professional career Edit
Dallas Cowboys Edit
Although he was drafted to play middle linebacker, the level of skill and speed he demonstrated in training camp, allowed the Cowboys to move him to strongside linebacker in an effort to improve the defense.
During the 2000 free agency period, although Godfrey was firmly entrenched as the Cowboys starting middle linebacker, the Cowboys chose not to match the offer he received from the Tennessee Titans and decided to let Dat Nguyen take over the position.
Godfrey played 4 seasons in Dallas, never missed a game, and recorded 306 tackles, 2 interceptions and 2 quarterback sacks.
Tennessee Titans Edit
He led the Titans in tackles each of his first two seasons with the team, but after the 2000 season season he struggled with injuries. Because of an injured ankle, he started in only five games and played in just eight during the 2002 season.
Even though the Titans reworked his contract, with Godfrey agreeing to take less money. They ended up releasing him for salary cap reasons, at the start of training camp in 2003.
Seattle Seahawks Edit
San Diego Chargers Edit
After the 2007 NFL Draft, Godfrey was released by the San Diego Chargers. On August 21, 2007, Washington Redskins coach Joe Gibbs,seeking to rebuild an injury-riddled linebacking corps, talked Godfrey out of retirement. However, Godfrey was not resigned after the season and has since retired.
On October 28, 2007, Godfrey made critical remarks regarding New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick. Following a game in which the Patriots defeated the Redskins 52-7, Godfrey accused Belichick of showing the Redskins "no respect" because the Patriots continued to call deep passing plays despite leading 38-0 entering the fourth quarter.
Belichick defended his play calling, saying "When you're playing defense it's your job to stop them. It's not (the offense's) job to not score."
Personal life Edit
Notes and referencesEdit
- ↑ "Godfrey out as result of drafted LBs". The San Diego Union Tribune. April 30, 2007. http://www.signonsandiego.com/uniontrib/20070430/news_1s30chnotes.html.
- ↑ "Gibbs the coach remains at the mercy of Gibbs the president". ESPN. September 4, 2007. http://sports.espn.go.com/espn/wire?section=nfl&id=3004214.
- ↑ La Canfora, Jason (August 22, 2007). "Redskins Bring In Veteran Godfrey". Washington Post. http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/08/21/AR2007082101890_pf.html.
- ↑ Curran, Tom (2007-10-28). "Belichick gets under Godfrey's skin". NBCSports.com. Archived from the original on 2007-10-30. http://web.archive.org/web/20071030160456/http://www.nbcsports.com/portal/site/nbcsports/menuitem.6f806e473b4cb158fb00ec22493c2d04/?vgnextoid=03f04e2dff8e5110VgnVCM10000075c1d240RCRD&cpsextcurrchannel=1. Retrieved 2007-10-29.
- ↑ "Former Bulldogs return for unfinished business — a degree". The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. February 16, 2009. http://www.ajc.com/sports/content/sports/uga/stories/2009/02/16/georgia_football_degrees.html.