Tavares Gooden
Gooden in 2009.
Free agent
Personal information
Date of birth: (1984-10-07) October 7, 1984 (age 35)
Place of birth: Fort Lauderdale, Florida
High School: Ft. Lauderdale (FL) Aquinas
Height: 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) Weight: 242 lb (110 kg)
Career information
College: Miami (FL)
NFL Draft: 2008 / Round: 3 / Pick: 71
Debuted in 2008 for the Baltimore Ravens
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of Week 17, 2012
Tackles     90
Sacks     0.0
Interceptions     0
Stats at

Tavares Gooden (born October 7, 1984) is an American football linebacker who is currently a free agent. He was drafted by the Baltimore Ravens in the third round of the 2008 NFL Draft. He played college football at the University of Miami.

Early yearsEdit

Gooden played high school football at St. Thomas Aquinas High School in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, where he was a two-time Class 4A All-State selection. One of his teammates was Nate Salley. As a junior in 2001, he made 87 tackles, 12.5 sacks and three forced fumbles. In his senior year, he was a first-team All-Broward selection at defensive end.

Regarded as a four-star recruit by, Gooden was listed as the No. 5 inside linebacker prospect of the class of 2003.[1] He chose Miami over Ohio State and LSU.

College careerEdit

In his true freshman season with the University of Miami, Gooden played in all 13 games, almost entirely on special teams, where he made 10 tackles (six solo). By his sophomore year he became starting weakside linebacker, but suffered a shoulder injury and did not start the final three regular-season games, though he did see action. For the season, Gooden totaled 83 tackles (third on the team), 10 tackles for loss, a half sack and three pass breakups. He started in the 2004 Peach Bowl and made six tackles (two solo), one tackle for loss and one pass breakup.

Starting his junior season at strongside linebacker, Gooden suffered a dislocated left shoulder in the first quarter of the season opener vs. Florida State, and missed the remainder of the year. He received a medical redshirt and underwent surgery on October 3, 2005.

In 2006, he returned as the Hurricanes' strongside linebacker, playing in 11 games and making four starts. He totalled 41 tackles (27 solo), adding five tackles for loss, three QB pressures and two pass breakups. Gooden also made a season-high nine tackles in the 2006 MPC Computers Bowl.


He was one of the students involved in the underground rap group 7th Floor Crew, which consisted of former and current University of Miami students. He went by the name "T-Good".[2]

Professional careerEdit

2008 NFL DraftEdit

Although considered one of the better linebacker prospects in the 2008 NFL Draft, Gooden raised some concerns due to his history of injuries, including a dislocated left shoulder.[3] He was drafted by the Baltimore Ravens in the third round (71st overall) of the 2008 NFL Draft.

Pre-draft measureables
Ht Wt 40-yd dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert Broad BP Wonderlic
6 ft 1 14 in 234 lb 4.62 s 1.50 s 2.62 s X s X s 35 in 9 ft 10 in 22 rep

Baltimore RavensEdit

He had only 5 tackles in 4 games of the 2008 season. Gooden started at ILB alongside Ray Lewis for the 2009 season. He was oft-injured and only played 12 games. He made 47 tackles. Back to being a backup in 2010, Gooden had just another mediocre season with 18 tackles, and was often hurt.

He was released on September 3, 2011.[6]

San Francisco 49ersEdit

On September 4, Gooden signed with the San Francisco 49ers.[7] He has been a mainstay on Special Teams.


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