American Football Database
Vagas Ferguson
Date of birth: (1957-03-06) March 6, 1957 (age 65)
Place of birth: Richmond, Indiana
Career information
Position(s): Running Back
College: Notre Dame
NFL Draft: 1980 / Round: 1/ Pick 25
 As player:
New England Patriots
Cleveland Browns
Houston Oilers
Playing stats at

Vasquero Diaz "Vagas" Ferguson (born March 6, 1957) is a former American college and professional football player who was a running back in the National Football League (NFL) for five seasons during the 1980s. Ferguson played college football for the University of Notre Dame, and was recognized as an All-American. He was selected in the first round of the 1980 NFL Draft, and played professionally for the New England Patriots, Cleveland Browns, and Houston Oilers of the NFL.

Ferguson was born in Richmond, Indiana.

In 1979, his senior season at Notre Dame, Ferguson was voted to the All-America Team of the American Football Coaches Association. That year he was the fifth ranked player in the nation in yards per rush and finished fifth in voting for the Heisman Trophy. He ranks third all-time for total yards gained (3,472) among Notre Dame running backs, having averaged 5.2 yards per carry.[1]

Ferguson currently resides in Richmond, Indiana. He is employed in the athletic department at Richmond High School, and is president of the local chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP).

He is a member of the Indiana Football Hall of Fame.


  1. University of Notre Dame Official Athletic Site: All-Time Leaders,, URL accessed May 31, 2006.