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Andre Rison
No. 87, 80, 81, 84, 89     
Wide receiver
Personal information
Date of birth: March 18, 1967 (1967-03-18) (age 42)
Place of birth: Flint, Michigan
Height: 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) Weight: 188 lb (85 kg)
Career information
College: Michigan State
NFL Draft: 1989 / Round: 1 / Pick: 22
Debuted in 1989 for the Indianapolis Colts
Last played in 2005 for the Toronto Argonauts
Career history
 As player:
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of 2000
Receptions     743
Receiving Yards     10,205
Receiving TDs     84
Stats at DatabaseFootball.com

Andre Previn "Bad Moon" Rison (born March 18, 1967 in Flint, Michigan) is a retired American football wide receiver who played professionally for the National Football League's Indianapolis Colts, Atlanta Falcons, Cleveland Browns, Green Bay Packers, Jacksonville Jaguars, Kansas City Chiefs, Oakland Raiders, and the Canadian Football League's Toronto Argonauts. Rison was selected to the Pro Bowl five times, from 1990–1993 and once again in 1997.

Rison won a Super Bowl championship with the Green Bay Packers in 1996, scoring the first points of the game on a 54-yard touchdown catch. He also won a Grey Cup championship with the Toronto Argonauts in 2004. He is one of the few players to win professional football championships in both the United States of America and Canada. He was released by the Argonauts during the 2005 CFL season. He holds an NFL record for scoring a touchdown with 7 different teams.

He was a star player at Flint Northwestern High School and in college at Michigan State University. As a Senior at Michigan State, Rison had 30 receptions for 709 yards and 5 TDs.

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Early career

Rison began his NFL career in 1989 as a first round draft pick with the Indianapolis Colts, catching 52 passes for 820 yards with four touchdown receptions and showing great promise, but was traded to the Falcons as part of a deal for the #1 pick in the 1990 NFL Draft, which the Colts used to select Jeff George. His next season marked the first of five very productive campaigns with the Atlanta Falcons. During these years, Rison finished near the top of most receiving categories, and led all NFL players with 15 receiving touchdowns in 1993.

Cleveland Browns

After the 1994 season, Rison signed a lucrative free agent contract with Cleveland, where he was expected to become the featured receiving threat for the Browns, who had made the playoffs the year before. [1] The receiver, who had been named to the Pro Bowl in four of his previous six seasons, had career lows in receptions (47), yards (701), touchdowns (3), receptions per game (2.9), and yards per game (43.8). Rison also developed a feud with the Cleveland fans, who were angered over the announcement that the team would be relocating to Baltimore. After a home loss to the Packers, Rison, who had been booed by the fans throughout the game, lashed out, stating, "We didn't make the fucking move. So, for all the booers, fuck you too. I'll be glad when we get to Baltimore, if that's the case. We don't have any home-field advantage. I've never been booed at home. Baltimore's our home. Baltimore, here we come."[2] Rison, however, did not make the move with the team to Baltimore as he joined the Jacksonville Jaguars in the offseason.

Later career

Rison did not last long with the Jaguars, however, and joined the Packers later in 1996. He won a Super Bowl ring with the Packers and had a solid year with Kansas City before finally retiring several years later. His final NFL season, with the Raiders in 2000, saw Rison catch 41 passes for 606 yards and 6 touchdowns.

Rison finished his NFL career with 743 receptions for 10,205 yards and 84 touchdowns, along with 8 kickoff returns for 150 yards and 9 carries for 23 yards.

He signed with the Toronto Argonauts of the Canadian Football League in August 2004, who went on to win the 92nd Grey Cup championship that year. He was released by the team in August 2005.[3][4]

"Bad Moon" Rison

He is also remembered for his life off the football field, which garnered him the nickname "Bad Moon" Rison from ESPN sportscaster Chris Berman, alluding to the song "Bad Moon Rising" by Creedence Clearwater Revival. In 1994, Rison's Atlanta mansion was burned down by his then-girlfriend, the late Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes of the R&B group TLC, resulting in the loss of all his possessions.


Rison was a featured Pro on the second season of the physical reality game show Pros vs. Joes on Spike TV.

Rison has now started the Andre Rison Football Academy. www.andrerisonfootballacademy.com. ABOUT ARFA: The Andre Rison Football Academy is an elite football academy that teaches the fundamentals of football at the hightest level that can be taught. Coach Andre Rison believes that education and sports provide life-changing opportunities to youth and build a foundation for life. Coach Rison stresses that to take your game to the next level, you must first focus on education. The Academy includes both on the field and off the field instruction. Participants should be prepared to learn about what it takes to become a better person, student athlete and football player. ARFA will travel to Europe, Mexico and the US in 2010. Rison Previously coached with Football University training camp. Rison coached over 2000 of the top youth and high school receivers across the country with Football University. Rison also coached in the 2008 Hawaii All Star Classic. Rison has also recently appeared on an episode of the MTV reality show Made.[5] He worked to help a kid become a high school varsity quarterback. [6] Rison can be heard weekly on WIDE OPEN WITH ANDRE RISON radio show every thursday at 6 pm Est on voice america sports. To listen to Rison go to www.wideopenwithandrerison.com

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