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Brandon Jacobs

Brandon Jacobs at the Giants 2007 Training Camp.
No. 27     New York Giants
Running back
Personal information
Date of birth: July 6, 1982 (1982-07-06) (age 27)
Place of birth: Napoleonville, Louisiana
Height: 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) Weight: 264 lb (120 kg)
Career information
College: Southern Illinois
NFL Draft: 2005 / Round: 4 / Pick: 110
Debuted in 2005 for the New York Giants
Career history
 As player:
Roster status: Injured Reserve
Career highlights and awards
  • NFC Offensive Player of the Month (October 2007)
  • Super Bowl champion (XLII)
Career NFL statistics as of Week 17, 2009
Rushing yards     3,455
Rushing average     4.4
Rushing TDs     40
Stats at

Brandon Jacobs (born July 6, 1982, in Napoleonville, Louisiana) is an American football running back for the New York Giants of the National Football League. He was drafted by the Giants in the fourth round of the 2005 NFL Draft. He played college football at Coffeyville Community College, Auburn and Southern Illinois.


Early years

Jacobs attended Assumption High School in Napoleonville, Louisiana, where he ran for a state-best 3,032 yards in 2000. He earned Class 4A Offensive MVP honors while averaging 215 yards per game and totaling 35 touchdowns.[1]

College career

Jacobs' college career started at Coffeyville Community College in Coffeyville, Kansas, under the direction of head coach Jeff Leiker and running backs coach Dickie Rolls.[2] Coffeyville is a member school of the Kansas Jayhawk Community College Conference.[3] In 2001, his freshman year at Coffeyville, he ran for 1,349 yards and 17 TDs and gained Kansas Jayhawk Conference All-Conference honorable mention. He was also named the team MVP for CCC. In his sophomore season for the Red Ravens he racked up 1,896 yards and 20 TDs on 267 carries for a 7.1 yard-per-carry average. In light of these efforts Jacobs was named a JUCO All-American[4] and to the KJCCC All-Conference First Team.[5] He once again garnered the Team MVP trophy and was also named the recipient of the Reb Russell Memorial Football Scholarship Award.[6] The statistic of 1,896 yards rushing ranks second all-time on the Ravens individual season rushing yardage record.[7]

Jacobs continued his college career at Auburn University, along with first-round draft picks Carnell Williams, Ronnie Brown, and Jason Campbell. Jacobs was the third-string running back behind Williams and Brown. Jacobs gained 446 yards on 72 carries and 2 touchdowns in 2003 for the Tigers. After the completion of the 2003 college football season, Jacobs transferred to then Division 1-AA Southern Illinois.[8] Jacobs' one year at Southern Illinois was another solid one. He led the team with 150 carries for 992 yards (6.6 avg) and 19 touchdowns, one less than the school's all-time leader, Muhammad Abdulqaadir, another great back that got his start at Coffeyville Community College. Jacobs was an All-American first-team selection by The NFL Draft Report and All-Gateway Conference first-team choice and was also named Gateway Conference Newcomer of the Year. He led the conference and ranked tenth in the nation in scoring, averaging 9.5 points per game. Brandon had eight receptions for 83 yards (10.4 avg), returned six kickoffs for 140 yards (23.3 avg) and had five 100-yard rushing games including the playoffs.[9]

Professional Career


2005 NFL Draft

Jacobs was graded the 11th best running back available in the 2005 NFL Draft by Sports Illustrated.[10] He was projected a early fourth round pick,[11] and was indeed selected in the early fourth round (110th overall).

Pre-draft measureables
Ht Wt 40-yard dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20 ss 3-cone Vert Broad BP Wonderlic
6-4⅛ * 267 lb * 4.56 * 1.69 * 2.72 * 4.49 * 7.54 * 37 in. * 9'10" * 19 *
(* represents NFL Combine)[12]

New York Giants

Going into the 2006 season Jacobs stated that he studied film of famed power running back Eddie George in an effort to refine his running style. George, like Jacobs, was a large, power running back.[13] In the 2006 season, Jacobs carried the ball 96 times for 423 yards and nine touchdowns, averaging 4.4 yards per carry. He added 11 receptions for 149 yards.

With the retirement of Tiki Barber, Jacobs took over the starting running back spot for the Giants in the 2007 season. He injured his knee in the first game of the season against the Dallas Cowboys, but returned four weeks later against the New York Jets to rush for 100 yards and a touchdown. Jacobs would miss two more games later in the season with a hamstring injury, but finish the regular season with rushing totals of 1,011 yards and four touchdowns on 201 carries. He also added 23 receptions for 174 yards and two touchdowns. Jacobs scored the winning touchdown against the the Dallas Cowboys in the NFC Divisional Playoffs. Jacobs started every game in the playoffs as the Giants won Super Bowl XLII.

Jacobs underwent wrist surgery during the 2008 offseason.[14] He returned to play all of the preseason, but missed two games in the regular season due to recurring difficulty with his knee. He finished the 2008 regular season with 219 carries for 1089 yards and 15 touchdowns, similar yardage to 2007, but many more touchdowns. In 2008, he and Derrick Ward became the fifth pair of teammates to rush for 1,000 yards in a single season.

He was the "Earth" in the running back corps of the Giants nicknamed "Earth, Wind, & Fire" with Derrick Ward (Wind) and Ahmad Bradshaw (Fire). He is also nicknamed Juggernaut because of his ability to break multiple tackles and the difficulty in bringing him down due to his impressive size for a running back.[15][16]. Similarly, he has been dubbed "The Creator"[17] by the satirical sports website Ramon Hernandez Put Down The Gun, and is considered complimentary to Justin Tuck, who is known as "The Destroyer."[18]

On February 13, 2009 the Giants placed the Franchise Tag on Jacobs. He signed a four-year, $25 million dollar contract with the Giants a week later and currently slated to have most of the carries this upcoming season.

On December 31, 2009, Jacobs was placed on injured reserve due to a knee injury.

Professional stats

Rushing Fumbles Receiving
Year Team G Att Yards AVG LNG TD FUM LOST Rec Yards Y/R TD LNG
2005 New York Giants 16 38 99 2.6 21 7 1 1 0 0 0.0 0 0
2006 New York Giants 15 96 423 4.4 16 9 2 1 11 149 13.5 0 43
2007 New York Giants 11 202 1,009 5.0 43 4 5 4 23 174 7.6 2 34
2008 New York Giants 13 219 1,089 5.0 44 15 3 1 6 36 6.0 0 9
2009 New York Giants 11 174 683 3.9 31 3 1 1 15 99 6.6 0 22
Total 66 729 3,303 4.5 44 38 11 7 55 458 8.3 2 43[19]


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  10. ^ "2005 NFL Draft - Breakdown by Position - HB", Sports Illustrated, April 2009, 
  11. ^ "Brandon Jacobs Draft Profile", Sports Illustrated, April 2005, 
  12. ^ "Brandon Jacobs Draft Profile",, 
  13. ^ Altavilla, J Jacobs' Height Requires Change In Style. (2006, July 31). The Hartford Courant, p. Sports.
  14. ^ Vacchiano, Ralph. Brandon Jacobs at MSG with arm injury, New York Daily News, April 18, 2008, accessed on December 28, 2008
  15. ^ Brandon Jacobs powers Nasheville Toupee past Terry Tate All Stars, 101-69
  16. ^ Jacobs confident, but wants one more day before deciding status, Associated Press, National Football League, accessed on December 28, 2008
  17. ^ Ten Reasons Why Brandon Jacobs is The Creator
  18. ^ A Special Thanksgiving Message from Justin Tuck
  19. ^ "Brandon Jacobs > Career Stats". Yahoo! Sports. Yahoo! & Stats LLC. 19 October 2009.;_ylt=Ap.ZZEr4iN._kLU_ygE37B3.uLYF. Retrieved 21 October 2009. 

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Tiki Barber
New York Giants starting running back
Succeeded by


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