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Brandon Stokley

Brandon Stokley during the 2007 NFL season.
No. 14     Denver Broncos
Wide receiver
Personal information
Date of birth: June 23, 1976 (1976-06-23) (age 33)
Place of birth: Blacksburg, Virginia
Height: 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m) Weight: 192 lb (87 kg)
Career information
College: Louisiana-Lafayette
NFL Draft: 1999 / Round: 4 / Pick: 105
Debuted in 1999 for the Baltimore Ravens
Career history
 As player:
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of Week 15, 2009
Receptions     302
Receiving Yards     4,276
Receiving TDs     33
Stats at NFL.com

Brandon Stokley (born June 23, 1976 in Blacksburg, Virginia) is an American football player in the National Football League who currently plays for the Denver Broncos. He was drafted in the fourth round (105th overall) by the Baltimore Ravens. Stokley also played for the Indianapolis Colts. Colts quarterback Peyton Manning called Stokley "the best slot receiver in NFL history."[citation needed]

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High school career

Stokley attended Comeaux High School (Lafayette, Louisiana) and was a letterman in football, basketball, and baseball. In football, Stokley played only as a senior, but won All-District 3-A honors, All-Parish honors, All-Acadiana honors, and All-State Class 5-A honors. In basketball, Stokley averaged 14 points a game and won All-District honors. In baseball, he won All-District honors. Brandon Stokley graduated from Ovey Comeaux High School in 1994.

Professional career

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Baltimore Ravens

Stokley was drafted by the Baltimore Ravens out of the University of Louisiana at Lafayette in the fourth round (105th pick overall) of the 1999 NFL Draft. Stokley won a championship ring in Super Bowl XXXV as a member of the Ravens. In the game, he caught 3 passes for 52 yards, including a 38-yard touchdown reception in the first quarter.

Indianapolis Colts

In 2003 Stokley signed with the Indianapolis Colts. On December 26, 2004, Stokley received the record-breaking 21-yard touchdown pass for Peyton Manning in the hunt to break Dan Marino's record of 48 touchdown passes in a season. That year, he had a breakthrough season with 68 passes caught for 1,077 yards and 10 touchdowns and an average of 15.8 yards per catch. Furthermore, the TD catch made the 2004 Colts the first NFL team to have three WRs with 1000 receiving yards and 10 TDs or more in a season, the other two being Reggie Wayne and Marvin Harrison. The next two seasons of Stokley's career were marred by various injuries. After he participated in only four games of the 2006 season, the Indianapolis Colts terminated his contract on March 1, 2007.

Denver Broncos

Stokley signed with the Denver Broncos on March 14. On December 7, 2007, he signed a 3-year extension with the team. In the Broncos' 2009 season opener, with 28 seconds left in the game, he caught a pass intended for Brandon Marshall but tipped by Leon Hall and took it 87 yards in to the end zone for the winning score. At the endzone, he ran six seconds off the clock ensuring a win for the Denver Broncos who at the time, were losing to the Cincinnati Bengals 7-6. With Stokley's touchdown, the final score was 12-7 and the Denver Broncos got their first 2009 regular season win. During a December 27th game at Philadelphia, Stokley was ejected for slapping a referee in the hand while expressing his anger that a pass interference penalty was not called.

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