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Donnie Avery
No. 17     St. Louis Rams
Wide receiver
Personal information
Date of birth: June 12, 1984 (1984-06-12) (age 25)
Place of birth: Houston, Texas
Height: 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m) Weight: 184 lb (83 kg)
Career information
College: Houston
NFL Draft: 2008 / Round: 2 / Pick: 33
Debuted in 2008 for the St. Louis Rams
Career history
 As player:
Roster status: Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of Week 17, 2009
Receptions     100
Receiving Yards     1263
Receiving TDs     8
Stats at

Donnie D. Avery (born June 12, 1984 in Houston, Texas) is an American football wide receiver for the St. Louis Rams of the National Football League. He was drafted by the Rams in the second round of the 2008 NFL Draft. He played college football at Houston.


High School

At Hastings High School, Alief, Texas, Avery was a First-team All-District selection as both a wide receiver and return specialist as a senior. He helped lead the team to the district championship and an 11-3 record, hauling in 36 passes for 502 yards and two touchdowns to lead the District 19-5A receivers in 2002. He also returned 13 punts for 399 yards and three scores, as well as seven kickoffs for 345 yards and one touchdown, in addition to rushing 16 times for 175 yards and two scores.

University of Houston

In 2007 Avery led the Cougars with a career-high 91 catches for school and conference season-records of 1,456 yards (16.0 average) and seven touchdowns. He was a First-team All-Conference USA selection. As a junior, in 2006, he caught 57 passes for 852 (14.9 average) yards and 5 touchdowns. In 2006 he played in 12 games, starting 10 and caught 44 passes for 688 yards and five touchdowns. He was named to the Conference USA All-Freshman team in 2004. Started 11 games as a redshirt freshman finishing fourth on the team with 18 catches for 343 yards and three punt returns for 28 yards (9.3 avg.) He redshirted as a true freshman in 2003.

In the NFL



Pre-draft measureables
Ht Wt 40-yard dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20 ss 3-cone Vert Broad BP Wonderlic
5-11 * 192 lb * 4.28 ** 1.47 ** 2.51 ** 3.91 ** 6.30 ** 37½ in.** 10'06" ** 16 * 14 *

(* represents NFL Combine; **represents University of Houston Pro Day)

St. Louis Rams

He was drafted by the Rams in the second round of the 2008 NFL Draft. He was the first wide receiver taken in the draft in 2008. On July 26, 2008, Avery signed a four-year, $4.8 million contract which includes $2.775 million guaranteed. In his rookie season in the NFL, playing for the St. Louis Rams, Donnie Avery caught 53 passes for 674 receiving yards and 3 touchdowns along with 1 rushing touchdown. The Carroll Rosenbloom Award for Rookie of the Year went to receiver Donnie Avery after the 2008 NFL Season. [1] Avery’s selection was hard earned. Defensive end and first-round pick Chris Long narrowly was edged out by Avery. Avery became the first non-first round pick to earn the honor since linebacker Pisa Tinoisamoa in 2003.

Touchdown Controversy
On October 11, 2009, Avery caught a 27 yard touchdown pass against the Vikings late in the fourth quarter. Despite this score making the Rams down 31-9, Avery brushes off his teammate Danny Amendola and proceeds to do the Stanky Legg. [2][3]


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Preceded by
Adam Carriker
Rams Rookie of the Year Award
Succeeded by


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