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James Hardy
No. 84     Buffalo Bills
Wide receiver
Personal information
Date of birth: December 24, 1985 (1985-12-24) (age 24)
Place of birth: Fort Wayne, Indiana
Height: 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) Weight: 217 lb (98 kg)
Career information
College: Indiana
NFL Draft: 2008 / Round: 2 / Pick: 41
Debuted in 2008 for the Buffalo Bills
Career history
 As player:
Roster status: Active
Career highlights and awards
  • Freshman All-American (2005)
  • Third-team All-Big Ten (2005-2006)
  • First-team All-Big Ten (2007)
Career NFL statistics as of Week 17, 2009
Receptions     10
Receiving yards     96
Receiving touchdowns     2
Stats at NFL.com

James W. Hardy, III (born December 24, 1985 in Fort Wayne, Indiana) is an American football wide receiver for the Buffalo Bills of the National Football League. He was drafted by Buffalo in the second round of the 2008 NFL Draft. He played college football at Indiana University.

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Early years

Hardy went to Elmhurst High School, playing football and basketball. As a senior, he posted 34 catches for 710 yards and 10 touchdowns. He was named a Class 4A all-state selection by the Indiana Football Coaches Association. As a basketball player, he was runner-up in the Mr. Basketball voting and an Indiana All-Star. He also holds the city scoring record for Fort Wayne, with over 2,000 points during his four years at Elmhurst. The dynamic duo of the James and Joe Show (James Hardy and Joe Poindexter) led Elmhurst to a state championship appearance in 2003. However, Elmhurst was defeated by Bishop Chatard High School from Indianapolis.

College career

Hardy redshirted as a true freshman in 2004. As a redshirt freshman in 2005, he posted 61 catches for 893 yards and 10 touchdowns. His play earned him a Freshman All-America selection.

Hardy followed his stellar freshman season with an equally impressive sophomore year. Hardy hauled in 51 passes for 722 yards and 10 touchdowns and was named second team All-Big Ten for the second straight year. His 20 career receiving touchdowns in his first two years had tied him with Ernie Jones (1984-1987) for second on the university's all-time list, trailing only Jade Butcher (1967-1969) and his 30 career TD grabs.

As a junior, Hardy caught 74 catches for 1,075 yards -- ranking third in the Big Ten in both categories -- and became the Hoosiers' all-time receiving leader in touchdowns (36), yards (2,690) and receptions (186). If Hardy would have stayed at Indiana, he would have almost certainly shattered the Big Ten Conference record for TD receptions (39) currently held by Braylon Edwards. He was selected first team All-Big Ten selection, a Fred Biletnikoff Award semifinalist and the team's most valuable player.[1]

Hardy also played on the Indiana Hoosiers men's basketball team for two years before focusing only on football.

In January 2008, Hardy declared himself eligible for the 2008 NFL Draft, saying "I have reached the pinnacle of my college football career". [1]

Professional career

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Pre-draft

At the NFL Scouting Combine, Hardy earned Top Performer status (top 10 of your position) in the following categories: the bench press, the broad jump, the 3-cone drill, and the 20-yard shuttle. In the bench press Hardy finished 9th among WRs with 18 reps at 225 pounds. Hardy finished 8th in the broad jump with a distance of 10'5". He finished 7th in the 3-cone drill with a time of 6.84 seconds. He also finished tied for 7th in the 20-yard shuttle with a time of 4.20 seconds. This display of quickness from such a big wide receiver lead to his draft stock rising. [2]

Buffalo Bills

Hardy was drafted by the Buffalo Bills in the second round (41st overall) of the 2008 NFL Draft. He signed a multi-year contract with the team on July 24. He received his first NFL touchdown pass in a preseason game against the Washington Redskins from J.P. Losman on August 9, 2008. His first regular season score came September 14, 2008, from Trent Edwards in the fourth quarter.

During his rookie season, he wore #81. However, during the offseason, the Bills acquired wide receiver Terrell Owens. With Owens getting #81, Hardy switched to #84.[3].

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