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Johnnie Lee Higgins

Higgins in November 2008
No. 15     Oakland Raiders
Wide receiver / Return specialist
Personal information
Date of birth: September 8, 1983 (1983-09-08) (age 26)
Place of birth: Sweeny, Texas
Height: 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) Weight: 190 lb (86 kg)
Career information
College: Texas-El Paso
NFL Draft: 2007 / Round: 3 / Pick: 99
Debuted in 2007 for the Oakland Raiders
Career history
 As player:
Roster status: Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of Week 17, 2008
Receptions     28
Receiving Yards     413
Total Return Yards     1,515
Total Touchdowns     7
Stats at NFL.com

Johnnie Lee Higgins (born September 8, 1983) is an American football wide receiver for the Oakland Raiders of the National Football League. He was a 3rd round pick (99th overall and the last pick of the first day) out of the University of Texas at El Paso in the 2007 NFL Draft. At UTEP he received several honors including Conference USA Special Teams Player of the Year in 2006. He turned in a 4.43 40 at the 2006 NFL Combine. He returned a kick-off punt 90 yards for a touchdown on August 30th 2007's preseason game against the Seattle Seahawks. He also is the cousin of San Diego Chargers cornerback Quentin Jammer.

Early years

Higgins attended Sweeny High School in Sweeny, Texas, and was a student and a letterman in football, basketball, and track. In basketball, he was named his team's Most Valuable Player.

Pro career

Higgins was selected by the Oakland Raiders as the team's rookie wide receiver and new punt return specialist. He saw action in all games in the 2007 season, and started two.

He saw punt return action in the first three games, but it was in week 4 against the Denver Broncos Higgins made his first NFL reception, where he caught two passes for 14 yards. Also on special teams, Higgins recorded five tackles. In his final game of the season, he had a great punt return for 54 yards, which set up fellow rookie JaMarcus Russell to throw his second touchdown of the season. Higgins finished his rookie year with six receptions for 47 yards, 20 punt returns for 103 yards, and five special teams tackles.

In the 2008 season, Johnnie Lee Higgins recorded more receiving yards than any other Raider wide receiver (tight end Zach Miller led the team in yards). He also returned punts for touchdowns in back to back games, both leading to one of his signature, lighthearted end zone dances.

In the first game of the 2009 season, against San Diego, Higgins ran the ball one time for 19 yards. He was hurt, however, and is listed as questionable for Week 2 after missing practice 2 days in a row.

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