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Kellen Winslow II

Winslow in 2008
No. 82     Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Tight end
Personal information
Date of birth: July 21, 1983 (1983-07-21) (age 26)
Place of birth: San Diego, California
Height: 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) Weight: 240 lb (109 kg)
Career information
College: University of Miami
NFL Draft: 2004 / Round: 1 / Pick: 6
Debuted in 2004 for the Cleveland Browns
Career history
 As player:
Roster status: Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of Week 17, 2009
Receptions     296
Receiving Yards     3,343
Touchdowns     16
Stats at NFL.com

Kellen Boswell Winslow, II (born July 21, 1983 in San Diego, California) is an American football tight end for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers of the National Football League. He was drafted by the Cleveland Browns sixth overall in the 2004 NFL Draft. He played college football at the University of Miami.

A Pro Bowl selection in 2007, he is the son of Hall of Fame tight end Kellen Winslow.

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College career

Freshman Season

During his freshman season at the University of Miami, he backed up All-American Tight End Jeremy Shockey and played largely on special teams, and was one of four true freshmen to play during the Hurricanes' 2001 run to the BCS National Championship, the others being future NFL stars Vince Wilfork and Sean Taylor.

Sophomore Season

After Shockey's departure for the 2002 NFL Draft, Winslow became the starter at Tight End and was named a finalist for the Mackey Award and deemed a First-team All-American by CNNSI.com, setting Miami records for a Tight End with 57 receptions for 726 yards and 8 touchdowns. His best game came during the 2003 Fiesta Bowl, which was the site of the BCS National Championship game that year, in which Winslow caught 11 passes for 122 yards and one touchdown.

Junior Season

Despite a slight drop in production during his junior season, in which Winslow caught 60 passes for 605 yards and 1 touchdown, he was selected as a First-Team All-American by the Associated Press and numerous other publications, and won the John Mackey Award as the nation's best collegiate tight end. After the season, Winslow decided against returning to Miami for his senior season and declared himself eligible for the 2004 NFL Draft.

"Soldier" Tirade

Winslow received national attention following a 2003 University of Miami loss to the University of Tennessee Volunteers. During a sweep play for Miami wide receiver/cornerback Devin Hester, Winslow blocked two Volunteers, effectively taking both defenders out of the play. Following the block, Winslow stood over both players and taunted injured Tennessee defensive back Corey Campbell. When questioned during the media session following the game, Winslow admitted that he had known Campbell was injured but did not care.

Professional career

Cleveland Browns

Winslow was drafted by the Cleveland Browns out of the University of Miami with the sixth pick in the first round of the 2004 NFL Draft. Cleveland head coach Butch Davis was also the coach who recruited Winslow to the University of Miami before leaving for the NFL prior to ever coaching Winslow in college.

Winslow would eventually choose sports agents Carl and Kevin Poston of Professional Sports Planning Inc. (PSP) to represent him at the negotiating table. The Poston brothers - whose clients at the time also included Orlando Pace and Charles Woodson - seemed an odd choice. Although respected in many circles for their ability to secure hefty contracts for their clients, the pair had developed difficult working relationships with several teams, league executives and the NFL Players' Association. In March 2006, Carl Poston was suspended for two years by the NFLPA disciplinary committee after admitting that he had not read the contract of Washington Redskins' linebacker LaVar Arrington, which did not include an agreed upon $6.5 million bonus. Arrington would later buy his way out of his Redskins contract to avoid arbitration in the matter. Eventually, the Postons secured a six-year $40 million deal for Winslow, including a $16.5 million signing bonus.

2004 leg injury

Winslow was expected to give the Cleveland offense an immediate boost. Two games into his rookie season, however, he suffered a broken right fibula, costing him $5.3 million in incentive bonuses. The injury kept him on the sidelines for the remainder of the year after having only recorded five catches for 50 yards. After two operations on the injured leg, Winslow was supposed to make a full and complete recovery in time for the 2005 season. He had made his NFL debut versus the Baltimore Ravens on September 12.

2005 motorcycle accident

This expectation changed on May 1, 2005 when Winslow, while riding his Suzuki GSX-R750 motorcycle in a community college parking lot in suburban Westlake, hit a curb at about 35 mph and was thrown from his bike. Winslow sustained a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee and was placed on the "Physically Unable-to-Perform (Non Football Injury)" list for the 2005 season. Winslow also fought off a six-week staph infection that resulted from his knee injury.

While Winslow was contractually obligated by the NFL's standard player contract not to "engage in … any activity other than football which may involve a significant risk of personal injury"[1], and specifically not to ride a motorcycle under his contract with the Browns, he nevertheless purchased the powerful sport bike. Lt. Judy Neel of the Ohio State Highway Patrol reported that Winslow obtained a motorcycle learner's permit April 26, after initially failing a written exam administered in the Garfield Heights district of Cleveland. Initially, it was speculated that the Browns would seek to recoup a pro-rated share of the $6 million signing bonus Winslow received in 2004 and perhaps the entire $4.4 million option bonus he was paid in March 2005, although the Browns later declined to take such action.

2006 season

Winslow attended the Browns' 2006 training camp and pronounced himself ready to play. The Associated Press reported in August 2006 that Winslow said that, even at 90 percent, he was superior to every other NFL tight end. "I hate to be brash", Winslow said. "But I think my 90 percent is still better than every tight end out there."

In the opening game of the 2006 NFL season against the New Orleans Saints, Winslow recorded his first NFL touchdown, scoring on an 18-yard pass from quarterback Charlie Frye. Winslow emerged as a reliable target for Cleveland, finishing the year with 89 receptions, the most at his position on the season, which also tied Ozzie Newsome's all-time franchise record for receptions in a season[2]. Winslow underwent microfracture surgery on his right knee January 31, 2007 at the Cleveland Clinic in an attempt to further repair cartilage damage sustained in the motorcycle accident in 2005.

2007 season

On December 18, Winslow was named as a first alternate for the 2008 Pro Bowl[3 ] On February 4, Antonio Gates of the San Diego Chargers announced he would not be attending the Pro Bowl due to injury. This paved the way for Winslow to make his first trip to the Pro Bowl.

He finished the season with 82 receptions for 1106 yards and five touchdowns.

2008 season

During the 2008 season, Winslow was hospitalized with a staph infection. Winslow then openly criticized former GM Phil Savage about not fixing the infection problem (the Browns have had seven cases of staph infection in the last few years), and trying to hide the injury. Savage responded by suspending him for a week. For which, Owner Randy Lerner apologized to Winslow and rescinded his suspension.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Winslow was traded to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on February 27, 2009 for their 2nd round pick in the 2009 draft and their 5th round pick in the 2010 draft.[4]

Career statistics

Pro. Career Off. Statistics Receiving
Year Team G Rec Yards YAC TD
2004 Cleveland 2 5 50 10.0 0
2005 Cleveland 0 0 0 - 0
2006 Cleveland 16 89 875 9.8 3
2007 Cleveland 16 82 1,106 13.5 5
2008 Cleveland 10 43 428 10.0 3
2009 Tampa Bay 16 77 884 11.5 5
Total 53 261 2,913 11.2 16

References

  1. ^ Len Pasquarelli and The Associated Press (May 4, 2005). "ESPN - Sources: Player's contract forbids riding a motorcycle". ESPN.com. http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/news/story?id=2051653. Retrieved 2008-03-05.  
  2. ^ Cleveland Browns | Winslow ties team record
  3. ^ Jackson, Zac (2007-12-18). "Edwards, Cribbs headed to Hawaii". clevelandbrowns.com. http://www.clevelandbrowns.com/article.php?id=7991. Retrieved 2007-12-19.  
  4. ^ Browns Trade Kellen Winslow to Tampa Bay Yahoo Sports, February 27, 2009

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