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Napoleon Kaufman
Running back
Jersey #(s)
Born June 7, 1973 (1973-06-07) (age 36)
Kansas City, Missouri
Career information
Year(s) 19952000
NFL Draft 1995 / Round: 1 / Pick: 18
College Washington
Professional teams
Career stats
Rushing yards 4,792
Average 4.9
Touchdowns 12
Stats at
Career highlights and awards
  • Led NFL in Yards Per Rushing Attempt in 1996 with 5.8

Napoleon Kaufman (born June 7, 1973) is an American football player and ordained minister. He is a former NFL running back, playing for the Oakland Raiders for the entirety of his professional football career.

Kaufman was born in Kansas City, Missouri and grew up in Lompoc, California. He attended the University of Washington from 1991 to 1995, where he played on the school's football team, the Washington Huskies. He was a member of the 1991 National Championship team. More famously, he was a critical player in the 1994 "Whammy In Miami" game between the Huskies and the University of Miami at the Orange Bowl, where the Huskies ended Miami's 58-game home winning streak which dated back to 1985. He is still the school's all-time leader in rushing yards (4,106), rushing attempts (735), most 100-yard games (17), 200 yard games (4), rushing touchdowns (34), tied with Hugh McElhenny for most rushing yards per game (89.3) and most rushes for 50+ yards (6). In a game against UCLA in 1994 he set the school's record for longest non-scoring rush with 79 yards. He would have 2 more rushes that season which went 50+ yards.

After being drafted in the 1st round of the 1995 NFL Draft by the Oakland Raiders, Kaufman also enjoyed a 6 year NFL career, amassing 4792 yards rushing with an impressive 4.90 yards per carry. Splitting time with Tyrone Wheatley in the latter part of his career, Kaufman was the Raiders' only primary back in 1997 and 1998, when he rushed for 1,294 and 921 yards in those two seasons along with 65 total receptions.

Kaufman retired abruptly at the end of the 2000 NFL season to pursue a career as a Christian minister. Today he is the senior pastor at The Well Christian Community Church in Dublin, California. He has three sons and has been married for 10 years.




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