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Rod Gardner
Wide receiver
Jersey #(s)
87, 82, 85
Born October 26, 1977 (1977-10-26) (age 32)
Jacksonville, Florida
Career information
Year(s) 20012006
NFL Draft 2001 / Round: 1 / Pick: 15
College Clemson
Professional teams
Career stats
Receptions 242
Receiving yards 3,165
Touchdowns 23
Stats at
Career highlights and awards
  • No notable achievements

Roderick F. Gardner (born October 26, 1977 in Jacksonville, Florida) is an American football wide receiver in the National Football League, who is currently a free agent.


College career

Gardner played college football at Clemson University, where he started as a quarterback and safety on the practice squad (as a true freshman redshirt) before switching to wide receiver during his sophomore year. He was selected as a second team All-ACC during his junior year. His senior year, he not only made first team All-ACC, but first team All-American as well. He was a finalist for the Biletnikoff Award after posting seven touchdowns on 58 receptions and 1,050 yards.

Professional career


Washington Redskins

Gardner was chosen by the Washington Redskins with the 15th overall selection in the first-round draft pick of the 2001 NFL Draft. During his rookie year, he was selected as NFC Offensive Player of the Week after a 208-yard, one touchdown performance against the Carolina Panthers. His history at quarterback would lead the Redskins to utilize him on trick plays during games; during the 2003 NFL season he was 2-for-3 for 46 yards and two passing touchdowns (to Chad Morton and Trung Canidate).

Carolina Panthers

After four seasons in Washington, he was traded to the Carolina Panthers during the 2005 offseason for a sixth-round pick in the 2006 NFL Draft. He spent most of the season fourth on the Panthers' depth chart, behind Steve Smith, Keary Colbert, and Ricky Proehl.

Green Bay Packers

Gardner was waived by the Panthers on December 16, 2005, and he was then signed by the Green Bay Packers on December 19, 2005. He re-signed with Green Bay on March 21, 2006. On September 2, 2006, Gardner was waived by the Packers.

Kansas City Chiefs

On September 13, 2006 he signed a three-year contract with the Kansas City Chiefs. In 2006 with the Chiefs he only had 2 receptions for 17 yards. He was cut from the Chiefs before the 2007 season.


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