Randall Godfrey

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Randall Godfrey
Randall Godfrey 2006.jpg
No. 56, 53, 58, 57
Linebacker
Personal information
Date of birth: (1973-04-06) April 6, 1973 (age 41)
Place of birth: Valdosta, Georgia
Height: 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)Weight: 245 lb (111 kg)
Career information
High school: Valdosta (GA) Lowndes
College: Georgia
NFL Draft: 1996 / Round: 2 / Pick: 49
Debuted in 1996 for the Dallas Cowboys
Last played in 2007 for the Washington Redskins
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Stats at NFL.com
Stats at pro-football-reference.com
Stats at DatabaseFootball.com
 
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Randall Godfrey
Randall Godfrey 2006.jpg
No. 56, 53, 58, 57
Linebacker
Personal information
Date of birth: (1973-04-06) April 6, 1973 (age 41)
Place of birth: Valdosta, Georgia
Height: 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)Weight: 245 lb (111 kg)
Career information
High school: Valdosta (GA) Lowndes
College: Georgia
NFL Draft: 1996 / Round: 2 / Pick: 49
Debuted in 1996 for the Dallas Cowboys
Last played in 2007 for the Washington Redskins
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Stats at NFL.com
Stats at pro-football-reference.com
Stats at DatabaseFootball.com

Randall Euralentris Godfrey (born April 6, 1973) is a former American football linebacker in the National Football League. Godfrey played college football at the University of Georgia, where he majored in housing and consumer economics. He also played High School Football at Lowndes High School in Valdosta Georgia. He was drafted in the 1996 NFL Draft by the Dallas Cowboys with the 49th overall pick. Since then he has also played for the Tennessee Titans and the Seattle Seahawks.

Early years[edit]

Godfrey attended Lowndes High School before moving on to the University of Georgia and becoming a two-time All-SEC selection at middle linebacker. He left school after his junior year.

Professional career[edit]

Dallas Cowboys[edit]

Godfrey was drafted by the Dallas Cowboys in the second round of the 1996 NFL Draft. Although he was selected to play middle linebacker, the level of skill and speed he demonstrated in training camp, allowed the Cowboys to move him to strongside linebacker in an effort to improve the defense.

Godfrey started the last six games of his rookie season at strongside linebacker replacing Broderick Thomas, and stayed there through the 1998 season.

In 1999, he was switched to his natural position at middle linebacker, replacing Fred Strickland who was released. That year he led the team with 81 tackles.

In the 90's, the Cowboys organization felt they could find linebackers through the draft, without the need of paying a premium and adversely impacting the salary cap, so they allowed talented and productive players like Ken Norton Jr., Darrin Smith, Dixon Edwards and Robert Jones, to leave via free agency, instead of signing them into long-term contracts.

During the 2000 free agency period, although Godfrey was firmly entrenched as the Cowboys starting middle linebacker, the Cowboys chose not to match the offer he received from the Tennessee Titans and decided to let Dat Nguyen take over the position. He played 4 seasons in Dallas, never missed a game, and recorded 306 tackles, 2 interceptions and 2 quarterback sacks.

Tennessee Titans[edit]

In 2000, Godfrey set a career-high with 169 tackles and made second-team All-Pro.

He led the Titans in tackles each of his first two seasons with the team, but after the 2000 season season he struggled with injuries. Because of an injured ankle, he started in only five games and played in just eight during the 2002 season.

Even though the Titans reworked his contract, with Godfrey agreeing to take less money. They ended up releasing him for salary cap reasons, at the start of training camp in 2003.

Seattle Seahawks[edit]

Godfrey signed a one-year contract with the Seattle Seahawks, where he started 14 games and had 59 tackles in 2003.

San Diego Chargers[edit]

The San Diego Chargers signed Godfrey to a three-year deal in 2004.

After the 2007 NFL Draft, he was released.[1] On August 21, 2007, Washington Redskins coach Joe Gibbs, seeking to rebuild an injury-riddled linebacking corps, talked Godfrey out of retirement.[2][3] He was not resigned after the season and has since retired.

On October 28, 2007, Godfrey made critical remarks regarding New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick. Following a game in which the Patriots defeated the Redskins 52-7, Godfrey accused Belichick of showing the Redskins "no respect" because the Patriots continued to call deep passing plays despite leading 38-0 entering the fourth quarter.

Belichick defended his play calling, saying "When you're playing defense it's your job to stop them. It's not (the offense's) job to not score."[4]

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ "Godfrey out as result of drafted LBs". The San Diego Union Tribune. April 30, 2007. 
  2. ^ "Gibbs the coach remains at the mercy of Gibbs the president". ESPN. September 4, 2007. 
  3. ^ La Canfora, Jason (August 22, 2007). "Redskins Bring In Veteran Godfrey". Washington Post. 
  4. ^ Curran, Tom (2007-10-28). "Belichick gets under Godfrey's skin". NBCSports.com. Archived from the original on 2007-10-30. Retrieved 2007-10-29.