Jacquizz Rodgers is a professional American football player. He is a running back for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers where he spots the number 32 jersey. Rodgers joined the NFL in 2011 and since then, he has developed into a good special teams player. Get to know more about the running back here including details of his NFL career so far.
Early Life and Rise to Fame
Jacquizz Rodgers was born on the 6th of February 1990 in Richmond, Texas. He had his high school education at Lamar Consolidated High School in Rosenberg where he was an excellent football player. As a high school senior, Rodgers recorded 2,890 rushing yards and 37 touchdowns, 556 yards receiving and five touchdowns; leading his high school to the 4A Division 1 State Football Championship in 2007.
In the championship game, he rushed 31 times for 233 yards and pulled off 3 touchdowns as his school defeated Copperas Cove High School to emerge state champions in the 4A division. In recognition of his individual contribution, Rodgers was named the offensive player of the year in the 4A division and was also given the very first Mr. Texas Football Award. Associated Press also named him Texas Player of the Year (2007).
Unsurprisingly, Rodgers received offers of football scholarships from several far-flung colleges including the University of Georgia, University of Florida, University of Alabama, Vanderbilt University, and the University of Southern California. He, however, picked Oregon State University so that he could join up with James, his older brother who was already playing college football there.
Jacquizz Rodgers spent three outstanding seasons at Oregon State (2008 to 2010) and received several honors and recognition. He was named freshman of the year in the PAC-10 conference in his very first year. He was also named the offensive player of the year in his final year and was named a first team All-Pac-10 in each of his three years at the institution. He decided to forgo his 4th year of college football and enter the 2011 NFL draft.
NFL Career and Salary
Jacquizz Rodgers was picked in the fifth round of the draft by the Atlanta Falcons who signed him to a four-year contract worth $3,017,000. In four years with the Falcons, the Richmond native rushed 305 times for 116 rushing yards and 5 rushing touchdowns. Additionally, he managed 155 receptions for 1104 receiving yards and five receiving touchdowns.
Rodgers left the Falcons after four years and joined the Chicago Bears where he spent two largely unproductive seasons (2015 and 2016). The running back is currently with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers; he joined the team as a free agent in September 2016. Initially, the Buccaneers signed Rodgers to a one year contract, however, he was impressive in his debut season recording 560 yards and 2 touchdowns on 129 carries. The Buccaneers thereafter rewarded him with a two-year contract extension worth $3,300,000.
Yeah, Jacquizz Rodgers is presently on a two-year contract with the Buccaneers. The contract, which was signed in March 2017, pays him an annual salary of $1,650,000. Not bad for the bloke from Richmond.
Jacquizz Rodgers Wife and Brother
Jacquizz Rodgers is definitely off the market. He is married to his long-time girlfriend, Samantha Rodgers (nee Pfaff). The couple has two lovely daughters named Channing and Hudson. They got married in 2016.
Jacquizz Rodgers has an older brother by the name, James Rodgers. The two mostly grew up with their mum, Tasha Williams and maternal uncle, Rodney Williams because their biological dad, James Rodges Sr. was incarcerated. Rodgers also has a sister but her name is not publicly available at the moment.
James Rodgers was a promising football player but his career was cut short by a knee injury. He played as a wide receiver at Oregon State from 2007-2011 and ranks third in the school’s history with 222 career receptions and sixth with 2,578 receiving yards. He did not only excelled in football but also in track.
James took part in the 2012 NFL draft but was not drafted. He thereafter signed as a free agent for the Atlanta Falcons but was released after two seasons on the practice squad. From there, he moved to the Canadian football league where he played for the Montreal Alouettes for two seasons with some measure of success. At present, James Rodgers is the director of player development at his alma mater – Oregon State University.
Body Stats (Height and Weight)
Jacquizz Rodgers is 5 feet 6 inches tall and weighs a modest 205 lb (92.9 kg). He has a small stature in comparison to the ideal NFL running back and this nearly proved to be his undoing in the early stages of his career. He, however, makes up for his deficient size with his determination, stamina, productivity, and explosive speed. His hand measures 8 7⁄8 in (0.23 m) and his arm length is 30 1⁄2 in (0.77 m).