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Brandon Lloyd

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Lloyd in the 2014 NFL season.
Free agent
Position: Wide receiver
Personal information
Date of birth: (1981-07-05) July 5, 1981 (age 34)
Place of birth: Kansas City, Missouri
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Career information
High school: Blue Springs (MO)
College: Illinois
NFL draft: 2003 / Round: 4 / Pick: 124
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career Template:If empty statistics as of Week 17, 2014
Receptions: 399
Receiving yards: 5,989
Receiving TDs: 36
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Brandon Matthew Lloyd (born July 5, 1981) is an American football wide receiver who is currently a free agent. He played college football for the University of Illinois, and was drafted by the 49ers in the fourth round, 124th overall of the 2003 NFL Draft. Lloyd has also played for the Washington Redskins, Chicago Bears, Denver Broncos, St. Louis Rams, and New England Patriots.

College career

Lloyd attended the University of Illinois, and played for the Illinois Fighting Illini football team beginning in 1999. After a promising freshman season, Lloyd missed all of the 2000 season with a broken femur. He returned healthy and had outstanding seasons in both 2001 and 2002. He was a consensus first-team All-Big Ten performer after his sophomore season in 2001, helping lead the Fighting Illini to a 10-2 record and a BCS berth in the Sugar Bowl.

After his junior season in 2002, Lloyd declared his eligibility for the NFL Draft. Of the seven children in the Lloyd family, he was the only one who started a career without finishing college. According to Brandon, "I saw [my mom] cry was when I told her I wasn't going back to school. She just thought that was the end of everything."[1]

Lloyd finished his college career having the second-most receiving yards (2,835) and touchdown catches (31) in Illinois history, and ranking third in all-time receptions (160).

Professional career

San Francisco 49ers

Lloyd was drafted in the fourth round of the 2003 NFL Draft by the San Francisco 49ers. In his first game he blocked a punt against the Chicago Bears on September 7, 2003. On November 2, 2003, he caught his first touchdown pass against the St. Louis Rams. He finished the season with 14 receptions for 212 yards and 2 touchdowns. In 2004, Lloyd started and appeared in 13 games and finished the season with 43 catches for 565 yards and 6 touchdowns. During the 2005 season Lloyd started 15 games and had 48 receptions 733 yards receiving and had 5 touchdown catches. In Week 3 vs. the Dallas Cowboys, he recorded four catches for 142 yards and two touchdowns, including an 89-yard touchdown catch.

Washington Redskins

On Saturday March 11, 2006, the San Francisco 49ers traded Lloyd to Washington Redskins in exchange for a third-round draft pick in the 2006 NFL Draft and a fourth-round pick in the 2007 NFL Draft. His first season is widely considered a failure, as he caught 23 passes for no touchdowns. According to Howard Bryant of the Washington Post, citing, "Lloyd suffered through the worst season for a starting receiver in the Super Bowl era... No starting No. 2 wide receiver in the NFL started more games (12) while producing less (23 catches, 365 yards)."

Lloyd never made it out of Joe Gibbs' doghouse, due to a questionable attitude and alleged poor work ethic. On Sunday, November 4, 2007, Lloyd was listed among Redskins inactives as the team traveled to play against the New York Jets. Citing the reason behind the move, Gibbs said that Lloyd had been told to remain behind in Washington as disciplinary action for missing important team meetings. Lloyd would spend the latter part of the 2007 season on injured reserve after having snapped his collar bone while making a diving touchdown catch during team practice.

On February 26, 2008, the Redskins released Lloyd, who caught only 21 passes for 315 yards for the 2007 season.

Chicago Bears

On March 7, 2008, Lloyd signed a one-year deal with the Chicago Bears after the release of Muhsin Muhammad and the loss of Bernard Berrian to free agency. The move reunited him with Bears offensive coordinator Ron Turner, who was Lloyd's head coach at Illinois. Lloyd had a successful start to his career in Chicago, establishing himself as a favorite target of quarterback Kyle Orton, with 15 catches in his first four games. An injury forced him to miss several weeks, and he fell out of favor with the coaching staff as a result.[2] He returned to the field in week 11, though did not approach his early-season productivity until the Bears' final game of the season, where he caught 4 passes from Orton for 64 yards.[3]

Denver Broncos

Lloyd catching a pass for a touchdown against the Kansas City Chiefs on 11-14-2010.

Lloyd's contract with the Chicago Bears expired after the end of the 2008 season. In early April, Bears quarterback Kyle Orton was traded to the Denver Broncos in a deal involving Jay Cutler. As the offseason progressed, the Bears did not make any efforts to re-sign Lloyd. Lloyd signed with the Denver Broncos on June 15, 2009. Lloyd re-signed with the Broncos on March 15, 2010.[4]

During the Broncos' 24-20 loss to the Jets on 17 October, Lloyd was subjected to a helmet-to-helmet tackle/hit by New York safety Jim Leonhard, resulting in a 15-yard penalty. This hit, along with several other helmet-to-helmet hits during NFL games that weekend, led the league to announce such future 'devastating hits' or 'head shots' will be met with possible suspensions even for first-time offenders, a significant change in league policy, especially during an on-going season.[5]

He led the NFL in receiving yards with 1,448 yards for the 2010 season.[6] and was named 2nd Team All-Pro and was invited to the 2011 Pro Bowl.

St. Louis Rams

On October 17, 2011, Lloyd was traded to the St. Louis Rams, where he caught 70 passes that season, 51 with the Rams. The Rams gave up a conditional sixth-round pick that was upgraded to a fifth-round pick because Lloyd had over 30 receptions.

New England Patriots

On March 17, 2012, Lloyd signed a three-year deal with the New England Patriots for $20 million, with incentives that could escalate it to $26.5 million. This deal reunited Lloyd with Josh McDaniels, his coach in Denver and Offensive Coordinator with the Rams. In week 3 he scored his first touchdown as a Patriot in arguably the most famous catch of his career. In week 8 he faced the St. Louis Rams, his former team, in London. He finished the game with 2 receptions, both for touchdowns. He finished the season with 74 catches for 911 yards and 4 touchdowns. He was released by the Patriots on March 16, 2013.[7]

Return to San Francisco

After taking a year off from football, Lloyd signed a one-year deal with the San Francisco 49ers on April 15, 2014.[8]

Career statistics

Receiving Stats

Year Team Games Receptions Targets Yards Yards per
First Downs Fumbles Fumbles
2003 SF 16 14 30 212 15.1 44 2 9 0 0
2004 SF 13 43 89 565 13.1 52 6 26 0 0
2005 SF 16 48 109 733 15.3 89 5 34 1 1
2006 WSH 15 23 57 365 15.9 52 0 15 1 1
2007 WSH 8 2 11 14 7.0 9 0 0 0 0
2008 CHI 11 26 50 364 14.0 32 2 17 0 0
2009 DEN 2 8 18 117 14.6 44 0 5 0 0
2010 DEN 16 77 153 1,448 18.8 71 11 72 0 0
2011 DEN 4 19 31 283 14.9 44 0 15 1 0
2011 STL 11 51 117 683 13.4 37 5 31 1 0
2012 NE 16 74 131 911 12.3 53 4 50 0 0
2014 SF 14 14 35 294 21 80 1 9 0 0
Total Total 142 399 831 5,989 15.0 89 36 285 4 2


Music career

In addition to his football career, Lloyd has recorded music and attempted to launch a career as a rapper. In 2008 his single "She All Mine" made the Billboard R&B chart, and his song "Heavy" was featured on the Spike TV show Blue Mountain State.[11] Lloyd has received criticism for trying to balance careers in football and rap, but he says that making music is important to expressing who he really is. Quoted in a 2011 article, Lloyd said, "I have the guts to stand out and do something I'm passionate about, go against the grain and go against the conventional wisdom that the athlete-rap thing is unsuccessful. Yet I'm going to do it. People will say: 'Oh, you're doing hip-hop music? Who does he think he is, a rapper? He's trying to be someone he's not.' When in reality, I'd be someone I'm not by not expressing myself in music." [12]

Acting career

He currently appears in the direct-to-DVD film After Effect, alongside Daniel Baldwin. Lloyd has one speaking line, and less than a minute of screen time. It was available online starting October 28, 2013.[13]


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