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John Phillips (American football)

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Phillips in 2013.
No. 83 San Diego Chargers
Position: Tight End
Personal information
Date of birth: (1987-06-11) June 11, 1987 (age 33)
Place of birth: Low Moor, Virginia
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Career information
High school: Hot Springs (VA) Bath Co.
College: Virginia
NFL draft: 2009 / Round: 6 / Pick: 208
Career history
Roster status: Reserve/Injured
Career highlights and awards
  • First-team All-ACC (2008)
Career Template:If empty statistics as of 2014
Receptions: 31
Receiving Yards: 249
Receiving TDs: 3
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John Phillips (born June 11, 1987) is an American football tight end for the San Diego Chargers of the National Football League. He was drafted by the Dallas Cowboys, 208th overall, in the sixth round of the 2009 NFL Draft. He played college football at the University of Virginia.

Early life

Phillips played high school football, basketball, and baseball at Bath County High School in Hot Springs, Virginia earning many awards in the district and regional and was an All-State defensive end and tight end. He also was an All-State baseball player.

At the University of Virginia, he blossomed as a senior, becoming team captain and first-team All-ACC. He also registered a 48-reception season, second-best by a tight end in school history. He finished his college career with 69 receptions for 670 yards and five touchdowns.

Professional career

Dallas Cowboys

Phillips was drafted by the Dallas Cowboys 208th overall in the sixth round of the 2009 NFL Draft and surprised observers by making the team. In 2009, he had 7 catches for 62 yards, while mostly being used as a blocking tight end.

In the 2010 preseason, he was impressing the coaching staff with his skills as a receiver and his ability to take different assignments, including the H-Back role. His performance was starting to push Martellus Bennett for the backup tight end job, but he was lost for the year in the preseason opener, when he suffered a season-ending ACL tear.[1] It has been speculated that he was never the same player following this injury.[2]

After Bennett left in free agency, Phillips had a solid season as the backup tight end for the Cowboys in 2012. He had 8 catches for over 55 yards, one touchdown and started 9 games, serving mainly as an H-Back or blocking tight end. At the end of the season, the Cowboys didn't make an offer to re-sign him.

San Diego Chargers

Phillips signed as a free agent with the San Diego Chargers on March 12, 2013.[3] He was used as a blocking specialist until being placed on the injured reserve list, after suffering ACL and MCL tears in his right knee during Week 16's game against the Oakland Raiders. The next year he was again placed on the injured reserve list, after tearing his right ACL in December.


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