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Orson Charles

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Charles in 2012
No. 81 New Orleans Saints
Position: Tight End
Personal information
Date of birth: (1991-01-27) January 27, 1991 (age 29)
Place of birth: Tampa, Florida
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Career information
High school: Tampa (FL) Plant
College: Georgia
NFL draft: 2012 / Round: 4 / Pick: 116
Career history
Roster status: Practice Squad
Career highlights and awards
  • All-SEC First Team (2011)
  • All-SEC Second Team (2010)
Career Template:If empty statistics as of Week 17, 2013
Receptions: 9
Receiving Yards: 109
Receiving Avg: 12.1
Receiving TDs: 0
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Orson Charles (born January 27, 1991) is an American football tight end for the New Orleans Saints. He was considered one of the top tight end prospects for the 2012 NFL Draft.[1]

High school career

Charles attended Henry B. Plant High School in Tampa, Florida, where he was a teammate of Aaron Murray and James Wilder. During a recruiting visit to the University of Florida in 2008, Charles accidentally dropped the school's 2006 National Championship Trophy, breaking the Waterford Crystal football. [2] He played in the 2009 U.S. Army All-American Bowl.

College career

Charles was named a finalist for the 2011 John Mackey Award on November 21, 2011.[3]

Professional career

Charles was drafted by the Cincinnati Bengals in the 2012 NFL Draft with the 116th pick (4th round). Orson Charles was moved to Fullback prior to the 2013 NFL Cincinnati Bengals training camp.

Cincinnati Bengals

In his rookie season, he played all 16 games starting 6 of them. He accumulated 8 receptions for 101 yards. His longest reception was 25 yards with an average of 12.6 YPC. No TD were scored.

New Orleans Saints

On September 23, 2014, Charles was signed to the New Orleans Saints practice squad.

Legal Troubles

Shortly before the 2012 NFL draft, Charles was arrested for a DUI.[4]

On March 31, 2014, Charles was arrested for wanton endangerment in Richmond, Kentucky. Charles was pulled over by a police officer after another driver called in a compliant that Charles had showed a gun multiple times.[4] In February 2015 Charles pleaded guilty to wanton endangerment and will enter a diversion program.[5]


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