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Gay practices with the Saints in 2011.
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|Date of birth:||May 5, 1982|
|Place of birth:||Baton Rouge, Louisiana|
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Randall Jerome Gay, Jr. (born May 5, 1982) is a former American football cornerback of the National Football League. He was signed by the New England Patriots as an undrafted free agent in 2004. He played college football at LSU.
Gay also played for the New Orleans Saints. He played on a Super Bowl winning team with both the Patriots and the Saints, and is also noted for having won a championship at both the college and pro level for teams of Louisiana, his home state.
At Brusly High School in Brusly, Louisiana, Randall Gay was a four-year letterman in football. He also lettered in weight lifting (three years) and track (one year). He was a first team All-Metro selection, and a first team All-District selection in football during his last two years of high school. As a senior, in only eight games, he rushed for 1,067 yards and 13 touchdowns, caught three touchdown passes, and returned two punts for touchdowns.
New England PatriotsOn April 29, 2004, he was signed by the Patriots shortly after the NFL draft as an undrafted free agent. His rookie year, Gay beat out cornerback Christian Morton, the Patriots' 7th-round draft pick, for a place on the roster. Later in the season, Gay was placed into the starting lineup because of injuries to veterans Ty Law and Tyrone Poole. Gay's rookie season concluded with a victory in Super Bowl XXXIX, in which he started opposite Asante Samuel where he was the leading tackler with 11 solo tackles. Gay was involved in several low level controversies as a Patriot: He failed to make a full contribution in 2005 and 2006, due to injuries that landed him on injured reserve. This led to some long running criticisms from the tough vocal New England fans and repeated questions about him on the region's talk shows and in the papers. Hence, after failing to deliver up to expectations of New England Patriots fans in both the 2005 and 2006 seasons, before the 2007 training camp, Gay was quoted as saying:
“You know how it is, It’s like, ‘Oh man, you’re still getting a paycheck?’ and ‘Two years in a row!?!’ That’s the kind of stuff you really don’t want to hear, because in your heart you want to be back out there.”
Gay returned in 2007 and played primarily as a nickel back and a backup safety. He did start several games, including the AFC Divisional Game against the Jacksonville Jaguars. Gay intercepted a career high three passes while playing in every game of the 2007 season.
“I can say this, I’m the most anxious person for training camp. I’m about the only one here that’s ready for it to come.”
New Orleans Saints
On March 2, 2008, Gay signed a four-year, $17.8 million contract with the New Orleans Saints. The deal included an $3.75 million signing bonus and $6.9 million in guaranteed money. He was a member of the Saints' 2009 Super Bowl XLIV Championship team. Gay suffered a concussion early in the 2010 season that eventually led to him being placed on injured reserve on October 20, 2010.
Gay was released by New Orleans on July 28, 2011, and retired thereafter. In 2012, he was a named plaintiff in one of the lawsuits filed by former players against the NFL regarding the league's history of players suffering concussions.
- Gay majored in marketing at LSU.
- Gay played both cornerback and safety, as he did against the Indianapolis Colts in 2005.
- After Super Bowl XXXIX, one of Gay's college professors attempted to order a replica jersey of her former student. The NFL Shop denied her request because the word "Gay" was on a blacklist of words considered related to drugs, sex, or gangs. After the incident was reported in the press, "Gay" was removed from the banned name list because it is the actual name of an NFL player.
- Randall and his wife, Desha, have two sons. After Gay's retirement, he and Desha decided to go to law school together. In 2015 they both graduated from Southern University Law Center in Baton Rouge.
- http://patriots.bostonherald.com/patriots/view.bg?articleid=192721[dead link]
- "Roundup: Ex-Pats CB Gay reportedly agrees to contract with Saints". ESPN. 2008-03-02. Retrieved 2008-03-02.
- James Varney, "New Orleans Saints place CB Randall Gay on injured reserve for 2010", Times-Picayune, October 20, 2010.
- "Ex-Saints CB Randall Gay sues NFL", Associated Press at WWL-TV, July 19, 2012.
- Article about controversy, 3 April 2005
- Michael O'Keeffe, "'Gay' now OK with NFL but league allows little else on jerseys", New York Daily News, March 4, 2005.
- New Orleans Saints bio
- Mark Ballard, "Former LSU, Saints player Randall Gay among the graduates from Southern Law Center", The Advocate, May 10, 2015.