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6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)

Oronde Gadsden

High school:
Burke (SC)


Winston-Salem State

98 kg


Wide receiver

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Date of birth:
(1971-08-20) August 20, 1971 (age 44)

Place of birth:

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Oronde Benjamin Gadsden (pronounced o-RON-day) (born August 20, 1971) is a former professional American football wide receiver in the National Football League for the Dallas Cowboys and Miami Dolphins. He also played for the Frankfurt Galaxy of the WLAF and the Arena Football League's Portland Forest Dragons, where he won Rookie of the Year. He played college football at Winston-Salem State University.


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Early years

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Gadsden attended Burke High School before moving on to Winston-Salem State University. Although he spent his first year as a basketball player, he decided to concentrate on football as a sophomore.

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In his last year of eligibility, he had 56 receptions, led the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association with a 19.8 yards average per reception and ranked second in yards per game (101.0), total receiving yards (1,111 yards)and touchdowns (16). After playing three season of football, he finished his college career with 118 receptions for 2,757 yards (23.4 yards per catch) and 42 touchdowns (second in school history).

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In 2006, he was inducted into the Winston-Salem State University Athletic Hall of Fame.

Dallas Cowboys

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After not being selected in the 1995 NFL Draft because of his small school background and his lack of speed, he was signed as an undrafted free agent by the Dallas Cowboys. He was released before the season started and signed to the team's practice squad. Gadsden credits hall of famer Michael Irvin for teaching him how to play the wide receiver position.

He played in the divisional playoff round game, before being returned to the practice squad for the rest of the postseason, with the Cowboys ultimately winning Super Bowl XXX. The next year, he fractured an orbital bone below his right eye and was waived injured before the start of the 1996 season.

Pittsburgh Steelers

On February 4, 1997, he was signed by the Pittsburgh Steelers as a free agent, joining fellow Winston-Salem alumn Yancey Thigpen. He was cut on August 19.

Frankfurt Galaxy (WLAF)

The Frankfurt Galaxy of the World League of American Football signed him for their 1997 roster, but he separated his shoulder during the tryout camp in Atlanta and did not play during the season.

Portland Forest Dragons (AFL)

Gadsden signed with the Portland Forest Dragons in 1998, where he played as a wide receiver and linebacker. He earned AFL Rookie of the Year honors after registering 93 receptions for 1,335 yards and 37 touchdowns in 14 games.

Miami Dolphins

In 1998, the Miami Dolphins were having problems finding a capable complement to O.J. McDuffie and signed Gadsden to compete for the position. He entered the season as a 27-year-old rookie and his first NFL reception was a 44-yard touchdown on opening day against the Indianapolis Colts. He ended up starting 12 games, finishing with 48 receptions, 713 yards (second on the team) and 7 receiving touchdowns (tied for first on the team).

The next year, he registered 48 receptions (second on the team), a career-high 803 yards and 6 receiving touchdowns (led the team). In 2000 after Dan Marino retired, he had a career-high 56 receptions for 786 yards and 6 receiving touchdowns (led the team). After the 2001 season, health problems limited his production to a combined 20 receptions with no touchdowns. He was waived injured on September 5, 2003, leaving the Dolphins after starting all but 6 games of the games he played and ranking in the top 10 of the franchise's all-time receiver list.

Gadsen's two most famous catches came against the New York Jets on an across-the-middle one-handed catch from Jay Fiedler, and in the 2001 playoffs against the Oakland Raiders, in which Gadsden reached up and caught the pass one-handed in full stride while falling backwards. Photographs of both catches are displayed in the Pro Football Hall of Fame and were nominated for ESPY'S.

Gadsen has the distinction of catching Dan Marino's last touchdown pass.

Personal life

Gadsden runs the clothing company Original Gear, which he started in 2000 while he still was an NFL player. The company went public in 2006 under the name TotalLuxuryGroup. He is also involved with his charity, NextLevel Charities, which enables underprivileged and disadvantaged youths to achieve success in athletics and academics. He was a minority owner of the Miami Morays of the National Indoor Football League.


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