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LaRod Stephens-Howling
RB #36


Pro Career:

Selected by the Cardinals with their first pick in the seventh round (240th overall) of the 2009 NFL Draft. Has appeared in 43 games (5 starts) and both postseason contests during his first three seasons. Led the NFL with 1,548 kickoff return yards in 2010, also returning two kickoffs for TDs.
Pro Career:

Selected by the Cardinals with their first pick in the seventh round (240th overall) of the 2009 NFL Draft. Has appeared in 43 games (5 starts) and both postseason contests during his first three seasons. Led the NFL with 1,548 kickoff return yards in 2010, also returning two kickoffs for TDs.

2011: Played in 14 games with one start and served as the team’s primary kickoff returner … missed two games due to a hand injury … finished second on the team and set career highs with 167 rushing yards on 43 carries … also caught 13 passes for a career-best 234 yards (a team-leading 18.0 yards per catch) and two TDs … totaled 857 yards on 36 kickoff returns and had four special teams tackles … ran for 10 yards on three carries and had a two-yard reception vs. Car (9/11); returned two kickoffs for 60 yards and registered two special teams tackles; left the game in the second half with a hand injury … inactive due to hand injury @ Was (9/18) and @ Sea (9/25) … returned from injury and had one reception for nine yards and one carry for one yard vs. NYG (10/2) … had 115 yards on five kickoff returns @ Min (10/9); also had one rush for five yards … caught two passes for 76 yards, including a career-long 73-yard TD in the third quarter vs. Pit (10/23); became the sixth player in franchise history with four career TDs of 70-plus yards; marked the longest pass play to a RB since Jake Plummer and Marcel Shipp connected for an 80-yard TD on 12/15/02 at St. Louis; also had 107 yards on five kickoff returns … ran for 17 yards on five carries @ Bal (10/30); totaled 116 yards on four kickoff returns … totaled two receptions for 39 yards @ Phi (11/13); had a key 30-yard reception to convert 4th-n-2  at own 32 on the Cardinals game-winning TD drive in the fourth quarter; had 51 yards on three kickoff returns … had nine rushing yards on two carries and one catch for 14 yards @ StL (11/27); part of a rushing attack that posted 268 yards on the day, the highest total for the Cardinals in 31 years; converted two third downs on the Cardinals final drive that secured the victory, catching a 14-yard pass on 3rd-n-4 and then running for five yards on another 3rd-n-4; also had 97 yards on four kickoff returns … caught the game-winning 52-yard TD pass in overtime from Kevin Kolb vs. Dal (12/4); marked the third-longest game-winning play in overtime in franchise history; was his seventh career TD, five of which have covered at least 50 yards (kickoff return TDs of 102, 99, and 96 yards and TD receptions of 73 and 52 yards); also had two carries for 16 yards, three kickoff returns for 66 yards, and one special teams tackle … with Beanie Wells inactive due to a knee injury, made his first start of the season and posted career highs with 21 carries for 93 yards vs. Sea (1/1/12); had a career-long 39-yard run in the first quarter.

2010: Recorded two starts in 13 games played, missing three games due to a hamstring injury; while serving as the Cardinals primary kickoff returner, also expanded his role on offense, recording 113 rushing yards on 23 carries with one TD and 111 receiving yards on 16 receptions … registered the third-most kickoff return yards in franchise history, a league leading 1,548 yards … had 14 returns of at least 30 yards … established then career highs with 49 rushing yards on seven carries (7.0 avg.) in the season opener @ StL (9/12), including a 21-yard run that was longest run by either team … for the second straight week tied a career high with three receptions for 25 yards @ Atl (9/19); all three receptions converted first downs … registered 179 yards on five kick returns including a 102-yard TD on the opening kickoff vs. Oak (9/26), the fifth longest kickoff return for a TD for Arizona and the longest since Roy Green’s 106-yard return on 10/21/79 at Dallas; seventh game-opening KOR for a TD in franchise history and the first for the Cards since J.J. Arrington’s 93-yarder vs. Dal on 10/12/08; first Cardinal since Terry Metcalf (1974-75) to have a kickoff return for a TD in back-to-back seasons … registered a career-high seven kick returns for 119 yards @ SD (10/3); seven KRs tied for third most in franchise history … posted kick returns of 60 and 48 yards in the first quarter vs. NO (10/10); 48-yard return set up a FG; marked the first game in his career where he recorded two kick returns of at least 45 yards … made third career start and recorded 140 yards on four kick returns @ Sea (10/24), including a 71-yard return to the SEA 33-yard line to set up a FG; 71-yard return marked the longest kick return of his career that was not a TD … recorded first career rushing TD on a 30-yard run vs. TB (10/31) and totaled 143 yards on six kick returns (23.8) with a long of 35 yards … totaled a career-high 198 yards on six kick returns (33.0 avg.), including a 96-yard return for a TD @ Min (11/7); second KOR for a TD in ‘10 … opened the game with a 52-yard kick return to the AZ 48-yard line that set up a drive that resulted in a TD vs. Sea (11/14); suffered a hamstring injury early in the second quarter that limited his availability for the rest of the game; marked the fifth straight game with at least one kickoff return of at least 35 yards … inactive (hamstring) @ KC (11/21); first game missed of pro career … returned from a hamstring injury to record 107 yards on four returns vs. SF (11/29) … before leaving the game after the first half with the hamstring injury @ Car (12/19), recorded one rush for six yards, one reception for two yards and four kickoff returns for 102 yards … inactive (hamstring) for the final two regular season games.

2009: Appeared in all 16 regular season games with two starts and also saw action in both postseason contests … in first career game led the Cardinals with two special teams tackles vs. SF (9/13) … for second straight week led team with three special teams tackles @ Jax (9/20) … registered first career TD on a 14-yard reception from Kurt Warner and also recorded a 53-yard kickoff return while averaging 31.5 yards on four returns vs. Car (11/1) … registered a five-yard run and two special teams tackles @ Chi (11/8) … recorded a 99-yard kickoff return for a TD and downed punts at the five, two and one-yard lines @ Ten (11/29); marked first kickoff return for a TD of his career; named NFC Special Teams Player of the Week … totaled a career-high three receptions for 23 yards @ SF (12/14) … made a couple of game changing plays: recovered a muffed punt on the Det 13-yard line that led to a TD; after the Lions tied the game at 24 with under four minutes to play in the fourth quarter, returned the ensuing kickoff 39 yards to the AZ 42-yard line to set up a short field that AZ converted into the game winning TD @ Det (12/20) … contributed in many ways, registering an 18-yard run, hauling in three receptions for 19 yards, totaling 85 yards on four kickoff returns and tying for the team lead with two special teams tackles in the Wild Card matchup vs. GB (1/10/10) … recorded postseason-highs by averaging 27.8 yards on five kickoff returns with a postseason long of 32 yards and registered two carries for four yards in the Divisional game @ NO (1/16/10).

In four seasons at Pittsburgh had 1,959 yards rushing and 15 TDs on 429 attempts … a solid receiver out of the backfield, he added 52 receptions for 453 yards and a TD … most productive season came in 2006 when he rushed for 893 yards and nine TDs on 178 carries and added 19 receptions for 231 yards and a TD … as a senior, appeared in all 13 games as a reserve at tailback and also contributed on special teams … rushed for 312 yards on 77 carries (4.1 avg.) with five TDs and added 493 yards on 23 kick returns (21.4 avg.) ... had 109 receiving yards on 11 receptions (9.9 avg.) and recorded nine special teams tackles … appeared in 11 games with two starts as a junior ... rushed for 320 yards on 78 carries (4.1 avg.) with one TD ... as a kick returner, averaged 20 yards on five attempts for the season … paced Pitt with 893 rushing yards on 178 attempts (5.0 avg.) as a sophomore ... finished fourth in the Big East in rushing (81.2 yards/game) and all-purpose yards (105.0 yards/game) ... played in and started 11 games ... named to the Big East All-Academic Football Team … led Pitt in rushing with 434 yards on 96 carries (4.5 avg.) in nine games as a true freshman ... also contributed as a kick returner and had five returns for 151 yards (30.2 avg.) and a 95-yard TD.

Two-time member of the Associated Press Pennsylvania Class AAA All-State first-team at Greater Johnstown (PA) High School … in three varsity seasons, rushed for a school record 4,597 yards, averaging 8.9 yards per carry … broke the 29-year-old career rushing record of 3,552 yards set by former Pitt RB Artrell Hawkins, Sr. … rushed for 57 TDs during his career … as a senior, led the Johnstown area with 1,875 yards rushing and 32 TDs … led Greater Johnstown to its first District 6 Class AAA title and a 9-3 record … in his junior year, set the school single-season rushing record with 2,226 yards and his rushing total set a Laurel Highlands Athletic Conference (LHAC) record … also a standout in baseball, track and wrestling … a member of National Honor Society, Who’s Who Among American High School Students and the Minority Scholars Club.

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