Rashad Jennings was recruited by the University of Pittsburgh to begin his college football career in 2005. He was one of the few freshman to ever become a starting running back at Pitt. Rashad was expected to go far as a starting running back at Pitt and had a bright future in the NFL ahead.
Due to family circumstances, Rashad transferred to Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia in Spring of 2006. While there was much talk around this decision as to whether or not Rashad would still make it to the NFL, he put his family first and came home. Many felt Rashad was throwing away his chances of making it to the NFL, but despite what many said he was drafted in the NFL upon graduation.
Rashad Jennings began his career as a Running Back in the National Football League in 2009. He was drafted in the 7th round by the Jacksonville Jaguars. Rashad played in 38 games as a Jacksonville Jaguar and started in 9 of those games. He had rushed 944 yards and had 454 receiving yards. Rashad scored 7 touchdowns during his time as a Jacksonville Jaguar. He ended his career with Jacksonville in 2012 before he was picked up by the Oakland Raiders.
2009 – 2012
38 Games played, 9 Games started
944 Rushing yards
454 Receiving yards
Rashad was signed by the Oakland Raiders in April of 2013. Overall Rashad played in 15 games as a Raider, and started in 8 of them. He rushed 733 yards and had 292 receiving yards, and had scored 6 touchdowns as a Oakland Raider. He ended his career with the Oakland Raiders at the end of the 2013-2014 season, before being picked up by the New York Giants.
15 Games played, 8 Games started
733 Rushing yards
292 Receiving yards
In 2014, Rashad signed a 4-year contract with the New York Giants. Rashad played 40 games total as a New York Giant and started 37 of those games. He rushed 2,095 yards and had 2,095 receiving yards. Rashad scored 12 touchdown during his time as a New York Giant.
New York Giants
2014 – 2016
40 Games played, 37 Games started
2,095 Rushing yards
723 Receiving yards
Rashad was recognized for many awards throughout his football career as well. In 2016, Rashad was awarded the United Way of NYC Hometown Hero Award at the Gridiron Gala. Rashad was also a a Byron ‘Whizzer’ White Award Top 5 Finalist for both 2015 and 2016. The Byron ‘Whizzer’ White Award is one of the highest awards the NFLPA can bestow on a player and recognizes an athlete for their philanthropic efforts off the field. Rashad was also awarded the 2016 FedEx Ground Player of the Week Award. In honor of the award, $2,000 was donated to the American Red Cross in Rashad’s name.