Deon Figures

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Position: Cornerback
Personal information
Born: (1970-01-10) January 10, 1970 (age 50)
Bellflower, California
Height:6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Weight:200 lb (91 kg)
Career information
High school: Junípero Serra
(Gardena, California)
College: Colorado
NFL Draft: 1993  / Round: 1 / Pick: 23
Career history
Career highlights and awards
National Champion 1990
Career NFL statistics as of 1998
Games played:93
Games started:40
Tackles:269
Interceptions:9
Player stats at NFL.com
Player stats at PFR

Deon Juniel Figures (born January 10, 1970) is a former American college and professional football player who was cornerback in the National Football League (NFL) for six seasons. He played college football for the University of Colorado, and earned All-American honors. A first-round pick in the 1993 NFL Draft, he played professionally for the Pittsburgh Steelers and Jacksonville Jaguars of the NFL.

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Early years

Figures was born in Bellflower, California. [1] He grew up playing Pop Warner football in Gardena, under coach Chris Mahoney. He graduated from Junípero Serra High School, [2] where he played for the Serra Cavaliers high school football team.

College career

Figures attended the University of Colorado at Boulder, and played for the Colorado Buffaloes football team from 1988 to 1992. As a freshman in 1988, he played in 10 games and intercepted two passes against the Iowa State Cyclones, setting a record for Buffalo freshmen. He did not qualify academically in 1989, but played in all 12 games and compiled 67 unassisted tackles and 18 assists as a redshirt sophomore in 1990. In a non-conference game against the No. 12 Washington Huskies, Figures intercepted a second pass from Huskies quarterback Mark Brunell in the final minute of the game to secure the victory. After winning the Big Eight Conference championship with a 70 conference schedule and compiling a 1011 overall record, the Buffaloes faced the No. 5 Notre Dame Fighting Irish in the Orange Bowl. Memorably, Figures intercepted a pass from Irish quarterback Rick Mirer as time expired to ice the Buffaloes' 109 victory and win the 1990 national championship.

By the start of his 1991 junior season, opposing Big Eight coaches were well aware of Figures' defensive skills and sought to direct offensive plays away from him, but nevertheless compiled two interceptions and 39 tackles, and helped the Buffaloes win a share of their third straight Big Eight championship and another top-25 ranking. As a senior in 1992, he had six more interceptions while logging 38 tackles, and was recognized as a consensus first-team All-American. He was also the recipient of the Jim Thorpe Award and Jack Tatum Trophy as the best college defensive back in the country.

Professional career

The Pittsburgh Steelers selected Figures in the first round, 23rd pick overall, of the 1993 NFL Draft, [3] and he played for the Steelers from 1993 to 1996. [4] As a member of the Steelers, he helped his team reach the AFC Championship Game against the San Diego Chargers in 1994. He finished his NFL career with the Jacksonville Jaguars in 1997 and 1998. [1] In his six seasons in the NFL, Figures played in 93 games, started 40 of them, and recorded 269 tackles, nine interceptions and four recovered fumbles. [4]

NFL statistics

YearTeamGamesCombined TacklesTacklesAssisted TacklesSacksForced FumblesFumble RecoveriesFumble Return YardsInterceptionsInterception Return YardsYards per Interception ReturnLongest Interception ReturnInterceptions Returned for TouchdownPasses Defended
1993 PIT 15292720.01201787878015
1994 PIT 167056141.01000000017
1995 PIT 14111010.0000000004
1996 PIT 16615470.000021371306
1997 JAX 16585620.00005481032010
1998 JAX 16353230.00001000010
Career93264235291.022091391578062

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References

  1. 1 2 National Football League, Historical Players, Deon Figures. Retrieved February 23, 2012.
  2. databaseFootball.com, Players, Deon Figures Archived 2012-03-22 at the Wayback Machine . Retrieved February 23, 2012.
  3. Pro Football Hall of Fame, Draft History, 1993 National Football League Draft. Retrieved February 23, 2012.
  4. 1 2 Pro-Football-Reference.com, Players, Deon Figures. Retrieved February 23, 2012.
  5. "Deon Figures Stats". ESPN Internet Ventures. Retrieved 26 May 2014.