Natrone Means

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Natrone Means
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Position: Running back
Personal information
Born: (1972-04-26) April 26, 1972 (age 49)
Harrisburg, North Carolina
Height:5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Weight:245 lb (111 kg)
Career information
High school: Central Cabarrus
(Concord, North Carolina)
College: North Carolina
NFL Draft: 1993  / Round: 2 / Pick: 41
Career history
As a player:
As a coach:
  • Livingstone (2005)
    Running backs coach
  • Livingstone (2006)
    Offensive coordinator, running backs coach
  • West Charlotte HS (NC) (2007–2008)
    Offensive coordinator, running backs coach
  • Winston Salem State (2014–2017)
    Running backs coach
  • Winston Salem State (2018–2019)
    Assistant head coach, offensive coordinator
  • Fayetteville State (2020)
    Assistant head coach, offensive coordinator
  • North Carolina (2021–present)
    Offensive analyst
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Rushing yards:5,215
Average:3.7
Touchdowns:45

Natrone Jermaine Means (born April 26, 1972) is a former professional American football running back who played for the San Diego Chargers, Jacksonville Jaguars, and Carolina Panthers of the National Football League (NFL) from 1993 to 2000. He was selected by the Chargers in the second round (41st overall) of the 1993 NFL Draft. In 1994, he was selected to the Pro Bowl during San Diego's Super Bowl season. He is a member of the San Diego Chargers 50th Anniversary Team. Means was nicknamed Natrone "Refried" Means and, later, "Natrone Means Business" by ESPN's Chris Berman, [1] He is currently an assistant coach at North Carolina. [2]

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College career

Means attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and finished his career with 605 rushing attempts for 3,074 yards (5.1 yards per rushing attempt avg.), and 34 touchdowns, and hauled in 61 receptions for 500 yards (8.19 yards per rec. avg.). He rushed for more than 1,000 yards as both a sophomore and junior.

Professional career

Means played from 1993 to 1995 for the Chargers, and was a Pro Bowl selection in 1994 after leading his team to Super Bowl XXIX versus the San Francisco 49ers, only to lose 49-26. Scoring a touchdown in the Super Bowl, he broke William Perry's record for the youngest player to score a touchdown in the Super Bowl at age 22. This was eventually broken by 21-year-old Jamal Lewis in Super Bowl XXXV. He was waived by San Diego before the 1996 season and signed with the Jaguars. Means returned to San Diego as an unrestricted free agent in 1998, but left as a free agent for the Panthers in 2000. He retired at the end of the 2000 season.

Means was named to the San Diego Chargers 50th Anniversary Team in 2009. [3] He was a finalist in 2012 to be inducted into the San Diego Chargers Hall of Fame. [4]

NFL career statistics

Rushing statistics

YearTeamGPAttYardsAvgLngTDFDFumLost
1993 SD 161606454.06584811
1994 SD 163431,3503.925127954
1995 SD 101867303.93653922
1996 JAX 141525073.33522731
1997 JAX 142448233.42094343
1998 SD 102128834.27254211
1999 SD 71122772.51541600
Career871,4095,2153.772452941612

Receiving statistics

YearTeamGPRecYardsAvgLngTDFDFumLost
1993 SD 1610595.9110300
1994 SD 16392356.0220900
1995 SD 107466.6140100
1996 JAX 147456.4111200
1997 JAX 14151046.9210310
1998 SD 1016915.7220311
1999 SD 79515.7121200
Career871036316.12222321

[5]

Coaching career

In 2005, Means joined the staff of Livingstone College in Salisbury, North Carolina as running backs coach and in 2006 was promoted to offensive coordinator. He was recruited by head coach Robert Massey, who played with Means on the Jacksonville Jaguars in 1996. Means honed his coaching skills while participating in the NFL Minority Coaching Fellowship Program during the summer months of 2003 and 2006 with the Atlanta Falcons.

In 2007, Means was the offensive coordinator at the historical powerhouse West Charlotte High School in Charlotte, North Carolina. During training camp for the 2008 season, Means again participated in the NFL Minority Coaching Fellowship Program, working with the running backs of the Carolina Panthers.

In May 2014, Means became running backs coach at Winston-Salem State University. He was the associate head coach and offensive coordinator at Winston-Salem State. [6]

In March 2021, Means became an offensive analyst at North Carolina. [2]

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References

  1. Kelly, Fletcher (July 10, 2009). "A Forgotten Player Of The NFL: Natrone Means". Bleacher Report.
  2. 1 2 "Natrone Means heading back to North Carolina as an assistant football coach". www.journalnow.com. Retrieved April 27, 2021.
  3. "Chargers 50th anniversary team". The Press-Enterprise. November 17, 2009. Archived from the original on August 26, 2011.
  4. Gehlken, Michael (July 16, 2012). "Fans to decide next Chargers Hall of Famer". U-T San Diego. Archived from the original on July 30, 2012.
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