Droughns in 2019
|No. 21, 34, 22|
|Born:||August 21, 1978|
|Height:||5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)|
|Weight:||220 lb (100 kg)|
|High school:||Anaheim (Anaheim, California)|
|NFL Draft:||2000 / Round: 3 / Pick: 81|
|* Offseason and/or practice squad member only|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Career NFL statistics|
Reuben Droughns (//; born August 21, 1978) is a retired American football running back who was the assistant coach for the Serbian team Vukovi Beograd, the two-time champions of the Central European Football League, from 2010-2013. He was drafted by the Detroit Lions in the third round of the 2000 NFL Draft. He played college football at Oregon.
Droughns has also been a member of the Miami Dolphins, Denver Broncos, Cleveland Browns, and New York Giants of the National Football League. He earned a Super Bowl ring with the Giants in their Super Bowl XLII victory against the New England Patriots.
Droughns moved from the Midwest to Orange County, California where he attended Anaheim High School (Anaheim, California) and was a student and a letterman in football. In football, he rushed for 49 touchdowns and 4,915 yards, which ranks as the fifth most yards gained in Orange County high school football history. He also won a CIF title in wrestling while attending Anaheim High.
Droughns played college football at the University of Oregon in 1998 and 1999 and was a two-year starter after a stellar two-year career at Merced Junior College in California, and was a first-team All-Pac-10 choice as a senior. He ranks sixth on Oregon's all-time rushing list with 2,058 yards. Droughns had 1,234 yards and nine touchdowns on 277 carries (4.5) as a senior, including rushing for over 200 yards in three contests. In his first game for Oregon, he ran for 202 yards and two scores against Michigan State. One of his most impressive performances came at UCLA, where he ran for 172 yards and a score despite fracturing his right fibula during the contest, an injury that would force him to miss the rest of the season. Droughns was a history major at Oregon. He was a JUCO All-America at Merced after leading the nation in yards in 1997 with 1,611 and leading the state of California in all-purpose yardage with 1,984. Prep Star Magazine deemed him the nation's top JUCO running back after that campaign. He was an honorable mention All-American as a freshman.
He was drafted by the Detroit Lions out of the University of Oregon, in the third round (81st pick overall) of the 2000 NFL Draft. Droughns spent the 2000 season on injured reserve after separating his right shoulder on his first carry in Detroit's opening preseason game against the New England on August 4, then placed on injured reserve August 22.
During the 2001 season, he played in nine games and started three for the Lions, rushing for 72 yards on 30 carries (2.4) and catching four passes for 21 yards (5.3) and a touchdown. He was waived by Detroit after Week 1 and was signed to Miami's practice squad on September 18 before being re-signed by the Lions on October 9.
Droughns played for the Denver Broncos for three seasons from 2002 to 2004. Although originally intended to be a fullback, he ultimately rushed for 1,240 yards in 2004. He also tied a playoff franchise record by returning 6 kickoffs in the wildcard loss to Indianapolis, January 4, 2004. Despite this production, Droughns was not guaranteed the starting job for the 2005 season, so he asked for a trade.
Droughns was traded to the Cleveland Browns on March 30, 2005, for defensive linemen Ebenezer Ekuban and Michael Myers. In 2005 he became the first Browns player to gain 1,000 yards rushing in a season since Earnest Byner and Kevin Mack both achieved the feat in 1985.
New York Giants
On March 9, 2007, Droughns was traded to the New York Giants in exchange for wide receiver Tim Carter. Droughns battled Derrick Ward for the back-up job but became the third running back for the Giants, and helped the Giants replace the retired Tiki Barber. However, due to his poor performances throughout the year, he dropped to fourth on the Giants depth chart behind rookie Ahmad Bradshaw, and was replaced by Domenik Hixon as kick returner after similar special-teams performances. He was however, primarily used as a goal-line/third down back for most of the regular season, recording a team-leading 6 touchdowns for the season. During the 2008 preseason, the emergence of D.J. Ware dropped Droughns to fifth on the Giants depth chart at running back, but he managed to make the final 53-man roster playing primarily on special teams.
Droughns was released by the Giants on February 9, 2009.
During the 2005 season on November 1, Droughns was pulled over and arrested for driving under the influence after a breathalyzer showed he was over the legal limit. Nevertheless, he missed no playing time, and on May 9, 2006, he was acquitted of all charges.
- Reid, Scott M. (October 14, 1998). "Mean streets". Orange County Register. Retrieved April 21, 2008.
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- Schwab, Frank (January 19, 2005). "Droughns seeks trade". The Gazette. Retrieved January 10, 2007.
- "Reuben Droughns Traded to New York for Tim Carter". ESPN.com. March 9, 2007. Retrieved March 9, 2007.