Andre Rison

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Position: Wide Receiver

Teams:

  • Flint Northwestern High School
  • Michigan State University
  • Indianapolis Colts (1989)
  • Atlanta Falcons (1990-1994)
  • Cleveland Browns (1995)
  • Jacksonville Jaguars (1996)
  • Green Bay Packers (1996)
  • Kansas City Chiefs (1997-1999)
  • Oakland Raiders (2000)
  • Toronto Argonauts (2004-2005)

Notables:

  • First round draft pick in 1989 (Indianapolis Colts)
  • 5x Pro Bowl selection (90, 91, 92, 93, 97)
  • 4x All-Pro selection (90, 91, 92, 93)
  • Won the 1996 Super Bowl with the Green Bay Packers (scored the first points of the game on a 54-yard touchdown catch)
  • Won a Grey Cup championship with the Toronto Argonauts (2004)
  • Holds an NFL record for scoring a touchdown with 7 different teams

  • caught 52 passes for 820 yards including 4 touchdowns in his rookie season with the Colts.
  • He was traded to the Falcons as part of the infamous Jeff George block-buster deal.
  • Led the NFL in receiving touchdowns with 15 in 1993.
  • After the 1994 season, Rison signed a free agent contract with Cleveland, where he was expected to bring his flashy playing style and become the featured receiving threat for the Browns, who had made the playoffs the year before.
  • Played one season with the Browns and had career lows in receptions (47), yards (701), touchdowns (3), receptions per game (2.9), and yards per game (43.8).

Due to Rison’s poor play, he developed a feud with the Cleveland fans, who were angered over the announcement that the team would be relocating to Baltimore and tired of his incredibly disappointing play.

After a home loss to the Packers, Rison, who had been booed by the fans throughout the game, lashed out, stating, “We didn’t make the f***ing move. So, for all the booers, f*** you too. I’ll be glad when we get to Baltimore, if that’s the case. We don’t have any home-field advantage. I’ve never been booed at home. Baltimore’s our home. Baltimore, here we come.” [Cleveland.com]


In his final NFL season, with the Raiders in 2000, Rison caught 41 passes for 606 yards and 6 touchdowns.

Rison finished his NFL career with 743 receptions for 10,205 yards and 84 touchdowns, along with 8 kickoff returns for 150 yards and 9 carries for 23 yards.

Rison was also well known for things aside from his play on the field.

In 1994, Rison’s Atlanta mansion was burned down by his then-girlfriend, the late Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes of the R&B group TLC, resulting in the loss of all his possessions.

He has also been arrested several times for failing to pay child support to Raycoa Handley, the mother of his two sons. This ultimately led to Rison getting sentenced to jail by an Atlanta court on December 8, 2004 for neglecting to pay the $127,000 in child support Handley claimed he owed her. On January 3, 2005, Rison was released from DeKalb County Jail after making a $10,000 payment.[Metro News, Wikipedia]

He was given the nickname “Bad Moon” Rison from ESPN sportscaster Chris Berman (aka “Bad Moon Rising” by Creedence Clearwater Revival).

While playing for the Kansas City Chiefs, Rison tried to popularize the nickname “Spider-Man,” reflecting his touchdown celebrations where he posed like the superhero flinging spider webs…but the nickname never really stuck.

Rison was also sometimes mocked as “Smokey”, “Fireman”, and “Flamer” in reference to the infamous Lopes arson incident, as well as Brock Middlebrook, after his attempt to deceive police after he threw a man through a window at the Bo’s and Mine, a local River establishment near the site of the Chiefs training camp. For the incident he makes the Chiefs Hall of Shame.

Add Rison to the RFP Pro’s vs. Joe’s Hall of Fame. During one episode, TNA wrestler Abyss gave Rison his finishing maneuver, the Black Hole Slam (kayfabe) when Rison offered Abyss a handshake. Rison had to be helped from the ring during the commercial break.

Watch the show here.


Andre Rison frequents a Tiki Bar called The Bamboo Beach Tiki Bar in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Looks like he is making the most of his retirement.

Rison even has an official website, along with a myspace (also official).

Back in 2007, Ladies Love Sports asked us to remember Andre Rison.

Apparently, there might even be an Andre Rison reality show coming soon to your television:

Youtube:

Touchdown catch:

Chris Miller to Andre Rison in Techmo Bowl!:

More TNA wrestling with Andre Rison:

Jim Rome: Baby Mama Drama (Andre Rison):

And just because I am SUCH a HUGE TLC fan, I had to throw this in the blog (Though I’m sure Rison may not be a fan anymore):

>>Return to RFP Homepage

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