Position: Wide Receiver
Height: 6'0 Weight: 216 lbs
College: Mount Union
Drafted: Sixth Round Pick 206th Overall
Pierre Garcon is now in his fourth season with the Washington Redskins and redskins fans should expect good things from him in 2015. Here are five things to know about the Haitian-American from Carmel, New York:
#1. Pierre Andre Garçon's place of origin is Port-au-Prince, Haiti, and he played high school football in Greenacres, FL at John I. Leonard High School. He was a three sport athlete (football, track and soccer). Here are his high school football highlights:
#2. Garçon chose to play his college football at the DIII Program Norwich University in 2004. He played 10 games and registered 44 receptions for 1,017 yards and 13 touchdowns. He averaged 101.7 yards per game and that earned him a No. 14 ranking in the nation.
He transferred to Mount Union in 2005 and won two national titles with that program. Garçon had 60 career touchdown receptions (Second All-Time in NCAA Div III) and became just the sixth player in NCAA division III history to gain over 4,000 receiving yards.
#3. He was drafted by the Indianapolis Colts in the 2008 NFL Draft and spent four seasons with them. His second season with the Colts (2009) included a Super Bowl appearance, two 100+ yard games, he was the fourth player to record 10+ catches in Colts franchise history and had the third most receiving yards in Colts postseason history (251).
In 2010, he set career-highs with 60 receptions for 784 yards and six touchdowns. The next year, his last season with the Colts, he surpassed his career high in catches (70) and yards (947) in addition to tying a career high in touchdowns with six.
He joined the Washington Redskins in 2012 signing with the team as an unrestricted free agent in the offseason. Here are highlights from his inaugural season:
#4. Back in june, 247Sports Washington Redskins writer Jamie Oakes wrote a piece on the demand of Garcon and DeSean Jackson to perform in year two with Jay Gruden and Robert Griffin III. With the new direction the team is going in, the two wide outs should be alright:
"Those guys are two great players on our offensive football team and we’re going to demand a lot from them. Are they where we want them to be at this point? Close, but we’re always striving to get better, everybody is, and those guys really work extremely hard at practice, especially Pierre. He does a great job."
As it pertains to Robert Griffin III, Gruden said he was running a different system and for everyone it was all new:
"Well, first of all, everybody's running a little bit different system. There are some similar concepts we had. This year is still a little bit different. We're doing some different things. DeSean’s missed a little bit, but I think when you have another year working with the same receivers in the same system… Last year, DeSean was new for Robert. Andre Roberts was new for Robert. Ryan Grant was new for Robert. So we had some new guys who were running routes for them."
#5. Garcon has done a lot of great things for the community:
- Founded the Pierre Garçon Helping Hands Foundation to provide resources for Haitians affected by the January 2010 earthquake.
- Flew to Haiti on mission trips and worked with three other charitable organizations to assist the region
- Hosted a charity event that raised more than $30,000 for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Washington during the 2013 offseason and raised more than $100,000 in the event’s second year in 2014
- In 2014, participated in the 136th annual White House Easter Egg Roll,
- Attended the Power Up to Read Celebration at Oaklands Elementary School in Laurel, Md
- Was a presenter at the Cinderella Ball for D.C.-area students with life-threatening illnesses or disabilities
Bottom Line: Pierre Garcon will get the second 1,000 yard season of his career in 2015 and make the Pro Bowl. Bold prediction made.