Ed Jenkins (American football)

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Ed Jenkins
No. 28, 24, 30, 29
Position:Wide receiver
Personal information
Born: (1950-08-31) August 31, 1950 (age 70)
Jacksonville, Florida
Height:6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Weight:210 lb (95 kg)
Career information
College:Holy Cross
NFL Draft:1972 / Round: 11 / Pick: 285
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Player stats at NFL.com
Player stats at PFR

Edward Jay Jenkins (born August 31, 1950) is a former American football running back in the National Football League for the Miami Dolphins, the Buffalo Bills, the New England Patriots, and the New York Giants. He played college football at the College of the Holy Cross as a wide receiver and running back and was drafted by the Dolphins in the eleventh round of the 1972 NFL Draft.[1]

Jenkins was originally drafted as a wide receiver but switched to running back because of his blocking ability and the Dolphins' depth at wide receiver.[2][3] Although he was on Miami's undefeated 1972 Super Bowl championship team, he did not get a single rushing attempt that season.[2] He spent most of the season on the taxi squad except for the first three games in which he played solely on special teams before injuring his knee.[4][5][6][7] He was on the Dolphins' roster for the 1973 Dolphins Super Bowl championship season but spent the season on injured reserve due to an injured shoulder.[5][7]

Jenkins was traded to the New York Giants prior to the start of the 1974 season in exchange for a 14th round draft pick, with which the Dolphins selected defensive back James Lewis.[8][9][10] He was released by the Giants in October after playing four games for them.[11] He was then signed by the Bills a few days later.[12][13] Jenkins made his only NFL pass reception with the Bills in a game against the Houston Oilers on November 10, 1974.[14] The Bills released him after 5 games with them to make room on the roster for defensive back Al Randolph.[15] He was then signed by the New England Patriots and played 4 games for them in 1974.[16][17] In the final game of the season against the Dolphins, on December 15, Jenkins recovered a fumble to set up a Patriots touchdown, but Miami won the game.[18] The Patriots released Jenkins before the 1975 season.[19]

After his football career ended Jenkins obtained his law degree from Suffolk Law School in 1978, the same school where 1972 Miami teammate Nick Buoniconti received his law degree.[20] He subsequently worked as an attorney, and was a candidate for Suffolk County district attorney in 1990.[20][21][22]

His son Julian Jenkins played as a defensive end for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2006 after being drafted in the 5th round of the 1976 NFL Draft.[23]


  1. ^ "Dolphin Draftee Capsules". Miami Herald. February 3, 1972. p. 138. Retrieved 2020-03-26 – via newspapers.com.
  2. ^ a b "'No Names' Do Job". Fort Worth Star-Telegraph. January 12, 1973. p. 3-C. Retrieved 2020-03-26 – via newspapers.com.
  3. ^ "Dolphins 1972 Roster". Miami Herald. November 16, 1992. p. 10B. Retrieved 2020-03-26 – via newspapers.com.
  4. ^ Williams, Gene (August 17, 1973). "Ed Jenkins won't ride taxi again". The Miami News. pp. 1E, 6E. Retrieved 2020-03-26 – via newspapers.com.
  5. ^ a b Nobles, Charlie (August 13, 1974). "Jenkins near his D-Day". pp. 1C, 3C. Retrieved 2020-03-26 – via newspapers.com.
  6. ^ Nobles, Charlie (July 23, 1973). "Being 6th Dolphin back like being sister on date". Miami News. p. 4B. Retrieved 2020-03-26 – via newspapers.com.
  7. ^ a b Nobles, Charlie (August 28, 1973). "Jenkins will be rookie for third time". Miami News. pp. 1B, 4B. Retrieved 2020-03-26 – via newspapers.com.
  8. ^ Braucher, Bill (August 18, 1974). "Vikings Regroup; Dolphins Deal Jenkins". Miami Herald. p. 1-DW. Retrieved 2020-03-26 – via newspapers.com.
  9. ^ Fox, Larry & Verigan, Bill (August 18, 1974). "Giants' Draft Choice Gets Ed Jenkins, Dolphins Back". New York Daily News. p. 31C. Retrieved 2020-03-26 – via newspapers.com.CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)
  10. ^ "Dolphins Get Crawford; Harding's 'Hungry' Hero". Miami Herald. January 30, 1975. pp. 1D, 2D. Retrieved 2020-03-26 – via newspapers.com.
  11. ^ Castellano, Dan (October 25, 1974). "Salvage Missions Continue". Daily Record. p. 17. Retrieved 2020-03-26 – via newspapers.com.
  12. ^ "Scouting Report". The Record. November 1, 1974. p. S-6. Retrieved 2020-03-26 – via newspapers.com.
  13. ^ Braucher, Bill (November 16, 1974). "Morris Appears Ready, But Malone, Csonka Will Start". Miami Herald. p. 2-E. Retrieved 2020-03-26 – via newspapers.com.
  14. ^ "Houston Oilers at Buffalo Bills". Pro Football Reference. Retrieved 2020-03-26.
  15. ^ "Bills Release Ed Jenkins". Miami News. November 28, 1974. p. 2B. Retrieved 2020-03-26 – via newspapers.com.
  16. ^ "Pats Get Runner from Buffalo Bills". Hartford Courant. November 28, 1974. p. 14. Retrieved 2020-03-26 – via newspapers.com.
  17. ^ "Pro Grid Notes". The Indianapolis Star. November 28, 1974. p. 63. Retrieved 2020-03-26 – via newspapers.com.
  18. ^ "Dolphins Rally, Topple Patriots". Panama City News-Herald. December 16, 1974. p. 1B. Retrieved 2020-03-26 – via newspapers.com.
  19. ^ McShane, Tom (August 2, 1975). "Offside". The Transcript. p. 9. Retrieved 2020-03-26 – via newspapers.com.
  20. ^ a b Dorman, Larry (September 3, 1992). "A More Perfect Time". South Florida Sun Sentinel. pp. 1FB, 10FB. Retrieved 2020-03-26 – via newspapers.com.
  21. ^ White, Brian (January 25, 1993). "Miami's Don Shula has changed yet remains the same—a winner". Pensacola News Journal. p. 6C. Retrieved 2020-03-26 – via newspapers.com.
  22. ^ Keller, Jon (September 12, 1993). "Uphill battle for at-large candidate Ed Jenkins". Boston Globe. p. City 3. Retrieved 2020-03-26 – via newspapers.com.
  23. ^ "Julian Jenkins". Pro Football Reference. Retrieved 2020-03-26.

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