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Popularly known and addressed as Fozzy Whittaker, Foswhitt Jer’ald Whittaker Jr. is an NFL player who currently plays as a running back and a kick returner for the Carolina Panthers. Before kicking off his NFL career with the Arizona Cardinals, Fozzy played college football at Texas.
He also played for the San Diego Chargers and the Cleveland Browns before signing a contract with the Panthers in 2014. Fozzy Whittaker was among the Panthers team that played at the Super Bowl 50 in 2016. Scroll down to read more about him.
Fozzy Whittaker’s Bio
Fozzy was born Foswhitt Jer’ald Whittaker in Houston, Texas, on the 2nd day of February 1989 to Gloria and Foster Whittaker. Fozzy and his two older brothers (Jer’ald and Curtis) were raised by their mom as their father died of cancer in 1992 when Fozzy was just three years old.
His late father was into music and his mom was a sprinter and basketball player at Southern Arkansas University which explains where Fozzy got his straight-ahead speed and agility from.
He attended Pearland High School, where he played football with his school team. After high school, he played college football at the University of Texas from 2008 to 2011. As a freshman, he appeared in 7 games recording sixty-four carries for 284 rushing yards. The next season played eleven games had fifty-three carries for 212 rushing yards and 4 rushing touchdowns.
In the 2010 season, Whittaker recorded 351 rushing yards and 4 rushing touchdowns. Despite suffering two torn ligaments, as well as the medial and lateral meniscus, in his right knee during a game in November 2011 that ended his senior season, Fozzy still ended the season with 66 for 386 rushing yards and 6 rushing touchdowns.
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Whittaker went to the NFL scouting combine three months later still nursing his knee, although he had all the potentials, no team was ready to take a risk on him so while his teammates like Emmanuel Acho and Keenan Robinson got drafted that season, Fozzy stayed back in Austin waiting for his knee to heal and also working for his masters program in Kinesiology.
Just when he thought all hope was lost, he got an offer from Arizona Cardinals, who signed him on to join their practice squad. Three months later (March 2013), the Cardinal released him and two days later, he was claimed off waivers by the San Diego Chargers.
Whittaker would make his first professional appearance for the Chargers in September in a game against the Houston Texans. He played a total of 3 games for the team before he was finally released on September 28th. Two days after his release, he was again claimed off waivers, this time by the Cleveland Browns, who would later release him in May 2014.
During his 2013 season with both the Chargers and Browns, Fozzy Whittaker recorded twenty-eight carries for 79 rushing yards, with twenty-one receptions for 155 receiving yards and 2 receiving touchdowns.
In 2014, the Carolina Panthers was in search of a running back after their injured rookie running back Tyler Gaffney was claimed by New England Patriots during training camp and they turned to Whittaker partly due to his familiarity with their offensive system. He would finish his first season with the Panthers with thirty-two carries for 145 rushing yards, one rushing touchdown with 5 receptions for sixty receiving yards and 1 receiving touchdown.
His second year with the team ended with 108 rushing yards and one rushing touchdown as the team finished the season with a franchise-record of fifteen wins. During the 2016 season, he appeared in all the team’s sixteen games, recording fifty-seven carries for 265 yards and twenty-five receptions for 226 yards. He was also among the Panthers team that played at the Super Bowl 50 in 2016.
In March 2017, he signed a 2-year contract extension with the franchise and finished that season with 7 carries for 18 rushing yards, with 5 receptions for 47 receiving yards and one receiving touchdown. His entire 2018 season was ruled off after he suffered a torn ACL during a non-contact drill in the off-season.
How Tall Is Fozzy Whittaker? – Height, Weight, Body Measurements
The running back who also doubles as the kicker returner for the Panthers stands at a height of 1.78 m, that is 5 ft 10 in with a weight of 205 lbs (93 kg). His other body measurements are not known.
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