A. J. Francis
Francis public speaking at an Uber event
|No. 97 Washington Redskins|
|Date of birth:||May 7, 1990|
|Place of birth:||Washington, D.C.|
|Height:||6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)|
|Weight:||330 lb (150 kg)|
|High school:||Gonzaga College (D.C.) High School|
|* Offseason and/or practice squad member only|
|Career NFL statistics as of Week 15, 2015|
Anthony Joseph Francis (born May 7, 1990) is an American football nose tackle for the Washington Redskins of the National Football League (NFL). He was signed by the Miami Dolphins as an undrafted free agent in 2013. Francis played college football at Maryland.
New England Patriots
The New England Patriots claimed Francis off waivers on September 1, 2013. He was released on September 7, only to be signed to the team's practice squad three days later. Francis remained on the practice squad until being resigned by the Dolphins in November.
Second stint with Dolphins
On November 27, 2013, Francis was signed off the Patriots' practice squad.
On November 16, 2015, Francis was acquired off waivers by the Seattle Seahawks. On November 24, he was released by the team, but signed to the practice squad two days later. On November 30, 2015, he chose to be promoted to the active roster in Seattle over resigning with the Dolphins to their active roster. On March 8, 2016 Francis signed his one-year exclusive-rights tender deal to return to Seattle.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
On May 17, 2016 Francis signed with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
On October 12, 2016 Francis signed with the Washington Redskins. He was promoted to the active roster on November 29, 2016.
In April 2015, Francis signed up to be an Uber driver. He co-hosts the professional wrestling podcast "Jobbing Out" with Aaron Oster (Rolling Stone/Baltimore Sun) and Glenn Clark (PressBox).
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- "10/12: Redskins Make Roster Move". Redskins.com. October 12, 2016.
- Czarda, Stephen (November 29, 2016). "Redskins Sign Defensive Lineman A.J. Francis To Active Roster". Redskins.com.
- "A.J. Francis, Dolphins defensive tackle, moonlights as an Uber driver". ESPN.com. June 9, 2015. Retrieved August 10, 2015.