John Stephens (American football)

John Stephens
No. 44, 32
Position: Running back
Personal information
Date of birth: (1966-02-23)February 23, 1966
Place of birth: Shreveport, Louisiana
Date of death: September 1, 2009(2009-09-01) (aged 43)
Place of death: Keithville, Louisiana
Height: 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Weight: 215 lb (98 kg)
Career information
High school: Springhill (LA)
College: Northwestern State
NFL Draft: 1988 / Round: 1 / Pick: 17
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Rushing yards: 3,440
Average: 3.6
Touchdowns: 18
Player stats at

John Milton Stephens (February 23, 1966 – September 1, 2009) was a professional American football player who was selected by the New England Patriots in the first round (17th overall) of the 1988 NFL Draft. At 6 feet 1 inch and 215 pounds, he was a running back from Northwestern State University in Louisiana. Stephens played in six NFL seasons from 1988 to 1993 for the Patriots, the Green Bay Packers, and the Kansas City Chiefs. As a rookie for the Patriots during the 1988 NFL season, Stephens rushed for 1,168 yards and was selected to his one and only Pro Bowl. One of his daughters, Sloane Stephens, born in 1993, is an American professional tennis player.

Stephens died in Keithville, Louisiana, on September 1, 2009 in a car accident.[1]


Note: G = Games played; Att = Rushing attempts; Yds = Rushing yards; Avg = Average yards per carry; Long = Longest rush; Rush TD = Rushing touchdowns; Rec = Receptions; Yds = Receiving yards; Avg = Average yards per reception; Long = Longest reception; Rec TD = Receiving touchdowns

Year Team GP Att Yds Avg Long Rush TD Rec Yds Avg Long Rec TD
1988New England Patriots162971,1683.952414987.0170
1989New England Patriots142448333.4357212079.9370
1990New England Patriots162128083.8262281967.0431
1991New England Patriots14631632.6132161197.4240
1992New England Patriots16752773.7192211617.7320
1993Green Bay Packers5481733.62215316.2100
1993Kansas City Chiefs76183.070000.000
Career Totals 88 945 3,440 3.6 52 18 105 812 7.7 43 1


  1. "Wreck claims NSU football great John Stephens". 2009-09-02. Retrieved 2009-09-02.

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