Johnnie Lee Higgins
Higgins at a game in Denver in October 2010
|Position:||Wide receiver / Return specialist|
|Date of birth:||September 8, 1983|
|Place of birth:||Sweeny, Texas|
|Height:||5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)|
|Weight:||185 lb (84 kg)|
|High school:||Sweeny (TX)|
|NFL Draft:||2007 / Round: 3 / Pick: 99|
|* Offseason and/or practice squad member only|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Career NFL statistics as of Week 17, 2010|
Johnnie Lee Higgins (born September 8, 1983) is a former professional American football wide receiver. Higgins played college football for the University of Texas at El Paso. He was drafted by the Oakland Raiders in the third round (99th pick overally) in the 2007 NFL Draft, and has also played for the Philadelphia Eagles.
Higgins was born and raised in Bay City and attended Sweeny High School in Sweeny, Texas, and was a student and a letterman in football, basketball, and track. In basketball, he was named his team's Most Valuable Player.
After turning in a 4.43 40 yard dash time at the 2007 NFL Scouting Combine, Higgins was selected by the Oakland Raiders in the third round (99th overall and the final pick of the first day) of the 2007 NFL Draft. He became the team's starting punt returner and he returned a punt 90 yards for a touchdown in a preseason game against the Seattle Seahawks on August 30, 2007. He saw action in all 16 games in the 2007 season, starting in two of them at wide receiver.
He saw punt return action in the first three games, but it was in week 4 against the Denver Broncos in which Higgins made his first NFL reception. He caught two passes for 14 yards in the game. On special teams, Higgins recorded five tackles. In his final game of the season, he had a punt return for 54 yards, which set up fellow rookie JaMarcus Russell to throw his second touchdown of the season. Higgins finished his rookie year with six receptions for 47 yards, 20 punt returns for 103 yards, and five special teams tackles.
In the 2008 season, Higgins recorded more receiving yards than any other Raider wide receiver (tight end Zach Miller led the team in yards). He also returned punts for touchdowns in back-to-back games.
In the first game of the 2009 season, against San Diego, Higgins ran the ball one time for 19 yards.
Higgins signed a one-year contract with the Philadelphia Eagles on July 29, 2011. He was released on September 3 during final roster cuts.
- Wulf, Bo (July 29, 2011). "Eagles Shock NFL, Agree With CB Asomugha". philadelphiaeagles.com. Retrieved 2011-07-29.