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Donté Stallworth
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Stallworth with the Redskins in 2011
No. 83, 18, 19
Position: Wide receiver
Personal information
Born: (1980-11-10) November 10, 1980 (age 43)
Sacramento, California, U.S.
Height: 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Weight: 220 lb (100 kg)
Career information
High school: Grant Union (Sacramento, California)
College: Tennessee (1998–2001)
NFL Draft: 2002 / Round: 1 / Pick: 13
Career history
Career highlights and awards
  • PFWA All-Rookie Team (2002)
  • Second-team All-SEC (2001)
Career NFL statistics
Receptions: 321
Receiving yards: 4,837
Receiving touchdowns: 35
Player stats at PFR

Donté Lamar Stallworth (born November 10, 1980) is an American former professional football player who was a wide receiver for ten seasons in the National Football League (NFL). He played college football for the Tennessee Volunteers and was selected by the New Orleans Saints in the first round of the 2002 NFL Draft.

Stallworth also played for the Philadelphia Eagles, New England Patriots, Cleveland Browns, Baltimore Ravens, and Washington Redskins.

Early years

Stallworth was born in Sacramento, California. He attended Grant Union High School in Sacramento, California where he was a star in football and track and field, PR of 10.49 seconds in the 100 meters and 7.16 meters in long jump. He was a high school teammate of former Minnesota Vikings running back Onterrio Smith and Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Paris Warren.

College career

Stallworth played college football at the University of Tennessee for the Volunteers, where his nickname was "Hands," as his teammates watched his ability to come up with seemingly impossible catches on a regular basis. Upon leaving for the NFL, his 1,747 reception yards ranked ninth in the school's all-time list. He majored in psychology.

Professional career

Pre-draft measurables
Height Weight
6 ft 0+18 in
(1.83 m)
197 lb
(89 kg)
Values from NFL Combine

New Orleans Saints

Stallworth was selected by the New Orleans Saints in the first round (13th overall) of the 2002 NFL Draft. He made his NFL debut versus the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on September 8 and had four receptions for 63 yards and a touchdown. He caught a touchdown in his first four career games, becomng the first player to do so in 20 seasons. He caught eight touchdown passes in 2002, his rookie year, but saw less action the next season. As a full-time starter in 2004, he had 767 receiving yards and five touchdowns. In 2005, he recorded a career-high 70 receptions for 945 yards with seven touchdowns.

Philadelphia Eagles

Donté Stallworth during his season with the Eagles.

On August 28, 2006, Stallworth was traded to the Philadelphia Eagles for linebacker Mark Simoneau and a conditional fourth round pick in the 2007 NFL Draft. In Stallworth's first game with the Eagles, less than two weeks after the trade, he caught six passes for 141 yards and a touchdown. Due to a nagging hamstring injury, he missed three games early in the regular season, but finished the year with 725 yards and five touchdowns. He caught a touchdown in each of the Eagles' postseason games that season.


New England Patriots

On March 11, 2007, Stallworth agreed to terms with the New England Patriots on a reported six-year deal worth $30 million with $3.5 million guaranteed. The contract was incentive laden, meaning that the Patriots could release him if he underperformed for a small fraction of the full contract. Stallworth was a member of the famous 2007 Patriots, who went 16–0 in the regular season before losing in Super Bowl XLII to the New York Giants. He had three receptions for 34 yards in the Super Bowl. He finished the 2007 season with 46 receptions for 697 yards and three touchdowns. On February 22, 2008, the Patriots declined the option on his contract and he became a free agent.

Cleveland Browns

On March 1, 2008, Stallworth signed a seven-year, $35 million deal with the Cleveland Browns. However, he had just 17 catches for 170 yards and one touchdown for the Browns in 2008 and then missed the entire 2009 season after being suspended by the NFL following his conviction on manslaughter charges. On February 8, 2010, after being reinstated by the NFL, the Browns terminated Stallworth's contract.

Baltimore Ravens

On February 16, 2010, Stallworth signed a one-year, $900,000 deal with the Baltimore Ravens.

On August 28, 2010, Stallworth broke his foot in a preseason game against the New York Giants. Head Coach John Harbaugh stated that this injury was not season-ending and Stallworth would be back after the Ravens' bye week. Stallworth made his return to the field in November.

On December 23, 2010, Stallworth was voted by his teammates and awarded the Ed Block Courage Award for 2010.

Washington Redskins

Stallworth signed a one-year deal with the Washington Redskins on July 29, 2011. On November 8, 2011, Stallworth was released and put on waivers. On November 15, 2011, he re-signed with the Redskins after wide receiver, Leonard Hankerson, and defensive end, Kedric Golston, were put on injured reserve. After his return to the team, Stallworth would catch a touchdown pass in the endzone in Week 11 against the Dallas Cowboys allowing the Redskins to go into overtime. At the end of 2011 season, Stallworth recorded 22 receptions, 309 receiving yards, and two touchdowns.

New England Patriots (second stint)

On March 19, 2012, Stallworth signed with the New England Patriots. On August 27, 2012, Stallworth was released by Patriots. On December 3, 2012, Stallworth re-signed with the Patriots because of a broken right foot suffered by wide receiver Julian Edelman and lack of depth at the wide receiver position. On December 11, it was reported that Stallworth was placed on injured reserve with an ankle injury after only playing in one game during his brief return and making a 63-yard reception for a touchdown.

Washington Redskins (second stint)

Stallworth re-signed with the Redskins on June 12, 2013. On August 26, 2013, Stallworth was waived by the Redskins.

NFL career statistics

Year Team GP Rec Tgts Yards Avg Lng TD FD Fum Lost
2002 NO 13 42 69 594 14.1 57 8 26 0 0
2003 NO 11 25 55 485 19.4 76 3 19 1 1
2004 NO 16 58 106 767 13.2 45 5 35 0 0
2005 NO 16 70 129 945 13.5 43 7 50 0 0
2006 PHI 12 38 70 725 19.1 84 5 30 0 0
2007 NE 16 46 75 697 15.2 69 3 27 0 0
2008 CLE 11 17 45 170 10.0 19 1 8 0 0
2010 BAL 8 2 5 82 41.0 67 0 2 0 0
2011 WAS 11 22 38 309 14.0 51 2 15 0 0
2012 NE 1 1 2 63 63.0 63 1 1 0 0
Career 115 321 594 4,837 15.1 84 35 213 1 1


In September 2014, Stallworth was hired by The Huffington Post for a six-month fellowship covering national security politics full-time, based in the company's Washington, D.C., office. Although the fellowship lasted six months, Stallworth expressed hope that he would be hired permanently. In 2016 Stallworth was hired by Daveed Gartenstein-Ross at Valens Global as a Strategy Consultant. Stallworth's work at Valens focuses on securing and hardening public venues against terror attacks.

Personal life

Balloon injury

Stallworth was hospitalized with serious burns on March 16, 2013, after the hot air balloon carrying him and two other people crashed into power lines above South Florida.

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