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Dennis Northcutt
Personal Information
Wide receiver
Jersey #(s)
Born December 22 1977 (1977-12-22) (age 46)
Height: 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)Weight: 182 lb (83 kg)
Career information
Year(s) 20002010
NFL Draft 2000 / Round: 2 / Pick: 32
High School Dorsey High School
Los Angeles, CA
College Arizona
Professional teams
Career stats
Receptions 339
Receiving yards 4,941
Receiving TDs 18
Stats at
Career highlights and awards

  • Consensus All-American (1999)
  • NFL leader: punt returns for touchdowns (2002)

Dennis LaMont Northcutt was born on December 22, 1977 in Los Angeles, California and is a former American football wide receiver and punt returner in the National Football League.

High school years[]

Northcutt attended Washington High School in Los Angeles, then transferred to Dorsey High School in Los Angeles, California, and was a student and a letterman in football and track. In football, as a senior, he was named the City Player of the Year, and made 74 rushing attempts for 900 yards (12.16 yards per rushing attempt avg.) and 23 touchdowns. Dennis Northcutt graduated from Dorsey high School in 1996 with a 3.3 grade point average.

College career[]

Recruited by the University of Arizona, he earned recognition as one of the best receivers and returners in Wildcats history. He played in Tucson from 1996-99, catching 223 passes for 3,252 yards. Only two other Pac-10 players have had more receptions and receiving yards in their careers. Northcutt also caught passes in 43 straight games, a conference record. In his senior year, he set an Arizona records with 88 receptions for 1,422 yards. His punt-return average that year of 19 yards per return was second in the nation .

Pro career[]

Cleveland Browns[]

The Cleveland Browns chose Northcutt in the second round of the 2000 NFL Draft. After a good rookie season and an injury-plagued second one, he established himself as one of the team's most-important weapons in 2002. He led the team that year with eight touchdowns, including two on punt returns, and finished third in the league with a 14.7-yard punt-return average. He led the team and receptions with 62 in 2003 and 55 in 2004.

Jacksonville Jaguars[]

In 2006, Northcutt signed a $17 million deal with the Jacksonville Jaguars. He is now a starting receiver and occasionally returns punts.

Northcutt left the Browns as the 10th best receiver in Browns history with 276 catches for 3,438 yards and 9 touchdowns.

He is a good punt returner, with 202 returns for 2,149 yards. 3 of his returns have been for touchdowns, though seven have been called back due to penalties to the Browns special teams units. He holds the record for most punt return yardage in Browns history.

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