Ellis Hobbs

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Ellis Hobbs is a National Football League cornerback for the New England Patriots. He was born on May 16, 1983 in Niagara Falls, New York. Hobbs is "5-10" (tall) and weighs 195 pounds.

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College Football

Hobbs attended Iowa State University and started at cornerback for the Iowa State in his sophomore, junior and senior seasons. Know as cocky, brash and very fast, Hobbs started 38 games in row and played in 49 total games while playing for the Iowa. He finished his career with the total stats of 209 tackles, 2 sacks, 3 fumble recoveries, 2 forced fumbles, 29 pass deflections and 9 interceptions.

NFL Career

In 2005, Hobbs was drafted in the third round of the 2005 NFL Draft by the New England Patriots. In his rookie season with the Patriots (2005), Hobbs started 8 of the regular season games and played in all 16. He made 44 tackles, 9 pass deflections and 3 interceptions. He also returned kicks for the Patriots... Hobbs made his first NFL interception in week nine of the regular season in a game vs the Miami Dolphins. In that same game he also had 2 fumble recovery's, a career best, 4 batted down passes and eight tackles. The following year (2006), Hobbs started 9 games for the Patriots and played in 15. In the third week of the regular season in a game vs the Denver Broncos he broke his wrist[1]. The injury forced him to sit out the next week but he returned to the Patriots lineup the following week. Two weeks later in a game vs the Minnesota Vikings, Hobbs intercepted a pass and returned it 70 yards. In the Patriots week fourteen, 40-7 victory of the Houston Texans, Hobbs returned kickoff 93 yards for a touchdown[2]. He finished the 2006 season with 44 tackles, 2 interceptions and one fumble recovery. He also had 10 kickoff returns for 360 yards (36.0 avg) and one touchdown.

Hobbs began the 2007 season as a starting right cornerback and kick returner for the Patriots. In the season opener, a Patriots 38 to 14 victory over the New York Jets, he returned a kickoff a NFL record 108 yards for a touchdown[3]. The 108 yard return also tied the record for the longest play in NFL history. For his record breaking return he was named the AFC's Special Teams Player of the Week[4].

References

  1. Boston Globe, Christopher L. Gasper, May 8, 2007, "Hobbs works around injury"
  2. Boston Globe, Bob Duffy, December 18, 2006, "Hobbs returns to prominence"
  3. ESPN, September 9, 2007, "Hobbs opens second half with record 108-yard TD return for Pats"
  4. Boston Globe, Mike Reiss, September 12, 2007, "Honor for Hobbs"

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