Donnie Avery is a sixth-year wide receiver for the Kansas City Chiefs. He joined the Chiefs as a free agent in 2013 following stints with the St. Louis Rams, Tennessee Titans, and Indianapolis Colts.
Avery was born on June 12, 1984 in Houston, TX and played football at Hastings High School in Alief, TX. He was named a First-Team All-District selection as a wide receiver and return specialist as a senior after leading his school to the district championship. He finished the season with 36 receptions for 502 yards as a receiver and four touchdowns on kickoff and punt returns, earning him a scholarship offer from the University of Houston.
University of Houston
Avery enrolled at Houston in 2003 and redshirted his first season on campus. He started 11 games and hauled in 18 catches for 343 yards as a freshman and was named to the All-Conference USA Freshman team in 2004. He became a focal point in the Cougars offense as a junior in 2006, catching 57 passes for 852 yards and scoring five touchdowns. He then broke a school and conference season-record with 1,456 receiving yards on 91 receptions as a senior and was named a First-Team All-Conference USA selection.
St. Louis Rams
Avery graduated from Houston and became the first receiver drafted in the 2008 NFL Draft, as the St. Louis Rams selected him with the 33rd overall pick in the second round. He agreed to terms on a four-year contract and became an instant contributor for the Rams, catching 53 passes for 674 receiving yards and three touchdowns. After scoring a career-high five touchdowns in 2009, Avery suffered a torn ACL during the 2010 preseason and missed the entire year. The Rams ended up releasing him on September 3, 2011.
Avery agreed to terms with the Tennessee Titans on a one-year contract on September 28, 2011. In his only season with the Titans, he played in eight games, making three receptions for 45 yards and one touchdown.
As a free agent, Avery left the Titans and signed with the Indianapolis Colts on March 23, 2012. He caught rookie quarterback Andrew Luck’s first-ever touchdown pass on September 9, 2012 and became a featured target for the Colts. He once again became a free agent after recording 60 receptions for 781 yards and three touchdowns.
Kansas City Chiefs
Instead of staying in Indianapolis, Avery agreed to terms with the Kansas City Chiefs on March 12, 2013. He played in all 16 games in 2013, catching 40 passes for 596 yards and scoring two touchdowns. He caught a 79 yard touchdown against Indianapolis during the AFC Wild Card round, but his team lost by the score of 45-44.
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