Rodney Hampton
Rodney Craig Hampton was born on April 3, 1969 in Houston, Texas. He is a former NFL running back who was selected by the New York Giants in the 1st round of the 1990 NFL Draft. Hampton was a 5’11” 215-pound running back from the University of Georgia.

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Player Info

Height 5' 11"
Weight 228 lbs
DOB: 4/3/1969
Running Back


NFL Draft

1990/Round 1/Pick 24

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Career Highlights

Pro Bowl

1992, 1993

Team(s) As A Player

New York Giants 1990-1997

Smash Mouth Football 

Rodney Hampton was a perfect match for the New York Giants smash mouth football scheme. He was a bruiser in college and proved to be a consistent force in the running game for the Giants from 1990-1997 when he retired. Hampton wore down defenses sometimes carrying the football 30 plus times. Although he rarely broke a long run, he kept the chains moving for the Giants.

Hampton Reaches Pro Bowl 

Hampton’s determined running style not only earned the respect of his teammates, but his peers also. Three times he ran for 10 TDs or more in a season and twice he was selected to the Pro Bowl in 1992 and 1993.

Great Performances by Rodney Hampton

It was December 17, 1995 and the New York Giants where playing the Dallas Cowboys, their division foe. It was a hard fought battle and Rodney Hampton gave it everything he had. When the day was over he collected a career high 187 yards rushing on just 34 carries. Unfortunately for the Giants they lost the game 21-20.

Earlier that season in a week 4 match-up with the New Orleans Saints, Hampton had another personal best. He carried the rock 33 times for 149 yards and a career high 4 TDs. This milestone was also enjoyed as the Giants won the game 45-29. “Today showed that we're moving in the right direction,” said Hampton. “You can definitely credit the whole gang today, especially the offensive line.” (1) Head Coach Dan Reeves added, “When you get the running game going it makes play-calling a heck of a lot easier.” (1)

Looking Back at Rodney Hampton

When Rodney Hampton retired from professional football he did so as the Giants’ career rushing leader with 6,897 yards. His record would later be broken by Tiki Barber. He also had 5 consecutive 1000-yard seasons from 1991-1995, also a Giants’ record that he held by himself until Tiki Barber matched that feat at the end of his career. Rodney Hampton will be remembered as one of the greatest and most consistent running backs in New York Giants’ history.

By A. Goodin,
November 3, 2007

Rodney Hampton Bibliography

(1)  PRO FOOTBALL; Giants' Dream of First Victory Is Reality (1995, September 25) New York Times