Foswhitt Jer’ald Whittaker Jr., popularly known and referred to as Fozzy Whittaker, is an NFL player who currently plays as a running back and kicks return for the Carolina Panthers. Before he began his NFL career at the Arizona Cardinals, Fozzy played college football in Texas.
He also played for the San Diego Chargers and the Cleveland Browns before signing a contract with the Panthers in 2014. Fozzy Whittaker was a member of the Panthers team that played in the 2016 Super Bowl 50. Scroll down to learn more about him.
Fozzy Whittaker’s Bio
Fozzy was born Foswhitt Jer’ald Whittaker in Houston, Texas, on February 2, 1989, as the son of Gloria and Foster Whittaker. Fozzy and his two older brothers (Jerald and Curtis) were raised by their mother because their father died of cancer in 1992 when Fozzy was just three years old.
His late father was interested in music, and his mother was a sprinter and basketball player at Southern Arkansas University, which explains where Fozzy got his speed and agility in the straight line.
He attended Pearland High School, where he played soccer with his school team. After high school, he played college soccer at the University of Texas from 2008 to 2011. As a rookie, he played in 7 games, scoring sixty-four Carries for 284 stormy yards. The following season, in which he played 11 games, he had fifty-three carries for 212 rushing yards and 4 rushing touchdowns.
In the 2010 season, Whittaker recorded 351 rushing yards and 4 rushing touchdowns. Although Fozzy suffered two torn ligaments in his right knee and torn meniscus inside and outside in a November 2011 game that ended his senior team, he still ended the season with 66 rushing yards and 6 rushing touchdowns for 386 rushing yards and 6 rushing touchdowns.
Whittaker went to the NFL scouting combine three months later and was still grooming his knee, but although he had all the options, no team was willing to take a risk for him. While his teammates like Emmanuel Acho and Keenan Robinson were drafted this season, Fozzy stayed behind in Austin to wait for his knee to heal and also to work for his master’s program in kinesiology.
Just when he thought all hope was lost, he received an offer from the Arizona Cardinals, who accepted him into their training squad. Three months later (March 2013), the Cardinal fired him, and two days later he was sued for waivers by the San Diego Chargers.
Whittaker would make his first professional appearance for the Chargers in September in a game against the Houston Texans. He played a total of 3 games for the team before he was finally released on September 28. Two days after his release, he was again claimed for waivers by the Cleveland Browns, who would later release him in May 2014.
During his 2013 season in both the Chargers and the Browns, Fozzy Whittaker recorded twenty-eight carries for 79 rushing yards, twenty-one receptions for 155 receiving yards, and two receiving touchdowns.
In 2014, the Carolina Panthers were looking for a running back after their injured rookie running back Tyler Gaffney was claimed by the New England Patriots during training camp and they turned to Whittaker, in part because of his familiarity with their offensive system. He finished his first season with the Panthers with thirty-two carries for 145 rushing yards, a rushing touchdown with five receptions for sixty receiving yards, and a receiving touchdown.
His second year with the team ended with 108 rushing yards and a rushing touchdown, as the team ended the season with a franchise-record of fifteen wins. In the 2016 season, he participated in all sixteen of the team’s games and recorded fifty-seven carries for 265 yards and twenty-five receptions for 226 yards. He was also a member of the Panthers team that played in the 2016 Super Bowl 50.
In March 2017, he signed a two-year contract extension with the franchise and ended the season with seven carries for 18 rushing yards, five receptions for 47 receiving yards, and a touchdown. His entire 2018 season was denied him after he suffered a torn cruciate ligament during a contactless exercise in the off-season.
How Tall Is Fozzy Whittaker? – Height, Weight, Body Measurements
The running back, which also acts as a kicker-returner for the Panthers, stands at a height of 1.78 m, i.e. 5 ft 10 in with a weight of 93 kg (205 lbs). His other body measurements are not known.