Harry Douglas, IV (born September 16, 1984 to Harry and Stephanie
Douglas in Jonesboro, Georgia) is
an American football wide receiver for the Atlanta Falcons of the
National Football League. He was drafted by the Falcons in the third
round of the 2008 NFL Draft. He played college football at
Douglas attended Jonesboro High School. Douglas
was a basketball star in high school, averaging 20.5 points, 3
rebounds, 4.5 assists, and 3 steals as a senior. On the gridiron, he
was also exceptional, accumulating 80 catches for 1,539 yards and 14
TD's over his 3-year career. He was rated 3-stars by Rivals.com and
accepted a scholarship to Louisville in 2003, picking the Cardinals
over Cincinnati, Pittsburgh, and Missouri.
He is the brother of Toney Douglas,
who plays point guard for the New York Knicks of the National
Basketball Association (NBA). Harry and Toney are the sixth pair of
brothers to play in the NFL and NBA, respectively.
saw no action in 2003, red shirting, and spending the entire year on
the scout team.
In his first year of action, Douglas played
in 12 games as a wideout and caught 5 passes for 43 yards. He played
a valuable role on special teams as well. His highlight of the year
was a 65-yard touchdown run on a reverse in the 2004 AutoZone
Liberty Bowl in Memphis that propelled the Cardinals to a 4440
victory and a #6 final AP ranking in the team's last year as a
member of Conference USA.
Douglas saw an increased role in
2005 with the departure of J.R. Russell. His first career receiving
TD came in a 3 catch, 91 yard performance against Oregon State in
which the Cardinals won, 6327. Against arch-rival Cincinnati, he
had a (then) career-high 5 catches for 87 yards and a TD in a 4622
victory. Douglas finished the year with 27 catches for 457 yards.
As a junior, he would be counted on even more with the
graduations of Montrell Jones and Joshua Tinch. He started off the
year with a 26 yard run off a reverse against Kentucky that set up a
48 yard score by Michael Bush in a 5928 win. Against Miami, despite
scoring no touchdowns, he had a big game catching 4 passes for 94
yards on his birthday. He caught a TD pass from Hunter Cantwell the
next week at Kansas State in a 246 win, and went on to catch 5
more, 2 in the season finale against Connecticut. In the 2007 Orange
Bowl, he registered a personal best and an Orange Bowl best 10
catches for 165 yards in a 2413 Cardinals win. He and fellow
teammate Mario Urrutia proved to be one of the best receiving
tandems in the entire nation.
Douglas started off 2007 with a bang, catching 5 balls for 151 yards
and 2 scores in an easy win over Murray State. He caught a TD pass
in each of his team's next 3 games against MTSU, Kentucky, and
Syracuse before suffering an injury. He returned on October 13
against Cincinnati, catching 7 passes for 118 yards, none of which
was more important than a 51-yard reception that set up a game
winning TD by Anthony Allen in a 2824 win. To close out the year,
he caught a TD in a 2417 win over Pitt and came up with a great
performance despite a 5517 loss at South Florida, recording 8
receptions for 136 yards and 1 touchdown. After the year, he was
invited to the Under Armor Senior Bowl in Mobile, AL along with
fellow teammate Brian Brohm.
He was drafted by the Atlanta
Falcons in the third round of the 2008 NFL Draft. Douglas scored his
first 2 career touchdowns in a Week 12 meeting against the Carolina
Panthers. He first found the end zone on a seven-yard end around in
the first quarter to give the Falcons a 100 lead. Douglas then
became the 10th player in Falcons history to return a punt for a
touchdown and the first since 2004 when Allen Rossum returned a punt
61 yards in the fourth quarter. Douglas return was the longest in
his career, topping the previous mark of 33 yards against New
Orleans Saints in Week 10. Along with a 61-yard punt return, Douglas
totaled career-highs in offensive touches with six , two rushing,
four receiving and all purpose yards 188 which included three
rushing, 92 receiving and 93 yards on punt returns , He finished the
game with 92 receiving yards, which led the team and fell four yards
short of his career-high (96 vs. Chicago, October 12). Douglas was
named NFC Special Teams Player of the Week for his performance
against the Panthers. Douglas finished his rookie season with 19
returns for 226 yards and a touchdown, he also caught 23 passes for
329 yards and a touchdown.
During the fifth day of the
Falcons' 2009 training camp, Douglas was taken off the field after
injuring his left knee while working in a one-on-one drill. The
Falcons confirmed the next day that Douglas will be out for the 2009
season and placed on injured reserve.
Harry Douglas's new
nickname given to him by various teammates is "H-Deezy". "HD",
"Hurrying Harry", "Dr. Douglas", and "Dirty Douglas" are all other
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