Ernest Wilford : biography
Ernest Lee Wilford, Jr. (born January 14, 1979 in Richmond, Virginia) is an American football wide receiver who is currently a free agent. He was drafted by the Jacksonville Jaguars in the fourth round of the 2004 NFL Draft. He played college football at Virginia Tech.
Wilford has also played for the Miami Dolphins.
First stint with Jaguars
Wilford was drafted by the Jacksonville Jaguars in the 4th round of the 2004 NFL Draft.http://www.nfldraftscout.com/ratings/dsprofile.php?pyid=58837&draftyear=2004&genpos=WR
Wilford signed with the Miami Dolphins on February 29, 2008. The deal was worth $13 million over four years, and included a $6 million signing bonus. He appeared in seven games for the Dolphins in 2008 (starting none) and caught just three passes for 25 yards.
The Dolphins converted Wilford to tight end during the 2009 offseason, but released him prior to the regular season on August 24.
Second stint with Jaguars
Wilford re-signed with the Jacksonville Jaguars on August 25, 2009. On May 21, 2010, Wilford cut his hair which had been growing for over six years in recognition of Jacksonville's Wolfson Children's Hospital cancer unit, as a donation.
Wilford was released on September 4, 2010. On Thursday September 16, 2010 the Jaguars re-signed Wilford back to the 53 man roster stating that he provides a veteran who is familiar with the system and can contribute on special teams. Also his salary is not guaranteed, making Wilford a low-risk investment. To make room for Wilford on the roster, the team has released wide out John Matthews. Wilford also played tight end in addition to wide receiver.
Wilford played college football at Virginia Tech. Wilford graduated as the Hokies' career leader in receptions. He held the team records for most passes caught in a season, most receiving yards in a game, and most touchdown receptions in a game.
Incident at Jacksonville Beach club
Early in the morning on January 14, 2011 Wilford was arrested for inappropriately touching a female bartender at the Ritz Club in Jacksonville Beach. When confronted by Jacksonville Beach Police and asked to leave, Wilford struggled with police and was eventually tasered twice and arrested. He was released on 5,000 dollars bond later that day and charged with resisting arrest and trespassing.http://m.staugustine.com/sports/2011-01-14/former-jags-player-ernest-wilford-arrested He later plead no contest to this charge.http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2011/05/28/ernest-wilford-pleads-no-contest-to-resisting-arrest/
Wilford graduated from Fork Union Military Academy and played football for Armstrong High School in Richmond. He participated in Indoor and Outdoor track, also in Varsity football.
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