Greg Camarillo life and biography

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Greg Camarillo biography

Date of birth : 1982-04-18
Date of death : -
Birthplace : Redwood City, California
Nationality : American
Category : Sports
Last modified : 2011-01-18
Credited as : Football player NFL, wide receiver for the Minnesota Vikings, Pro Bowl/NFL Draft player

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Greg Camarillo is an American football wide receiver for the Minnesota Vikings of the National Football League. He was signed by the San Diego Chargers as an undrafted free agent in 2005. He played college football at Stanford.

Camarillo has also played for the Miami Dolphins. He is most notable for his game winning 64-yard touchdown reception against the Baltimore Ravens on December 16, 2007. The play won the Dolphins the game 22-16 in overtime and was the team's first win after thirteen consecutive losses to begin the year. It was also the only game the Dolphins won the entire season and allowed them to narrowly avoid becoming the first 0-16 team in NFL history (which was later achieved by the Detroit Lions in the 2008 season).

College career

He turned down Harvard, Florida State, University of Florida and chose Stanford, where he walked on as a punter, red-shirted his first year in 2000 and later played wide receiver for four seasons, totalling 46 receptions for 614 yards, and played on special teams for the Cardinal. He earned Academic All-Pac 10 honors for three years, graduating with a degree in product design engineering.

As a junior, Camarillo caught 18 passes for 225 yards (a 12.5 per-catch average), and posted similar but slightly better statistics as a senior (19 catches for 294 yards and a 15.5 per-catch average).

San Diego Chargers
Camarillo was signed as an undrafted free agent by the San Diego Chargers in 2005.

Miami Dolphins
On September 2, 2007, the Miami Dolphins claimed Camarillo off waivers. On December 16, 2007, Camarillo caught a 64-yard touchdown pass from Cleo Lemon in overtime against the Baltimore Ravens, clinching the Miami Dolphins' first and only win of the 2007 NFL season, It was the longest offensive play for the Dolphins in 2007. Camarillo had a career-high 109 receiving yards and one touchdown. This was Camarillo's first touchdown since high school, since he failed to score during his four seasons at Stanford. In the following week, a 28-7 loss to the New England Patriots, Camarillo recorded his second professional touchdown when he scored on a 21-yard pass reception.

Camarillo's third pro touchdown came on October 5, 2008, on a 17-yard second-quarter pass from Chad Pennington, in a 17-10 victory over the San Diego Chargers.

On November 20, 2008, Camarillo signed a three-year, $6 million contract extension. Three days later, he caught what would be his fourth and final touchdown of the season as later on he suffered a torn ACL against the New England Patriots and was subsequently placed on season-ending injured reserve.

In the 2009 NFL season, Camarillo didn’t drop a single pass thrown to him, earning him a reputation as a safe pair of hands in a pinch.

Minnesota Vikings
On August 25, 2010 the Miami Dolphins traded Camarillo to the Minnesota Vikings for cornerback Benny Sapp due to the Vikings injury problems at wide receiver.

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