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Vonta Leach biography

Date of birth : 1981-11-06
Date of death : -
Birthplace : Lumberton, N.C.
Nationality : American
Category : Sports
Last modified : 2010-12-08
Credited as : Football player NFL, fullback for the Houston Texans, Pro Bowl/NFL Draft player

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Vonta Leach is an American football fullback for the Houston Texans of the National Football League. He attended East Carolina University.

Signed by Green Bay Packers as an undrafted free agent on April 30, 2004…Released by Packers on September 12, 2006…Claimed off waivers by New Orleans Saints on September 14, 2006…Released by Saints on September 25, 2006…Signed by Houston Texans on October 9, 2006…Re-signed by Texans on March 26, 2007.

PRO:
Strong lead blocker, also used as outlet receiver…named Pro Bowl alternate in 2008…in 79 games (39 starts) registered 67 receptions for 420 yards and six touchdowns in his career (four receiving, two rushing)…scored a career-high three touchdowns in 2007…integral part of the run game.

2009 (Houston 16/4):
Started at fullback vs. the New York Jets (9/13) and caught two passes for 23 yards...saw playing time at fullback and on special teams at Tennessee (9/20)...caught three passes for 7 yards vs. Jacksonville (9/27)...started at fullback vs. Oakland (10/4)...saw playing time at fullback and had three receptions for 31 yards at Arizona (10/11)....made one reception for seven yards while also playing on special teams at Cincinnati (10/18)...played fullback and on special teams vs. San Francisco...made two receptions for 11 yards and played on special teams at Buffalo (11/1)...caught one pass for four yards and played on scecial teams at Indianapolis (11/8)...made one reception for 14 yards as well as returning to kickoffs for 23 yards vs. Tennessee (11/23)...had two receptions for 11 yards and his first touchdown of the season vs. Indianapolis (11/29)...caught one pass for five yards at Jacksonville (12/6)...made three receptions for 16 yards vs. Seattle (12/13)...played at fulback and on special teams at St. Louis (12/20) and at Miami (12/27).

2008 (Houston 16/12):
Started in 12 of 16 games…caught 12 passes for 103 yards and carried one time for a one-yard touchdown...helped clear defenders for rookie RB Steve Slaton to rush for a team-record 1,282 rushing yards…started at FB and caught one pass for five yards at Pittsburgh (9/7)… caught one pass for five yards and helped lead the way for rookie running back Steve Slaton to rush for his first career 100-yard game at Tennessee (9/21)…registered one catch for four yards at Jacksonville (9/28)…totaled eight yards on one catch vs. Indianapolis (10/5)…caught one pass for nine yards at Minnesota (11/2)…caught one pass for nine yards vs. Baltimore (11/9)…caught one pass for nine yards at Cleveland (11/23)…caught three passes for a career-high 48 yards at his former team Green Bay (12/7)…his 22-yard catch in the fourth quarter was the longest of his career, topping his 21-yard grab in the third quarter…recorded his first rushing touchdown of the season with a one-yard scoring run in the first quarter at Oakland (12/21)…istarted at fullback vs. Chicago (12/28) and caught one pass for three yards.

2007 (Houston 16/12):
Played in all 16 games with 12 starts…recorded 25 receptions for 108 yards, a career-high, and two rushes for two yards…finished three touchdowns (two receiving, one rushing)…had 26 yards on a career-high five catches at Carolina (9/16)…scored first touchdown of the season on a one-yard run against Indianapolis (9/23)…scored the only touchdown of the game on a one-yard reception at Jacksonville (10/14)…rushed for a one-yard touchdown, his first of his career, and caught a three-yard pass vs. Denver (12/13).

2006 (Green Bay 1/1; Houston 11/5):
Played in 11 games, starting five for the Texans…set career high with six catches for 61 yards and his first career touchdown…saw his first significant playing time at Oakland (12/3) where the Texans running game totaled 129 yards.

2005 (Green Bay 16/5):
Played in all 16 games, starting five, sharing snaps at fullback…utilized more and more each week as a blocking back, he made five catches for 19 yards, adding five tackles on special teams…also returned three kickoffs for 39 yards…made first career start vs. Cleveland (9/18)…picked up his initial NFL reception, a five yard gain.

2004 (Green Bay 6/0):
Promoted late in the season from the practice squad…spent the last six weeks on the active roster…played in the final six regular-season contests, mostly on special teams, in addition to the NFC Wild Card playoff vs. Minnesota (1/9/05)…made his NFL debut vs. St. Louis (11/29), accounting for one tackle on a kickoff return…saw his first career action at fullback in division-clinching victory at Minnesota (12/24), playing two snaps in the second quarter…played again on special teams at Chicago (1/2/05), coming away with two coverage tackles.

COLLEGE:
Played his first two collegiate seasons as a linebacker and his final two as a fullback, earning letters all four years (2000-03)…capped his senior season by earning the Gray team’s offensive MVP at the Blue-Gray All-Star Classic, where he carried five times for 28 yards and caught three passes for 27 yards…played in all 12 games as a reserve linebacker in 2001 and notched 32 tackles, including three for loss, and two sacks.

PERSONAL:
Born in Lumberton, N.C.…lettered four years in football and three times each in basketball and track at South Robeson High School in Rowland, N.C.…played fullback and linebacker, rushing for 4,615 yards and 75 touchdowns for the Mustangs…also recorded 138 tackles as an all-state senior…earned Player of the Year honors from Guru magazine and twice was named team MVP…full name Terzell Vonta Leach.

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