St. Louis Rams
2007 - 2008
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Gouverneur High School
2009 - 2012
New Orleans Saints
2014 Season (New Orleans Saints)
Running Back Brian Leonard reached the 1,000-yard career receiving milestone while playing for the New Orleans Saints in 2014. He is a dependable receiver out of the backfield, proving the hands and skills necessary to be an integral part of the complex passing game of several NFL teams. Over the past eight NFL seasons, he snagged 143 receptions averaging 7 yards per catch. Leonard has 1,008 career receiving yards and 828 career rushing yards.
2013 Season (Tampa Bay Buccaneers)
The seventh-year pro played in his first season with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2013. He finished the season with 29 receptions for 179 yards and 47 rushes for 182 yards, while adding 5 special-team tackles. He played in all 16 regular-season games, compiling 21 first downs.
For his career, Brian has now played in 87 NFL games and has caught 142 passes for 993 yards (7 yards per catch). He has also carried the ball 221 times for 828 yards (3.8 yards per carry). In addition, he is credited with 99 career first downs.
2012 Season (Cincinnati Bengals)
The sixth-year pro played in his fourth season with the Bengals in 2012. Throughout his Bengals career, Leonard has made numerous big plays as a situational contributor, particularly on third and fourth downs. He has accumulated 336 rushing yards and an impressive 83 receptions with Cincinnati. A number of his 78 first downs were in clutch conversions. He led Bengals running backs in both receptions and receiving yards in two of his previous four Bengals seasons (30-for-217 in 2009; 22-for-210 in 2011). Over his entire playing career with the Bengals and St. Louis Rams, Leonard has played in 71 games and has caught 113 passes for 814 yards (7.2 yards per catch). He has also carried the ball 174 times for 646 yards (3.7 yards per carry).
Listed below are Brian's statistics for 2012. He played in 15 games (1-6 and 8-17). He was inactive for Game 7 due to a rib injury.
11 receptions for 67 receiving yards (6.1 yards per catch).
33 rushes for 106 yards (3.2 yards per carry).
9 First Downs.
2011 Season (Cincinnati Bengals)
He averaged 7.5 yards on 39 touches during the 2011 season while playing in Games 1-13 and 17. He was inactive for Games 14-16 due to a knee strain. Listed below are Brian's statistics for the year:
22 receptions for 210 receiving yards (9.5 yards per catch).
17 rushes for 85 yards (5 yards per carry).
15 First Downs.
2010 Season (Cincinnati Bengals)
Brian Leonard, a versatile fourth-year pro with the Cincinnati Bengals, played in 11 games in 2010. He had 20 receptions for 137 receiving yards (6.9 yards per catch), which included his first career touchdown vs. Cleveland on October 3rd. He had 9 rushes for 61 yards (6.8 yards per carry), including four fourth-down conversions, two of them after taking a direct snap on fake punts. He missed games 1 and 2 due to rehab from a foot sprain suffered in the August 8th preseason opener vs. the Cowboys. He missed game 6 vs. Atlanta with a thigh injury. He missed game 15 vs. San Diego with an ankle injury suffered on December 19th vs. Cleveland, and was placed on injured reserve on December 28th. Leonard has been a key player on third-down and fourth-down conversions during his Bengals' career.
Leonard played in 25 games in his first two seasons with the Bengals and has caught 50 passes for 354 yards (7.1 yards per catch). In addition, he has carried the ball 36 times for 145 yards (4.0 yards per carry).
2009 Season (Cincinnati Bengals)
Brian Leonard, acquired in an offseason trade with the St. Louis Rams in May 2009, made a huge contribution to the Cincinnati Bengals as the team's third-down running back. Brian played in 14 games (Games 1-5 and 8-16) and led the team's running backs with 30 receptions and 217 receiving yards (7.2 yards per catch). His 19 receptions for 139 yards on third down were second among NFL running backs and tied for 11th most in the league. Of those 19 catches, eight were third-down conversions. In addition, Brian had 27 rushes for 84 yards (3.1 yards per carry). He also had nine special-teams tackles (sixth on the team) and returned two kickoffs for 38 yards. Head Coach Marvin Lewis presented Brian with the offensive game ball for an outstanding performance against the Baltimore Ravens on November 8th, 2009. Brian contributed greatly to the resurgence of the Cincinnati Bengals, who were the AFC North Division champions -- the first Bengals franchise team to sweep the division. For his stellar play, the Cincinnati Bengals awarded Brian with the James Brooks Gabbie award as the best acquisition via trade or free agency during the 2009 season.
What his Bengals teammates said about him:
Bengals Quarterback Carson Palmer was asked at a December 2, 2009 press conference about Brian Leonard making key contributions to the offense, especially on third down. "He's been tremendous," stated Palmer. "We've put him in situations where he has had to block the 3-4 linebackers against Pittsburgh, and the 3-4 linebackers against Baltimore. He did it. He got the job done. He can block a D-end too if he has to. If there's a certain call made on the offensive line, Brian can cut a three-technique and do anything you expect, where you put a tight end back there or a big physical running back. He can do all of that. What he does once he gets out of the backfield is special. He has made a number of plays that have won games and extended drives. He's made plays that he shouldn't, whether it be breaking a tackle or jumping over a guy for a first down, somehow keeping his balance and falling forward to get five yards on third-and-four. It's been a real good combination of keeping him in the backfield to max protect and get him one-on-one with linebackers and safeties on routes."
Bengals right guard Bobbie Williams, in a December 28, 2009 interview, called Leonard the unsung hero of the team. "He's a great guy. He's an excellent player. He just gets it done."
Bengals safety Chris Crocker, when asked in a December 30, 2009 interview who he considered the Bengal's team MVP responded quickly by saying, "That's easy, it would be Brian Leonard."
St. Louis Rams (2007-2008)
Brian was a second round NFL draft pick in 2007 (52nd pick overall) and was signed to a four-year contract with the St. Louis Rams. He made starts at both fullback and running back in his rookie season. In week 5 of the NFL season, Brian had a breakout game against the Arizona Cardinals, running for 102 yards on 18 carries and adding 5 receptions for 33 yards. He finished the NFL season with an average of 3.5 yards per carry (303 yards), and he caught at least 1 pass in 14 of 16 games (30 receptions).
In the 2008 season, Brian played in just two games because of a shoulder injury that put him on the injured reserve. The injury to his rotator cuff required surgery and ended his season.
Rutgers University (2002-2006)
Brian Leonard, a three-time All-American standout at Rutgers University was one of the greatest players in the history of the Scarlet Knights football program. Despite being acknowledged as a Heisman candidate his senior season, Leonard elected to unselfishly help the team by taking on the role as a traditional fullback in the offense and blocking for running back Ray Rice who rose to stardom. His string of 47 consecutive games with at least one reception from 2003 to 2006 is a Big East record. The two-time All Big East performer finished his career at Rutgers as the all-time leader in receptions (207) and touchdowns (45). Brian is ranked second for points by a non-kicker (272). He is ranked third all time on the list of all-purpose yards (4,643). He is ranked third in rushing touchdowns (32), fifth for rushing yards (2,775), and ninth for receiving yards (1,868), while being tied for sixth for receiving touchdowns (13).
He capped his career at Rutgers as the recipient of the Draddy Trophy, also known as the "Academic Heisman," which recognizes an individual as the best in the country for combined academic success, football performance, and community leadership. He also received the 2006 ARA Sportsmanship Award. In 2006, Peter King wrote an article in Sports Illustrated selecting Leonard as his personal candidate for Sportsman of the Year, due to Leonard's on and off the field accomplishments.
Brian was named starting fullback on the 2007 Senior Bowl north squad, where he finished with 16 yards rushing and 13 yards receiving, third overall on the team in total yardage. At the 2007 NFL Combine, Leonard was timed at 4.49 seconds in the 40 yard dash, which is exceptionally fast for a fullback, and above average for a running back. He also bench pressed 225 pounds 28 times (most of any running back).
He graduated from Rutgers University with a degree in Labor Studies.
On December 25, 2009, The Star Ledger newspaper (Newark, New Jersey) named Brian the second best player of the decade for the Rutgers University football program behind former teammate and current Baltimore Ravens standout running back Ray Rice.
Gouverneur High School (1997-2001)
Brian attended Gouverneur High School and finished his career as the state of New York’s All-time recorder holder by scoring 696 points, totaling 107 touchdowns while rushing for 5,854 yards. He was a two-time All-State selection and Watertown Daily Times "Athlete of the Year" as well as a three-time All-Northern Conference MVP. He rushed for 2,398 yards on 234 carries with 47 touchdowns during his senior season and produced nine consecutive 200-yard rushing games.