I grew up in Falls Church, Virginia near Bailey's Crossroads and attended J.E.B. Stuart High School. During my senior year in high school, I was selected First Team All-Metropolitan (Northern Virginia, Suburban Maryland and the District of Columbia), First Team All-State and named Virginia's Player of the Year after rushing for more than 2,000 yards and 38 touchdowns.
In 1992, I set junior college records for rushing yards in a game (430) and yards in two consecutive games (765) at Scottsdale (Ariz.) Community College. I then transferred to the University of Tennessee to study Business Management. I was drafted by the Philadelphia Eagles in the 2nd round (13th pick) of the 1994 NFL Draft.
In my NFL career I have played for the Philadelphia Eagles (1994-1998), San Francisco 49ers (1999-2000), Oakland Raiders (2001-2003), and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2004-2005). In 2003, I went to the Super Bowl with the Oakland Raiders. I played in the Pro Bowl in 2000.
Throughout my career in the NFL, I was regarded as a multi-purpose back who, in the 2002-03 season with the Oakland Raiders, was the team's leading rusher with 962 yards and 7 touchdowns, while also leading all NFL running backs in receiving with 91 receptions for 941 yards and another 4 touchdowns. During my career I rushed 1,537 times for 7,097 yards scoring 39 touchdowns, caught 419 passes for 3,711 yards and 12 touchdowns.
I was also noted by ESPN.com as the #2 Best Small Running Back of all time - "Garner is the only back on this list with more than 10,000 combined rushing and receiving yards over the course of his career, and his career rushing average was more than 4.6 yards per carry. He also managed more than 400 receiving yards four times, and in 2002 he nearly managed 1,000 yards in each category, ending up with 959 rushing yards and 941 receiving yards, plus 11 combined touchdowns."