Football Career

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."

Crossroads To Success

"Crossroads to Success" originates from me paying homage to my home town of Bailey's Crossroads, Va.I myself am no stranger to adversity, set backs, disappointments and I realized a void wasn't being filled. In today's fast paced, global connected world of instant gratification, patience is lost with our children and mistakes often get magnified.Myself and those I have helped or partnered with in the past, know that the children are our future and we are to preserve that without prejudice.

All too often we are presented with the opportunity to be exemplary in our ability to be humanitarians but time spent on who gets recognition sometimes bottles up our progress.Here the focus is authentic as well as compassionate. Serving the youth is our goal no matter their circumstance! We take this philosophy and give back in the form of youth camps, charity functions and community engagement.Offering children a “Crossroads to Success”….

Latest News

Winter 2011/2012 - I am currently working on several projects in the Tampa Bay, Washington D.C., and the San Francisco bay area. I am always open to exploring opportunities ranging from guest speaker, endorsements, corporate sponsorships and entrepreneurial projects.

I participated in youth football camps in the Summer 2011 in partnership with Football Tech

In December 2010, I completed talent work with Disney in the Canary Islands.

I attended NFL Broadcast Boot Camp, June 21st - June 24th, 2010 at NFL Films HQ in Mt Laurel, NJ.

I hosted a youth football camp for 60 youth football players in Arlington, VA from July 13th - 17th, 2009Click here to learn more.

On March 28th, 2009 I hosted a youth football camp in Arlington, VA at the Gunston Dome.  Click here to learn more.

On February 16th, 2009 I hosted a youth football camp in Kaysville, Utah.  Click here to learn more.

On January 23rd, 2009 I attended a charity event hosted by Somebody Cares Tampa Bay to help raise money for food and other needs of families in poverty. 

Statistics and Records

About Me

When I entered the NFL in 1994, there was a lot of skepticism around whether or not I could make it in the league. The experts and pundits thought that I was too small and too fragile and couldn't sustain the constant physical pounding that NFL running back's endure.  Supposedly the average tenure for a running back in the NFL is two years.

I knew I could make it in the league; I had the confidence, the passion, and the work ethic to excel. But, unlike so many first- and second-round draft picks, I really felt the pressure to have to prove my value.  Not only did I make it past the average, I well exceeded it, and had an increasingly productive 11 year career, making it to a Pro Bowl and taking a team to the Super Bowl.

Each year, my goal was to be better than the last and outperform.  In the NFL, you typically get rewarded with a new contract based on past performance.  I signed three new contracts throughout my career; each one increased significantly in value. I didn't get bigger. I didn't get faster. I didn't learn any new running techniques. I applied a set of value's to achieve this great success: a world class competitive spirit, commitment to my goal, unwavering team work, and a phenomenal work ethic.

Highlights

Education

Education

Sports Management Worldwide

Football GM & Scouting, Certificate, 2011

Training included: NFL scouting techniques, NFL general manager practices, basic video editing and Coaches Office, statistical analysis, scouting reports and NFL collective bargaining agreement.

 (Mentored by NFL experts Russ Lande & John Wooten)

Reference: Dr. Lynn Lashbrook, President, Sports Management Worldwide,503-445-7105

J.E.B. Stuart High School

During my senior year, 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.

University of Tennessee

I played under Coach Phil Fulmer during the 1992-93 seasons and rushed for 2,089 yards.  I studied Business Management. 

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