Wide receiver, American football player
Who is Tamarick Vanover?
Vanover spent two seasons at Florida State University, where he was named a first-team All-American in 1992 as a freshman kick returner. He earned national recognition for his kick returns, returning 13 kickoffs for 523 yards and two touchdowns with a 40.2-yard average. He was named Atlantic Coast Conference Rookie of Year in 1992. Vanover had off-field problems and chose to turn professional after his junior year. He finished his career at Florida State with 87 receptions for 1,123 yards in two seasons for Seminoles.
The Las Vegas Posse, a CFL expansion franchise, signed Vanover as a marquee player in 1994. He played in 15 games, catching 23 passes for 385 yards with three TDs. He returned 31 kickoffs for 718 yards with a 90-yard TD return and added 36 punt returns for 341 yards with another TD return.
Vanover set his sights on the NFL for 1995, and was drafted by the Kansas City Chiefs. He began a 5-year stint with the Chiefs, playing 70 games, where he caught 39 passes for 564 yards, rushed for 88 yards, returned 181 punts for 1930 yards and 4 TDs, and returned 226 kickoffs for 5422 yards and 4 TDs. On October 9th, 1995, in a home Monday Night Football game against the San Diego Chargers, Vanover returned a punt 86 yards for a touchdown, to win the game for the Chiefs, 29-23 in overtime. It was the first time in NFL history that a game had been won, in overtime, on a punt return for a touchdown.
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