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Leonard Weaver
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Weaver at Eagles training camp in 2009
No. 43
Position: Fullback
Personal information
Born: (1982-09-23) September 23, 1982 (age 35)
Cocoa, Florida
Height: 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Weight: 252 lb (114 kg)
Career information
High school: Satellite Beach (FL) Satellite
College: Carson–Newman
Undrafted: 2005
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Rushing yards: 679
Rushing average: 4.5
Rushing touchdowns: 3
Receptions: 75
Receiving yards: 687
Receiving touchdowns: 4
Player stats at

Leonard Toney Weaver III (born September 23, 1982) is a former American football fullback who last played for the Philadelphia Eagles of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football for Carson-Newman College. He was signed by the Seattle Seahawks as an undrafted free agent in 2005, and has also played for the Philadelphia Eagles. He retired from the NFL in 2013.[1]

Early years[edit]

Born to Jennifer Gilmore and Leonard T. Weaver Jr., Weaver attended Satellite High School in Satellite Beach, Florida and was a student and a letterman in football, basketball, and track. Weaver played running back and quarterback at Satellite.

College career[edit]

Weaver attended Carson-Newman College and played for the Carson-Newman Eagles football team. He began his college football career at Carson-Newman as a linebacker, making nine tackles in two starts as a redshirt freshman in 2001. The next year, he moved to tight end. In 2003, Weaver hauled in 16 receptions for 410 yards and six TDs. In the Division II Playoffs that year, he made a 67-yard touchdown reception.

In his final year, still a tight end, Weaver earned Division II All-American honors from the AP, American Football Coaches Association and others. He led the 9-3 Carson-Newman Eagles to a conference championship and the second round of the Division II playoffs with 27 catches for 571 yards and 8 touchdowns, leading all Eagles receivers.

Professional career[edit]

Seattle Seahawks[edit]

Weaver was signed Seattle Seahawks as an undrafted free agent in 2005 and converted him to the fullback position.

In the 2006 preseason, he suffered a high ankle sprain, causing the Seahawks to put him on injured reserve.

After starting fullback Mack Strong suffered a herniated disk in his neck, prompting him to retire, Weaver was named the Seahawks starting fullback. His first starting game was against the New Orleans Saints, where Weaver had 3 carries for 40 yards and 3 receptions for 53 yards. He recorded his first touchdown against the St. Louis Rams on November 25, 2007 on a 5-yard run.

A restricted free agent in the 2008 offseason, Weaver signed his one-year, $1.417 million tender offer on April 17.

Philadelphia Eagles[edit]


Weaver, who was an unrestricted free agent after the 2008 season, signed a one-year, $1.75 million contract with the Philadelphia Eagles on March 20, 2009. There are said to be incentives in the deal that could make it worth a total of $2.5 million. He scored his first touchdown as a Philadelphia Eagle on November 1, 2009 against the New York Giants on a 41-yard run.[2] When the season ended, Weaver was considered to be the best fullback in the NFL. His rushing total was his career high, with 70 carries for 323 yards (a 4.6 average) and 2 touchdowns. However, he was most valued for his blocking ability.

Weaver was selected to the 2010 Pro Bowl as a starting fullback. He was also voted in to be First Team All-Pro for the 2009 season.

As a restricted free agent heading into the offseason, Weaver signed a three-year contract worth $11 million, $6.5 million guaranteed. This deal made him the highest paid fullback in NFL history.[3]


Weaver was injured on his first carry of the 2010 season, on September 12, 2010 against the Green Bay Packers and had to be carried off the field. His injury was later revealed to be "a very severe" torn ACL in his left knee, requiring season-ending surgery.[4] He was placed on injured reserve on September 13. He was released on July 28, 2011 after failing his physical.


Weaver announced his retirement on April 22, 2013. He signed a one-day contract with the Eagles in order to retire with his former team.[1]


Weaver battled depression in college, having suffered a personal tragedy which he has not disclosed.[5] Leonard's mother is a pastor.[citation needed] His grandfather, Bishop L.T. Weaver Sr. is a prominent C.O.G.I.C. minister with a street named after him in his hometown.[citation needed] Leonard's faith and community involvement are of great importance to him. He had been nicknamed "The Bishop" in college for his proclivity to spend free time traveling with a ministry in the off-season singing Christian themed R&B music.[5]

Weaver has two sons, Leonard IV and David. He has five sisters and six brothers.[6]


  1. ^ a b Philadelphia Eagles [@Eagles] (22 April 2013). "Before we pick the future, let's celebrate the past. Pro Bowl FB Leonard Weaver to sign a one-day #Eagles contract and officially retire" (Tweet) – via Twitter. 
  2. ^ Clayton, John (March 20, 2009). "Eagles Sign Fullback Weaver". ESPN. Retrieved October 11, 2009. 
  3. ^
  4. ^ "Reid updates Eagles' injury woes; Weaver, Jackson done for season". Seattle Post-Intelligencer. September 13, 2010. Retrieved September 13, 2010. 
  5. ^ a b Kelley, Steve (September 8, 2005). "No-name Weaver impresses Hawks". Seattle Times. Retrieved 2010-09-13. 
  6. ^ "Leonard Weaver". Archived from the original on 2009-12-14. Retrieved 2009-12-06. 

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