Ted Ginn Jr. is an American football wide receiver and return specialist for the NFL’s New Orleans Saints. Ginn played college football at Ohio State before being drafted by the Miami Dolphins in the first round of the 2007 NFL Draft. Other teams he has played for in his over ten-year professional career include the San Francisco 49ers, the Arizona Cardinals, and the Carolina Panthers.
Ted Ginn Jr Biography, Age
The hiding man was born April 12, 1985, as Theodore Ginn Jr. in Cleveland, Ohio. In eighth grade, he was diagnosed with a learning disability which he was able to overcome with the help of tutors and which made him an excellent student. While at Glenville High School, his father was the coach of the school’s soccer and track and field teams, which enabled him to excel in both sports as a two-star athlete.
Ted Ginn Jr Career
Ginn was a versatile player; he played as a defensive back, quarterback, and wide receiver on his high school team. As a defensive back, he was named “USA Today Defensive Player of the Year” (2003), “Parade All-American” (2003), and “SuperPrep National Defensive Player of the Year” (2004). After his closing season, he participated in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl as a member of the East Team and was named the most valuable player in the game, again winning the Pete Dawkins trophy.
He was also the state champion in the 110-meter hurdles in his junior year, and as a senior international he scored the nation’s best time and won the state title for the second year in a row. After an impressive high school career, college came into play.
Initially, Ginn was recruited for running by the Ohio State University athletics coach in hopes of qualifying for the 2008 Summer Olympics. However, with the Olympic Games still several years away, his career was put on hold so he could concentrate on football. The college then recruited him as a defensive back, although he was later to play as a wide receiver. Ginn studied human development and family sciences with a major in academics.
Throughout his college career, he set the Big Ten Conference with four touchdown TDs in his freshman year, set a school record with one TD for a pass, run, punt return, and kickoff return in a single season, and in his junior year, Ginn was honored as the second All-American and All-Big 10 and was the team’s best receiver with 59 receptions over 781 yards.
He also started 31 of 37 games with 125 receptions for 1,943 yards and 15 TDs. He also stormed for 213 yards and 3 TDs and scored 64 punts for 900 yards (the second-highest total in the team’s history) plus 6 TDs (which set a big ten record for the most punt-return TDs in the career) and 38 kickoffs for 1,012 yards and 2 TDs. His eight career TDs at returns set an NCAA record.
Ted Ginn Jr. was drafted by the Miami Dolphins in the first round of the 2007 NFL Draft as the ninth overall ahead of former quarterback Brady Quinn, who many thought would be the Dolphins’ choice, considering they needed a quarterback back then, although they would later choose John Beck in the second round. After his selection, however, he signed a five-year contract with the Dolphins.
In his debut game against the Philadelphia Eagles, his first touchdown return in his career marked the longest punt return in the franchise’s history and set a career highlight with four receptions over 52 yards, earning him the Diet Pepsi Rookie of the Week. In his second season, he became a starter. Although his third career season began slowly with only 2 receptions in his first game, Ginn had his breakout game, in which he scored a career highlight with 11 receptions over 108 yards. Despite the mixed season in which he was also benched, he was one of only 10 players in NFL history to score two kickoff returns for TDs in a single game.
After the 2009 season, he was traded for Nolan Carroll, who was scheduled to play in the fifth round of the 2010 draft for the San Francisco 49ers. In 2012, he signed another one-year contract with the 49ers and participated with them in the Super Bowl XLVII, which was his first appearance in the Super Bowl.
In the next phase, he signed a 1-year contract with the Carolina Panthers. With them he recorded one of his best career seasons, reaching a career peak with 5 TDs and 556 receiving yards. After a one-year stint with the Arizona Cardinals in 2014, he would return for a second term with the Panthers. In his second stint with the Panthers, his efforts as a receiver and return specialist helped him reach the Super Bowl 50, and as a tribute to his versatility, he played as a wide receiver and return specialist throughout the 2016 season and was also their leading point and kick return player.
After an impressive career with the Panthers, Ted Ginn Jr. signed an $11 million three-year contract with Black and Gold Team New Orleans Saints, where he intensified his play with Drew Brees, who threw the balls to him. With a combination of speed and volatility that contributes to his versatility, he has become a playmaker on the offensive and one of the biggest threats in the league.
With more than a decade in the NFL, the veteran player has established himself as one of the most successful players in the NFL. His net worth is estimated at $23 million.
Ted Ginn Jr Family
Ginn was born the son of Ted Ginn Sr. and Jeanette Ginn along with two siblings, Tiffany Ginn and Jason Lucas. His father played an influential role in the development of his elite career, announcing his early career as his high school coach. In addition to his athletic skills, which he declares to be the vehicles with which he does the real work (coaching life and teaching values), Ted Ginn Sr. also founded an all-boys school, the Ginn Academy, in 2007.
The hiding place of the Saints is a husband and father of two lovely children. He is married to Krystle McCoy Ginn, whom he met in 2002. The couple welcomed their twins Theodore Ginn III and Krysten Lee Ginn in 2010 and tied a knot a few years later, on April 12, 2015, in Westlake, Ohio.
The veteran Wideout stands at a height of 5 feet 11 inches (1.80 m) with a corresponding body weight of 180 pounds (82 kg).