Rodney Blackshear (born in Houston, Texas) is the current head coach of the Abilene Ruff Riders. Prior to that, he was a wide receiver for Texas Tech.

Playing career Edit

College Edit

Blackshear was a wide receiver for the Texas Tech Red Raiders from 1987-1991. He led the team in receiving in 1990 and again in 1991. Blackshear holds the Southwest Conference (SWC) and Texas Tech single-game record with 251 against Houston. He was awarded the "Team MVP" honor in 1990 and "Team Leadership" honor in 1991. Blackshear was honored as a two-time All-SWC member from 90-91, and received invitations to the Blue-Gray Football Classic and the Japan Bowl in 1991.[1]

Blackshear was the first player to return a kickoff for a touchdown against the 12th Man kickoff unit of Texas A&M. The following season, the Aggies discontinued the longstanding tradition.[1]


Blackshear played five seasons in the AFL where he recorded 204 receptions for 2,482 yards and 45 receiving touchdowns in 52 games for Houston. He also made a touchdown off an interception and off a missed field-goal attempt. The 1998 All-Arena First Team (WR/DB) honoree ended his AFL career with the 2001 Arena Bowl Champion Grand Rapids Rampage.[1]

Coaching careerEdit

Blackshear began his coaching career as the offensive coordinator at Harvest Christian High School in Fort Worth during the 2003 season. He was then the offensive coordinator for the Rio Grande Valley Dorados before speanding a season as an assistant for the Houston Cougars. He became the head coach of the Lubbock Renegades in 2007. Blackshear is now coaching the Abilene Ruff Riders in the IFL after Head Coach Gerald Dockery was dismissed in April of 2010 with a team record of 0-5. The team won their first game with Blackshear at the helm.[1]


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