Duane Lonell Starks
(born May 23
in Miami, Florida
) is an American football cornerback
who is currently a free agent
. He was drafted by the Baltimore Ravens
10th overall in the 1998 NFL Draft
. He played college football
at the University of Miami
Starks, who earned a Super Bowl ring with the Ravens in Super Bowl XXXV, has also played for the Arizona Cardinals, New England Patriots and Oakland Raiders.
Duane Starks attended Miami Beach High School
in Miami Beach, Florida
, and won varsity letters
in both, football, and track and field
. In football, as a senior quarterback, he was a first team All-Dade County selection, and a second team All-Florida selection. In track, he finished second at the State Finals on the long jump
and set the school record in the long jump.
Starks was a two-year starter at cornerback, and a star returner for the University of Miami.
Duane Starks was picked with the 10th overall pick in the 1998 NFL Draft
. Right away he was an important player in the Ravens famous defense. Recording 20 interceptions in his first four years as a Raven. He is most well known by Raven fans by his interception for a touchdown in Super Bowl XXXV, a play that many agree ended the New York Giants
small chance for a comeback.
Starks was signed as a free agent
at the end of the 2001 season by the Arizona Cardinals. He became an impact in the secondary by intercepting two passes his first year. His second year was ended early with a season-ending injury. He bounced back after that by intercepting three passes and returning one for a touchdown. He recorded a total of 5 interceptions and one touchdown with the team.
New England Patriots
After the 2004 season the New England Patriots traded a third round pick to bring the veteran to bolster their secondary after losing their pro bowl corner Ty Law
in the off season. He was having a lackluster season when the Pats placed him on IR
after a season-ending shoulder injury.
The Oakland Raiders signed Starks after the Patriots released him following the 2005 season. He played in only three games during the 2006 season, recording three tackles. He was inactive for the first three games of the Raiders' 2007 season, and released to make room for quarterback and first-round pick JaMarcus Russell
. He was out of football the rest of the 2007 season.
On April 15, 2008, Starks was re-signed by the Raiders on a one-year contract, but was released by the Raiders on May 13,.