Tab Wilson Perry
(born January 20
in ) is an American football wide receiver
for the Miami Dolphins
of the National Football League
. He was drafted by the Cincinnati Bengals
in the sixth round of the 2005 NFL Draft
. He played college football
Perry played wide receiver and safety at Milpitas High School wearing the jersey number 3.
During his first three seasons at UCLA, played wide receiver and wore the jersey number 1 (because number 3 was already taken). He worked hard over the summer, attending classes at three small schools in between his junior and senior year, to remain eligible to play football at UCLA. Once it was vacated, he wore the number 3 for his senior year.
Perry was expected to go somewhere around the third to fifth round of the 2005 NFL Draft
, but fell to the Bengals in the sixth round. Most teams saw him primarily as a kick returner
, because that was his specialty at UCLA (where he set numerous records). He wore the number 12 during preseason for the Bengals and during a short minicamp due to the late graduation date of UCLA.
Perry was used primarily as a kick returner for his first year with the Bengals. He earned special teams player of the week in a victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers due in part to a long kick return that set up the game clinching touchdown. Wears the number 88 for the Bengals and is listed from as high as the third down to the fifth receiver for Cincinnati.
Perry finished the 2005 season with a franchise record 1,562 kickoff return yards, and 2 touchdowns on offense, assisting the team to an 11-5 record and their first playoff appearance in over a decade. Perry was also the starting returner for the Bengals in 2006, but he suffered a season ending injury in the second game of the year.
On March 15
, Perry signed a one-year deal worth just under $1 million with the Miami Dolphins
. On May 24, he suffered a torn Achilles' tendon
. He was waived/injured by the Dolphins four days later and subsequently placed on injured reserve