Allen Park, Mich.- The Detroit Lions announced today that they have released WR/KR Eddie Drummond.
Drummond spent five seasons with Detroit after first signing as an undrafted free agent following the 2002 NFL Draft. During his time with the Lions, he emerged as one of the NFL's premier kick returners. Drummond is one of three players in NFL history (Chiefs KR Dante Hall, 2003; Bears KR Devin Hester, 2006) to have two punt return and two kickoff return touchdowns in a single season (2004). Last season, Drummond finished with 1,349 kickoff return yards on 62 kick returns (21.8 avg).
In 2004, Drummond had a career season while garnering 1,092 kickoff return yards with two touchdowns on 41 returns (26.6 avg) and 316 punt return yards with two touchdown on 24 returns (13.2 avg) en route to being named to the 2005 Pro Bowl. He was also selected to the 2005 Associated Press All-Pro team. Drummond's season was highlighted by consecutive performances at Jacksonville (11/14) and at Minnesota (11/21) when he became the first player in NFL history to score three consecutive touchdowns for his team via punt and kickoff returns after he returned two punts for touchdowns (55, 83) in the fourth quarter vs. the Jaguars before returing the opening kickoff 92 yards for a touchdown vs. the Vikings. He was on the verge of breaking several NFL records for a kick returner but suffered a shoulder injury (vs. Indianapolis, 11/25/04) that eventually landed him on the Reserve/Injured list December 22.
Drummond ranks second in team annals in career kickoff return yards (5,026) and kick returns (213). He is tied with Jack Christiansen (4) for the most combined kick returns for touchdowns, and is one of four players (Mel Gray, 3; Ron Jessie, 2; Terry Fair, 2) in franchise history to return two-or-more kickoffs for touchdowns in a single season.
As a senior at Penn State, Drummond started five games at wide receiver before being switched to the tailback position midway through the season. He finished his collegiate career with the Nittany Lions with 71 receptions for 1,134 yards and five touchdowns in addition to 40 rushing attempts for 272 yards and one touchdown.
Drummond was born in Pittsburgh, Pa., but played high school football at the Linsly School in West Virginia where he set school records with 5,729 all-purpose yards, including 3,901 career rushing yards. He was named the Gatorade and USA Today Player of the Year in West Virginia after rushing for 1,105 yards and 19 touchdowns as a senior.