Cory Fleming

Cory Lamont Fleming (born March 19, 1971) is a former professional American football wide receiver in the National Football League for the Dallas Cowboys. He also was a member of the Nashville Kats, Carolina Cobras and Orlando Predators in the Arena Football League. He played college football for the University of Tennessee.

Cory Fleming
No. 82
Position:Wide receiver
Personal information
Born: (1971-03-19) March 19, 1971 (age 50)
Nashville, Tennessee
Height:6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Weight:216 lb (98 kg)
Career information
High school:Nashville (TN) Stratford
NFL Draft:1994 / Round: 3 / Pick: 87
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Games played:18
Games started:0
Receiving yards:83
Career Arena statistics
Receiving yards:10,221
Player stats at · PFR ·

Early yearsEdit

Fleming attended Stratford High School, where he was the starting quarterback. As a senior, he passed for 860 yards and 6 touchdowns, while rushing for 400 yards and 11 touchdowns. He received All-state honors at the end of the season.

He was the starting power forward in basketball, earning honorable-mention All-state honors as a junior, when he led the state in rebounding with better than 15 boards per contest. He also practiced the high jump (6-10 1/2) in track.[1]

College careerEdit

Fleming accepted a football scholarship from the University of Tennessee and was converted to wide receiver. As a sophomore, he scored five touchdowns out of just 14 receptions, contributing to the team winning the SEC championship. After being the backup to Carl Pickens, he became a starter as a junior, registering 40 receptions for 490 yards (leading the team) and two touchdowns.[2] In his last year, he posted 39 receptions for 596 yards and 11 touchdowns.

Fleming finished his college career with 94 receptions for 1,266 yards, and at the time school records, with 18 touchdown receptions, 11 single-season touchdown receptions, and six consecutive games with a touchdown reception.

Professional careerEdit

San Francisco 49ersEdit

Fleming was selected by the San Francisco 49ers in the third round (87th overall) of the 1994 NFL Draft. On July 21, the team rescinded his rights because of salary cap reasons, making him a free agent without ever signing a contract or attending a practice.[3]

Dallas CowboysEdit

On August 3, 1994, he was signed by the Dallas Cowboys.[4] He was declared inactive in 11 games.

The next year, he competed to replace Alvin Harper in the starting lineup, but lost out to Kevin Williams and was named the team's third wide receiver, making him a part of the Super Bowl XXX winning team.[5][6]

On February 6, 1996, he was suspended for a year by the NFL after failing a third drug test and was also waived by the Cowboys.[7][8]

Arena Football LeagueEdit

In 1997, he was signed by the Nashville Kats of the Arena Football League, after being contacted by then offensive coordinator Jay Gruden. In 10 seasons, he was a five-time All-Arena, a four-time All–Ironman and an Ironman of the Year selection.

In 2013, Fleming was inducted into the Arena Football Hall of Fame.[9][10]

Personal lifeEdit

Fleming owns an insurance agency and also organizes football camps for kids in the offseason. In August 2013, he was arrested in Davidson County, Tennessee, for driving under the influence of alcohol.[11]


  1. ^ "Former Vol Receiver Cory Fleming Named AFL Ironman of the Week". Archived from the original on February 4, 2016. Retrieved January 29, 2018.
  2. ^ "Fleming, Faulkner give Volunteers flair, stability". Retrieved January 29, 2018.
  3. ^ "Rookies Find Times Tough In Preseason Camps". Retrieved January 29, 2018.
  4. ^ "Transactions". Retrieved January 29, 2018.
  5. ^ "Dallas tries to replace Harper". Retrieved January 29, 2018.
  6. ^ "Cowboys lack balance in air attack". Retrieved January 29, 2018.
  7. ^ "Aikman undergoes successful surgery". Retrieved January 29, 2018.
  8. ^ "NFL Training Camp Report". Retrieved January 29, 2018.
  9. ^ Mike Organ (April 26, 2014). "Kats' Cory Fleming goes to Arena Football Hall of Fame". The Tennessean. Retrieved July 22, 2018.
  10. ^ Inabinett, Mark (August 11, 2013). "Lawrence Samuels going into Arena Football League Hall of Fame". Press-Register. Mobile, AL: Advance Publications. Retrieved July 12, 2018.
  11. ^ Wood, Ryan (August 1, 2013). "Former Dallas Cowboy arrested Thursday for DUI". Dallas, TX: WFAA-TV.