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Ernest Pastell Givins Jr. (born September 3, 1964), is a former professional American football player from St. Petersburg, Florida. He played ten seasons as a wide receiver with the National Football League, mostly with the Houston Oilers.

Ernest Givins
No. 81, 84
Position:Wide receiver
Personal information
Born: (1964-09-03) September 3, 1964 (age 55)
St. Petersburg, Florida
Career information
High school:Lakewood
(St. Petersburg, Florida)
NFL Draft:1986 / Round: 2 / Pick: 34
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Receiving Yards:8,215
Player stats at

High school and collegeEdit

Givins attended Lakewood High School where he was a star football player. He attended Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College, then transferred to the University of Louisville. At Louisville he set records for punt return and kickoff return that still stand.

Professional careerEdit

He was selected by the Houston Oilers in the 2nd round of the 1986 NFL Draft.[1] A 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m), 175 lbs. wide receiver, he played in 10 NFL seasons from 1986 to 1995.

During his rookie season, in a Week 9, 1986 game against the Miami Dolphins, Givins took a reverse and was injured after getting hit in the head/neck area and was taken off the field on a stretcher. He only missed one game and returned two weeks later in Week 11 against the Steelers.

A two-time Pro Bowl selection in 1990 and 1992, he played most of his career with the Oilers, catching passes from quarterback Warren Moon, along with receivers Curtis Duncan, Haywood Jeffires and Drew Hill in the Oilers' "run and shoot" offense. Givins was best known for his touchdown celebration dance known as the "Electric Slide."[2]

After nine seasons with the Oilers, Givins played one season with the Jacksonville Jaguars, then retired.

Oilers/Titans franchise recordsEdit

  • Most receiving yards (career): 7,935 [3]
  • Receptions (career): 542

Post-professional careerEdit

He is very active in St. Petersburg's football community. In the mid-1990s, he was offensive coordinator of his high school alma mater, Pinellas Lakewood High School.

Coaching careerEdit

Givins served as Head Coach of St. Petersburg semi-pro football team, the St. Pete Sharks (Suncoast Semi-pro Football League). Givins served as Head Coach of the Sarasota Millionaires (initially in the United Football Federation and as of 2014 in the Florida Football Alliance (FFA), from 2012-2014. On May 26, 2017, Givins was named Head Coach of the Dunedin Pirates (Florida Football Alliance) based in Dunedin, Florida.

Givins has been the offensive coordinator for Boca Ciega High School's football team. He also works at Bay Point Middle School in St. Petersburg as a campus monitor.

Personal lifeEdit

Givins' brother, Anthony, is the head coach of the St. Petersburg-based University of Faith football team.[4]


  1. ^ "Ernest Givins". Pro Football Reference. Retrieved December 13, 2014.
  2. ^ Goddard, Lee (August 24, 2010). "Oilers-ex Givins still looking for recognition". Corpus Christi Caller-Times. Retrieved December 13, 2014.
  3. ^ "Houston Oilers/Tennessee Titans Career Receiving Leaders". Retrieved January 11, 2019.
  4. ^ Kruse, Michael (November 1, 2014). "At college football's lowest rung, games are matter of faith and creative financing". Tampa Bay Times. Retrieved February 5, 2015.

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