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Gene Reynard Atkins (born November 22, 1964) is a former American football safety in the National Football League who played for the New Orleans Saints and Miami Dolphins from 1987 to 1996. He played previously for Florida A&M and James S. Rickards High School, both in Tallahassee.[1] He is the father of Geno Atkins, American football defensive tackle for the Cincinnati Bengals. He was featured on HBO's Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel in a story about former football players who are suffering from head injuries that happened during their playing time. In the story, it was said that Atkins is suffering from the early stages of dementia. He was featured in the movie Head Games, which was released in 2012.[2]

Gene Atkins
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Personal information
Born: (1964-11-22) November 22, 1964 (age 54)
Tallahassee, Florida
Career information
High school:James S. Rickards
(Tallahassee, Florida)
College:Florida A&M
NFL Draft:1987 / Round: 7 / Pick: 179
Career history
Career NFL statistics
Interception return yards:348
Player stats at


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  2. ^ Dan Greene (2012-10-08). "Trauma Induced". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved 2017-01-29.

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