Open main menu

Reed Doughty (born November 4, 1982) is a former American football safety who played in the National Football League. He was drafted by the Washington Redskins in the sixth round, with the 173rd overall pick, of the 2006 NFL Draft. He played college football at the University of Northern Colorado.

Reed Doughty
refer to caption
Doughty at Redskins training camp in 2011.
No. 23, 37
Personal information
Born: (1982-11-04) November 4, 1982 (age 37)
Greeley, Colorado
Height:6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Weight:206 lb (93 kg)
Career information
High school:Johnstown (CO) Roosevelt
College:Northern Colorado
NFL Draft:2006 / Round: 6 / Pick: 173
Career history
Career NFL statistics
Quarterback sacks:3.5
Pass deflections:11
Forced fumbles:3
Player stats at
Player stats at PFR

Doughty is best known for taking over the starting job at free safety following the injury and subsequent death of Sean Taylor, as well as for his public work to support organ donation, particularly for Americans with kidney disease.[1]

College careerEdit

During his college career, Doughty was a member of many Academic All-American teams, having graduated with a perfect 4.0 GPA in sport and exercise science.[2] Doughty was also a finalist for the Draddy Trophy award (also known as the "Academic Heisman") following his senior year.

Professional careerEdit

Washington RedskinsEdit

Doughty was drafted by the Washington Redskins in the sixth round of the 2006 NFL Draft. In 2007, Doughty switched his jersey number to 37 from 23, which he wore in his rookie season. He had his first career start in Week 11 of the 2007 season against the Dallas Cowboys. In the 2010 season, he recorded a career high of 93 tackles as well as one sack, two pass deflections, and one forced fumble.

In 2011, Doughty was re-signed by the Redskins to a three-year contract.[3] Throughout the 2011 season, he played as the backup to both free safety, Oshiomogho Atogwe, and strong safety, LaRon Landry, splitting the responsibility with DeJon Gomes. Before the start of the 2013 season, Doughty was elected by his teammates to be the Redskins' special teams captain.[4]


Doughty has severe hearing impairment and sometimes has to reads lips to understand what others are saying.[5]

In 2002, Doughty married his girlfriend Katie. They met several years earlier at 3J's Christian Coffeehouse in Johnstown, Colorado, his hometown while they were both in high school. The Doughtys had a baby in August 2006, a son named Micah. Micah was born prematurely and suffered kidney failure as a baby, but received a successful kidney transplant and is now doing well. The Doughtys had another son, and are currently living in Northern Colorado.

Doughty is a Christian.[6]


  1. ^ "Power Player of the Week: Reed Doughty - Fox News Video - Fox News". Fox News.
  2. ^
  3. ^ Jones, Mike (August 3, 2011). "Redskins re-sign safety Reed Doughty". Retrieved 2011-08-03.
  4. ^ Maske, Mark (September 3, 2013). "Griffin, four others elected Redskins' captains by teammates". Retrieved 2013-09-03.
  5. ^ Reid, Jason (26 July 2008). "Doughty Confronts Loss of Hearing". The Washington Post. Retrieved 29 November 2010.
  6. ^ "A Redskin's Resilience".

External linksEdit