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Vasquero Diaz "Vagas" Ferguson (born March 6, 1957) is a former American college and professional football player who was a running back in the National Football League (NFL) for five seasons during the 1980s. Ferguson played college football for the University of Notre Dame, and was recognized as an All-American. He was selected in the first round of the 1980 NFL Draft, and played professionally for the New England Patriots, Cleveland Browns, and Houston Oilers of the NFL.

Vagas Ferguson
No. 43, 24
Position:Running Back
Personal information
Born: (1957-03-06) March 6, 1957 (age 62)
Richmond, Indiana
Height:6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Weight:204 lb (93 kg)
Career information
High school:Richmond (IN)
College:Notre Dame
NFL Draft:1980 / Round: 1 / Pick: 25
Career history
Career NFL statistics
Player stats at
Player stats at PFR

Ferguson was born in Richmond, Indiana.

Ferguson was named the outstanding offensive player of the 1978 Cotton Bowl Classic, which Notre Dame won 38-10 over Texas.

In 1979, his senior season at Notre Dame, Ferguson was voted to the All-America Team of the American Football Coaches Association. That year, he was the fifth ranked player in the nation in yards per rush and finished fifth in voting for the Heisman Trophy. He ranks third all-time for total yards gained (3,472) among Notre Dame running backs, having averaged 5.2 yards per carry.[1]

Ferguson currently resides in Richmond, Indiana. He is employed in the athletic department at Richmond High School, and is president of the local chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP).

He is a member of the Indiana Football Hall of Fame.


  1. ^ University of Notre Dame Official Athletic Site: All-Time Leaders,, URL accessed May 31, 2006.