Alfredo Roberts | Los Angeles Chargers

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Team: Los Angeles Chargers
Organization: Professional Football
Position: Running Backs Coach
League: National Football League
Hometown: Fort Lauderdale, Florida


Former NFL tight end Alfredo Roberts is in his second season with the Chargers. A long-time NFL assistant coach who has worked primarily with tight ends, this marks Roberts’ first stint coaching running backs.

In his first season with the running backs, Melvin Gordon became the first Chargers rusher since 2013 to amass over 1,000 yards when he totaled 1,105 yards on the ground. Gordon ranked fourth in the NFL in scoring among non-kickers (72 points). His 1,105 rushing yards were seventh while his 1,581 yards from scrimmage were the fifth-most in the league and the most by a Chargers rusher since 2007. Rookie Austin Ekeler totaled 539 yards from scrimmage and scored five touchdowns.

Before coming to the Chargers, Roberts spent four seasons (2012-15) coaching tight ends in Indianapolis. In 2014, Colts tight ends combined for 18 touchdown catches. Coby Fleener and Dwayne Allen became the first pair of tight ends in NFL history to score eight touchdowns apiece in a single season.

In 2013, Fleener registered a career-high 52 receptions and posted his first career 100-yard receiving game in Week 10 at Tennessee after catching eight passes for 107 yards.

In 2012, Colts tight ends combined to total 74 receptions for 825 yards and five touchdowns.

Allen started all 16 games in his first season and led NFL rookie tight ends with 45 receptions for 521 yards. His reception total also set a new franchise record for a Colts rookie tight end, topping Ken Dilger’s previous high of 42 in 1995. Fleener competed in 12 games (10 starts) and compiled 26 receptions for 281 yards and two touchdowns. His reception and receiving totals were the fifth-most by a Colts rookie tight end in franchise history.

A native of Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., Roberts graduated from the University of Miami (Fla.), where he was a member of two national championship teams as a tight end. The first came under Howard Schnellenberger in 1983, which also was the school’s first national championship, and the second came in 1987 under Jimmy Johnson. Roberts played on five bowl teams for the Hurricanes, including two Orange Bowls, two Fiesta Bowls and one Sugar Bowl.

Roberts was an eighth-round pick by the Kansas City Chiefs in the 1988 NFL Draft. He spent three seasons with the team. In 1991, he joined the Dallas Cowboys and was part of two Super Bowl championship teams under the guidance of Johnson in 1992 and ‘93. Roberts played in every game for five consecutive seasons until his career ended in 1994 following foot and knee injuries. He finished his career with 50 catches for 476 yards and two touchdowns in 82 career games, playoffs included.

Roberts began his coaching career in 1999 as a member of the inaugural coaching staff at Florida Atlantic University. He coached there from 1999-02, including his final two seasons as the Owls’ wide receivers coach.

In 2003, Roberts accepted his first NFL coaching position as the tight ends coach for the Jacksonville Jaguars (2003-06). It was followed by similar posts with the Cleveland Browns (2007-08) and Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2009-11).

In Roberts’ first season with the Browns, Kellen Winslow had his first Pro Bowl season after catching 82 passes for a career-high 1,106 yards and five touchdowns. Winslow followed Roberts to Tampa Bay, and in three seasons together there Winslow caught 218 passes for 2,377 yards and 12 touchdowns. During their first season in Tampa Bay (2009), Winslow’s 77 catches and 884 yards set franchise season marks for a tight end.

Roberts and his wife, Angel, have twin sons, Avery and Austin, and one daughter, Alyssa. Alyssa attends Grand Canyon University and Avery is a graduate of Florida Atlantic University, while Austin is a graduate and three-year letter winner at UCLA.

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