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 34   Michael Cloud   RB
  Height: 5-10   Weight: 205
  Year: 7   Yrs/Pat: 2
  Acquired: FA-03
  School: Boston College
  Major: Economics
  Born: Jul 1, 1975  Charleston  South Carolina


Selected as USA Today's Rhode Island Player of the Year as a senior in '93 ... Was a three-time All-State and All-County honoree ... Rushed for 1,958 yards and scored 30 touchdowns as a senior, leading Portsmouth (R.I.) High School to an 11-1 record and its third consecutive Class A championship ... Was a two-way player who played cornerback as a sophomore and linebacker as a junior and senior ... Finished his three-year career with 4,447 yards and 65 touchdowns ... Played in the first-ever All-American Bowl in Allentown, Pa., which featured the top 33 prep players in the East against the top 33 in the West ... Was born in Charleston, South Carolina, where his father served in the Navy, before moving to Rhode Island at the age of five ... The youngest of Ethel and Charles Cloud's three sons ... Wore jersey #21 in college to honor his brother Kevin who suffered a neck injury in a high school football game and was never able to play again ... Full name: Michael Alexander Cloud ... Single ... Resides in East Greenwich, Rhode Island.

Career Transactions

Michael Cloud was signed by the Patriots as an unrestricted free agent on June 23, 2003...Originally drafted by the Kansas City Chiefs in the second-round of the 1999 NFL Draft(53rd overall)...Resigned by the Patriots (04/05/04)...Also Resigned with the Patriots (11/04/05).

Career Highlights

Career GP/GS: 73/3

  • Cloud led the Patriots with a career-high five rushing touchdowns in 2003, despite playing in just five games.  In his NFL career prior to 2003, Cloud had recorded a total of four rushing scores.
  • Cloud recorded multiple touchdowns in two key Patriots victories in 2003.  He scored twice in his Patriots debut as New England defeated Tennessee 38-30 (10/05/03), then reached paydirt twice again in the Patriots' 38-34 win at Indianapolis (11/30/03).
  • Cloud produced 49 carries for 115 yards with a pair of touchdowns for Kansas City in 2002, adding six catches for 48 yards.
  • In 2000, Cloud started four games at running back and was the Chiefs' primary kickoff returner, running back 36 kicks for 779 yards.


The all-time leading rusher in Boston College history ... Played in 45 games (13 starts) during his career at Boston College, producing 614 carries for 3,597 yards (5.9 avg.) with 25 touchdowns ... Those 3,597 rushing yards set the all-time school rushing mark, breaking the previous record of 3,502 yards previously held by former Chief, Troy Stradford ... Also owns Eagles records for single-season rushing attempts and yardage with 308 carries for 1,729 yards in '98 ... That seasonal yardage tally is also tops in Big East history, breaking Amos Zereoue's mark of 1,505 yards in '97 ... Produced two 200-yard rushing games and produced 100+ rushing yards 18 times during his collegiate career ... Caught 58 passes for 524 yards (9.0 avg.) with one score, as well ... A consensus first team All-America selection and one of three finalists for the Doak Walker Award as a senior ... Earned first team All-Big East honors and was the recipient of the Gold Helmet Award, given by the New England Football Writers Association to the area's top college player ... Ranked third in the nation with an average of 156.9 rushing yards per game, finishing behind only Texas' Ricky Williams (193.1 ypg) and Miami of Ohio's Travis Prentice (162.5 ypg) ... Set school and conference seasonal records with 308 carries for 1,726 yards (5.6 avg.), shattering the previous BC marks of 261 attempts by Omari Walker in '96 and 1,387 yards by Chuckie Dukes in '92 ... His 14 rushing TDs ranked fourth on the school's season-record list ... Finished third on the team with 24 receptions for 198 yards (8.3 avg.) ... Ranked seventh in the country in all-purpose yards, averaging 174.9 yards per game ... Played in 10 games with a pair of starts as a junior ... Led the Eagles in rushing with 136 carries for 886 yards (6.5 avg.) with eight TDs ... That 6.5 yards-per-carry average established a Big East single-season record ... Added 20 receptions for 225 yards ... Led the Eagles in all-purpose yardage, averaging 116.5 yards per game ... Had four 100-yard rushing games on the season ... Pounded out a career-high 211 yards and two scores on 24 carries vs. West Virginia. Incredibly, 209 of his yards came in the second half, including a 66-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter ... Saw action in all 12 games in his sophomore campaign ... Finished second on the squad with 68 carries for 359 yards and one TD ... Played in 12 games as a redshirt freshman ... Led the team in rushing yardage and yards-per-carry in his first varsity season ... Chalked up 102 carries for 626 yards and two scores ... Ranked second in the Big East with that 6.1 yards-per-carry average ... Redshirted as a true freshman ... Graduated from BC's College of Arts and Sciences in May of '98 and spent the fall of the year pursuing an Economics degree.

2005 Season

2005 (6/0/0/0): Released on Dec. 13, 2005 … Signed as a free agent on Nov. 4, 2005.

Indianapolis (11/7): Saw limited action at running back against the Colts. at Miami (11/13): Saw significant action at running back … Rushed the ball seven times for eight yards in the Patriots’ 23-16 road victory over the Dolphins. New Orleans (11/20): Saw limited action on special teams in the Patriots’ 24-17 win over the Saints. at Kansas City (11/27): Saw limited action at running back … Recorded two special teams tackles on coverage units. N.Y. Jets (12/4): Rushed the ball five times for 27 yards in the Patriots’ 16-3 victory over the Jets … Scampered for 15 yards on a rush off right tackle during the Patriots' final possession. at Buffalo (12/11): Rushed the ball nine times for 24 yards in the Patriots’ commanding 35-7 road victory over the Bills.

2004 Season

2004: In first season with Giants played in 10 games as a reserve running back and on special teams…Finished with 21 carries for 90 yards with 3 touchdowns…Also had 1 reception for 3 yards…Had 8 kickoff returns for 175 yards (a 21.9-yard average), with a long return of 38 yards.

2003 Season

Tennessee (10/5): Made his Patriots debut and saw significant time at running back in the second half … Scored two touchdowns on runs of 15 and 1 in the Patriots 38-30 victory over the Titans … The two rushing touchdowns were the most by a Patriot since Antowain Smith ran for two against Cleveland at Foxboro Stadium on Dec. 9, 2001 … Compiled 73 yards rushing on just seven carries (10.4 avg.) … Raced 17 yards up the middle on his first carry in a Patriots uniform … Scored his first touchdown of the season on a 1-yard plunge giving the Patriots a 21-16 lead with 1:00 remaining in the third quarter … Helped set up Adam Vinatieri’s 48-yard field goal with a career-high 42-yard scamper in the fourth quarter … Scored his second touchdown of the day on a 15-yard touchdown run giving the Patriots a 31-27 lead with 3:18 remaining in the game … Juked Titans Pro Bowl safety Lance Schulters with a stutter-step move at the 7-yard line on his way to the score … Part of a running attack that gain 161 yards on 27 carries (6.0 avg.) and three touchdowns against a Titans’ defensive front which then ranked third in the NFL, allowing just 63.3 yards rushing per game. N.Y. Giants (10/12): Started his first game at running back in a Patriots uniform … Scored his third touchdown of the season on a 1-yard plunge with 4:24 remaining in the third quarter to give the Patriots a 17-3 lead … The three scores surpasses his previous single-season high for touchdowns in a season (2) that he attained with the Kansas City Chiefs in 2002 … Scampered 13 yards on a run off left guard during the Patriots opening series. at Miami (10/19): Played in a reserve role at running back in the Patriots thrilling 19-13 overtime victory over the Dolphins … Picked up a key first down with rush up the middle on third-and-one during the Patriots second scoring drive of the afternoon that ended with an Adam Vinatieri 30-yard field goal before halftime. Cleveland (10/26): Inactive. at Denver (11/3): Inactive. Dallas (11/16): Inactive. at Houston (11/23): Played in a reserve role at running back and kick returner in the Patriots come-from-behind 23-20 overtime victory over the Texans … Had two rushes for eight yards, as well as one catch out of the backfield … Averaged 19 yards on two kickoff returns. at Indianapolis (11/30): Registered four rushes and two touchdowns in the Patriots dramatic 38-34 victory over the Colts … Scored his first of two touchdowns with a 4-yard jaunt off left end in the first quarter … Gave the Patriots a 31-10 advantage with a 1-yard touchdown plunge with 7:36 remaining in the third quarter. Miami (12/7): Inactive. Jacksonville (12/14): Inactive. at N.Y. Jets (12/20): Inactive. Buffalo (12/27): Inactive.

2003 Postseason (0/0/0/3): Tennessee (1/10): Inactive. Indianapolis (1/18): Inactive. Carolina (2/1): Inactive.

2002 Season

2002 (14/2 – Kansas City): Played in 14 games and recorded two starts for the Chiefs … Ran the ball a career-high 49 times, gaining 115 yards and a pair of touchdowns … Grabbed six passes for 48 yards … Made a special teams tackle. Arizona (12/1): Carried the ball nine times for 20 yards and caught one pass for 11 yards. St. Louis (12/8): Rushed four times for 15 yards with a one-yard touchdown run. Denver (12/15): Carried the ball five times for 15 yards with a four-yard touchdown run. San Diego (12/22): Started his first game of the season at RB in place on an injured Priest Holmes … Ran the ball a career-best 16 times for 19 yards and caught a career-high three passes for a personal best 28 yards. It was his first start since opening a game at running back vs. Oakland (10/15/00). Oakland (12/28): started at running back, carrying the ball nine times for 23 yards.

2001 Season

2001 (15/0 – Kansas City): Played in 15 games, participating mostly on special teams … Saw snaps at running back in five games … Carried the ball seven times for 54 yards (7.7 avg) and a touchdown … Returned eight kickoffs for 174 yards (21.8 avg) … Made two special teams tackles. Indianapolis (10/25): Returned five kickoffs for 101 yards (25.2 avg). Seattle (11/25): Rushed five times for a season-high 35 yards, including a 15-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter.

2000 Season

K.C. Chiefs: Played in all 16 games on special teams and saw duty at RB in six games (four starts) ... Had 30 carries for 84 yards and one TD and two receptions for 16 yards ... Led the team with 36 kickoff returns for 779 yards (21.6 avg.) ... Also produced three special teams tackles ... Saw reserve duty at RB vs. Indianapolis (9/3), recording two carries for five yards and returning five kickoffs for 111 yards (22.2 avg.) ... Made his first career start at RB at Tennessee (9/10), recording seven carries for 10 yards ... Had eight carries for 21 yards vs. San Diego (9/17) ... Started at RB at Denver (9/24), rushing four times for five yards and hauling in one pass for a career-long 13 yards ... Started at RB vs. Seattle (10/2), totaling six carries for 36 yards and his first career TD, a 15-yard run for the go ahead score with 4:26 remaining in the game in a come-from-behind 24-17 win. Also had one catch for three yards and one KO return for 20 yards ... Started at RB vs. Oakland (10/15), producing three carries for seven yards and one KO return for 24 yards ... Saw action on special teams vs. St. Louis (10/22), returning John Baker's punt which was blocked by Bracy Walker six yards for a TD in the first quarter. Also returned three KOs for 60 yards ... Saw action on special teams at Seattle (10/29) ... Returned two kicks for 58 yards, including a 34-yarder at Oakland (11/5) and contributed one tackle on KO coverage ... Took back three KOs for 68 yards at San Francisco (11/12) ... Returned three KOs for 65 yards vs. Buffalo (11/19) ... Returned three KOs for 48 yards and made one stop on punt coverage at San Diego (11/26) ... Set career-highs in kickoff returns (six) and yards (157), including a career-long 38-yard runback at New England (12/4) ... Recorded two KO returns for 40 yards vs. Carolina (12/10) ... Took back two kickoffs for 43 yards vs. Denver (12/17) ... Had five KO returns for 85 yards and one tackle on KO coverage at Atlanta (12/24).

1999 Season

K.C. Chiefs: Lined up on special teams in 11 games ... Also saw duty as a reserve RB in eight contests, producing 35 carries for 128 yards (3.7 avg.) ... Added three receptions for 25 yards in addition to one tackle on kickoff coverage and two kickoff returns for 28 yards ... Was inactive at Chicago (9/12), vs. Denver (9/19) and vs. Detroit (9/26) ... Made his NFL debut on the punt return team at San Diego (10/3) ... Was inactive vs. New England (10/10) and at Baltimore (10/21) ... Recorded his first seven NFL carries for 21 yards vs. San Diego (10/31) and caught his first pro pass for six yards, as well ... Played on special teams at Indianapolis (11/7) and at Tampa Bay (11/14) ... Produced one carry for three yards vs. Seattle (11/21) ... Saw the most extensive duty of his pro career at Oakland (11/28), posting career and team highs with 11 carries for 58 yards, including a career-long 14-yard run. Tallied one carry for four yards in the first half before exploding for 54 yards on 10 carries in the final two quarters. Also caught one pass for seven yards. Became the first Chiefs rookie to lead the team in rushing in a game since '94 ... Posted four carries for 13 yards at Denver (12/5) ... Recorded eight carries for 26 yards vs. Minnesota (12/12), had one special teams stop and returned a kickoff 18 yards ... Snared a career-long 12-yard reception vs. Pittsburgh (12/18) and returned one kickoff for 10 yards ... Produced two carries for six yards at Seattle (12/26) ... Posted one carry for one yard vs. Oakland (1/2/00).