Duane Starks was born on May 23, 1974 in Miami, Fla. ... Was a three-year letterman at Miami Beach (Fla.) High School where he was chosen first-team all-Dade County and second-team all-Florida as a senior as one of the top option quarterbacks in the country ... Also lettered in track, finishing second in the state in the long jump with a school record 24'–1' ... Earned his bachelor's degree in liberal arts from Miami ... Has two sons, Duane, Jr. and Joshua ... Duane is married (Kimberly).
Duane Starks was acquired by the New England Patriots from the Arizona Cardinals along with a fifth round choice in the 2005 NFL Draft (145th overall - Traded to Detroit) on March 4, 2005 in exchange for a third round selection (95th overall - LB Darryl Blackstock) and a fifth round selection (168th overall - LB Lance Mitchell) in the 2005 draft ... Starks was originally drafted by the Baltimore Ravens in the first round (10th overall) of the 1998 NFL Draft ... Signed by the Arizona Cardinals as an unrestricted free agent (03/18/02).
Career GP/GS: 94/68
Starks has earned a reputation as a big-play cornerback in his first seven seasons in the NFL. He enters the 2005 season with 29 interceptions in 93 career regular season and playoff games and is the author of three interceptions returned for touchdowns, including one in Super Bowl XXXV.
Starks has produced some of his best performances in the playoffs, where he owns four interceptions in six career postseason games.
Starks helped to seal Baltimore's victory in Super Bowl XXXV against the New York Giants with a 49-yard interception return for a touchdown in the third quarter.
Starks produced two interceptions in the 2000 AFC Championship Game, providing two of the biggest plays in a tight 16-3 Ravens victory to advance to Super Bowl XXXV.
In 2000, Starks led the Ravens with a career-high six interceptions and was a key part of one of the best defenses of all time. That season, Baltimore held opponents to just 10.3 points per game and posted four shutouts.
Starks set a career-high in 2001 with 59 tackles (54 solo), while tying his career high with 15 starts.
As a rookie in 1998, Starks started the final eight games of the season and earned all-rookie honors from Football Digest. His five interceptions that season tied Oakland's Charles Woodson for the NFL rookie lead.
2005 (7/6/0/1): Placed on Injured Reserve on Nov. 10, 2005 ... Registered three tackles in his first game in a Patriots uniform against Carolina (09/18/05).
Oakland (9/8): Inactive. at Carolina (9/18): Collected three tackles (1 solo) in his first game in a Patriots uniform. at Pittsburgh (9/25): Started at cornerback while registering a solo tackle and a pass defensed in the Patriots' 23-20 victory over the Steelers ... Deflected a pass intended for Antwaan Randle El in the third quarter. San Diego (10/2): Collected four tackles (2 solo) and a pass defensed ... Broke up a pass intended for Antonio Gates in the third quarter. at Atlanta (10/9): Registered three tackles (2 solo) and three passes defensed in the Patriots' 31-28 win over the Falcons ... Deflected a pass intended for Michael Jenkins in the second quarter ... Batted down a pass intended for Roddy White in the fourth quarter ... Knocked down another pass intended for Jenkins in the final stanza. at Denver (10/16): Recorded seven tackles (5 solo). Buffalo (10/30): Started at cornerback and registered five tackles (4 solo) in the Patriots' 21-16 victory over the Bills on Sunday Night Football. Indianapolis (11/7): Collected three solo tackles. Finished the season on injured reserve.
2004 (15/8 - Arizona): Played in 15 games with eight starts for the Cardinals ... Finished second on the team with three interceptions, including one that he returned 41 yards for a touchdown. St. Louis (9/12): Recorded a team-high nine tackles along with two passes defensed. Atlanta (9/26): Recorded a team-high six solo tackles, including a sack ... Forced a fumble and recovered another ... Sacked Falcons quarterback Michael Vick ... Recovered a Warrick Dunn fumble forced by Darnell Dockett on the Atlanta 19-yard line ... Forced Vick to fumble on the Arizona 8-yard line to end the second quarter. Seattle (10/24): Returned from injury to record two tackles and two passes defensed ... Intercepted Seahawks quarterback Matt Hasselbeck with 2:44 left to play to set up Emmitt Smith's 23-yard touchdown. Miami (12/10): Provided the turning point of the game when he intercepted a pass intended for Chris Chambers and returned it 41 yards for a touchdown to pull within two points of the Dolphins in a game the Cardinals eventually won, 24-23 ... Finished the game with seven tackles and one pass defensed in addition to his interception return for a touchdown. St. Louis (12/19): Returned five punts for 21 yards in addition to making four tackles and defending two passes on defense. Seattle (12/26): Intercepted Trent Dilfer with 10:42 remaining in the game to set up a field goal attempt for the Cardinals ... Added five tackles and two passes defensed in his return to the starting lineup. Tampa Bay (1/2): Recorded seven tackles, two passes defensed and recovered a fumble in the season finale.
2003 (0/0 - Arizona): Spent the season on injured reserve with a knee injury.
2002 (10/10 - Arizona): Finished his first season in Arizona with 60 tackles (45 solos), two interceptions, and six passes defensed. Washington (9/8): Notched two solo tackles and one assist. San Diego (9/22): Tackled Charger running back LaDanian Tomlinson after a one-yard gain on first play of game. St. Louis (11/4): Notched 12 solo tackles and two passes defensed ... Returned to action for first time in five weeks and made immediate impact with his first Cardinal interception, a turnover Arizona converted into a touchdown to cut the Rams lead to 10–7 ... Later dropped receiver Isaac Bruce for a 1-yard loss on third-and-two to force a field goal and keep Arizona within striking distance at 20–14. Seattle (11/10): Notched seven tackles. Philadelphia (11/17): Registered seven tackles for the second consecutive week. Oakland (11/24): Registered eight stops and a pass defl ection. St. Louis (12/15): Returned to lineup and recorded eight tackles and a secondquarter interception of Marc Bulger to set up the Cardinals' first points of the game. San Francisco (12/21): Registered four tackles. Denver (12/29): Notched five stops in the season finale.
2001 (15/15, 2/2 - Baltimore): Started final 15 games of the season, collecting 59 tackles (52 solos), four interceptions, three forced fumbles and a team-high 17 passes defensed ... Registered nine tackles, one pass defensed and an interception in Baltimore's wild card and divisional playoff games. Cincinnati (9/23): Notched four tackles in his first starting role of season. Denver (9/30): Registered four tackles and an interception that led to game-tying touchdown in the third quarter of the 20–13 win. Tennessee (10/7): Notched an interception for the second consecutive game in a 26–7 victory ... Registered five passes defensed. Jacksonville (10/28): Notched five solo stops and a forced fumble for a turnover. Pittsburgh (11/4): Notched 12 tackles (10 solo) and three passes defensed in the 13–10 victory. Tennessee (11/12): Contributed five solo tackles, two passes defensed and an interception ... Intercepted Titans holder Craig Hentrich when he attempted a pass on a botched field-goal attempt. Cincinnati (12/23): Registered four tackles, one pass defensed and one interception in the end zone for a touchback in 16–0 shutout. Minnesota (1/7): Notched five tackles and a forced fumble. Miami (1/13): Registered five tackles, one pass defensed and one interception in Baltimore's 20–3 wildcard victory as the Ravens defense held the Dolphins to just 151 total yards, a team postseason record. Pittsburgh (1/20): Notched four tackles in Baltimore's divisional playoff loss.
2000 (15/15, 4/4 – Baltimore): Was a key member of Ravens' record-setting defense as he led Baltimore with six interceptions during the regular season and three in the playoffs en route to the Super Bowl XXXV title ... Recorded three playoff interceptions, including one he returned 49 yards for a touchdown in Super Bowl XXXV ... Finished the regular season with 59 tackles (52 solo), six interceptions, one fumble recovery, and a team-high 28 passes defensed ... Also returned nine punts for 135 yards (15-yard average). Pittsburgh (9/3): Opened the season in an impressive fashion with three tackles and three passes defensed while matched primarily with Steelers receiver Plaxico Burress. Jacksonville (9/10): Notched four tackles, one fumble recovery and one pass defensed in the Ravens' 39–36 come-from-behind win. Cincinnati (9/24): Came down with an end-zone interception at the end of the first half to thwart the Bengals' only scoring threat ... Part of a Ravens' defensive unit that held the Bengal offense to four yards rushing, 94 total net yards, and seven first downs, all team single-game defensive records. Cleveland (10/1): Notched an interception in his second consecutive game in Baltimore's 12-0 shutout over the Browns, the league's first back-to-back shutouts since the 1985 Chicago Bears. Washington (10/15): Returned to the lineup to register his third interception of the season. Dallas (11/19): Notched a team-high six tackles. Cleveland (11/26): Registered five tackles and a team-high three passes defensed in Baltimore's 44–7 win, as the Ravens defense held Browns to 112 total yards. Arizona (12/17): Notched three tackles, three passes defensed and one interception, which he returned for 30 yards. New York Jets (12/24): Registered two interceptions, returning them for 64 and 19 yards in the second quarter ... Added eight solo tackles and four passes defensed. Denver (12/31): Notched four tackles in the Ravens' 21–3 wild card win as Baltimore's defense held the Broncos to their lowest point total since 1992 and allowed just 177 yards and nine first downs. Tennessee (1/7): Registered four tackles and two passes defensed the next week in Baltimore's 24–10 divisional playoff win. Oakland (1/14): Integral contributor in 16–3 AFC title-game upset with five solo tackles and two interceptions. N.Y. Giants (1/28): Added five tackles, two passes defensed, and a 49-yard interception return for a touchdown in third quarter of Baltimore's convincing 34–7 Super Bowl XXXV win over the Giants.
1999 (16/6 - Baltimore): Finished his sophomore season second on team with 23 passes defensed and six interceptions ... Added 41 tackles after assuming nickel-back role during second half of season when Baltimore yielded a league-low 5.48 yards per passing attempt. Cleveland (9/26): Registered four tackles and three passes defensed in Baltimore's 17–10 win. Atlanta (10/3): Registered four tackles and a pass defensed in the 19–13 overtime victory. Tennessee (10/10): Posted four tackles. Buffalo (10/31): Snared his first interception of the season and added two passes defensed. Cleveland (11/7): Notched his second consecutive interception in the Ravens' 41–9 win. Cincinnati (11/21): Played a key role in the Ravens' 34–31 victory, registering five tackles, two passes defensed, and an interception, which he returned 43 yards for a touchdown. New Orleans (12/19): Notched a team-record seven passes defensed ... Added his fourth interception of the season as the Ravens defense set allowed just 11 rushing yards and eight total first downs in the 31–8 win. Cincinnati (12/26): Concluded the season with two tackles, two passes defensed and a second-quarter end-zone interception in Baltimore's 22–0 shutout win.
1998 (16/8 - Baltimore): In an impressive rookie season, finished the season with 50 tackles, five interceptions, 19 passes defensed, two forced fumbles and six special teams tackles as he started the final eight games of the season ... Tied Oakland's Charles Woodson for the NFL rookie interception lead with five picks ... Earned all-rookie honors from Football Digest ... Pittsburgh (9/6): Impressive NFL debut in the season-opener, accounting for two turnovers ... Intercepted one pass and saved a touchdown when he punched the ball loose from Steeler running back Richard Huntley into the end zone for a touchback after a 48-yard run. Cincinnati (9/27): Notched two special teams tackles on kickoff coverage and contributed a key block to spring returner Jermaine Lewis on 87-yard punt return for a touchdown to give Baltimore a 28–17 lead in the 31–24 win. Pittsburgh (10/18): Notched his second interception of the season, picking off Steeler passer Kordell Stewart. Jacksonville (11/1): Notched his third interception of the year. Oakland (11/8): Registered his first NFL start and posted six tackles, two passes defensed, and a game-saving interception on the Raiders' desperation pass on the final play to seal Baltimore's 13–10 win. Cincinnati (11/22): Led the defense with nine tackles and three passes defensed in Baltimore's 20–13 win. Minnesota (12/13): Registered seven tackles, three passes defensed and one interception, his fifth of the season.
Two-year starting cornerback at Miami after two years at Holmes (Miss.) Junior College ... Recorded 126 total tackles and six interceptions during his career with the Hurricanes ... Also returned 36 punts for 425 yards (11.8 avg.), including an 85-yard touchdown return as a senior. 1997 (Senior): Named first-team All-Big East Conference after starting all 11 games and recording 87 tackles (53 solo), three interceptions and 12 passes defensed. 1996 (Junior): Started all 11 games in first year as a starter and led the team with three interceptions, while tying for the team lead with nine pass defensed. 1995 (Redshirt): Was redshirted after appearing in just one game before a shoulder injury forced him to sit out the remainder of the season. 1993-94: Two-year performer for Holmes (Miss.) Junior College ... Finished fifth on the squad with 63 tackles (45 solo), two interceptions and 14 pass defensed as a sophomore.
Duane is the president of the Starks Charitable Foundation, hosting events such as annual Thanksgiving turkey giveaways, Christmas toy giveaways, "Quest for Success" Scholarships, and his annual "Make It Hot" Celebrity Weekend.
Duane's annual "Quest for Success" Scholarship program awards 10 high school students $1,500 scholarships to attend colleges of their choices.
Duane donated over 200 turkey dinners at Dee's Place in the Park Heights section of Baltimore in 2001.