Donnie Abraham

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Donnie Abraham
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Personal information
Born: (1973-10-08) October 8, 1973 (age 45)
Orangeburg, South Carolina
Height:5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Weight:192 lb (87 kg)
Career information
High school:Orangeburg (SC) Wilkinson
College:East Tennessee
NFL Draft:1996 / Round: 3 / Pick: 71
Career history
As player:
As coach:
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Total tackles:441
Forced fumbles:2
Fumble recoveries:8
Total touchdowns:5
Player stats at
Player stats at PFR

Nathaniel Donnell Abraham (born October 8, 1973) is an American football coach and former cornerback who was recently the defensive backs coach for the Orlando Apollos of the Alliance of American Football (AAF). In his career, he played for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (1996–2001) and the New York Jets (2002–2004).

Life after football[edit]

After considering retirement since the 2004 season ended, he finally decided to do so on July 15, 2005.[1] Although he had two restaurant businesses going in South Carolina, Abrahams was searching for a post-playing occupation, and during his playing years he swore to himself that he would never become a coach. However, while on the sidelines of his oldest son’s youth football practice, a local high school coach, whose son played on the same team as Abraham’s, approached him about helping out his team. Before long, Abraham became the head coach at Gibbs High School in St. Petersburg.[2]

Abraham guided Gibbs to its first district title in 2009 but resigned after a 3–7 season in 2010. He was defensive backs coordinator (2011–2012) at Tampa Bay Storm and later (2012) at East Lake High School. In 2013, he was the head coach of the Clearwater High School football team and resigned in 2015.[3] He was (2015–2017) the defensive coordinator at IMG Academy, in Bradenton, Florida.[4] On February 15, 2017, he was named defensive assistant coach for the Illinois Fighting Illini football, joining Head Coach Lovie Smith's coaching team.[5][6] Abraham left the Illinois program in the summer of 2018.

In November 2018, Abraham joined Steve Spurrier's Orlando Apollos coaching staff as defensive backs coach.[7]


  1. ^ "Jets CB Abraham decides to retire". National Football League. Hempstead, New York. July 15, 2005. Archived from the original on August 9, 2007. Retrieved July 16, 2011. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  2. ^ "Life After Football: Donnie Abraham". Tamba Bay Buccaneers. Retrieved August 9, 2017.
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  6. ^ "Q&A with ex-Bucs CB Donnie Abraham, now coaching at Illinois". Tampa Bay Times. Retrieved August 9, 2017.
  7. ^ Ruiz, Stephen (November 8, 2018). "Steve Spurrier's first staff with Apollos includes Super Bowl champions, former Gators". Orlando Sentinel. Retrieved January 7, 2019.