Vagas Ferguson

American football player (born 1957)

American football player
Vagas Ferguson
No. 43, 24, 42, 26
Position:Running back
Personal information
Born: (1957-03-06) March 6, 1957 (age 67)
Richmond, Indiana, U.S.
Height:6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Weight:204 lb (93 kg)
Career information
High school:Richmond
College:Notre Dame
NFL draft:1980 / Round: 1 / Pick: 25
Career history
  • New England Patriots (1980–1982)
  • Cleveland Browns (1983)
  • Houston Oilers (1983)
  • Chicago Blitz (1984)
  • Tampa Bay Buccaneers (1985)*
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Rushing yards:1,163
Rushing average:4.0
Rushing touchdowns:5
Player stats at PFR

Vasquero Diaz "Vagas" Ferguson (born March 6, 1957) is an American former professional football player who was a running back for five seasons in the National Football League (NFL) during the 1980s. Known as Road Runner for his quick bursts out of the backfield,[citation needed] Ferguson played college football for the Notre Dame Fighting Irish, 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. He 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 at Richmond Community Schools, 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.
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Formerly the Boston Patriots (1960–1970)