Phillip Dorsett’s Career Highs And the Truth About His Perceived Relationship to Tony Dorset

Phillip Dorsett may be considered a fresher in the National Football League (NFL) but he is certainly not new in the football business. The 5′ 10″ wide receiver joined the NFL in 2015 but that, of course, was after he graciously finished his college career with 17 touchdowns and 121 receptions for 2,132 yards.

Phillip has all it takes to maintain a successful career as a wide receiver. He’s got the skills, agility, as well as the speed. His run routes including the hitch, slant, hook, curl and post, are one of a kind. These key features will definitely play a good role in his rise to stardom in the near future. Let’s learn some more about this American football player named Phillip Dorsett.

Phillip Dorsett – Biography

Phillip is a Miami native, he was born on January 5, 1993, and he began to play football at St. Thomas Aquinas High School in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. While in the high school, Phillip played under coach George Smith as a wide receiver and had the likes of Duron Carter as his teammate. He finished his junior season with 9 touchdowns and 30 receptions for 594 yards. Moving into his senior season, he played so well, finishing with 12 touchdowns and 35 receptions for 806 yards. He also finished first in the Powerade Fab 50 ESPN Rise national poll and crowned the season with his big win of the Florida 5A football championship.

Football was not the only sports Phillip participated in during his high school days. He was a versatile athlete and participated in track & field. He won the 2011 BCAA Championships with 400 meters and recorded a 36.5-inch vertical jump at the Under Armour Combine. Alongside his wins in football, Phillip was recognised by and as a three-star recruit.

For college, Phillip Dorsett chose to be committed to the University of Miami after receiving scholarships from several other institutions like Ohio State, North Carolina, Georgia and the University of Florida. Phillip played with the Miami Hurricanes football team between 2011 and 2014, recording great success which helped him secure a better chance at the professional level.

With the Hurricanes, Phillip started by recording a touchdown and 14 receptions for 147 yards in 12 games as a freshman. He performed better in the following season, appearing in 12 games with 58 receptions for 842 yards and 4 touchdowns. 2013 was quite different for the young athlete as he sustained a knee injury which made him appear in only eight games but still, he was able to finish his college career with 17 touchdowns and 121 receptions for 2,132 yards.

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Career Stats

Going professional, Phillip Dorsett started with the Indianapolis Colts after being drafted 29th overall in the 2015 NFL Draft. On May 27, 2015, he signed a 4-year contract with the Indianapolis and unfortunately for the fresher, his first two years in the NFL were not encouraging as he managed to hit the 6th on the Colts receptions and yards ranking. 

On September 2, 2017, Phillip Dorsett was sold to the New England Patriots and on the 7th of the same month, he played his first game with the Patriots in a 42–27 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs. In Super Bowl, Phillip made a catch for 19 yards and finished the season with 12 catches for 194 yards. His 2018 season was opened on a good note, scoring one touchdown and 7 passes for 66 yards.

Generally, Phillip Dorsett isn’t doing badly at all in his NFL career despite his disappointing first season. His NFL career stats (2015-2018) shows he has 90 total reception for 1,203 total yards and 5 receiving touchdowns.

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Is He Related To Tony Dorsett?

Are Phillip Dorsett and Tony Dorsett related?
Phillip and Tony Dorsett – image source

Away from his football career, Phillip Dorsett has his perceived relationship with Tony Dorsett. Phillip and Tony are often mistaken as siblings mainly because they share similar surnames. While Phillip is from Florida, Tony is a native of Aliquippa, Pennsylvania.

Tony, whose real name is Anthony Drew Dorsett, is a former professional football running back who played for NFL teams like Dallas Cowboys and Denver Broncos. Tony Dorsett finished his 12-year career with 77 touchdowns and 12,739 rushing yards. He was born on April 7, 1954, as the son of Myrtle and Wes Dorsett.

There are no records about Tony and Phillip’s families, including their siblings, but Tony is married to Janet Harmon Dorsett and was previously married to Julie Simon. His children include Anthony Dorsett, Jazmyn Dorsett, and Maddie Dorsett. Looking at both their backgrounds, Phillip and Tony are in no way related. They share no family relationship neither are they from the same state.

Chika Udeh
Chika Udeh
Chika holds a B.A in English language/History and has over 5 years experience in content development and journalism. She loves playing with writing, wordsmiths, and storytelling in all its forms, and when she is not writing about famous people and events that matter, she is probably listening or dancing to some cool jams.


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