Dolphins Acquire Booker And Draft Choice For Ogunleye

( - The Miami Dolphins today acquired wide receiver Marty Booker and a third-round draft choice in 2005 from the Chicago Bears in exchange for defensive end Adewale Ogunleye.

Booker, 28, was originally a third-round draft choice (78th overall) of Chicago in 1999 out of Louisiana-Monroe. In his five previous NFL seasons, he has played in 69 regular season games, including 56 starts. He has totaled 315 receptions for 3,684 yards and 23 touchdowns during that time. His reception total is the most by any Bear in his first five seasons with the club, while his yardage figure is third among Bears all-time in their first five seasons. Overall, he ranks fifth all-time in club history in receptions and is sixth in receiving yards. Booker enters the 2004 season having caught a pass in each of his last 58 league games, dating back to 2000.

The 6-0, 212-pound Booker put together his most productive season in 2001 when he amassed 100 receptions for 1,071 yards and eight touchdowns. Starting all 16 games for the first time in his career that year, Booker broke the Bears’ single-season reception record and became only the seventh receiver (eighth time) in the franchise’s history to surpass the 1,000-yard receiving barrier. He ranked second in the NFC and sixth in the NFL in receptions, and was ninth in the conference in receiving yards. The following year, he earned the first Pro Bowl berth of his career when he caught 97 passes for a career-high 1,189 yards and six touchdowns. He became the first Bears wide receiver to earn Pro Bowl status since Dick Gordon in 1972. Booker’s reception total that year was third in the NFC and tied for sixth in the NFL while his yardage figure was seventh in the conference and 14th in the league. His yardage total also was the fourth-highest total in Bears history as he became just the second player in team annals to post multiple 1,000-yard receiving seasons, joining Harlon Hill (1954, 1956).

Booker concluded his collegiate career at the University of Louisiana-Monroe (1995-98) by catching 178 passes for 2,784 yards and 23 touchdowns. As a senior in 1998, he hauled in a career-best 75 passes for 1,168 yards and 11 touchdowns. Booker was a standout quarterback at Jonesboro-Hodge High School in his hometown of Jonesboro, Louisiana, where he also starred on the track squad, finishing third in the state long jump finals. He was born on July 31, 1976 in Marrero, La.

By The Source
Aug 23, 2004
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