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John Matthew Phillips is a tight end for the Dallas Cowboys, who selected him with the 208th overall pick in the sixth round of the 2009 NFL Draft. Phillips was drafted after playing four seasons for the Virginia Cavaliers. Phillips is 6-feet, 6-inches tall and weighs 250 pounds.
Phillips was a first team all-state tight end as a senior at Bath County High School in Hot Springs, VA. After he caught 40 passes for 714 yards and five touchdowns, Scout.com ranked him as the No. 30 tight end prospect in the class of 2005. He committed to Virginia prior to his senior season. Phillips also played basketball and baseball at Bath County, earning all-state honors in baseball in 2005.
As a freshman at Virginia, Phillips started four games and played in all 12. He finished the season with two receptions for 27 yards, both of which came against Duke. His first catch was a 12-yard touchdown on his second career play from scrimmage. Phillips continued to be used sparingly on offense through his sophomore and junior seasons. He entered 2008 with 21 career receptions for 285 yards. As a senior, Phillips served as a team captain and finished second on the team with a career-high 48 receptions. That led all ACC tight ends and ranked eighth in the conference among all players. Phillips earned first team All-ACC honors, joining Eugene Monroe as the only Virginia players to earn a first team selection in 2008. After the 2008 season, Phillips was chosen to participate in the 2009 Senior Bowl.
John Phillips was selected in the sixth round (208th overall) of the 2009 NFL Draft by the Dallas Cowboys. Before the 2009 season, Phillips signed a four-year contract with Dallas.
Phillips played in all 16 games for the Cowboys as a rookie, finishing the season with seven receptions for 62 yards.
Phillips's older brother, Jake, was the starting quarterback at William & Mary. He also has a cousin, Scott Perkins, who played four years of football at William & Mary.
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