Hakeem Nicks is a wide receiver for the New York Giants, who selected him with the 29th overall pick of the 2009 NFL Draft. Nicks played three seasons at North Carolina, but chose to forgo his final year of eligibility to enter the NFL. Nicks is 6-feet, 1-inch tall and weighs 215 pounds.
Prep Career
Nicks attended Independence High School in Charlotte, N.C., where he was a SuperPrep All-America. He was named the MVP of the 4-AA state championship game after leading Independence to a perfect season (15-0). Nicks did not lose a game in his high school career.
Freshman and Sophomore Years
As a freshman in 2006, he started all 11 games he played, and set the UNC single-season records for receptions (39) and receiving yards (660) by a freshman. In 2007, he set a single-season school record with 74 receptions.
Junior Year
In 2008, Nicks set the UNC single-season records in 2008 for receiving yards (1,222) and touchdowns (12). In his final game against West Virginia in the Meineke Car Care Bowl, he caught eight passes for 217 yards, the second-most by a Tar Heel, and he became just the third player in school history to post a 200-yard receiving game. His behind-the-back catch against West Virginia was ESPN's No. 1 play of the bowl season.

In just three seasons, Nicks established 14 school records, including career receptions (181), career receiving yards (2,580) and career touchdowns (21). Nicks was named first-team All-ACC, and is the only player in UNC history with more than 1,000 yards receiving in a season. He chose to forgo his final year of eligibility and enter the 2009 NFL Draft.
NFL Career
Nicks was selected in the first round (29th overall) of the 2009 NFL Draft by the New York Giants. One day before the start of training camp, Nicks signed a five-year/$12.54M contract, including $6.5M in guaranteed money.

Nicks had two catches for 18 yards in his NFL debut against the Washington Redskins, before leaving the game with a sprained left foot. He missed two games before returning in Week 4, when he caught his first career touchdown pass. That began a streak of four consecutive games with a touchdown, earning Nicks offensive Rookie of the Month honors for October. Nicks finished the 2009 regular season with 47 receptions for 790 yards and six touchdowns. His 790 yards matched Percy Harvin for the lead among rookie wide receivers, and were the third-most ever by a Giants rookie.