Former NFL tight end Alfredo Roberts is in his first season with the Chargers. A long-time NFL assistant coach who has worked primarily with tight ends, this marks Roberts’ first stint coaching running backs.
Roberts most recently spent four seasons (2012-15) coaching tight ends in Indianapolis. In 2014, Colts tight ends combined for 18 touchdown catches. Coby Fleener and Dwayne Allen became the first pair of tight ends in NFL history to score eight touchdowns apiece in a single season.
A native of Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., Roberts graduated from the University of Miami (Fla.), where he was a member of two national championship teams as a tight end. The first came under Howard Schnellenberger in 1983, which also was the school’s first national championship, and the second came in 1987 under Jimmy Johnson. Roberts played on five bowl teams for the Hurricanes, including two Orange Bowls, two Fiesta Bowls and one Sugar Bowl.
Roberts was an eighth-round pick by the Kansas City Chiefs in the 1988 NFL Draft. He spent three seasons with the team. In 1991, he joined the Dallas Cowboys and was part of two Super Bowl championship teams under the guidance of Johnson in 1992 and ‘93. Roberts played in every game for five consecutive seasons until his career ended in 1994 following foot and knee injuries. He finished his career with 50 catches for 476 yards and two touchdowns in 82 career games, playoffs included.
Roberts began his coaching career in 1999 as a member of the inaugural coaching staff at Florida Atlantic University. He coached there from 1999-02, including his final two seasons as the Owls’ wide receivers coach.
In 2003, Roberts accepted his first NFL coaching position as the tight ends coach for the Jacksonville Jaguars (2003-06). It was followed by similar posts with the Cleveland Browns (2007-08) and Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2009-11). In Roberts’ first season with the Browns, Kellen Winslow had his first Pro Bowl season after catching 82 passes for a career-high 1,106 yards and five touchdowns. Winslow followed Roberts to Tampa Bay and in three seasons together there, Winslow caught 218 passes for 2,377 yards and 12 touchdowns. During their first season in Tampa Bay (2009), Winslow’s 77 catches and 884 yards were both franchise season marks for a tight end.
Roberts and his wife, Angel, have twin sons, Avery and Austin, and one daughter, Alyssa. Avery attends Florida Atlantic University, while Austin is a tight end for the UCLA Bruins.