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As a former dual-sport athlete, Tee Higgins’ athletic ability comes second to none. Tee grew up in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, attending Oak Ridge High School between 2014 to 2017 and playing both basketball and football in that time period. While on the gridiron, Tee split time between wide receiver and cornerback, and on hardwood, he was throwing down highlight-reel dunks. In both sports, Tee posted impressive resumes, totaling 68 catches for 1,044 yards and 18 touchdowns in football as a senior, while also averaging 15 points and 6.6 rebounds per game in basketball as a junior.

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As a former dual-sport athlete, Tee Higgins’ athletic ability comes second to none. Tee grew up in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, attending Oak Ridge High School between 2014 to 2017 and playing both basketball and football in that time period. While on the gridiron, Tee split time between wide receiver and cornerback, and on hardwood, he was throwing down highlight-reel dunks. In both sports, Tee posted impressive resumes, totaling 68 catches for 1,044 yards and 18 touchdowns in football as a senior, while also averaging 15 points and 6.6 rebounds per game in basketball as a junior.

He also led his teams to 9-3 and 20-2 records in football and basketball respectively. Tee’s performances merited multiple accolades including being named the No. 1 prospect in Tennessee, No. 2 wide receiver prospect, and No. 15 overall prospect, both in the nation, by Rivals. Parallely, he’d also be named a finalist for Mr. Basketball in his junior year.
All in all, Tee emerged as one of the most fascinating athletes in all of high school athletics at the time, receiving offers in both sports from high-esteem programs, but ultimately choosing Clemson to focus solely on football. Upon signing with Clemson, Tee became the highest rated prospect of Clemson’s 2017 class, as rated by ESPN, Scout, and 247Sports. In his first year as a Tiger, Tee saw the field in 13 games, accumulating 17 catches for 345 yards and two touchdowns. During Week 11, he’d provide just a glimpse of what was to come over the next two years in Death Valley, posting a team-high six receptions for 178 yards and two touchdowns. 

He also led his teams to 9-3 and 20-2 records in football and basketball respectively. Tee’s performances merited multiple accolades including being named the No. 1 prospect in Tennessee, No. 2 wide receiver prospect, and No. 15 overall prospect, both in the nation, by Rivals. Parallely, he’d also be named a finalist for Mr. Basketball in his junior year. All in all, Tee emerged as one of the most fascinating athletes in all of high school athletics at the time, receiving offers in both sports from high-esteem programs, but ultimately choosing Clemson to focus solely on football. Upon signing with Clemson, Tee became the highest rated prospect of Clemson’s 2017 class, as rated by ESPN, Scout, and 247Sports. In his first year as a Tiger, Tee saw the field in 13 games, accumulating 17 catches for 345 yards and two touchdowns. During Week 11, he’d provide just a glimpse of what was to come over the next two years in Death Valley, posting a team-high six receptions for 178 yards and two touchdowns. 

The following season, Tee captured the attention of all of college football, starting all 15 games, and ending the year as a team-leader in multiple metrics. Ending the year with 59 receptions for 936 yards and 12 touchdowns, Tee led the Tigers in both receptions and receiving touchdowns and finished second in yards. As a result, he was named to Second-Team All-ACC and Second-Team AP All-ACC. In January of 2019, Tee and Clemson would capture the school’s second national championship in three years with a resounding 44-16 win, in which Tee notched three receptions for 81 yards and a touchdown. The win not only capped off a national championship, but an undefeated season as well. Returning as a national champion in 2019, Tee’s junior year would mark his final season in Death Valley, as he would enter the NFL draft following the conclusion of the season. However, he made sure to leave on the highest note possible, putting together his best season to date. Starting all 15 games once again, Tee totaled the fifth-most yards in school history with 1,167 on 59 catches along with 13 touchdowns. In Clemson’s game against Syracuse, Tee put together an electrifying performance in just the first half, catching seven passes for 150 yards in the game’s first two quarters. It was the most receiving yards recorded in a half by a Tiger since 2012. 

Then, in Clemson’s ACC Championship Game against No. 22 Virginia, Tee strung together nine catches for 182 yards and a program-record-tying three touchdowns, as the Tigers went on to win 62-17. It was the second time that season that Tee posted a three-touchdown game and would later be named the ACC Championship Game’s MVP for his performance. As Clemson made a second consecutive appearance in the national championship, Tee scored in the title game a second consecutive year as well, taking in his lone rush attempt for a touchdown from 36 yards out. All in all, Tee finished his time in Death Valley tied for the most career receiving touchdowns in program history. Boasting one of the most formidable college resumes amongst all wide receiver prospects of the 2020 draft class, the Cincinnati Bengals selected Tee with the 33rd overall pick, being taken as the 7th overall wide receiver taken. In Week 2 of the 2020 NFL season, Tee recorded his first career NFL reception against the Cleveland Browns, after which he caught both his first and second NFL touchdowns the subsequent week against the Philadelphia Eagles. In Week 6, Tee had the best output of his rookie season, hauling in six passes for 125 yards, including a deep reception for 67 yards. Overall, Tee started 13 games in his rookie season and caught 67 passes for 908 yards and six touchdowns, ranking third amongst rookies in receiving yards and receptions, as well as second in touchdown receptions. As the Bengals continue to bolster their young squad, Tee hopes to be a part of the journey to bring the first Lombardi trophy to Cincinnati.

Then, in Clemson’s ACC Championship Game against No. 22 Virginia, Tee strung together nine catches for 182 yards and a program-record-tying three touchdowns, as the Tigers went on to win 62-17. It was the second time that season that Tee posted a three-touchdown game and would later be named the ACC Championship Game’s MVP for his performance. As Clemson made a second consecutive appearance in the national championship, Tee scored in the title game a second consecutive year as well, taking in his lone rush attempt for a touchdown from 36 yards out. All in all, Tee finished his time in Death Valley tied for the most career receiving touchdowns in program history. Boasting one of the most formidable college resumes amongst all wide receiver prospects of the 2020 draft class, the Cincinnati Bengals selected Tee with the 33rd overall pick, being taken as the 7th overall wide receiver taken. In Week 2 of the 2020 NFL season, Tee recorded his first career NFL reception against the Cleveland Browns, after which he caught both his first and second NFL touchdowns the subsequent week against the Philadelphia Eagles. In Week 6, Tee had the best output of his rookie season, hauling in six passes for 125 yards, including a deep reception for 67 yards. Overall, Tee started 13 games in his rookie season and caught 67 passes for 908 yards and six touchdowns, ranking third amongst rookies in receiving yards and receptions, as well as second in touchdown receptions. As the Bengals continue to bolster their young squad, Tee hopes to be a part of the journey to bring the first Lombardi trophy to Cincinnati.