Category:American football outside linebackers
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1. Lance Briggs – Lance Marell Briggs is a former American football linebacker in the National Football League. He played college football at Arizona and was drafted by the Chicago Bears in the round of the 2003 NFL Draft. A Sacramento, California native, Briggs attended Elk Grove High School in Elk Grove, while at Arizona, he was a two-time first-team All-Pac-10 Conference selection as a linebacker for the Arizona Wildcats football team. Briggs was a third draft pick by the Chicago Bears in the 2003 NFL Draft. In 2004, he made 126 tackles and was elected as an alternate to the Pro Bowl. In 2005, Briggs was selected to represent the National Football Conference in the 2006 Pro Bowl, however, Briggs drew controversy when he refused to attend the Bears summer camp, resulting in a temporary demotion. He finished the 2006 Chicago Bears season as a performer on the Bears defense. Briggs was selected to play in the 2007 Pro Bowl, and he became a free agent following the 2007 playoffs, leaving his future with the Bears in the air. Despite Briggs’ high price tag, commentary from NFL on Fox revealed Brian Urlacher was willing to take a pay-cut in order to keep Briggs on the team. On February 16,2007, the Bears officially placed the tag on him. On the morning of March 3,2007, Briggs was featured on the Mike North Morning Show, Briggs later stated he enjoys his teammates, coaches and fans, but was fed up with the organization. He later went on to state he no longer wanted to be a Bear, Briggs also made his unhappiness known in a March 2007 interview with a Chicago radio station in which he said Ill do everything thats within my power to not be with this organization. On March 12,2007 Briggs announced he no longer considers himself a member of the Chicago Bears. During a cell phone interview with Foxsports. com Briggs said I am now prepared to sit out the year if the Bears dont trade me or release me, Ill never play another down for Chicago again. In explaining his demands, he said The Bears have shown Im not in their plans so if thats the case. A report from Fox Sports on March 27 claimed that the Washington Redskins allegedly offered the Bears their first round pick in exchange for Briggs and the Bears own first round pick. On March 28, Bears general manager Jerry Angelo confirmed that the Redskins have made an offer and stated, Well evaluate if thats good for us. Angelo deferred the offer on April 3, but later stated they were interested in negotiating a deal the following day, the Bears then proposed a trade with the Redskins which included linebacker Rocky McIntosh as well as the Redskins first-round pick in exchange for Briggs
2. Shawne Merriman – Shawne DeAndre Merriman, nicknamed Lights Out, is a former American football player who was a linebacker in the National Football League from 2005 to 2012. He was among the top linebackers in the NFL in his first three seasons with the San Diego Chargers, where he was a three-time Pro Bowl and All-Pro selection, Merriman is a recurring guest on the podcast Pardon My Take presented by Barstool Sports. Merriman was drafted 12th overall by the San Diego Chargers in the 2005 NFL Draft and he earned NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year honors in his first season and recorded 39 1⁄2 quarterback sacks in his first three seasons. He was hampered by injuries his next three seasons, and the Chargers waived Merriman midseason in 2010 and he was acquired through waivers by the Buffalo Bills that season, but he only played minimally with the Bills due to continued injuries. He was released by the Bills before the 2012 season before they re-signed him mid-season, Merriman grew up in Upper Marlboro, Maryland. He earned his nickname Lights Out at Frederick Douglass High School, Merriman started three years on both the varsity football and basketball teams. On the hardwood, Merriman was named one of the top five basketball defenders in the D. C. area by The Washington Post. For his football performance during his year, he was selected to the first team all-state. He also played tight end in high school. Despite being heavily recruited, Merriman stayed in-state for college and attended the University of Maryland, during his freshman campaign in 2002, Merriman appeared in 13 games and finished third on the team with 5 sacks. He battled injuries for the bulk of his season. His 41.5 vertical jump in 2003 was the best ever by a Maryland defensive lineman to that point, Merriman was drafted in the 1st round in the 2005 NFL Draft out of the University of Maryland by the San Diego Chargers. He was selected using a pick acquired from the New York Giants as part of the Rivers-Manning trade during the 2004 NFL Draft. Manning had made it clear he was not interested in playing for the Chargers, the Giants draft pick ended up being the 12th overall pick in the 2005 NFL Draft. The Chargers used that selection to take Merriman, on August 1, after a long holdout period, Merriman signed a 5-year, $11.5 million contract that included $9 million in guarantees and $4 million in incentives. Merriman started off his 2005 rookie year on the inactive list and he did not break the starting lineup until week 7, but recorded 6 sacks in his first 4 starts. He was voted into the Pro Bowl as an OLB after playing the position for the San Diego Chargers in their 3–4 defensive scheme which is the position he played at the University of Maryland. Merrimans best game of the came in week 15 when the Chargers handed the Indianapolis Colts their first loss of the season
3. Thomas Davis Sr. – Thomas Antonio Davis Sr. is an American football outside linebacker for the Carolina Panthers of the National Football League. Davis played college football for the University of Georgia, and was recognized as a consensus All-American and he drafted by the Panthers in the first round of the 2005 NFL Draft. Davis was born in Shellman, Georgia and he attended Randolph-Clay High School in Cuthbert, GA, where he was a four-sport star in football, basketball, baseball, and track. In football, he played running back, wide receiver, quarterback, defensive end, defensive back, punter, kicker, as a junior, he averaged 30 yards per punt, had two kickoff returns, one punt return, and one fumble return for touchdowns. In the agility tests, he ran a 4. 54-second 40-yard dash, had a 355-pound bench press, 520-pound squat, 324-pound hang clean and 34-inch vertical jump. Davis was regarded by many as one of the finest athletes ever from the state of Georgia and he was not highly recruited out of high school and was only offered a scholarship to one Division I college, which he accepted to become a member of the Georgia Bulldogs. Davis received a scholarship to attend the University of Georgia. Following his sophomore season in 2003, he earned second-team All-Southeastern Conference honors and he was recognized as a first-team All-SEC selection and a consensus first-team All-American after his junior season in 2004. In 39 career games, he was effective as both a linebacker and a free safety, recording 272 tackles,18 for a loss,10.5 sacks. Davis was selected in the first round in the 2005 NFL Draft, even though he was picked as a safety in the 2005 NFL Draft, he was converted to linebacker during his rookie year. In his debut season he played in 16 games making one start and he made an impact in the December 4 home game against the Atlanta Falcons, when he was used as a quarterback spy to contain Falcons quarterback Michael Vick. Using his speed and benefiting from great play from other members of the defense, Vick was held to 171 yards passing and was sacked five times for a loss totaling 36 yards. Davis finished the season with 38 tackles and 1.5 sacks, in the 2006 season, he started in all 14 games that he played in recording 88 tackles and 1.5 sacks. In the 2007 season, he started all 16 games for the first time in his career and he finished the season with 88 tackles and three sacks. In the 2008 season, Davis had a career year and he started in all 16 games for the second year in a row, but this time he recorded 113 tackles,3.5 sacks, and forced 2 fumbles. Davis was placed on the reserve/physically unable to perform list with a right knee on October 31,2010. On September 18,2011, Thomas Davis tore his ACL for the 3rd time in 3 years, no NFL players has ever recovered and returned from three ACL tears. Davis said at the time that he would be the first, in March 2012, Thomas Davis restructured his contract to save the Panthers approximately $3.8 million in cap space
4. Elvis Dumervil – Elvis Kool Dumervil is an American football outside linebacker who is currently a free agent. He played college football at Louisville, where he was recognized as a unanimous All-American, Dumervil was drafted by the Denver Broncos in the fourth round of the 2006 NFL Draft, where he played for seven seasons before joining the Baltimore Ravens in 2013. Dumervil has made the Pro Bowl five times and set the Ravens franchise record for most sacks in a season with 17 in 2014, Dumervil was born in Miami, Florida. His parents were Haitian immigrants to Miamis Little Haiti neighborhood, separated when Dumervil was three years old, they raised a total of 10 children. He attended Miami Jackson High School, where he was a star in football. He played high school football for the Jackson Generals team, rated among the top 25 defensive ends by most football recruiting publications, Dumervil had a Jackson High School record 78 career sacks. Despite standing at 5 ft.11 in, Dumervil was one of the most dominating defensive players in school history and put together one of the most impressive collegiate seasons in 2005. Dumervil attended the University of Louisville, where he played for coach John L. Smith, as a freshman in 2002, Dumervil recorded six tackles and two tackles for loss, but he impressed the coaching staff with his quickness and his high energy. After John L. Smith left, Petrino took over, in 2003, he tallied just 28 tackles and two sacks. The Cardinal coaching staff had planned on redshirting him during the 2002 season, but injuries to other players and he showed glimpses of what was to come in 2004, when he tallied 52 tackles,11. His sack total also broke the Big East record set by Dwight Freeney and he finished that season with a school record 20.5 sacks and 10 forced fumbles, which is still the best in NCAA history. He won several awards for the 2005 season, including the Bronko Nagurski Trophy, the Ted Hendricks Award, and Big East player of the year, in the 2006 Gator Bowl, Virginia Tech quarterback Marcus Vick intentionally stomped on the back of Dumervils leg after a whistle. While no penalty was called, the backlash from this led to Vicks permanent dismissal from the Virginia Tech football team. Vick claimed that he had apologized to Dumervil after the game, while Dumervil disputed that claim, in college, he was known for the strip-sack maneuver where he would sometimes strip the ball from ball carriers or quarterbacks. The product of Miami Jackson High finished his career with 151 career tackles,42.5 tackles for loss and 32 sacks. He ranks third all-time in tackles for loss and second in sacks and this may have been due to being consistently double-teamed, but it was perceived by some as a sign of fatigue. Several teams considered moving him to linebacker or only using him in pass rushing situations, Dumervil was drafted in the fourth round of the 2006 NFL Draft by the Denver Broncos. Broncos coach Mike Shanahan stated that he planned to keep Dumervil at defensive end, early in his rookie season, Dumervil saw little playing time
5. James Harrison (American football) – James Henry Harrison Jr. is an American football linebacker for the Pittsburgh Steelers of the National Football League. He played college football for Kent State University, and was signed by the Steelers as a free agent in 2002. A five-time Pro Bowl selection, Harrison has earned two Super Bowl rings with the Steelers, in Super Bowl XL and Super Bowl XLIII, Harrison also played for NFL Europes Rhein Fire and had a brief stint with the Baltimore Ravens. He played 10 games for the Cincinnati Bengals in 2013, soon after his season in 2013 with Cincinnati he stated that he would be retiring from the NFL, but he came out of retirement to return to the Steelers. Harrison is the Steelers all-time sack leader with 79.5, born in Akron, Ohio, Harrison was the youngest of 14 children to James Sr. and Mildred. He played Little League baseball in Scranton, Pennsylvania for Sloan Little Leagues Green Team and he was selected to the All-Star team in 1991. He grew up in Akron, and his favorite NFL team was the Cleveland Browns and his mother did not want him to play at first. It took both Harrison and his best friend from childhood, David Walker, to convince her, when he started to play, he excelled at both linebacker and running back. He had PR of 15.63 meters in the put,38.86 meters in the discus throw and 1.85 meters in the high jump. He was also a state-qualifier in the 4 ×100 m relay, Harrison along with Jonathan Holloman were two of the first African-Americans to play football at Coventry. His high school football ability was great, but his lack of maturity at times was a struggle, Harrison did not pay attention to his grades or college entrance tests, and by his senior year he had become disruptive to his football team. Early in his year, Coventry staff had to suspend him for two games for challenging an assistant coach to a fight. After he returned from his suspension, in his next game, after his second TD, he ran down the opposing teams sideline, and was ejected and later suspended for one game for making obscene gestures to the fans. Harrison was in court soon thereafter, after he shot a BB gun in the locker room towards a defensive coach. He plead guilty to a charge and was able to return to school to finish his senior year. Due to his issues, powerhouse football programs like Ohio State, Notre Dame. Harrison attended Kent State University and walked on the Kent State Golden Flashes football team and he also had an interception and three fumble recoveries. During his last collegiate game against Miami University, Harrison finished with 12 tackles,5 sacks, at the end of the fourth quarter, he sacked future teammate, Ben Roethlisberger on third and fourth down to seal a 24–20 victory
6. Aaron Kampman – Aaron Allan Kampman is a former American football defensive end and outside linebacker who played ten seasons in the National Football League. He played college football for the University of Iowa and he was drafted by Green Bay Packers in the fifth round of the 2002 NFL Draft, and also played for the Jacksonville Jaguars. Aaron Kampman played high school football for Aplington-Parkersburg High School, despite a student body of only 270, it has produced four NFL players. Kampman, Casey Wiegmann, Jared DeVries, and Brad Meester are all Aplington-Parkersburg graduates who played for the late Ed Thomas, Thomas was named the 2005 NFL High School Coach of the Year. Kampman lettered three times in football and basketball and four times in track in high school and he was an all-state basketball player as a senior, and he placed third in the shot put at the state meet his junior and senior seasons. In football, Kampman led Aplington-Parkersburg to three playoff appearances and a runner-up finish in the state championship as a junior. His teams had a record of 26-7 over his three years there, Kampman played the linebacker position and set school records for tackles in a game, a season, and a career. He was the team MVP his junior and senior seasons and team captain as a senior, Kampman received a number of honors in high school. He was named the Iowa Class 2A Player of the Year, a USA Today second team All-American, additionally, he was named district MVP and an Iowa all-state selection as a junior and as a senior, and he was an Elite all-state selection as a senior. Kampman also earned team MVP honors in the Iowa Shrine all-star game following his senior season, Kampman was highly recruited out of high school, and chose to attend the University of Iowa and play for coach Hayden Frys Iowa Hawkeyes football team. Kampman played nine games as a freshman in 1998, recording 49 tackles. After the season, Coach Fry retired, and Kampman played the rest of his career for Kirk Ferentz, as a sophomore, Kampman started all 11 games for Iowa at linebacker, and he finished second on the team with 103 tackles. He had five games with ten or more tackles in 1999 and was academic All-Big Ten, prior to his junior season, Kampman switched positions from linebacker to defensive end. In 2000, he started all 12 games for Iowa at defensive end, the Hawkeyes snapped a school-record 13 game losing streak when they defeated Michigan State, 21-16. Kampman was the Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week that week, recording 16 tackles, a field goal. He had 94 tackles his junior season, and he was named honorable mention All-Big Ten and he was also a second team academic All-American. As a senior in 2001, Aaron Kampman started all 12 games for Iowa at defensive end and he had 96 tackles in 2001 and led the team with nine sacks. Iowa, which had won seven games in Kampmans first three years combined, rebounded in 2001
7. Trent Murphy – Trenton Allen Trent Murphy is an American football outside linebacker for the Washington Redskins of the National Football League. He played college football at Stanford, and was drafted by the Redskins in the round of the 2014 NFL Draft. Murphy graduated in 2009 from Brophy College Preparatory He was a letterman in track, in Murphy’s junior season he helped back Brophy Prep to an Arizona 5A1 Division championship. As a senior in 2008-09 he served as captain, leading Brophy to a runner-up 5A1 Division finish. In track & field, Murphy was one of the top performers in the discus. He also competed in the shot put, Murphy did not see field action in his freshman year and was sidelined due to injury two games into his sophomore year. During the two games he played in his year, Murphy logged one sack and two solo tackles against Sacramento State. In 2011, Murphy bounced back from his 2010 injury to record stellar numbers, in his first game against San Jose State, Murphy recorded 5 tackles. Murphy registered a high with 10 tackles,9 solo. In the January 2,2012 Fiesta Bowl against 13th-ranked Oklahoma State, in sum over the 2011 season Murphy logged 6.5 sacks for -43 yards,10 tackles for loss for -50 yards,25 solo tackles and 15 assists. Murphy started all 14 games of the 2012 season for Stanfords Pac-12 championship season and he led the Cardinal defense with 10 sacks and 18 tackles for loss, the best defensive records for Stanford since 2000 and 2004 respectively. Murphy’s season included 6 QB hurries,4 passes broken up and 1 forced fumble, Murphy recorded his first career interception of a pass made by Keith Price, resulting in a 40-yard return for a touchdown. Murphy registered another career game against number 1 ranked Notre Dame. The Stanford defense was the 2012 NCAA Division I-A Sack Leader, Murphy was named to the All-Pac-12,2012 1st team, CBS All America Team 3rd 2012 Associated Press All-American 3rd Team 3rd, and the 2012 Sports Illustrated All-American Team. In the category of tackles for loss, Murphy ranked second overall with 23.5, Murphy was named Pac-12 Defensive Player of the week in weeks 6 and 9. On November 1,2013 Murphy was named the Chuck Bednarik Player of the week, on November 8,2013 Murphy moved to the semi-finalist round for the Lombardi Award given to the nations best O/D lineman or linebacker. For the second year, Murphy was named to the All-Pac-12 First team, along with 5 Stanford Cardinal teammates. On Dec.7 the Stanford Cardinal defeated ASU to earn the Pac-12 Championship title for the year in a row and earned the honor of playing in the 2014 Rose Bowl game
8. Linebacker – A linebacker is a playing position in American football and Canadian football. Linebackers are members of the team, and line up approximately three to five yards behind the line of scrimmage, behind the defensive linemen, and therefore back up the line. Linebackers generally align themselves before the ball is snapped by standing upright in a two point stance, the goal of the linebacker is to provide either extra run protection or extra pass protection based on the particular defensive play being executed. Another key play of the position is blitzing. A blitz occurs when a linebacker acts as a pass rusher running into any exposed gap. When a blitz is called by the defense, it is mainly to sack or hurry the opposing offenses quarterback. Linebackers are often regarded as the most important position in defence, due to their versatility in providing hard hits on running plays or a layer of pass protection. Similar to the safety position, linebackers are required to use their judgment on every snap. Before the advent of the two platoon system with units for offense and defense, the player who was the teams center on offense was often, though not always. Hence today one usually sees four defensive linemen to the five or more. Most sources claim coach Fielding H. Yost and center Germany Schulz of the University of Michigan invented the position, Schulz was Yosts first linebacker in 1904 when he stood up from his usual position on the line. Yost was horrified at first, but came to see the wisdom in Schulzs innovation, william Dunn of Penn St. was another Western linebacker soon after Schulz. However, there are historical claims tied to the linebacker position. For example, Percy Given of Georgetown is another center with a claim to the title first linebacker, despite Given, most sources have the first linebacker in the South as Frank Juhan of Sewanee. In the East, Ernest Cozens of Penn was one of the first of the centers, another, archaic term for the position. Walter E. Bachman of Lafayette was said to be the developer of the roving center concept, edgar Garbisch of Army was credited with developing the roving center method of playing defensive football in 1921. In professional football, Cal Hubbard is credited with pioneering the linebacker position and he starred as a tackle and end, playing off the line in a style similar to that of a modern linebacker. The middle or inside linebacker, sometimes called Mike or Mohr, is referred to as the quarterback of the defense
9. Keith Brooking – Keith Howard Brooking is a former American football linebacker in the National Football League. He was drafted by the Atlanta Falcons in the first round of the 1998 NFL Draft and also played for the Dallas Cowboys and he played college football at Georgia Tech. Brooking was a five-time Pro Bowl selection with the Falcons, Brooking graduated from East Coweta High School in Sharpsburg, Georgia in 1994. He played both offense and defense as #35, was a member of the Key Club and was also voted Mr. ECHS and he was recruited to play college football by the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets. He started 34 straight games to end his career as he led the team in tackles during his final three seasons at Georgia Tech and became the leading tackler in Georgia Tech history. He had two of the best tackle seasons in history with 147 and 146, respectively, as a junior. Brooking had 131 tackles, two sacks, two interceptions, three passes defensed, one fumble recovery and one blocked field goal to lead Tech to a Bowl game as a senior, voted a permanent team captain by his teammates and a finalist for the Dick Butkus Award. He was the top tackler in the ACC in 1995 after averaging 13.3 stops a game, finished his collegiate career with 15 tackles and one interception to help the Yellow Jackets defeat West Virginia in the Carquest Bowl. He is remembered one of the greatest players to play at Georgia Tech. After being the 12th overall selection by the Falcons in the 1998 NFL Draft and he recorded 8 tackles in the NFC Championship game vs Minnesota Vikings, when the Falcons reached the Super Bowl XXXIII, but Atlanta fell to the Broncos 34-19. After that season, in 1999, he started 13 games, finished with 95 tackles and his first career start was against the Vikings, recording 8 tackles, and his first career sack was against Baltimore, sacking Stoney Case. During the 2000 season, Brooking was placed in the Injury Reserve after suffering a foot in a game vs Philadelphia. He finished with 39 tackles,1 sack and 1 forced fumble and he led the Falcons with 167 tackles and registered 2 interceptions,2 forced fumbles,2 fumble recoveries,9 passes defended and 3.5 sacks. This season he was named to the Pro Bowl, becoming the first Falcon Pro Bowler since 1998, in 2002, Brooking became the fifth Falcons player to total 200 tackles in a season, following Tommy Nobis, Fulton Kuykendall, Buddy Curry and Jessie Tuggle. He also established a new career-high with 22 tackles vs Green Bay Packers, the 22 tackles were the most by a Falcons player since Jessie Tuggle had 22 vs. New Orleans on September 29,1991, was named NFC Defensive Player of the Week for his efforts vs, New Orleans Saints when he collected 15 stops and one fumble recovery. He blocked his first career blocked field goal against the Vikings to Veteran kicker Gary Anderson and he earned second straight Pro Bowl after leading the team with a career-high 212 tackles, also added 2 interceptions,2 fumble recoveries and 1 forced fumble. In 2003, was named to his third consecutive Pro Bowl after registering a team-high 207 total tackles and career-high 130 solo stops in 16 starts and posting two fumble recoveries
10. Jadeveon Clowney – Jadeveon Clowney is an American football defensive end for the Houston Texans of the National Football League. He graduated from South Pointe High School in Rock Hill, South Carolina, described by ESPN as one of those rare game-changers on defense, Clowney was drafted first overall by the Texans in the 2014 NFL Draft. A native of Rock Hill, South Carolina, Clowney attended South Pointe High School, already 6-3 and 200 lbs as a freshman in 2007, he played running back and defensive end for the schools junior varsity team. For his sophomore year he joined rising seniors Stephon Gilmore and DeVonte Holloman on a South Pointe varsity that came off a 9–4 season, by spring practice, Clowney became a permanent fixture at defensive end. We knew we had something special and he was 13 years old in that big athletic body. He was wreaking havoc on our offense that spring and fall, said Bobby Carroll, despite playing nearly the entire season with a bone spur in his foot, Clowney finished with 17 sacks. He opted to have surgery on the spur in January 2009. South Pointe had 31 seniors graduate after the 2008 season, including Gilmore, still, Clowney helped the team to a 10–4 record for the season, and a state semifinal berth, where the Stallions lost to Northwestern. Clowney finished the season with 144 tackles and 23 sacks, South Pointe made the state finals for the second time in three years, but lost 23–27 to Myrtle Beach at USCs Williams-Brice Stadium. Still, Clowney was named South Carolinas 2010 Mr. Football, South Pointe was 38–6 during his three varsity seasons. Clowney was lined up against the North Carolina left tackle on every snap he played, after the Shrine Bowl, Clowney headed to Orlando, Florida, for a week of Under Armour All-America Game practices and then the all-star game itself. He was the leading tackler for the Red with seven and had 1.5 sacks, recruiting analysts were particularly interested in his matchup with Cyrus Kouandjio. Afterwards, Clowney headed to New York City, for a shoot for an ESPN the Magazine feature story that appeared in the journals February 7,2011 issue. During his high school career, Clowney was often regarded as the best player in his class, ESPN described him as a special talent who could have vied for the top spot in several previous classes. Unsurprisingly, he received offers from nearly every perennial BCS powerhouse. However, Clowney left his decision open until after National Signing Day of 2011 and he was the third-straight South Carolina Mr. Football to sign with the Gamecocks, following in the footsteps of his South Pointe teammate Gilmore, and Duncan Byrnes Marcus Lattimore. I wanted to play in the SEC, I just tried not to tell anybody. Just days earlier, a story in the New York Times questioned Clowneys academic eligibility, Clowney was also on the schools track & field team, where he competed as a sprinter, shot putter and discus thrower