Anthony Hargrove

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Anthony Hargrove
No. --     free agent
Defensive end
Personal information
Date of birth: (1983-07-20) July 20, 1983 (age 31)
Place of birth: Brooklyn, New York
Height: 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) Weight: 287 lb (130 kg)
Career information
College: Georgia Tech
NFL Draft: 2004 / Round: 3 / Pick: 91
Debuted in 2004 for the St. Louis Rams
Career history
*Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of Week 15, 2011
Tackles 222
Sacks 19.5
Forced fumbles 4
Stats at NFL.com

Anthony La'Ron Tony Hargrove (born July 20, 1983) is an American football defensive end who is currently a free agent. He was drafted by the St. Louis Rams in the third round of the 2004 NFL Draft. He played college football at Georgia Tech.

Hargrove has also played for the Buffalo Bills as well as winning Super Bowl XLIV with the New Orleans Saints. He was a member of the Philadelphia Eagles and Seattle Seahawks in 2011, and Green Bay Packers in 2012.

Early years[edit]

Hargrove played high school football at Port Charlotte High School in Florida. He played quarterback and free safety for the Pirates, before moving to defensive line in college.

College career[edit]

Hargrove started 13 of 24 games for the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets, with 70 tackles (36 solo) with six sacks, 19 tackles for loss, two forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries, and three passes defensed. He was academically ineligible for the season as a junior in 2003, but started every game at weakside defensive end as a sophomore.

Professional career[edit]

Pre-draft measureables
Ht Wt 40-yard dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20 ss 3-cone Vert Broad BP Wonderlic
6-3⅜ * 255 lb * 4.60 * 1.59 * 2.71 * 4.24 ** 7.14 ** 39½ in.** 10'06" ** 31 * 27 *

(* represents NFL Combine **represents Georgia Tech Pro Day)

St. Louis Rams[edit]

Hargrove was selected in the third round (91st overall) by the St. Louis Rams.[1][2] On July 24, 2004, Hargrove signed a three-year $1.25 million contract with the Rams, including a signing bonus of $442,000. As a reserve in 2004, Hargrove played in 15 games and started two. He totaled 31 tackles (23 solo) and recorded one sack. In 2005 he was the Rams starting right defensive end, totaling 51 tackles (43 solo) and 6.5 sacks. In 2006 he played in four games with two starts and had five tackles and one-half sack. Early in the 2006 season Hargrove had an unexplained two-day absence which caused him to be made inactive and then traded.[3]

Buffalo Bills[edit]

Hargrove was traded by the Rams to the Buffalo Bills on October 16, 2006, in exchange for a fifth-round pick in the 2007 NFL Draft. Hargrove played in 10 games in 2006 and had 19 tackles (14 solo) and recorded a sack to make his 2006 totals 24 tackles and 1.5 sacks with both the Bills and Rams. On March 1, 2007, Hargrove signed the Bill's one-year tender of $850,000 for the 2007 season. In 2007 he played 12 games and made 28 tackles (18 solo) and had 1.5 sacks after serving a four-game suspension, which cost him $200,000 of his 2007 salary.

On August 11, 2007, Hargrove was suspended by the NFL for the first four games of the regular season for breaking the NFL's substance abuse policy.[4][5] It was reported on January 18, 2008, that Hargrove had failed another drug test. Due to past violations of the NFL's substance abuse policy, Hargrove received a one-year suspension on January 24, 2008.[6] It was announced he had been reinstated by the league on February 23, 2009.[7]

New Orleans Saints[edit]

On May 18, 2009, Hargrove signed a contract with the New Orleans Saints.[8] New Orleans Saints defensive coordinator Gregg Williams moved Hargrove inside to defensive tackle where he flourished.[9]

On November 8 of the same year Hargrove validated the Saints' decision by recovering a fumble from the Carolina Panthers and scoring a 4th-quarter touchdown, sealing a 30-20 victory for the Saints. Besides the rare occurrence of a touchdown scored by a defensive lineman, the game was Panthers coach John Fox's first loss in the Louisiana Superdome and put New Orleans at a season-starting eight wins and no losses for the first time in Saints history.[10]

Hargrove was a restricted free agent after the 2009 season, and it was reported that the Detroit Lions were interesting in signing him, but on April 5, 2010, Hargrove signed the Saints' qualifying tender, and the Saints said he would return to the team in 2010.[11]

While a player for the Saints, Hargrove is alleged to have been involved in a bounty program where coaches offered extra payments to defensive players who injured or otherwise knocked key offensive players out of the game. Hargrove is currently facing an eight game suspension in conjunction with the scandal, and is alleged to have told NFL officials that Saints coaches had instructed players to lie to league officials about the existence of the program.[12]

Philadelphia Eagles[edit]

The Philadelphia Eagles signed Hargrove on August 3, 2011. He was released during final roster cuts on September 3, 2011.

Seattle Seahawks[edit]

The Seattle Seahawks signed Hargrove on September 9, 2011.

On December 18, 2011, during a game against the Chicago Bears, wide receiver Johnny Knox sustained a serious back injury after attempting to recover his own fumble and clashing with Hargrove. Knox required immediate surgery in order to stabilize an injured vertebra.[13] The injury forced him to retire from the NFL.

Green Bay Packers[edit]

The Green Bay Packers signed Hargrove on March 29, 2012.[14]

On May 2, 2012, the NFL suspended Hargrove for the first eight games of the 2012 season after naming him as one of the ringleaders of the New Orleans Saints bounty scandal. According to the league, Hargrove signed a statement admitting his role in the scheme, and also told at least one other player that the Saints had put a bounty on Brett Favre in the 2009 NFC Championship Game. He'd also lied to investigators when the league initially probed the Saints about the bounty scandal in 2010.[15] Hargrove, along with the other suspended players, intends to appeal.[16] His suspension was later overturned.[17]

Hargrove was released on August 24, 2012.[18]

On October 9, 2012, four weeks and three days after an internal appeals panel vacated suspensions imposed on Hargrove, Saints linebacker Jonathan Vilma, Browns linebacker Scott Fujita and Saints defensive end Will Smith, the league has re-issued the discipline without any changes or reductions, according to a league source. This means that Vilma will be suspended a full season, Fujita will be suspended three games, Smith will be suspended four games, and Hargrove will be suspended eight games.[19]

On December 12, 2012, "In a sharp rebuke to his successor's handling of the NFL's bounty investigation, former commissioner Paul Tagliabue overturned the suspensions of four current and former New Orleans Saints players (including Hargrove) in a case that has preoccupied the league for almost a year." [20]

Dallas Cowboys[edit]

The Dallas Cowboys signed Anthony Hargrove on May 16, 2013.[21]

Hargrove was released by the Dallas Cowboys on June 20, 2013.

Personal[edit]

When Hargrove was 6, the Brooklyn tenement where he lived with his mother and two of his four half-siblings burned down. He lived in homeless shelters and foster care until his mother died when he was 9. An aunt in Port Charlotte adopted him.[22]

Hargrove has said that he began abusing drugs during his time with the Rams. He went through a series of failed drug tests and other difficulties during his tenure with the Rams and the Bills. After his 2008 suspension, he spent more than a year in treatment centers in South Carolina and North Miami Beach. Eight months after leaving the treatment center, he found himself back in Miami to play in the Super Bowl.[22] In view of his comeback, Hargrove's Saints teammates voted him the winner of their 2009 Ed Block Courage Award.[23]

In June 2011, Hargrove's older brother Terence Hargrove died after being stabbed numerous times in North Port Florida.

References[edit]

  1. ^ #93 Anthony Hargrove - Buffalo Bills
  2. ^ Banks, Don. (2003-03-07).[1] Sports Illustrated. Retrieved 2009-04-30.
  3. ^ USA Today
  4. ^ "Bills player accused of breaking cop's glasses". Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Archived from the original on 2007-09-30. Retrieved 2007-08-05. 
  5. ^ "Bills' DE Hargrove charged with misdemeanors after altercation outside nightclub". San Diego Union Tribune/Associated Press. Retrieved 2007-08-05. 
  6. ^ "Hargrove handed one-year ban". Sky Sports. January 21, 2008. 
  7. ^ http://myespn.go.com/blogs/afceast/0-5-109/Hargrove-reinstated-by-NFL.html
  8. ^ Anthony Hargrove signs with New Orleans Saints - ESPN
  9. ^ Jennifer Armstrong, "Anthony Hargrove has found home as New Orleans Saints tackle", Times-Picayune, September 3, 2009.
  10. ^ Triplett, Mike (9 November 2009). "Hargrove making most of his chance". Times-Picayune. pp. D6. Retrieved 2009-11-09. 
  11. ^ Sean Leahy, "Saints to bring back Anthony Hargrove after DT signs offer sheet", USA Today, April 5, 2010.
  12. ^ "Hargrove: Williams, Vitt Told Me to Lie About Bounty Program" USA Today, May 7, 2012.
  13. ^ "Chicago Bears' Johnny Knox to undergo surgery after big hit - ESPN Chicago". Espn.go.com. 2011-12-19. Retrieved 2012-09-08. 
  14. ^ Packers get Anthony Hargrove
  15. ^ NFL announcement of player sanctions
  16. ^ "Jonathan Vilma banned one year". ESPN. 2012-05-02. 
  17. ^ "Saints player bounty suspensions overturned on appeal". NFL.com. Retrieved 2012-09-08. 
  18. ^ "Anthony Hargrove released by Green Bay Packers". NFL.com. 2012-08-24. Retrieved 2012-09-08. 
  19. ^ Brooks, Matt. "Report: NFL re-issues bounty suspensions for Saints players". The Washington Times. Retrieved 9 October 2012. 
  20. ^ http://espn.go.com/nfl/story/_/id/8736662/paul-tagliabue-vacates-new-orleans-players-bounty-penalties.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  21. ^ http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap1000000200097/article/anthony-hargrove-joining-dallas-cowboys-in-nfl-return
  22. ^ a b Crouse, Karen (January 31, 2010). "Super Bowl Is Unlikely Stopover on Player’s Journey to Sobriety". New York Times. Retrieved 2010-02-01. 
  23. ^ Mike Triplett, "Anthony Hargrove voted Ed Block Courage Award winner by New Orleans Saints teammates", Times-Picayune, December 23, 2009.

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