Antrel Rolle

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Antrel Rolle
Antrel Rolle 2014.jpg
Rolle playing for the Giants in 2014.
No. 26     New York Giants
Safety / Cornerback
Personal information
Date of birth: (1982-12-16) December 16, 1982 (age 31)
Place of birth: Homestead, Florida
Height: 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) Weight: 206 lb (93 kg)
Career information
High school: Homestead (FL) South Dade
College: Miami (FL)
NFL Draft: 2005 / Round: 1 / Pick: 8
Debuted in 2005 for the Arizona Cardinals
Career history
Roster status: Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of Week 1, 2014
Tackles 714
Quarterback sacks 4.0
Interceptions 23
Forced fumbles 7
Stats at NFL.com

Antrel Rocelious Rolle (born December 16, 1982) is an American football safety for the New York Giants of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football for the University of Miami, where he was recognized as a unanimous All-American. The Arizona Cardinals chose him in the first round of the 2005 NFL Draft, and he was a member of the New York Giants' Super Bowl XLVI championship team.

Early years[edit]

Rolle was born in Homestead, Florida. He attended South Dade High School in Homestead, and played for the South Dade Buccaneers high school football team. As a junior, he posted three interceptions, 85 tackles, and five pass deflections, and he returned three kickoffs and three punts for touchdowns. As a senior, he compiled three interceptions and 86 tackles; on offense, he had four receptions for 160 yards and a touchdown.

College career[edit]

Rolle attended the University of Miami, where he played for coach Larry Coker's Miami Hurricanes football from 2001 to 2004. During his 2001 freshman season, Rolle was one of four true freshman to letter at Miami. He appeared in eight games, recording eight tackles and an interception. Rolle started eleven games as a sophomore in 2002, earning first-team All-Big East honors. Rolle totaled a career-high 66 tackles with two sacks, six tackles for a loss, seven pass deflections, and an interception for the season.

In 2003, as a junior, Rolle recorded 51 tackles, 3.5 tackles for a loss, seven broken up passes, and two interceptions on the year. In his final season, 2004, Rolle was recognized as a unanimous All-American.[1] He recorded 58 tackles his senior year, 6.5 tackles behind the line of scrimmage, six pass deflections, and an interception. He was hurt late in the '04 season and missed the Virginia Tech game because of a foot sprain.

Following his senior season in 2004, he was a first-team All-Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) and a consensus first-team All-American at cornerback. His notable senior performances included shutting down talented opposing receivers such as Larry Fitzgerald (three catches for 26 yards) and Calvin Johnson (two catches for 10 yards); both were future All-Americans.

Professional career[edit]

Arizona Cardinals[edit]

The Arizona Cardinals selected Rolle in the first round (eighth pick overall) of the 2005 NFL Draft, making him the second cornerback picked. Rolle's career did not start off well mainly because of torn cartilage in his left knee suffered September 25, 2005 in a game against the Seattle Seahawks. The injury required surgery on October 3, 2005 and put Rolle out for almost the entire 2005 NFL season.

Antrel Rolle with the Arizona Cardinals.

Rolle returned and played on December 11, 2005 against the Washington Redskins, where he recorded his first interception and returned it for 29 yards. He played in week 14 and again in week 15 against the Houston Texans.

The 2007 campaign did not start well for Rolle as he lost his starting spot in the preseason.[2] However, he battled back and had the highlight of his career on November 18 when he intercepted 3 passes by Carson Palmer of the Cincinnati Bengals, returning the first two for touchdowns of 55 and 54 yards. He returned the third interception all the way to the end zone as well, but it was called back on a penalty.[3][4] Rolle was rewarded for his performance when he was named NFC Defensive Player of the Week.[5] Rolle finished the season with 61 tackles, 5 interceptions, and three return touchdowns. His interception total was tied for ninth most in the NFL. Cardinals Head Coach Ken Whisenhunt announced on February 2008 that Rolle will be moved to free safety for the 2008 season. For several plays during the 2009 season, Rolle was used as the quarterback in a Wildcat offense.

On March 4, 2010, the Cardinals, in order to avoid a $4 million roster bonus, released Rolle.

New York Giants[edit]

On March 5, 2010, the New York Giants signed Rolle to a five-year, $37 million contract. This deal makes Rolle one of the highest paid safeties in the NFL.

In the 2011 regular season, Rolle compiled a career-high 96 tackles. Antrel Rolle was also part of the New York Giants Super Bowl winning team against the New England Patriots in Super Bowl 46, 21-17. In 2012, Rolle was named the NFC Defensive Player of Week 6.

In 2013 Rolle led the league's safeties in interceptions (6) and was named to the Pro Bowl.

Statistics[edit]

Source: [1]

Tackles Interceptions Fumbles
Year Team G GS Total Solo Sck Sfty Int Yds Avg Lng TD FF FR
2005 ARI 5 4 28 26 0 0 1 29 29.0 29 0 0 0
2006 ARI 16 16 84 77 0 0 1 23 23.0 23 0 2 0
2007 ARI 16 8 62 52 0 0 5 231 46.2 57 3 0 0
2008 ARI 16 16 89 78 0 0 1 40 40.0 40T 1 0 0
2009 ARI 15 15 72 61 1.5 0 4 71 17.8 29 0 1 1
2010 NYG 16 16 87 75 0.5 0 1 36 36.0 36 0 1 0
2011 NYG 16 16 96 82 0 0 2 -1 -1.0 0 0 1 0
2012 NYG 16 16 96 73 0 0 2 42 21.0 22 0 1 0
2013 NYG 16 16 98 80 2.0 0 6 23 4.0 25 0 1 0
Total 132 123 714 606 4.0 0 23 494 21.0 57 4 7 4

Personal[edit]

Rolle is the cousin of Brian Rolle of the Pittsburgh Steelers.

References[edit]

  1. ^ 2011 NCAA Football Records Book, Award Winners, National Collegiate Athletic Association, Indianapolis, Indiana, p. 11 (2011). Retrieved June 26, 2012.
  2. ^ Tulumello, Mike (August 20, 2007), Cardinals notebook: Cornerback Rolle loses starting spot, East Valley Tribune 
  3. ^ Official Site of the Arizona Cardinals
  4. ^ NFL - Arizona Cardinals/Cincinnati Bengals Box Score Sunday November 18, 2007 - Yahoo! Sports
  5. ^ Rolle gets defense award

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