Cliff Avril

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Cliff Avril
Cliff Avril 2014.JPG
Avril in the 2014 preseason.
No. 56 Seattle Seahawks
Position: Defensive end
Personal information
Date of birth: (1986-04-08) April 8, 1986 (age 29)
Place of birth: Jacksonville, Florida
Height: 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Weight: 260 lb (118 kg)
Career information
High school: Green Cove Springs (FL) Clay
College: Purdue
NFL draft: 2008 / Round: 3 / Pick: 92
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of 2014
Tackles: 211
Quarterback sacks: 52.5
Forced fumbles: 22
Interceptions: 1
Touchdowns: 1
Stats at NFL.com

Clifford Samuel "Cliff" Avril (born April 8, 1986) is an American football defensive end for the Seattle Seahawks of the National Football League. He played college football at Purdue and was drafted by the Detroit Lions in the third round of the 2008 NFL Draft.

Early years[edit]

Avril was born in Jacksonville, Florida to Haitian parents and is a Christian.[1][2][3] He attended Clay High School in Green Cove Springs, Florida, where he was a four-sport star in football, basketball, track and field and weightlifting. He played as a defensive end for the Clay Blue Devils football team. He was an All-conference selection his junior year. As a senior in 2004, he was a second team All-state selection and was named to The Florida Times-Union Super 24 team after recording 80 tackles, including 11 for loss and nine sacks, with four pass breakups, leading his team to a 11-2 record.[4]

He also excelled in track & field during his junior and senior seasons. He captured a regional shot put title at the 2004 FHSAA 2A Region 2, recording a career-best throw of 15.91 meters (52 ft, 2.5 in).[5] He earned a third-place finish in the shot put at the outdoor state finals.[6] In addition, he also had a 335-pound max bench press and posted a 4.6-second 40-yard dash time.

College career[edit]

Avril then attended Purdue University where he started 12 games at strong-side linebacker and 23 at left defensive end. After converting to defensive end in his final two seasons at Purdue, he recorded 30 of his 35.5 tackles-for-losses and 12.5 of his 13 sacks from the left end position.

In 2004 he appeared in all 12 games, including four starts made 36 tackles (23 solo, 13 assists), including 3.0 for loss and 0.5 sacks, with one pass breakup and one forced fumble. In 2005 he appeared in 10 games, including four starts and had 33 tackles (21 solo, 12 assists), including 2.5 for loss. In 2006 he started all 14 games, the first four at linebacker and last 10 at defensive end and recorded 84 tackles (51 solo, 33 assists) 15.0 tackles-for-loss, six sacks and six pass breakups, two forced fumbles, one fumble recovery and one interception.

Professional career[edit]

Pre-draft[edit]

Pre-draft measureables
Height Weight 40-yard dash 10-yard split 20-yard split 20 ss 3-cone Vert Broad BP Wonderlic
6-2⅞* 253 * 4.51 * 1.50 * 2.58 * 4.31 * 6.90 * 32½ ** 9'09" * 27 * 17 *
* represents NFL Combine **represents Purdue Pro day

Detroit Lions[edit]

Avril was drafted in the third round (92nd overall) of the 2008 NFL Draft by the Detroit Lions. He signed a three-year, $1.634 million contract. In 2008 he recorded 23 tackles and five sacks. He was named to the Sporting News All-Rookie team. 2009 saw even better tackle statistics for Avril. He recorded 18 more tackles in 2009 than he did his rookie year in 2008. But his pass rushing ability was not much better than his rookie year as he recorded just a half sack more(5.5)in 2009. In 2010 Avril posted the best stats of his career with 33 tackles and 8.5 sacks. Not to be outdone by this, Avril played in all 16 games for the first time in 2011. He had 36 tackles, and a team-high 11 sacks. Avril had more forced fumbles than any other defensive end with 6. He also had 3 fumble recoveries (one for a touchdown) to go along with an interception that was returned for a touchdown. Many sportswriters felt that he was worthy of the Pro Bowl, but Jared Allen, Jason Pierre-Paul, and Jason Babin were selected instead to the NFC roster.

On March 5, 2012, the Lions placed the non-exclusive franchise tag on Avril, keeping him in Detroit for the 2012 season.[7] On August 5, Avril signed his tender, which was worth $10.6 million.[8] Prior to the franchise tag, Avril rejected a 3-year, $30 million contract offered by the Lions.

Seattle Seahawks[edit]

On March 13, 2013, Avril signed a two-year, $13 million contract with the Seattle Seahawks. In the 2013 season, he has been credited for his contribution to the Seahawks' Super Bowl XLVIII win.[9] He set a Super Bowl record by scoring only twelve seconds into the game with a safety stemming from a botched opening snap by the Broncos, and he later forced an interception that led to a touchdown.[9] Following the Seahawks' victory, Avril became the first player in NFL history to win a Super Bowl after having been on a zero-win team.

In the 2014 season, after recording just 2 sacks over the first 10 games, Avril would register 3 in the last 6 games, coinciding with a 6-game winning streak during which the Seahawks defense allowed a total of 39 points. On December 19, 2014, Avril signed a 4-year extension with the Seahawks worth $28.5 million.[10] Avril would also register a sack in the divisional round playoff game against the Carolina Panthers and NFC Championship game against the Green Bay Packers, both Seahawk victories. In Super Bowl XLIX, Avril recorded 2 tackles, but left in the third quarter with a concussion and did not return. The Seahawks failed to repeat as Super Bowl champions. They lost 28-24 to the New England Patriots.

Defensive Stats[edit]

Year Team Games Combine Tackles Tackles Assisted Tackles Sacks Forced Fumbles Fumble Recoveries Fumble Return Yards Interceptions interception Return Yards Average Interception Return Longest Interception Return Interceptions Returned for Touchdown Pass Defended Stuffs Stuff Yards Kick Blocks
2008 DET 15 23 18 5 5.0 4 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 4 0
2009 DET 13 41 27 14 5.5 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 3 8 0
2010 DET 13 33 23 10 8.5 1 1 10 0 0 0 0 0 5 1 8 0
2011 DET 16 36 29 7 11.0 6 3 24 1 4 4 4 1 4 2 5 0
2012 DET 16 35 28 7 9.5 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 4 40 0
2013 SEA 15 20 13 7 8.0 5 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 2 2 0
Total Total 88 188 138 13 47.5 21 6 0 1 4 4 4 1 17 15 67 0

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