Wallace during a 49ers training camp session
No. 72 Pittsburgh Steelers
|Date of birth:November 26, 1984|
|Place of birth: Cuero, Texas|
|High school: Cuero (TX)|
|College: Texas A&M|
|NFL Draft: 2008 / Round: 4 / Pick: 107|
|Debuted in 2009 for the San Francisco 49ers|
|Roster status: Active|
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of Week 13, 2013
Cody Layne Wallace (born November 26, 1984) is an American football center for the Pittsburgh Steelers. He was drafted by the San Francisco 49ers in the fourth round of the 2008 NFL Draft. He played college football at Texas A&M.
Wallace attended Class 3A Cuero High School, where he earned all-state honors as an offensive lineman. He played center, offensive guard, and offensive tackle at Cuero. As a junior and senior, he made over 100 pancake blocks. On the defensive line as a senior, he posted 45 tackles. He also advanced to the powerlifting state meet.
As a college prospect in high school, he was rated 3 stars by Rivals.com, ranked 16th in the 2003 offensive guard prospect class, and ranked 42nd out of all 2003 Texas high school prospects. He was recruited by Texas A&M, Texas Tech, Iowa, and Texas. He chose to sign a National Letter of Intent with Texas A&M under head coach Dennis Franchione.
As a sophomore, Wallace started in all 11 games as a center. He helped the team compile an average of 442.3 yards of total offense per game, which is the second best in team history. The team also rushed for 234.9 yards per game, which was A&M's best rushing record since 1991. He received SBC All-Big 12 honorable mention honors after the season.
Wallace continued to start as center in all 13 games during his junior season, helping the team produce 397.4 offensive yards per game, including a Big 12 record 206.8 rushing yards per game. The team also led the Big 12 in time of possession, third down conversion percentage, and the least number of turnovers. The offensive line allowed only 1.5 quarterback sacks per game. For his efforts, he was named to the AT&T All-Big 12 Football Second Team.
Prior to his senior season, he was named to the Preseason All-Big 12 Football Team. After the regular season in his senior year, he was named to the All-Big 12 Football First Team, and was awarded by the Big 12 coaches (who are not allowed to vote for their own players) as the co-offensive lineman of the year. He was also named a Rimington Trophy finalist.
Awards and honors
- 2005 All-Big 12 Honorable Mention
- 2006, 2007 Team captain
- 2006 All-Big 12 Second Team
- 2006 ESPN The Magazine/CoSIDA Academic All-District first team
- 2007 Rimington Trophy finalist
- 2007 Draddy Trophy semifinalist
- 2007 Preseason All-Big 12 Team
- 2007 Member of the Leadership Council
- 2007 Big 12 co-Offensive Lineman of the Year
- 2007 Playboy All-American
- 2007 ESPN Academic All-America Second Team
- 2007 ESPN All-Big 12 Second Team
San Francisco 49ers
In the 2008 NFL Draft, he was drafted by the San Francisco 49ers in the fourth round (107th overall). The 49ers expect him to play early on as Eric Heitmann's backup. 49ers head coach Mike Nolan, when asked about Wallace's selection, commented: "Not necessarily that we need a center, but we wanted the best player on the board and because of the flexibility of the other guys, it doesn’t hurt us to take a center. As a matter of fact it helps us in getting a better offensive line. We coached him at the Senior Bowl. We really liked him. We were pleased he was there at our fourth pick, and we got him." He signed a four-year contract with the team on July 23.
Wallace was declared inactive in all 16 games of his rookie season. He played in one game during the 2009 season.
Wallace was cut by the 49ers prior to the 2010 season.
New York Jets
Wallace was signed to the New York Jets practice squad on October 13, 2010.
Second stint with the Lions
The Lions signed Wallace off New York's practice squad and to their active roster on October 20, 2010.
After Wallace was cut from the Lions roster for the second time, he was signed to the Houston Texans practice squad. Wallace was cut on September 3, 2011 by the Texans. He was signed to the practice squad on September 22.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Wallace was released by Houston at the end of the 2012 pre-season and was immediately picked up by Tampa Bay. He appeared in eight games for Tampa in the 2012 season.
Pittsburgh signed Wallace in September, 2013, after he was a final cut from Tampa Bay. The Steelers projected him as a back-up at both center and guard. He dressed for his first game with Pittsburgh against Baltimore on October 20. On December 8th he made his first NFL start against the Miami Dolphins in which he was caught on camera grabbing the genital area of a Dolphins player in an attempt to steal a fumble recovery. Later in the game he was penalized for a personal foul when he speared a defenseless player in the back after the play was whistled dead, injuring the victim.
Wallace was raised by his paternal grandparents, since both his parents died when he was young. When he was 8, his father, aged 43, died in prison—which he was in for charges that include theft—due to liver failure and a ruptured esophagus, both caused by alcoholism. His mother died of an unknown illness when he was 16, and was unable to take care of her two children many years before that. To feel his mother's presence, he wears her stud earrings. His older brother by two-and-a-half years has served four years in prison for drug charges. Wallace stated: "Going through so much at a young age, it seems like I can handle more difficult situations maybe easier than most people. I just kind of look at everything in a little bigger picture." Since-fired 49ers head coach Mike Nolan compared Wallace to former 49ers center Jeremy Newberry as "a no-nonsense guy when it comes to football."
On May 22, 2010, Wallace married his longtime girlfriend, Chely Marie George of Pleasanton, CA.
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