Vobora in November 2010
|Date of birth:April 8, 1986|
|Place of birth: Eugene, Oregon|
|NFL Draft: 2008 / Round: 7 / Pick: 252|
|Debuted in 2008 for the St. Louis Rams|
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of Week 13, 2011
David Vobora (born April 8, 1986) is an American football linebacker who is currently a free agent in the National Football League. He was drafted by the St. Louis Rams with the final pick (252nd overall) in the 2008 NFL Draft, earning him the title of Mr. Irrelevant. He played college football for the Idaho Vandals of the Western Athletic Conference.
Vobora is a 2004 graduate of Churchill High School in Eugene, and was the team captain as a junior and senior and played linebacker, quarterback, and running back. He was honorable mention All-Midwestern league quarterback as a senior. He was a second team all-conference linebacker as a junior and an honorable mention all-conference linebacker as a sophomore. He was also an honorable mention basketball player as a senior. Vobora was the last pick in the 2008 NFL draft as Mr. Irrelevant. He played 3 years with the St. Louis Rams before being released.
University of Idaho
In 45 games at Idaho, Vobora started 33 and ranks sixth in school history with 341 tackles (209 solo), including three sacks, 28 stops for losses. He recovered three fumbles and caused six others. He also intercepted two passes and had five pass deflections. As a senior in 2007, Vobora was All-WAC for the second consecutive season, and led Idaho in tackles with 148 (59 solo) and had a sack, an interception and a fumble recovery. As a junior in 2006, he was first-team All-WAC after leading the Vandals with 134 tackles (101 solo, 33 assists) and 15.5 tackles-for-loss and four passes defensed, two sacks, two forced fumbles, two quarterback hurries and one interception. In 2005, he played in all 11 games and started six and finished with 43 total tackles (32 solo and 11 assists) with six tackles-for-loss and forced three fumbles and had two fumble recoveries. As a true freshman in 2004 he played in all 12 games (started three) and made 17 total tackles (12 solo, five assists). Vobora played for three head coaches (Nick Holt, Dennis Erickson, & Robb Akey) in his four seasons at Idaho, and did not redshirt.
|Height||Weight||40-yard dash||10-yard split||20-yard split||20 ss||3-cone||Vert||Broad||BP||Wonderlic|
|6-1 *||236 *||4.59 **||1.58 **||2.67 **||4.14 *||6.99 *||35½" *||9'09" *||21 *||21 *|
|* represents NFL Combine **represents Idaho Pro Day|
335-pound bench press. 330-pound power clean.
St. Louis Rams
On July 22, 2008, Vobora agreed to a three-year, $1.24 million contract with the Rams. After final cuts on August 30, Vobora and Kansas City's Ryan Succop were the only Mr. Irrelevants to make the roster of the team that drafted them in the 2000s. His stay on the roster lasted only one game, as he was waived two days after the season opener to make room for Eddie Kennison on September 9, moved to the Rams' practice squad.
On November 30, Vobora made his first career start at linebacker in the game against the Miami Dolphins. This was the first time a Mr. Irrelevant started in a game during his rookie season in 14 years, not since Marty Moore started four games for the New England Patriots in 1994. Vobora compiled five total tackles in the game, which tied for the second-best effort in team tackles, but the Rams lost 16–12.
Vobora was named the starting strongside linebacker for the 2009 season. On September 30, 2009, he was suspended for four games for violating the NFL's performance enhancing substance policy. Vobora stated that he would sue the company that produced the supplement he took, because it contained substances that were not listed on the label. Vobora's agent, Marc Lillibridge, conceded "(The supplement) was not on the list of officially sanctioned products, and ultimately a player is responsible for anything he puts in his body." On June 20, 2011, Vobora's lawyer announced that a federal judge ruled against the company and awarded Vobora $5.4 million.
The Rams released Vobora on August 12, 2011.
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- Go Vandals.com - David Vobora