Gary Guyton (#59) attempts to tackle Marcus Mason (#24) during a preseason game
|Date of birth:November 14, 1985|
|Place of birth: Hinesville, Georgia|
|College: Georgia Tech|
|Undrafted in 2008|
|Debuted in 2008 for the New England Patriots|
|Roster status: Active|
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of 2012
|Stats at CFL.ca|
Gary Guyton (born November 14, 1985) is a professional gridiron football linebacker for the Montreal Alouettes of the Canadian Football League. He was signed by the New England Patriots as an undrafted free agent in 2008. He played college football at Georgia Tech.
Guyton was born in Hinesville, Georgia. He had 56 tackles, six tackles for loss, three sacks, three fumble recoveries, five pass breakups and a blocked kick and returned two fumbles and an interception for touchdowns as a senior at Bradwell Institute in Hinesville. As a junior he had 59 tackles with nine sacks, 10 tackles for loss, one interception and a fumble recovery.
Guyton was a two-year starter for the Georgia Institute of Technology. As a freshman in 2004, he saw action in 12 games on special teams. As a sophomore in 2005, he made 19 tackles, one sack and one pass defended. In 2006 he had 29 tackles while making 12 starts at outside linebacker. As a senior in 2007, Guyton finished second on the team in total tackles with 78 while starting all 13 games. He also had five sacks and 14 tackles for a loss.
|Ht||Wt||40-yd dash||10-yd split||20-yd split||20-ss||3-cone||Vert||Broad||BP||Wonderlic|
|6 ft 1⅝ in||245 lb||4.47 s||1.46 s||2.53 s||4.33 s||7.07 s||40 in||10 ft 6 in||16 reps||22|
|All values from NFL Scouting Combine except 40-yard dash, vertical, and broad jump (Georgia Tech Pro Day)|
New England Patriots
On April 28, 2008, Guyton signed as an undrafted free agent with the New England Patriots. The previous day rumors circulated that Guyton had agreed to terms with the San Francisco 49ers, however confusion arose when 49ers General Manager Scot McCloughan said he would divulge names of undrafted free agents with whom the club had agreed to terms and the following day, Guyton had officially signed with the Patriots.
Guyton, an undrafted free agent, made the Patriots' 53-man roster, and was active for all but one game of his rookie season in 2008, while the Patriots' third-round draft pick Shawn Crable, an outside linebacker, was inactive, and another inside linebacker, sixth-round draft pick Bo Ruud, was placed on injured reserve. Guyton also started two games late in the season after an injury to Tedy Bruschi.
In the Patriots' Week 4 game against the San Francisco 49ers, the Patriots employed multiple nickel and dime defenses that gave Guyton more defensive snaps than fellow rookie inside linebacker Jerod Mayo, the Patriots' 2008 first-round draft pick.
In interviews, Patriots head coach Bill Belichick noted that they had debated drafting Guyton over Ruud, but ultimately chose Ruud; in retrospect, Belichick admitted that the Patriots should have drafted Guyton and undrafted free agent running back BenJarvus Green-Ellis.
Due to Bruschi's retirement just prior to the start of the season, Guyton would go to start all 16 games for the Patriots in 2009. He began the season as a 3-4 weakside linebacker before the middle linebacker, Mayo, was injured in Week 1. Guyton started at 4-3 middle linebacker for the Patriots in Weeks 2–5, in place of Mayo. Upon Mayo's return, the two started the rest of the season as 3-4 inside linebackers. Guyton finished the season with 85 tackles and 1.5 sacks.
Following the season, the Patriots signed Guyton to a two-year extension worth over $2.1 million, including a $650,000 signing bonus; as Guyton was an exclusive rights free agent, the Patriots were only required to offer him a one-year minimum tender of $470,000.
Guyton scored his first career touchdown in the Patriots' Week 1 game against the Cincinnati Bengals, on a 59-yard interception return of a Carson Palmer pass. It was the first interception by a Patriots linebacker since the 2008 season. In Week 14 against the Chicago Bears, Guyton returned a second quarter Bears fumble 35 yards for a touchdown.
In 16 games played (eight starts), Guyton recorded 63 tackles, three sacks, two interceptions, and one forced fumble.
San Diego Chargers
On December 12, 2012 Guyton signed with the San Diego Chargers.
On May 16, 2014, Gary Guyton was signed by the Montreal Alouettes.
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- Source: Miami Dolphins sign LB Gary Guyton
- Source: Nick Borowitz
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