James Farrior

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James Farrior
James Farrior.jpg
James Farrior in 2006.
No. 51, 58
Middle linebacker
Personal information
Date of birth: (1975-01-06) January 6, 1975 (age 39)
Place of birth: Petersburg, Virginia
Height: 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) Weight: 243 lb (110 kg)
Career information
High school: Chesterfield (VA) Matoaca
College: Virginia
NFL Draft: 1997 / Round: 1 / Pick: 8
Debuted in 1997 for the New York Jets
Last played in 2012 for the Pittsburgh Steelers
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Tackles 1,411
Quarterback sacks 35.5
Interceptions 11
Forced Fumbles 19
Stats at NFL.com

James Alfred Farrior [1] (born January 6, 1975) is a retired American football linebacker who played fifteen seasons in the National Football League (NFL). He played college football for the University of Virginia. He graduated in four years with a degree in Psychology. He played with the New York Jets and the Pittsburgh Steelers, and earned two Super Bowl rings with the Steelers (XL and XLIII).

Early years[edit]

Farrior was born in Ettrick, Virginia. He was a Parade All-America selection and named Virginia's Group AA Co-Offensive Player of the Year as senior at Matoaca High School in his hometown and birthplace of Ettrick, Va. also selected first-team All-Conference at both FB and LB, also earned All-Metro and All-State honors, he was The Richmond Times-Dispatch's co-Player of the Year after posting 78 tackles, 11 sacks, five blocked kicks, four forced fumbles and two interceptions, he rushed the ball 105 times for 1,006 (9.6 avg.) and 22 TD and had 19 receptions for 340 yards (17.9 avg.) and 4 TDs receiving as a senior fullback.He earned All-Metro, district and region honors as a junior, lettered three times in football, track and wrestling.

College career[edit]

Farrior played college football at the University of Virginia. During his career there, he racked up 381 tackles, ranking him third on the school's all time list. In 1996 season, Farrior earned All-Atlantic Coast Conference first-team honors as a senior while registering 107 tackles, 13 tackles for a loss, 7 passes defensed, and 6.5 sacks. He even played against his future head coach, Mike Tomlin, while Tomlin was a wide receiver at William & Mary.[2]

In 1995 season as a junior he earned All-ACC second-team honors after he started every game at LOLB and led the team in tackles (122 stops) and also had half sack, nine passes defensed and an interception. In 1994 he earned all-ACC honorable mention as a sophomore when he started every game at LOLB and finished second on the team in tackles with 100, 1 sack, a blocked punt, 4 interceptions and 6 passes defensed.During 1993, as a freshman he appeared in 10 games and had 52 tackles, placing him seventh on the team, despite not starting any games, he earned ACC Newcomer of the Week honors when he came off the bench to register 18 tackles vs. Ohio. He had seven tackles and a fumble recovery vs. Boston College in the Carquest Bowl.

He majored in Psychology.

Professional career[edit]

New York Jets[edit]

Farrior began his pro career in 1997 as the 8th overall pick for the New York Jets. Until 2001, Farrior played sparingly as a reserve outside linebacker, playing in only 27 games from 1997 through 2000. In 2001,.[3] After the 2001 season, seen as somewhat of a "bust," the Jets allowed Farrior to leave via free agency.

Pittsburgh Steelers[edit]

In his first year with the Pittsburgh Steelers, Farrior recorded 82 tackles throughout 14 games. In 2003, he recorded 141 tackles and one interception. During the 2004 season, his third with the franchise, Farrior made 94 tackles, three sacks, and a career-high four interceptions. He also finished second behind Ed Reed for NFL Defensive Player of the Year honors. During the Pittsburgh Steelers 2005 campaign Farrior missed 2 games due to injury, but performed well in the 14 regular season games and 4 post-season games in which he appeared. His best regular season performance came in a week 3 loss to the New England Patriots, in which he recorded 9 tackles and 1 sack.[4] Farrior's best performance in the post-season came in the AFC Divisional playoffs against the Indianapolis Colts, where Farrior recorded 10 tackles and 2.5 sacks. He finished the season with 119 tackles and a Super Bowl ring. In 2006, he played in all 16 games and recorded 126 tackles, four sacks and one interception. Farrior finished the 2007 season with 94 tackles and 6.5 sacks, a career-high, along with one interception.[5] Entering the 2008 season, Farrior stated that he wished to remain a Steeler for the remainder of his career.[6][7] In August 2008, Farrior signed a five-year, US$18.25 million contract with the Steelers. The deal included a $5 million signing bonus.[8][9] He was released on March 2, 2012.

NFL stats[edit]

Year Team Games Combined Tackles Tackles Assisted Tackles Sacks Forced Fumbles Fumble Recoveries Fumble Return Yards Interceptions Interception Return Yards Yards per Interception Return Longest Interception Return Interceptions Returned for Touchdown Passes Defended
1997 NYJ 16 70 52 18 1.5 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
1998 NYJ 12 28 17 11 0.0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
1999 NYJ 16 40 30 10 2.0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2
2000 NYJ 16 55 45 10 1.0 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 5
2001 NYJ 16 142 106 36 1.0 3 0 0 2 84 42 47 0 9
2002 PIT 14 82 60 22 0.0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
2003 PIT 16 141 96 45 0.0 0 1 0 1 9 9 9 0 5
2004 PIT 16 94 65 29 3.0 3 3 0 4 113 28 41 1 12
2005 PIT 14 119 74 45 2.0 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 5
2006 PIT 16 128 85 43 4.0 2 1 0 1 1 1 1 0 6
2007 PIT 16 94 64 30 6.5 2 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 7
2008 PIT 16 133 87 46 3.5 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 5
2009 PIT 16 102 68 34 3.0 1 1 1 1 18 18 18 0 5
2010 PIT 16 109 80 29 6.0 1 1 8 0 0 0 0 0 5
2011 PIT 14 78 54 24 2.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3
Career 230 1,415 983 432 35.5 19 11 0 11 225 20 47 1 72

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Personal[edit]

He is nicknamed "Potsie" by his parents, Rebecca and James Farrior, because he had a pot-belly as a child and because of the popularity of the sit-com "Happy Days". Farrior has garnered several nicknames among fans, too; one being "The Ultimate Farrior", a play on words in reference to explosive WWF wrestler The Ultimate Warrior. He is the older brother of former NFL linebacker, Matt Farrior. In July, 2012, Farrior wed. He and his wife, Iman reside in Houston, Texas.[11]

Tackling Everyday Life[edit]

James and his brother Matt Farrior have been recognized for their charitable contributions and actions and have created their own foundation - The James Farrior Foundation. The foundation runs a variety of programs to assist those in need through all stages of life. The Impact 51 program provides guidance and mentoring for students, the Farrior Scholarship Fund provides college financial assistance to eligible students and the Families in Crisis program provides assistance in many forms to families in need.[12] In addition to their own organization, James and Matt work with the National Bone Marrow Registry. For these and other contributions to those less fortunate, the Farrior Foundation was given the Key to the City of Richmond, VA by Richmond's Mayor Dwight C. Jones in June 2009.[13] James Farrior is also a recipient of the Bravo award given by the Chesterfield Public Education Foundation which recognizes Extraordinary Alumni of the Chesterfield County Public Schools.[14]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Farrior Pro Football Reference Profile". pro-football-reference.com. 
  2. ^ Tomlin earns respect Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (01/30/2009)
  3. ^ Farrior broke out and recorded 142 tackles, 106 of which were solo, one sack and two interceptions
  4. ^ "Week 3: 2005 Season". Game Center. NFL.com. 2005-09-25. Retrieved 2008-08-22. 
  5. ^ "James Farrior". Pittsburgh Steelers. NFL.com. Retrieved 2008-08-22. 
  6. ^ Harris, John (2008-07-19). "Steelers' Farrior wants to re-sign". Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. Retrieved 2008-07-19. 
  7. ^ Smizik, Bob (2008-08-22). "Gambling again on aging LB". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Retrieved 2008-08-22. 
  8. ^ Bouchette, Ed (2008-08-21). "Steelers' Farrior agrees to new contract". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Retrieved 2008-08-21. 
  9. ^ Harris, John (2008-08-21). "Steelers sign Farrior through 2012". Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. Retrieved 2008-08-21. 
  10. ^ "James Farrior Stats". ESPN. ESPN Internet Ventures. Retrieved 25 June 2014. 
  11. ^ Cook, Ron (2012-12-05). "Farrior at Peace with New Life Off the Field". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Retrieved 2013-05-29. 
  12. ^ "James Farrior Foundation". 
  13. ^ "Farrior Receives Key to Richmond". Richmond Times Dispatch. 2009-06-13. Retrieved 2009-11-12. 
  14. ^ "Chesterfield Public Education Foundation". 

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