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|Date of birth:January 20, 1977|
|Place of birth: Hooks, Texas|
|College: Stephen F. Austin|
|NFL Draft: 1998 / Round: 3 / Pick: 72|
|Debuted in 1998 for the Philadelphia Eagles|
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Jeremiah Trotter (born January 20, 1977) is a former American football linebacker who played in the National Football League (NFL) for twelve seasons. He was drafted by the Philadelphia Eagles in the third round of the 1998 NFL Draft. He played college football at Stephen F. Austin State University.
Trotter is one of just four linebackers in Eagles history to earn four or more Pro Bowl invitations, joining Hall of Fame members Chuck Bednarik, Maxie Baughan and Bill Bergey in that select group. Trotter has also been a member of the Washington Redskins and Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
First stint with Philadelphia Eagles
Trotter was drafted by the Philadelphia Eagles in the third round of the 1998 NFL Draft. In his first year with the Eagles as a backup, he recorded only six tackles. In his second season, newly hired Head Coach Andy Reid named Trotter the starting middle linebacker. Over the next three seasons, he led the team in tackles. In four seasons with the Eagles, he had accumulated 361 tackles, nine sacks, five interceptions and four forced fumbles. He also made two straight Pro Bowls in the 2000 and 2001 seasons.
Trotter and the Eagles defense ranked second in the NFL in 2001, earning them their first NFC East championship since 1988. The Eagles would go to the NFC Championship that year for the first time since 1980, but lost to the St. Louis Rams. Following the loss, Trotter became a free agent. He was designated with the franchise tag by the Eagles, but after failing to agree on a contract, became a free agent.
Trotter signed a 7 year, $36 million contract with the Washington Redskins on April 19, 2002. In two years with the Redskins, Trotter recorded just over 200 tackles and 1.5 sacks. He was released from his contract on June 1, 2004.
Second stint with Eagles
Prior to re-signing Trotter, the Eagles run defense was amongst the worst in the NFL. Trotter became the starter mid-way through the 2004 season, and immediately improved the defense. That year, the Eagles advanced to their first Super Bowl since 1980, marking Trotter's first appearance in the championship game. The Eagles would lose by a narrow margin to the defending champion New England Patriots, 24-21.
On September 12, 2005, about 40 minutes before kickoff between the Eagles and Atlanta Falcons, Trotter and Falcons' cornerback Kevin Mathis got into a fight during pregame warmups. After officials reviewed video to see who instigated the fight, both Trotter and Mathis were ejected before kickoff. Terry Bradshaw said about the incident, "No one's been thrown out of a house that fast since my last divorce". The fight led to an NFL rules change where non-kickers cannot enter a neutral zone between the 45-yard-lines prior to the game.
Trotter was voted to the Pro Bowl in 2005, being the only Eagle to be voted outright by the fans that season (Brian Dawkins was named to the Pro Bowl as an alternate). He was once again named to the Pro Bowl in 2006. On August 21, 2007, the Philadelphia Eagles released the veteran linebacker from the remainder of his second contract. The position of middle linebacker was filled by two-year veteran Omar Gaither.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Third stint with Eagles
After Stewart Bradley tore his ACL during training camp, the Eagles needed an experienced middle linebacker to take his place for the season. Trotter worked out on September 25, 2009 with the Eagles and signed a one-year contract. The following offseason, after allowing Brian Dawkins to leave via free agency, the Eagles cut ties with most of their NFC Championship squad, by trading Donovan McNabb, releasing Brian Westbrook, and not re-signing Trotter.
Although he has not officially retired, he has not played since the 2009 season ended, and has since started working with Philadelphia's ESPN affiliate radio station 97.5 The Fanatic.
Trotter has been involved in various business ventures in addition to his football career. In 2000, he opened a salon called T&I Unisex Salon, located in Willingboro, New Jersey. In 2003, Trotter opened a car wash business called Trott's Spot Car Wash, located in Cherry Hill, New Jersey, and he also owns two car washes in neighboring Voorhees. The car wash in Cherry Hill, New Jersey has since closed down. Trotter also has a shorehouse on the famous Ocean City boardwalk between sixth and seventh streets near the Wonderland Pier.
- Reports: Trotter, Redskins near deal
- "Redskins Are Expected To Release Trotter". Washington Post. June 1, 2004.
- "Trotter takes a run at Philly Part II". Morning Call. July 15, 2004.
- Trotter catches on with Bucs, signing one-year deal
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