Jermaine Phillips

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Jermaine Phillips
No. 23
Safety
Personal information
Date of birth: (1979-03-27) March 27, 1979 (age 35)
Place of birth: Roswell, Georgia
Height: 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) Weight: 230 lb (104 kg)
Career information
College: Georgia
NFL Draft: 2002 / Round: 5 / Pick: 157
Debuted in 2002 for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Last played in 2011 for the Sacramento Mountain Lions
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Tackles 417
Sacks 3.0
Interceptions 11
Stats at NFL.com

Jermaine Phillips (born March 27, 1979) is a former American football safety in the National Football League. He was drafted by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the fifth round of the 2002 NFL Draft. He played college football at Georgia.

Phillips earned a Super Bowl ring with the Buccaneers in Super Bowl XXXVII. He also played in the United Football League for the Omaha Nighthawks and Sacramento Mountain Lions.

Early years[edit]

Phillips played high school football at Roswell High School in Roswell, Georgia. While there he played line backer, tight end and defensive back. In 1996 he was a first-team All-Area and Area Player of the Year and was named to the Fox Sports All-South second-team.

College career[edit]

Phillips played college football at Georgia. From 1998–1999 he was one of Georgia's back up wide receivers. In 2000 he became a strong safety and was third on the team in total tackles with 85 and also had two interceptions. In 2001, Phillips was All-Southeastern Conference first-team selection by the National Sports Bureau after leading his team with three interceptions, four forced fumbles, and second on the team with eighty tackles. He was invited to play in the 2002 Senior Bowl college all-star game. His major was health and physical education.

Professional career[edit]

Phillips was drafted by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the fifth round (157 overall) of the 2002 NFL Draft. He took over the starting role when long time Buccaneer player John Lynch (who signed with the Denver Broncos) was released because of salary cap issues before the start of the 2004 season.[1] During the 2007 season he had a career high four interceptions.

An unrestricted free agent in the 2009 offseason, Phillips re-signed with the Buccaneers on March 5. Shortly after, it was reported the Buccaneers would experiment with moving Phillips from safety to weak-side linebacker.[2]

Phillips played in the United Football League for the Omaha Nighthawks in 2010 and Sacramento Mountain Lions in 2011.

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
2002 TB 16 9 8 1 0.0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2003 TB 14 47 38 9 0.0 1 1 0 1 41 41 41 0 2
2004 TB 9 43 32 11 1.0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 4
2005 TB 13 61 46 15 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3
2006 TB 16 108 88 20 1.0 5 1 0 2 45 23 29 0 10
2007 TB 15 83 70 13 1.0 3 0 0 4 2 1 2 0 7
2008 TB 11 59 48 11 0.0 1 1 0 3 72 24 58 0 5
2009 TB 2 11 6 5 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Career 96 421 336 85 3.0 10 4 0 11 160 15 58 0 31

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Bucs release John Lynch
  2. ^ Phillips to LB? He'll give it a try
  3. ^ "Jermaine Phillips Stats". ESPN Internet Ventures. Retrieved 2 April 2014.