John Abraham (American football)

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John Abraham
John Abraham.jpg
No. 55     Arizona Cardinals
Outside Linebacker
Personal information
Date of birth: (1978-05-06) May 6, 1978 (age 36)
Place of birth: Timmonsville, South Carolina
Height: 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) Weight: 263 lb (119 kg)
Career information
College: South Carolina
NFL Draft: 2000 / Round: 1 / Pick: 13
Debuted in 2000 for the New York Jets
Career history
Roster status: Injured reserve
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of 2014
Tackles 533
Quarterback sacks 133.5
Forced fumbles 46
Interceptions 1
Stats at NFL.com

John Antonio Abraham (born May 6, 1978) is an American football outside linebacker for the Arizona Cardinals of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football for the University of South Carolina. Abraham was drafted by the New York Jets in the first round of the 2000 NFL Draft, and has also played for the Atlanta Falcons of the NFL.

Early years[edit]

Abraham was born in Timmonsville, South Carolina. In his high school years at Lamar High School in Lamar, South Carolina, he was primarily an athlete in the track program, where he set the current South Carolina record for the 200-meter dash, at 22.6 seconds, and ran the 100 meters in 11.26 seconds. He also competed in the throwing events, recording top-throws of 13.61 meters in the shot put and 43.05 meters in the discus. He played organized football for the first time as a senior in high school.

College career[edit]

While Abraham played just one season of high school football, he was nonetheless recruited to play for coach Brad Scott's South Carolina Gamecocks football team at the University of South Carolina. While he was a Gamecock, he amassed 23.5 quarterback sacks, ranking second on South Carolina's career list, and was a first-team All-Southeastern Conference (SEC) selection.

Professional career[edit]

New York Jets[edit]

Drafted in the first round of the 2000 NFL Draft, he made an immediate impact for the New York Jets; in his rookie season, he recorded 12 tackles and 4.5 sacks in only six games before being injured. In 2001, he recorded 58 tackles and 13 sacks, and was named to the AFC Pro Bowl. In 2002, he recorded 48 tackles, with 10 sacks, and was again named to the Pro Bowl. In 2003, he only recorded 37 tackles and six sacks, due to being injured mid-season.

Abraham tied a franchise record set by Joe Klecko and Mark Gastineau with four sacks in a game on November 4, 2001 against the New Orleans Saints.[1]

Abraham was designated Franchise Player by the Jets on February 21, 2006.[2]

Atlanta Falcons[edit]

Abraham was traded to the Atlanta Falcons in exchange for Atlanta's 2006 NFL Draft first round pick (No. 29), which was acquired from Denver Broncos.[3]

In 2008, he had a career high 16.5 sacks through the entire season and ranked 3rd in the league that year. Despite the great numbers he was not elected by voters to play in the 2009 Pro Bowl.

On December 12, 2010, Abraham recorded two sacks against the Carolina Panthers. The two sacks gave him 100.5 for his career, making him only the 25th player in NFL history to eclipse 100. On December 27, on Monday Night Football against the New Orleans Saints, Abraham recorded his first career interception after deflecting and catching a Drew Brees pass attempt.

In December 2010, Abraham was selected to his fourth Pro Bowl.

On June 21, 2012, Abraham signed a 3 year $16.72 million contract to remain in Atlanta.[4]

On March 1, 2013, Abraham was released by the Atlanta Falcons.[5]

Arizona Cardinals[edit]

Abraham signed with the Arizona Cardinals on July 25, 2013.[6] In his first season in Arizona, he recorded 11.5 sacks, which ranked seventh in the NFL,[7] and 4 forced fumbles.[8] Despite a productive first season with the Cardinals, Abraham left the game on September 10, 2014, after a concussion he suffered during a Monday Night Football game against The San Diego Chargers. After the game, he spoke with Bruce Arians for several hours discussing if he should retire.[9] On September 19, 2014, Abraham's 2014 season prematurely ended as the Cardinals placed him on injured reserve due to his concussion.[10]

NFL stats[edit]

Year Team GP COMB TOTAL AST SACK FF FR FR YDS INT IR YDS AVG IR LNG TD PD
2000 NYJ 6 12 8 4 4.5 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2001 NYJ 16 63 53 10 13.0 6 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2002 NYJ 16 62 48 14 10.0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2
2003 NYJ 7 32 23 9 6.0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2004 NYJ 12 48 33 15 9.5 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 2
2005 NYJ 16 58 44 14 10.5 6 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
2006 ATL 8 18 15 3 4.0 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
2007 ATL 16 32 31 1 10.0 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4
2008 ATL 16 38 36 2 16.5 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
2009 ATL 16 35 30 5 5.5 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
2010 ATL 15 40 35 5 13.0 2 0 0 1 6 6 6 0 4
2011 ATL 15 35 25 10 9.5 4 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 2
2012 ATL 16 35 32 3 10.0 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 7
2013 ARI 16 37 31 6 11.5 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3
2014 ARI 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Career 192 545 444 101 133.5 48 6 0 1 6 6 6 0 28

[11]

Key

  • GP: games played
  • COMB: combined tackles
  • TOTAL: total tackles
  • AST: assisted tackles
  • SACK: sacks
  • FF: forced fumbles
  • FR: fumble recoveries
  • FR YDS: fumble return yards
  • INT: interceptions
  • IR YDS: interception return yards
  • AVG IR: average interception return
  • LNG: longest interception return
  • TD: interceptions returned for touchdown
  • PD: passes defensed

Personal[edit]

Abraham was raised by his mother, Maggie Abraham. Abraham has a daughter, Endraya.[12] He enjoys watching basketball in his spare time and his favorite team is the Los Angeles Lakers. He cites running back Walter Payton and wide receiver Jerry Rice as his childhood heroes. He attended the Jets' May 5, 2003 blood drive to benefit hospitals throughout Queens, Nassau and Suffolk counties.

References[edit]

  1. ^ New York Jets Player Profile[dead link]
  2. ^ Jets Designate Abraham as Franchise Player[dead link]
  3. ^ Falcons 2006 Transactions[dead link]
  4. ^ Hanzus, Dan. "John Abraham happy with Falcons, Mike Nolan reunion". Retrieved June 21, 2012. 
  5. ^ "Michael Turner, John Abraham cut by Atlanta Falcons". NFL.com. Retrieved 2014-03-31. 
  6. ^ Darren Urban azcardinals.com Email @cardschatter Blog (2013-07-25). "Cardinals Get Eric Winston, John Abraham". Azcardinals.com. Retrieved 2014-03-31. 
  7. ^ "Mind-blowing stats for free agency". National Football League. February 27, 2014. Retrieved February 27, 2014. 
  8. ^ John Abraham  . "profile". Nfl.com. Retrieved 2014-03-31. 
  9. ^ Adam Schefter (September 10, 2014). "LB John Abraham leaves Cardinals". ESPN. Retrieved September 10, 2014. 
  10. ^ Weinfuss, Josh (September 19, 2014). "John Abraham (concussion) to IR". ESPN. Retrieved October 2, 2014. 
  11. ^ "John Abraham Stats". ESPN Internet Ventures. Retrieved 7 April 2014. 
  12. ^ Atlanta Falcons bio[dead link]

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