No. 52 New York Giants
|Date of birth:January 14, 1985|
|Place of birth: Miramar, Florida|
|High school: Hollywood (FL) Chaminade-Madonna|
|College: Miami (FL)|
|NFL Draft: 2007 / Round: 1 / Pick: 25|
|Debuted in 2007 for the Carolina Panthers|
|Roster status: Active|
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of Week 6, 2013
Jonathan Beason (born January 14, 1985) is an American football linebacker for the New York Giants of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football for the University of Miami. He was drafted by the Carolina Panthers 25th overall in the 2007 NFL Draft.
Beason attended Chaminade Madonna College Preparatory School from 1999-2003. He played multiple positions including linebacker, strong safety and fullback. As a senior, Beason rushed for 811 yards and 12 touchdowns at fullback, and made 75 tackles and had five pass interceptions on defense. Beason also ran track and was on the basketball team.
While attending the University of Miami, Beason played for the Miami Hurricanes football team. He began his career at fullback, but shifted to linebacker as a redshirt freshman. During his career he collected 187 tackles, 3.5 quarterback sacks, and one interception. He majored in sports administration.
Before the 2006 season, Beason joined the Miami track-and-field team. He competed on the indoor squad during the spring, finishing 18th at the ACC Indoor Track and Field Championships with a season best mark of 6.50 meters in the long jump.
7th Floor Crew
2007 NFL Draft
|Ht||Wt||40-yard dash||20-yard dash||10-yard dash||Broad||BP|
|6-0 *||237 lb *||4.72 *||2.74 *||1.60 *||9′03″ *||19 *|
(* represents 2007 NFL Combine)
|“||Some guys are athletes, some guys are big, some guys are mean, he's a football player.||”|
2007 NFL Season
Beason was drafted 25th overall in the 2007 NFL Draft by the Carolina Panthers. Beason had a great rookie season, finishing second behind Patrick Willis in tackles for a rookie with 140. He finished second in the NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year voting behind Willis, receiving two votes.
2008 NFL Season
2009 NFL Season
Beason's third year was another good year, as he recorded three sacks, three interceptions, a forced fumble, and 141 tackles, including 111 solo tackles. As a result, Beason was a second team pick on the 2009 All-Pro Team, and also received a spot in the Pro Bowl when Patrick Willis backed out due to injury.
2010 NFL Season
Due to an injury to outside linebacker Thomas Davis, who was placed on the Physically Unable to Perform list, Beason volunteered to move to the outside linebacker position while Davis recovered. However, Davis was not taken off the list by the Panthers, and Beason had to assume the role further until Dan Connor, who had taken over the inside linebacker position, had a season-ending injury, thus moving Beason back inside.
Due to him switching positions, he finished the season with the worst statistical performance of his career, recording only 121 tackles (9 less than fellow Panther James Anderson and the first time in his career he did not place first in team tackles). However, Beason was rewarded for his temporary switch to the position, and was designated a Pro Bowl alternate at the outside linebacker position, and later was awarded a spot when Lance Briggs backed out due to an injury.
2011 NFL Season
On July 28, 2011, Beason and the Panthers agreed to terms on a deal that would make him the highest paid middle linebacker in NFL history. The deal is worth $50 million over 5 years, with $25 million guaranteed. On September 14, Beason was placed on the injured reserve list with an injured left achilles tendon.
2012 NFL Season
2013 NFL Season
After starting the first two games of the season, Beason lost his starting job to Chase Blackburn. On October 4, 2013, he was traded to the New York Giants. The trade involved the Carolina Panthers trading Beason for a 7th round pick to the Giants.
- Panthers, Bears Draft 7th Floor Crew Members
- Gantt, Darin (15 November 2008). "Panthers' Beason coming into his own at linebacker". Herald Online.
- No one tackles like Willis -- rookies and vets alike
- NFL's leading tackler voted AP's top defensive rookie
- Jon Beason - Stats at NFL.com
- "New York Giants Could Start LB Jon Beason on Thursday Vs. Chicago Bears".
- "New York Giants Acquired Jon Beason from Carolina Panthers for a Seventh-Round Pick: Report".