Julian Peterson

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Julian Peterson
Julian Peterson Seahawks 2006.jpg
Peterson in 2006.
No. 98, 59
Linebacker
Personal information
Date of birth: (1978-07-28) July 28, 1978 (age 36)
Place of birth: Hillcrest Heights, Maryland
Height: 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) Weight: 240 lb (109 kg)
Career information
High school: Crossland (Temple Hills, Maryland)
College: Michigan State
NFL Draft: 2000 / Round: 1 / Pick: 16
Debuted in 2000 for the San Francisco 49ers
Last played in 2010 for the Detroit Lions
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Tackles 756
Quarterback sacks 51.5
Interceptions 8
Stats at NFL.com

Julian Thomas Peterson (born July 28, 1978) is a former American football linebacker who played in the National Football League (NFL) for eleven seasons. He was drafted by the San Francisco 49ers in the first round of the 2000 NFL Draft. He played college football for Michigan State University. Peterson also played for the Seattle Seahawks and the Detroit Lions.

Early years[edit]

Peterson attended Crossland High School in Temple Hills, Maryland. He was the 1996 Chesapeake Classic MVP.

College career[edit]

Valley Forge Military Academy[edit]

Peterson attended Valley Forge Military Academy and College for two years before attending Michigan State. In two seasons at Valley Forge he recorded 39.5 sacks and was first-team NJCAA All-America and Seaboard Conference Defensive Player of the Year as a sophomore.

Michigan State[edit]

Peterson played college football at Michigan State University for his junior and senior year. As a junior he was the honorable mention All-Big Ten pick by the media.[1] As a senior he was an All-American selection by Football News and the Sporting News after recording 15 sacks. In his two years at Michigan State he recorded 140 tackles and 25 sacks in only 23 games.

Professional career[edit]

San Francisco 49ers[edit]

Peterson was drafted by the San Francisco 49ers 16th overall in the 2000 NFL Draft. As a rookie he started seven of 13 games recording 47 tackles, four sacks, and two interceptions. In 2002 Peterson was elected to the Pro Bowl for the first time after posting 94 tackles. In six seasons in San Francisco he recorded 394 tackles, 21.5 sacks, and five interceptions in 79 games and was elected to two Pro Bowls.

Seattle Seahawks[edit]

Peterson signed with the Seattle Seahawks before the 2006 season. In his first season in Seattle he was selected to the Pro Bowl for the third time after recording 89 tackles and a career-high 10 sacks. In his second season with the Seahawks he was selected to the Pro Bowl for the second straight year after posting 74 tackles and 9.5 sacks. During the 2008 NFL Training Camp, Peterson switched jersey numbers from #59 to #98, the number he wore during his previous tenure at San Francisco. In his third season with the team, Peterson made 86 tackles and five sacks, and was selected to his third consecutive Pro Bowl. In three seasons in Seattle he recorded 249 tackles, 24.5 sacks, and three interceptions in 48 games and was elected to three Pro Bowls.

Detroit Lions[edit]

The Seattle Seahawks traded Peterson to the Detroit Lions for defensive tackle Cory Redding and a 2009 fifth-round pick on March 14, 2009.[2] On January 5, 2011, Peterson was given his release by the Lions.[3]

NFL stats[edit]

Year Team GP COMB TOTAL AST SACK FF FR FR YDS INT IR YDS AVG IR LNG TD PD
2000 SF 13 46 29 17 4.0 0 0 0 2 33 17 31 0 10
2001 SF 14 51 37 14 3.0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 3
2002 SF 16 94 76 18 2.0 2 1 0 1 2 2 2 0 7
2003 SF 16 94 69 25 7.0 3 0 0 2 31 16 31 0 11
2004 SF 5 27 23 4 2.5 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2
2005 SF 15 82 57 25 3.0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 5
2006 SEA 16 89 71 18 10.0 1 1 0 1 -4 -4 -4 0 6
2007 SEA 16 74 63 11 9.5 4 2 0 2 3 2 3 0 3
2008 SEA 16 86 65 21 5.0 4 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 5
2009 DET 16 76 49 27 4.5 5 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 4
2010 DET 15 83 56 27 1.0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 5
Career 158 802 595 207 51.5 21 10 0 8 65 8 31 0 61

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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 life[edit]

Peterson is married to wife Aimee and has a son named Jayson. He also has an older son named Jadden.

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.msuspartans.com/sports/m-footbl/mtt/peterson_julian00.html
  2. ^ Lions Get Peterson in Return for Redding Yahoo Sports, March 14, 2009
  3. ^ [1] MSNBC Sports.com
  4. ^ "Julian Peterson Stats". ESPN Internet Ventures. Retrieved 9 April 2014. 

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