Justin King (American football)

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Justin King
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King in 2010.
No. --     Free Agent
Cornerback
Personal information
Date of birth: (1987-05-11) May 11, 1987 (age 27)
Place of birth: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Height: 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m) Weight: 197 lb (89 kg)
Career information
High school: Monroeville (PA) Gateway
College: Penn State
NFL Draft: 2008 / Round: 4 / Pick: 101
Debuted in 2009 for the St. Louis Rams
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of 2012
Tackles 116
Sacks 1.0
INTs 1
Stats at NFL.com

Justin Thomas King (born May 11, 1987) is an American football cornerback who is currently a free agent. King was drafted in the 4th round (101st overall) by the Rams in the 2008 NFL Draft.[1] He played college football at Penn State University.

High school[edit]

King was a highly rated high school football recruit playing football for Gateway High School in Monroeville, Pennsylvania. King was the Gatorade Pennsylvania player of the year as a senior. He was rated as highly as the top cornerback recruit in the country in 2004, and the top football recruit in the state of Pennsylvania. He played in the 2005 U.S. Army All-American Bowl with fellow Nittany Lion Derrick Williams. King's stepfather, Terry Smith, was a receiver for Penn State from 1988 to 1991. He was also an accomplished sprinter on the track and field team for two years.

College career[edit]

King arrived at Penn State as one of the most highly touted prospects of that season. He made an immediate impact as a true freshman, playing on both offense and defense in 2005. That season he averaged 12.6 yards per rushing attempt, racking up 277 yards on 18 carries.

By 2006, he was the team's starting cornerback, playing all thirteen games. His first career interception came versus Ohio State and snapped eventual Heisman Trophy winner Troy Smith's streak of 153 attempts without an interception.[2] King was named second team All-Big Ten by the conference coaches that season,[3] and was named to the 2006 Academic All-Big Ten team.

Following his junior season, King declared himself eligible for the 2008 NFL Draft, forgoing one year of college eligibility. King, an academic All-Big Ten selection, finished his degree in Letters, Arts, and Sciences in two and a half years.

Professional career[edit]

2008 NFL Draft[edit]

Despite questions over King's decision to declare himself eligible for the 2008 NFL Draft following his junior season, King made a strong showing at the NFL Scouting Combine. His 4.31-second time in the 40-yard dash was the fastest time for a defensive back, and second-fastest of all prospects, second only to running back Chris Johnson of East Carolina.

Pre-draft measurables
Ht Wt 40-yd dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert Broad BP Wonderlic
5 ft 10⅞ in 192 lb 4.31 s 1.40 s 2.46 s 4.31 s 6.91 s 37½ in 9 ft 7 in 14 reps 24
3-cone and vertical from Penn State Pro Day, all others from NFL Combine.

King was selected by the St. Louis Rams in the 4th round of the 2008 NFL Draft. He signed a three-year $1.52 million contract that included a $376,000 signing bonus.

2008 Season[edit]

King suffered a torn ligament in his hallux in the first preseason game versus the Tennessee Titans on August 8, an injury that would keep him out for the entirety of his rookie season.

Indianapolis Colts[edit]

On June 8, 2012, King was signed by the Indianapolis Colts[4] The Colts released King from their roster following their Week 5 win against the Packers.

Pittsburgh Steelers[edit]

On December 18, 2012, King was signed by the Pittsburgh Steelers. On June 6, 2013, King was placed on the injured reserve list. On July 2, 2013, he was released by the Steelers.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Sam Ross, Jr. "PSU's Connor picked by Panthers, WVU's Slaton picked by Texans". Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. Retrieved 2008-04-27. 
  2. ^ GOPSUSports.com
  3. ^ GOPSUSports.com
  4. ^ McIntyre, Brian. "Justin King signs deal with Indianapolis Colts". Retrieved June 8, 2012. 
  5. ^ Bryan, Dave (July 2, 2013). "Steelers Release CB Justin King From Injured Reserve On Tuesday". SteelersDepot.com. Retrieved August 18, 2013. 

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