Gregg in 2011.
No. -- Free Agent
|Date of birth:November 1, 1976|
|Place of birth: Wichita, Kansas|
|NFL Draft: 1999 / Round: 6 / Pick: 173|
|Debuted in 1999 for the Philadelphia Eagles|
|Roster status: Active|
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of Week 17, 2011
Kelly Michael Gregg (born November 1, 1976) is an American football nose tackle in the National Football League who is currently a free agent. He was drafted by the Cincinnati Bengals in the sixth round of the 1999 NFL Draft. He played college football at Oklahoma.
Gregg earned a Super Bowl ring as a member of the Baltimore Ravens practice squad in Super Bowl XXXV. He played with the Ravens through the 2010 season. Gregg spent time in his early career with the Cincinnati Bengals and Philadelphia Eagles, and was a starter for the Kansas City Chiefs in 2011.
Gregg attended Edmond North High School in Edmond, Oklahoma and was a standout in football and wrestling. In wrestling, he was a three-time state champion, 1993-1994-1995 in the Heavyweight division. He was named wrestler of the year by the Daily Oklahoman in 1995.
Named All-Big 12 first team as a Junior (1997) and Senior (1998), despite playing for teams with losing records in both seasons. Recorded 117 tackles during his senior season at Oklahoma in 1998, including a Big 12-leading and still-standing Sooner record of 24 tackles for loss. His 53 career tackles for loss still rank second all-time at OU. He also tallied nine sacks in 1998, which still ranks as the 5th best season by a Sooner. His 19 career sacks are seventh all-time for the Sooners. He led the Sooners in tackles his final two seasons with 117 (1998) and 98 (1997), becoming the first defensive lineman to do so in 30 years. He majored in sociology.
On December 12, 1999, Gregg was signed to the active roster of the Philadelphia Eagles. He was waived on September 12, 2000.
Gregg was signed to the practice squad of the Baltimore Ravens on September 13, 2000. He earned a Super Bowl ring when the team beat the New York Giants in Super Bowl XXXV. The following offseason, Gregg recorded six sacks in NFL Europe as a member of the Rhein Fire.
He contributed more as an active member of the roster in 2001, and the following year, after the loss of many veteran members of the 2000 Super Bowl winning defense, including nose tackle Tony Siragusa, Gregg became the full-time starting nose-tackle for the Ravens in 2002. He maintained that starting role through the 2010 season. His first full year as a starter, he collected 56 tackles and two sacks. By the following season, he was already considered one of the toughest nose tackles in the league, and many Ravens fans began to refer to him as "Buddy Lee", after the brand of jeans, for his toughness against the run. 2003 was a standout season for him, as he produced 80 tackles and 2 sacks.
Over the following years, he helped maintain the Baltimore Ravens' reputation as a team with a top notch defense. He was a key part of several multi-game stretches of time where the Ravens defense did not allow a 100-yard rusher in a single game. Perhaps the best stretch of his career, was in 2006 and 2007. In 2006 he was a big part of the Ravens #1 ranked defense, and had a career-high 3.5 sacks. In 2007, he also notched a career-high 83 tackles, as well as 3 sacks.
Gregg was placed on season-ending injured reserve on October 8, 2008 after he underwent microfracture surgery on his left knee. The team signed defensive tackle Brandon McKinney to replace him on the roster. Gregg returned in 2009 and put in a strong year with 63 tackles (46 solo) and 3 sacks. In the 2010 season, he remained the starter, but split time with rookie Terrence Cody. He still recorded 34 tackles.
Gregg was released on July 28, 2011, due to salary cap constraints. While never voted to a Pro Bowl in his ten years as a Baltimore Raven, he was often considered one of the most effective nose tackles--and one of the most underrated players--in the league. In 10 years as a Raven, he notched over 500 tackles, and 19.5 sacks, and 27 post-season tackles. He was certainly one of the greatest Baltimore Ravens players, and helped continue a legacy of defensive greatness for the franchise.
Kansas City Chiefs
- Rosenthal, Gregg. "Release Tracker". Pro Football Talk. Retrieved 29 July 2011.
- Fortenbaugh, Joe. "Source: Chiefs bag Kelly Gregg". National Football Post. Retrieved 30 July 2011.
|Baltimore Ravens Starting Nose Tackle