Kelly Gregg

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Kelly Gregg
Kelly Gregg.JPG
Gregg in 2011.
No. --     Free Agent
Nose tackle
Personal information
Date of birth: (1976-11-01) November 1, 1976 (age 37)
Place of birth: Wichita, Kansas
Height: 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) Weight: 320 lb (145 kg)
Career information
College: Oklahoma
NFL Draft: 1999 / Round: 6 / Pick: 173
Debuted in 1999 for the Philadelphia Eagles
Career history
*Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Roster status: Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of Week 17, 2011
Tackles 551
Sacks 20.5
Forced Fumbles 2
Stats at NFL.com

Kelly Michael Gregg (born November 1, 1976) is a radio personality and a former American football nose tackle in the National Football League. He currently co-hosts a radio program in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma on 107.7 "The Franchise". 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.

Early years[edit]

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.[1] He was named wrestler of the year by the Daily Oklahoman in 1995.[2]

In football, he was a two-time All-State selection and was named the City's Defensive Player of the Year by the Daily Oklahoman as a senior in 1994.[3]

College career[edit]

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.

Statistics[edit]

Season Tackles Sacks TFL
UT AT TT Sack YdsL TFL Yds
1995 17 7 24 3 11 3 22
1996 53 27 80 2 2 17 22
1997 70 28 98 5 24 10 21
1998 73 44 117 9 51 23 74
Career 213 106 319 19 88 53 160

Professional career[edit]

Cincinnati Bengals[edit]

Gregg was drafted by the Cincinnati Bengals in the sixth round (173rd overall) of the 1999 NFL Draft. He was waived by the team on September 6 and re-signed to the practice squad on September 8.

Philadelphia Eagles[edit]

On December 12, 1999, Gregg was signed to the active roster of the Philadelphia Eagles. He was waived on September 12, 2000.

Baltimore Ravens[edit]

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.

Gregg (97) playing against the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2006.

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.[4] 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.[5] 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[edit]

Gregg was signed by the Kansas City Chiefs on July 30, 2011.[6] In the 2011 season, Gregg was first string at Nose Tackle. He finished the season with 39 tackles and 1 sack.

Career statistics[edit]

Career Stats Tackles Sacks INT Misc
Season Team G Solo Ast Total Sack YdsL Int Yds IntTD DefTD FFum PD Sfty
1999 Philadelphia 3 2 0 2 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2001 Baltimore 8 7 3 10 1.0 7 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
2002 Baltimore 16 45 11 56 2.0 14 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2003 Baltimore 16 63 17 80 3.0 15 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2004 Baltimore 14 44 17 61 1.5 6 0 0 0 0 1 1 0
2005 Baltimore 16 36 25 61 2.5 15 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
2006 Baltimore 16 41 21 62 3.5 23 0 0 0 0 1 2 0
2007 Baltimore 16 56 27 83 3.0 15 0 0 0 0 0 3 0
2008 Baltimore 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2009 Baltimore 16 46 17 63 3.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2010 Baltimore 16 12 15 34 0.0 15 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Career 127 352 153 512 19.5 98 0 0 0 0 2 9 0

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Tony Siragusa
Baltimore Ravens Starting Nose Tackle
2001–2010
Succeeded by
Terrence Cody