Larry English

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Larry English
Larry-English Chargers-vs-49ers Sept 4 2009.jpg
English in 2009.
No. --     Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Defensive end
Personal information
Date of birth: (1986-01-22) January 22, 1986 (age 28)
Place of birth: Aurora, Illinois
Height: 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) Weight: 255 lb (116 kg)
Career information
High school: Aurora (IL) Marmion Academy
College: Northern Illinois
NFL Draft: 2009 / Round: 1 / Pick: 16
Debuted in 2009 for the San Diego Chargers
Career history
Career highlights and awards
  • 3× All-MAC (2006, 2007, 2008)
  • 2× MAC Most Valuable Player (2007, 2008)
Career NFL statistics as of 2013
Tackles 91
Sacks 11.0
Interceptions 0
Forced fumbles 1
Stats at

Larry English (born January 22, 1986) is an American football defensive end for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers of the National Football League (NFL). He was drafted by the San Diego Chargers in the first round of the 2009 NFL Draft. He played college football at Northern Illinois.

High school career[edit]

At Marmion Academy, in Aurora, Illinois, English was named team co-captain, MVP, and First-team All-Suburban Catholic Conference both as a junior and senior. He made 98 tackles and six sacks while playing inside linebacker and as a running back he rushed for 312 yards on 38 carries (8.2 avg). As a junior he had 100 tackles, and added two interceptions and two fumble recoveries during junior campaign. English lettered in football, basketball and track.

College career[edit]

English was a medical redshirt in 2004 after playing in the first game of the season and sustaining an injury. The following season, 2005, he played 11 games, starting nine. He had 78 tackles with seven of them being for a loss. The next season, 2006, he was a First-team All-MAC selection. Started all 13 games and tied school record with 12 sacks, while totaling 51 tackles and forcing four fumbles.

In 2007, English was the Mid-American Conference's MVP and was a consensus choice First-team All-MAC and a Fourth-team All-American by Phil Steele as he recorded 17 tackles for loss–which ranked 18th in the NCAA. Also in 2007 English had 10.5 sacks which led the conference. English also deflected two passes. As a senior (2008 Season) English again won the Vern Smith Award, given to the MAC's top player. Additionally, English was named the MAC Defensive Player of the Year by the MAC News Media Association [1] as well as Sporting News. He led the Huskies with eight sacks and 14.5 tackles for loss and he was an All-MAC choice for the third consecutive season.[2]

Career statistics[edit]

2004 NIU 1 0 3 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 0
2005 NIU 11 9 25 43 78 7 1 0 1 0 0
2006 NIU 13 13 32 19 51 16 12 4 1 0 0
2007 NIU 12 12 29 38 67 17 10.5 1 1 2 0
2008 NIU 13 13 26 11 37 14.5 8 3 0 1 0
Totals 50 47 125 112 237 54.5 31.5 8 3 3 0

Key: GP - games played; GS - games started; UA - unassisted tackles; AT - assisted tackles; TT - total tackles; T/L - tackles for a loss; Sacks - ; FF – Forced fumble ; FR – Fumbles recovered; PD - passes deflected; Int - interceptions [3]

Professional career[edit]

Pre-draft measureables[edit]

Pre-draft measurables
Ht Wt 40-yd dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert Broad BP Wonderlic
6 ft 2⅛ in 255 lb 4.64 s 1.59 s 2.70 s 4.38 s 7.26 s 36 in 9 ft 7 in 24 reps 34
40-yd dash (and splits) and broad jump from Northern Illinois Pro Day. All others from NFL Combine.[4][5][6]

Larry English scored a 34 on the aptitude assessment Wonderlic Test at the 2009 NFL Draft Combine, one of the highest scores ever recorded for his position, outside linebacker, and the 9th highest score of the 2009 NFL Draft Class. With comparison to IQ, a Wonderlic Score of 34 suggests English has an IQ of 128, twenty-eight points above average.[7][8] Picked 16th overall in the 2009 NFL Draft, English is the highest drafted player out of Northern Illinois.[9]

San Diego Chargers[edit]

English was drafted by the Chargers first round, 16th overall, in the 2009 NFL Draft. English was a defensive end in college, however, the Chargers indicated he will be an outside linebacker in the NFL."The more I learned about the 3-4 scheme and my abilities, the type of football player I am ... I think I will fit perfectly in it," said English.[10] English had 23 tackles as a rookie, but suffered a foot fracture in the 2010 training camp and started just four games in total going into the 2013 season for the Chargers.[11] English has since continued to struggle with injuries and poor play playing missing 21 games and accumulating just 6 combined sacks between 2011 and 2013. He was released by the Chargers on July 22, 2014.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers[edit]

English was signed by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on August 14, 2014.[12]

Personal life[edit]

English served as the honorary chairman of the American Lung Association inaugural Fight For Air Climb in San Diego on February 27, 2011. English, who has struggled with asthma since he was a child, stated: “As an individual living with asthma, I truly understand the challenges this disease presents."[13]


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