Larry Foote

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Larry Foote
Larry Foote.JPG
Foote in 2011
No. --     Free agent
Linebacker
Personal information
Date of birth: (1980-06-12) June 12, 1980 (age 33)
Place of birth: Detroit, Michigan
Height: 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) Weight: 239 lb (108 kg)
Career information
High school: Detroit (MI) Pershing
College: Michigan
NFL Draft: 2002 / Round: 4 / Pick: 128
Debuted in 2002 for the Pittsburgh Steelers
Career history
Roster status: Reserve/Injured
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of Week 17, 2013
Tackles 719
Sacks 23.0
Interceptions 3
Stats at NFL.com

Lawrence Edward Foote, Jr. (born June 12, 1980) is an American football linebacker of the National Football League who is currently a free agent. He was drafted by the Steelers in the fourth round of the 2002 NFL Draft. He played college football at Michigan.

Foote has also played briefly for the Detroit Lions. He earned two Super Bowl rings with the Steelers in Super Bowl XL and Super Bowl XLIII.

College career[edit]

Foote played college football at the University of Michigan where he started 28-of-48 games recording 212 tackles (145 solo) and 11 sacks for minus-81 yards and 44 stops for losses of 155 yards. He ranked fourth in school history in stops behind the line of scrimmage...intercepted three passes and deflected 18 others.

Foot was an All-Big Ten Conference first-team choice by the league's coaches as a junior in 2001, earned second-team honors from the media, he played in every game during his freshman and sophomore season. He majored in physical education in the division of kinesiology.

As a senior in 2001, Foote as a first-team All-American selection by Football News and a second-team selection by The Sporting News as a senior and was a consensus All-Big Ten Conference first team honoree and Defensive Player of the Year, he received the Roger Zatkoff Award, given to the team's top linebacker.

Professional career[edit]

Foote (50) playing against the Baltimore Ravens in 2008.

First stint with Steelers[edit]

Foote was selected by the Pittsburgh Steelers in the fourth round (128th overall) in the 2002 NFL Draft. In his rookie year, he played in 14 games recording 20 tackles. The following year, saw him play more of a role on special teams but he finished the season with six tackles. In 2004, Foote had a very solid year for the Steelers registering 69 tackles, three sacks and his first career interception. He had a breakout year in 2005. He started all 16 regular season games for the Steelers, recording 102 tackles and three quarterback sacks. Foote also had a key interception of Denver Broncos quarterback Jake Plummer during the 2005 AFC Championship Game. The Broncos, trailing in the game, returned a Steelers kick to midfield which threatened to shift the momentum away from the Steelers. However on the next play from scrimmage, Foote intercepted Plummer's pass and effectively ended the Broncos rally. Foote and the Steelers won Super Bowl XL two weeks later. The 2006 season was another good one for Foote as he finished with 90 tackles, a career-high four sacks and one interception. In the 2007 season, he made 81 tackles, three sacks and one interception.

Foote was released by Pittsburgh on May 4, 2009, ending a seven-year career with the Steelers that included two Super Bowl titles.[1] Foote had requested the release due to his diminishing playing time with the team after they drafted Lawrence Timmons in 2007.

Detroit Lions[edit]

Foote signed a one-year deal with his hometown Detroit Lions on May 6, 2009. [2] He wore number 55, since the number 50, the number he wore in Pittsburgh, was worn by linebacker Ernie Sims.

Second stint with Steelers[edit]

On March 15, 2010, Foote signed a 3-year, $9.3 million contract to return to the Pittsburgh Steelers.[3] On March 12, 2013, Foote signed another 3-year contract to remain with the Steelers.

On March 5, 2014, Foote was released by the Steelers.

Personal[edit]

In March 2008, Foote paid for the funeral of Mark Brown-Williams, a ten-year-old child from Detroit, Michigan, who had drowned after falling through the ice on a tributary of the Rouge River in February.[4] Foote had no pre-existing personal connection to the family, but he was touched after hearing of the tragedy, as he has a son of nearly that age himself and had played on the same frozen river when he was a child.[5]

On June 28, 2008, Foote married Jonelle Massop, the mother of his daughter, Jalyn.[citation needed] Foote also has a son, Trey, from a previous relationship.[citation needed] His mother's name is Leslie Matthews, he has two sisters, Jennifer and Ciara Matthews.[citation needed]

References[edit]

  1. ^ [1]
  2. ^ Larry Foote Officially Signs with Lions-Pride of Detroit Retrieved 24 August 2012.
  3. ^ Foote signs three year deal with Steelers-NFL.com Retrieved 24 August 2012.
  4. ^ Askari, Emilia. "Hundreds say their good-byes to boy", The Detroit Free Press, published March 2, 2008, accessed March 3, 2008.
  5. ^ Harris, John. "Athletes' good deeds virtually ignored", The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, published March 3, 2008, accessed March 3, 2008.

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