Lawrence Timmons

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Lawrence Timmons
Lawrence Timmons 94 in huddle 2013.jpg
Timmons in a huddle in 2013
No. 94     Pittsburgh Steelers
Linebacker
Personal information
Date of birth: (1986-05-14) May 14, 1986 (age 28)
Place of birth: Florence, South Carolina
Height: 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) Weight: 234 lb (106 kg)
Career information
High school: Florence (SC) Wilson
College: Florida State
NFL Draft: 2007 / Round: 1 / Pick: 15
Debuted in 2007 for the Pittsburgh Steelers
Career history
Roster status: Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of Week 17, 2013
Tackles 616
Sacks 26.0
INTs 9
Forced Fumbles 11
Stats at NFL.com

Lawrence Olajuwon Timmons (born May 14, 1986) is an American football linebacker for the Pittsburgh Steelers. He was drafted by the Steelers 15th overall in the 2007 NFL Draft. He played college football at Florida State University.

Early years[edit]

Timmons played high school football at Wilson High School in Florence, South Carolina playing tight end and linebacker. He was teammates with Justin Durant until his junior season. During his senior year, Timmons registered over 150 tackles and two sacks, while also catching 47 passes for over 800 yards and five touchdowns as a tight end, which earned him all-state first-team honors. He was also awarded as the Defensive Player of the Year and received Super Prep Elite 50 honors. He was also selected to play in the 2003 East-West Shrine Game.

Regarded as a four-star recruit by Rivals.com, Timmons was ranked as the No. 5 outside linebacker prospect in the nation, just behind Brandon Siler.[1] He took official visits to North Carolina, Florida State, Florida, and Tennessee, before committing to the Seminoles.

College career[edit]

In his true freshman year, Timmons played in all 12 games including the Seminoles' Gator Bowl victory over West Virginia, although only limited minutes mainly on special teams and as a backup linebacker. He recorded 12 tackles, 11 of which were unassisted, which ranked second among the Seminole freshmen behind Jae Thaxton. A season-high three tackles came against Alabama–Birmingham.

As a sophomore, Timmons ranked second on the Seminoles' depth chart at strongside linebacker behind Ernie Sims. He played in all 13 games, both at linebacker and on special teams, as well as defensive end in some third-and-long formations. Timmons finished the year with 35 tackles (17 solo), which ranked him third on the team behind Buster Davis and Sam McGrew, as well as three quarterback sacks, which also was third-best among all Seminoles behind Kamerion Wimbley and Marcello Church. His season-best performance came in the ACC Championship Game against Virginia Tech, when he recorded eight tackles, six solo, two quarterback sacks and two QB hurries.

After Sims decided to forgo his senior season, Timmons took over as the starter at strongside linebacker. He had a great season recording 79 tackles and five sacks, and was honored with All-American third-team and All-Atlantic Coast Conference first-team. He finished his college career with 126 tackles and eight sacks.

Professional career[edit]

2007 NFL Combine[edit]

Pre-draft measurables
Ht Wt 40-yd dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert Broad BP
6 ft 1 in 234 lb 4.63 s 1.56 s 2.69 s 4.32 s 6.92 s 35 in 10 ft 3 in 25 reps
All values from NFL Combine

Pittsburgh Steelers[edit]

Timmons (94) playing against the Baltimore Ravens in 2008.

Timmons was drafted by the Pittsburgh Steelers 15th overall in the 2007 NFL Draft.[2][3] In his rookie season, he played in 16 games recording 13 tackles.

Timmons' playing time increased during his second season in 2008. He finished the season with 65 tackles, five sacks and an interception. In Super Bowl XLIII he recorded 5 tackles in the 27-23 victory over the Arizona Cardinals.

Timmons took over as starter for the 2009 season following the release of Larry Foote, who had wanted out due to Timmons's increasing playing time.[4] Foote would return to the Steelers the following year to be Timmons' backup.

In 2010, despite getting less acclaim than many on the Steelers defense, he led the team in tackles with 135, also recording 3 sacks, 2 forced fumbles and 2 interceptions.

On August 23, 2011, the Steelers gave Timmons a six-year/$50 million contract extension. At the time, he was entering the last year of his rookie contract.[5]

NFL season[edit]

Year Team Games Combined Tackles Tackles Assisted Tackles Sacks Forced Fumbles Fumble Recoveries Fumble Return Yards Interceptions Interceptions Return Yards Yards per Interception Return Longest Interception Return Interceptions Returned for Touchdown Passes Defended
2007 PIT 16 13 11 2 0.0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2008 PIT 16 65 43 22 5.0 1 1 0 1 89 89 89 0 3
2009 PIT 14 78 56 22 7.0 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4
2010 PIT 16 135 96 39 3.0 2 2 0 2 5 3 5 0 9
2011 PIT 16 93 68 25 2.0 2 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 5
2012 PIT 16 106 75 31 6.0 2 1 1 3 80 27 53 1 5
2013 PIT 16 126 86 40 3.0 1 1 29 2 26 13 23 0 6
Career 110 616 435 181 26.0 12 7 0 9 200 22 89 1 32

[6]

Personal[edit]

Timmons's mother, a huge basketball fan, named Timmons after NBA legend and Basketball Hall of Famer Hakeem Olajuwon by giving him the middle name Olajuwon.[7]

References[edit]

External links[edit]

Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Santonio Holmes
Steelers first-round draft pick
2007
Succeeded by
Rashard Mendenhall