|No. 98 Minnesota Vikings|
|Date of birth:||October 10, 1988|
|Place of birth:||Saint Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands|
|Height:||6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)|
|Weight:||323 lb (147 kg)|
|High school:||Alachua (FL) Santa Fe|
|NFL draft:||2010 / Round: 2 / Pick: 46|
|Career highlights and awards|
Career NFL statistics as of 2014
|Stats at NFL.com|
Linval Clement Joseph (born October 10, 1988) is an American football defensive tackle for the Minnesota Vikings of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at East Carolina. He was drafted by the New York Giants in the second round, 46th overall of the 2010 NFL Draft.
Joseph attended Santa Fe High School in Alachua, Florida where he was an two-time all-state selection (Class AAA) as a junior and senior. He also captured the Florida State Weightlifting Championship as a junior with a 415-pound bench press and a 320-pound clean jerk. As a senior, he was timed at 5.0 seconds in the 40-yard dash, and recorded lifts of 415-pound (bench press) and 560-pound (squat). He advanced to the state finals in the shot put and discus events, winning the discus event, with a throw of 48.18 meters, and placing 2nd in the shot put, with a throw of 17.15 meters. In all, he earned a total of 10 varsity letters (three each in track and weight lifting).
Joseph attended East Carolina University from 2007 to 2009. During his career, he totaled 143 tackles, including 29.5 for loss and 6.5 sacks. He was named first-team All-Conference USA (C-USA) as a junior in 2009.
Following his junior season, Joseph announced his intention to forgo his remaining eligibility and enter the 2010 NFL Draft.
|Ht||Wt||Arm length||Hand size||40-yd dash||10-yd split||20-yd split||20-ss||3-cone||Vert||Broad||BP|
|6 ft 4 1⁄2 in||328 lb||34 1⁄2 in||10 in||5.04 s||1.74 s||2.86 s||4.52 s||7.62 s||31.5 in||8 ft 6 in||39 reps|
|All values from NFL Combine and Pro Day|
New York Giants
He signed with the Giants on July 31, 2010.
During the 2012 NFL season, in a Week 8 game against the Dallas Cowboys, Joseph had 2 sacks against Tony Romo as his team's defense picked up a total of 4 sacks of Tony Romo and forcing 6 turnovers, as the New York Giants won the game 29-24.
Joseph was one of nine people who were shot by a gunman inside the Minneapolis nightclub 400 Soundbar on August 11, 2014. A stray bullet struck him in the calf. The Vikings characterized the injury as "minor."
|Year||Team||GP||COMB||TOTAL||AST||SACK||FF||FR||FR YDS||INT||IR YDS||AVG IR||LNG||TD||PD|
- GP: games played
- COMB: combined tackles
- TOTAL: total tackles
- AST: assisted tackles
- SACK: sacks
- FF: forced fumbles
- FR: fumble recoveries
- FR YDS: fumble return yards
- INT: interceptions
- IR YDS: interception return yards
- AVG IR: average interception return
- LNG: longest interception return
- TD: interceptions returned for touchdown
- PD: passes defensed
- NFL Draft Scout
- Linval Joseph - Yahoo Sports
- New York Giants sign 2nd-round draft pick, defensive tackle Linval Joseph
- Linval Joseph signs with Minnesota Vikings
- McKinney, Matt (August 10, 2014). "All nine people shot at Minneapolis nightclub expected to survive". Star Tribune.
- "Linval Joseph OK after being shot". ESPN. August 10, 2014.
- "Linval Joseph Stats". ESPN. ESPN Internet Ventures. Retrieved 30 April 2015.