Linval Joseph

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Linval Joseph
Linval Joseph 2012.jpg
No. 98 Minnesota Vikings
Position: Defensive tackle
Personal information
Date of birth: (1988-10-10) October 10, 1988 (age 26)
Place of birth: Saint Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands
Height: 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Weight: 323 lb (147 kg)
Career information
High school: Alachua (FL) Santa Fe
College: East Carolina
NFL draft: 2010 / Round: 2 / Pick: 46
Career history
Roster status: Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of 2014
Tackles: 223
Sacks: 12.0
Forced fumbles: 2
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.[1]

High School[edit]

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.[2] In all, he earned a total of 10 varsity letters (three each in track and weight lifting).[3]

He was rated a three-star recruit by Rivals.com.[4]

College career[edit]

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.

Professional career[edit]

NFL Draft[edit]

Joseph was drafted by the New York Giants in the second round (46th overall) of the 2010 NFL Draft.

Pre-draft measurables
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 12 in 328 lb 34 12 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[5]

New York Giants[edit]

He signed with the Giants on July 31, 2010.[6]

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.[7]

Minnesota Vikings[edit]

On March 11, 2014, Joseph signed a five-year, $31.5 million deal with the Minnesota Vikings.[8]

Joseph was one of nine people who were shot by a gunman inside the Minneapolis nightclub 400 Soundbar on August 11, 2014.[9] A stray bullet struck him in the calf. The Vikings characterized the injury as "minor."[10]

NFL stats[edit]

Year Team GP COMB TOTAL AST SACK FF FR FR YDS INT IR YDS AVG IR LNG TD PD
2010 NYG 6 8 6 2 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2011 NYG 16 49 34 15 2.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4
2012 NYG 16 59 33 26 4.0 1 2 16 0 0 0 0 0 0
2013 NYG 15 59 33 26 3.0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2014 MIN 16 48 29 19 3.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
Career 69 223 135 88 12.0 2 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 5

[11]

Key

  • 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

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