Marcus Stroud

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Marcus Stroud
Marcus Stroud 2010.jpg
Stroud in 2010
No. 99
Defensive tackle
Personal information
Date of birth: (1978-06-25) June 25, 1978 (age 35)
Place of birth: Thomasville, Georgia
Height: 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) Weight: 310 lb (141 kg)
Career information
College: Georgia
NFL Draft: 2001 / Round: 1 / Pick: 13
Debuted in 2001 for the Jacksonville Jaguars
Last played in 2010 for the Buffalo Bills
Career history
*Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Tackles 424
Quarterback sacks 29.5
Passes deflected 39
Stats at NFL.com

Marcus LaVar Stroud (born June 25, 1978) is a retired American Football defensive tackle who played in the National Football League (NFL) for ten seasons. He played college football for the University of Georgia, and was drafted by the Jacksonville Jaguars 13th overall in the 2001 NFL Draft. He was also been a member of the Buffalo Bills and New England Patriots.

Early years[edit]

Stroud won a state title with Brooks County High School in 1994. He appeared on the cover of Sports Illustrated in 1996 while still in high school which featured a cover story of National Signing Day.[1] Stroud, at the time a 6'6" 266-pound defensive end, originally gave Florida a verbal commitment but changed his mind after Bulldogs coach Ray Goff was fired in November 1995. After heavy pursuit from new Georgia coach Jim Donnan, Stroud switched and committed to the Bulldogs on Signing Day.[1]

College career[edit]

Marcus played college football for the University of Georgia, and some of his teammates included future NFL players Jonas Jennings, Kendrell Bell, Will Witherspoon, Richard Seymour, Tony Gilbert, Johnathan Sullivan, Charles Grant, Josh Mallard and Jamie Henderson.

Stroud played at Georgia during a major re-building era, in which coach Jim Donnan turned the program around from among the mediocre to averaging 8 wins per year, including four straight bowl game victories.

Marcus is a member of Phi Beta Sigma fraternity.

Professional career[edit]

Jacksonville Jaguars[edit]

Stroud was selected 13th in the 2001 NFL Draft by the Jaguars. The 2001 NFL Draft is considered by many experts to be the finest draft for defensive tackles in draft history, and Stroud was among the highest rated of the group that year. The 2001 class included fellow Pro Bowl selections Richard Seymour, Casey Hampton and Kris Jenkins.

He and John Henderson helped give the Jaguars one of the more dominant defensive tackles duos in the NFL. As a duo, they were nicknamed Hurricane Henderstroud.

During his Jacksonville days, Stroud had 22 sacks and 256 tackles while appearing in 100 games. Stroud also played in every Jaguars game for the first 5 years of his career.

Marcus Stroud was selected to the Pro Bowl following the 2003, 2004 and 2005 NFL seasons.

Stroud was suspended in 2007 for four games without pay for violating the league's policy on anabolic steroids and related substances.[2]

Buffalo Bills[edit]

On March 1, 2008 Stroud was traded to the Buffalo Bills for third- and fifth-round picks in the 2008 NFL Draft.[3]

Stroud was immediately deemed one of the key players to the Bills’ 2008 season. Buffalo ranked 31st in total defense the year prior, and vaulted up to 14th in 2008, Stroud's first season there. The Bills got off to a strong start that year, going 5-1 in the first six games. They fell off towards the mid-season mark, however, and finished the year with a 7-9 record.[4]

On April 7, 2009, Stroud signed a two-year contract extension that paid $16 million and guaranteed $12 million. In combination with the existing terms of his contract, Stroud could earn $28 million over the following four seasons.[5] Stroud was released February 16, 2011 by the Bills.

New England Patriots[edit]

On March 1, 2011 the New England Patriots signed defensive lineman Stroud to a two-year contract. He was released just under 5 months later on July 28.[6]

Retirement[edit]

In June 2012, Stroud signed a one-day contract with the Jaguars and announced his retirement. He became the fifth player to re-sign with Jacksonville before retiring, joining Tony Boselli, Fred Taylor, Paul Spicer and Donovin Darius.[7]

NFL stats[edit]

Year Team Games Combined Tackles Tackles Assisted Tackles Sacks Forced Fumbles Fumble Recoveries Fumble Return Yards Interceptions Interception Return Yards Yards per Interception Return Longest Interception Return Interceptions Returned for Touchdown Passes Defended
2001 JAX 16 25 21 4 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3
2002 JAX 16 45 38 7 6.5 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 6
2003 JAX 16 65 47 18 4.5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3
2004 JAX 16 54 38 16 4.5 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 3
2005 JAX 16 42 31 11 1.0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4
2006 JAX 11 21 19 2 2.5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
2007 JAX 9 22 19 3 3.0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 2
2008 BUF 16 45 29 16 2.5 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 7
2009 BUF 15 56 38 18 2.0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 8
2010 BUF 15 49 29 20 3.0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2
Career 146 424 309 115 29.5 8 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 39

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Car accident[edit]

Stroud escaped injury in 2005, when he rolled his SUV while driving on Florida’s Interstate 10 outside of Jacksonville.[9]

Community[edit]

During his NFL days, Stroud founded the Marcus Stroud Charitable Foundation to assist underprivileged youth who lived in low-income, single-parent homes, according to its website, by establishing various academic and athletic programs otherwise unavailable to them. Additionally, Stroud hosts an annual football camp aimed to combat childhood obesity.

Stroud hosted the Marcus Stroud 99 Pro Bowl Football Camp For Kids in May 2009 at Brooks County’s Veterans Stadium in Georgia. Several NFL players, including Mike Peterson and Verron Haynes of the Atlanta Falcons, and George Wilson, Donte Whitner, Kavika Mitchell, Marcus Buggs and Drayton Florence of the Buffalo Bills contributed to the free camp.[10][11][12]

Personal[edit]

Stroud has a passion for classic cars and eventually founded his own auto body business, DeciBels Auto Creations, in Jacksonville.[13]

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