Philip Wheeler

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Philip Wheeler
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Wheeler in the 2012 NFL season.
Free agent
Position: Linebacker
Personal information
Date of birth: (1984-12-12) December 12, 1984 (age 30)
Place of birth: Columbus, Georgia
Height: 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Weight: 245 lb (111 kg)
Career information
College: Georgia Tech
NFL draft: 2008 / Round: 3 / Pick: 93
Career history
Roster status: Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of Week 17, 2014
Tackles: 494
Sacks: 5.5
Forced fumbles: 4
Stats at NFL.com

Philip Gregory Wheeler (born December 12, 1984) is an American football linebacker who is currently a free agent of the National Football League (NFL). He was drafted by the Indianapolis Colts in the third round of the 2008 NFL Draft. He played college football at Georgia Tech.

Wheeler has also played for the Oakland Raiders also the Miami Dolphins.

Early years[edit]

In 2000, Wheeler, a sophomore, helped lead Shaw High School (Georgia) to win the Georgia High School Association's AAAA Football State Championship. As a senior, he was named as an Honorable Mention All-Region selection by PrepStar, and the Atlanta Journal-Constitution named him as a first team Class AAAA All-State selection.

Professional career[edit]

Indianapolis Colts[edit]

Wheeler (#50) with the Indianapolis Colts, 2010.

Wheeler was drafted by the Indianapolis Colts in the third round (93rd pick) of the 2008 NFL Draft. He played for the Colts from 2008 to 2011.

Oakland Raiders[edit]

Wheeler signed a one-year contract with the Oakland Raiders on March 30, 2012. He had a career year totaling 109 tackles, 3 sacks, and 2 forced fumbles[1]

Miami Dolphins[edit]

Wheeler signed with the Miami Dolphins on March 12, 2013.[2] The contract is 5 years and $26 million, with $13 million fully guaranteed. Wheeler was brought in to replace Kevin Burnett. Through two seasons with the Dolphins, Wheeler has been one of the worst linebackers in the NFL; his signature moment came when he was easily beaten by Andrew Quarless for an Aaron Rodgers TD pass with :02 left as Green Bay pulled off a 27-24 comeback win in Miami. Wheeler was released by the Dolphins on March 10, 2015.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Raiders agree to 1-year deal Philip Wheeler to fill void at OLB
  2. ^ Dolphins add linebacker Phillip Wheeler
  3. ^ Alper, Josh (3/10/2015). "Dolphins release Philip Wheeler, Shelley Smith". Pro Football Talk. NBCSports.com. Retrieved 3/10/2015.  Check date values in: |date=, |accessdate= (help)

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