|No. -- Free agent|
|Date of birth:||May 1, 1983|
|Place of birth:||Jacksonville, Florida|
|Height:||6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)|
|Weight:||236 lb (107 kg)|
|High school:||Jacksonville (FL) Lee|
|NFL draft:||2007 / Round: 4 / Pick: 109|
Career NFL statistics as of Week 16, 2012
|Stats at NFL.com|
Stephen Leron Nicholas (born May 1, 1983) is an American football linebacker. He was drafted by the Atlanta Falcons in the fourth round of the 2007 NFL Draft and played for the team for seven seasons. He played college football at South Florida.
Nicholas played college football at the University of South Florida. During his senior year he was a Big East first team selection. He finished his college career with 326 tackles, 20 sacks, and a school record 53.5 tackles for loss.
Nicholas was drafted by the Atlanta Falcons in the fourth round of the 2007 NFL Draft. He finished his rookie year with 37 tackles and one sack. In 2008, he saw action in all 16 games during the season. In 2009, He started 14 games, totaling 82 tackles, 3 sacks. He started his first career game against Miami on September 13. Nicholas was released by the Falcons after seven seasons on February 5, 2014.
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During his 2008 season, it was little known that Nicholas’ 10-month-old son, Stephen Nicholas Jr., was waiting for a heart transplant at Children's Hospital Boston. The infant was kept alive by tubes for four months before a suitable heart became available. In order for Nicholas to spend time with his wife and sick child, he would fly to Boston every Sunday after the game and be back with his team in Atlanta in time for Wednesday's practice. A few weeks after the surgery, Nicholas Jr. was given a clean bill of health. Nicholas is also a proud member of Omega psi phi fraternity inc.
- Florio, Mike (February 5, 2014). "Falcons dump Asante Samuel, Stephen Nicholas". Profootballtalk.com. Retrieved 2014-02-05.