Tyvon Branch

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Tyvon Branch
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Warming up before a game in Denver in December, 2009.
No. 33     Oakland Raiders
Safety
Personal information
Date of birth: (1986-12-11) December 11, 1986 (age 28)
Place of birth: Syracuse, New York
Height: 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) Weight: 210 lb (95 kg)
Career information
High school: Cicero – North Syracuse (NY)
College: Connecticut
NFL Draft: 2008 / Round: 4 / Pick: 100
Debuted in 2008 for the Oakland Raiders
Career history
Roster status: Injured reserve
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of Week 1, 2013
Tackles 446
Sacks 7.0
Interceptions 4
Stats at NFL.com

Tyvon A. Branch (born December 11, 1986) is an American football safety for the Oakland Raiders of the National Football League. He was drafted by the Raiders in the fourth round of the 2008 NFL Draft. He played college football at Connecticut.

Professional career[edit]

2008 NFL Combine[edit]

Pre-draft measurables
Ht Wt 40-yd dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert Broad BP
6 ft 0 in 204 lb 4.31 s 1.43 s 2.49 s 4.40 s 38 in 10 ft 0 in 19 reps
All values from NFL Combine

Oakland Raiders[edit]

Branch was selected by the Raiders in the 4th round. The Raiders chose to draft Branch not only by his defensive back skills, but also his importance as a return specialist, due to the departure of all-time return leader Chris Carr.
During his rookie season on September 14, 2008, Branch intercepted Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Damon Huard for his first career interception. Branch earned his first career start in the 2009 season opener on September 14 in a Monday night game against the San Diego Chargers, but was placed on season-ending injured reserve on November 5 with a shoulder injury.

He went on to have a breakout season for the Raiders in 2009 as the starting strong safety in all 16 games, finishing with 98 unassisted tackles and 26 assists, two forced fumbles, and a sack. He had his best game of the year in a win over the heavily favored Bengals with 12 tackles and a forced fumble. During the 2010 NFL season, he again started in all 16 games for an 8-8 team, recording 81 unassisted tackles and 23 assists.

In March 2012, the Raiders placed a franchise tag on Branch. On July 14, 2012, Branch sign a four-year, $26.6 million contract with the Raiders.[1][2] On November 9, Branch was fined $15,750 for unnecessary roughness against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.[3]

Track and field[edit]

Branch also excelled in track, and was the recipient of the Gatorade New York State Track Athlete of the Year Award, after winning the 2004 National Indoor Track Championship in the 60 meters with a time of 6.82 seconds. He finished first in the state in both the 100 and 200 meters as a senior, setting a school record with a time of 10.60 seconds in the 100 meters.

He also competed in the 200 meters, posting a personal best of 21.69 seconds.

Personal bests[edit]

Event Time (seconds) Venue Date
60 meters 6.82 New York, New York March 14, 2004
200 meters 21.69 New York, New York March 14, 2004

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Tyvon Branch | Defensive Back". rotoworld.com. July 14, 2012. Retrieved July 15, 2012. 
  2. ^ "Safety Tyvon Branch agrees to 4-year contract with Raiders". USAToday.com. July 15, 2012. Retrieved 2014-06-26. 
  3. ^ "Fines roundup: Michael Vick of Eagles docked for low block". National Football League. 2012-11-09. Retrieved 2012-11-09. 

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