Winston Venable

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Winston Venable
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Venable in the 2011 NFL season.
No. 31     Montreal Alouettes
Linebacker
Personal information
Date of birth: March 31, 1987 (1987-03-31) (age 27)
Place of birth: San Rafael, California, U.S.
Height: 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m) Weight: 220 lb (100 kg)
Career information
College: Boise State
Undrafted in 2011
Debuted in 2011 for the Chicago Bears
Career history
Roster status: Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of Week 13, 2011
Tackles 5
Interceptions 0
Passes defensed 0
Stats at NFL.com

Winston Venable (born March 31, 1987) is an American football linebacker who is currently a member of the Montreal Alouettes of the Canadian Football League. He previously played college football for Boise State University and was a member of the NFL Chicago Bears team in 2011. He is the son of former Major League Baseball player Max Venable as well as the younger brother of current San Diego Padres center fielder Will Venable.

High school and college career[edit]

Venable attended San Rafael High School before transferring to St. Thomas More school in Oakdale, CT. He then went on to Glendale Community College before transferring to Boise State in the spring of 2009. After transferring, Venable immediately earned a spot on the Broncos roster for the upcoming season.[1] He would go on to start all 14 games that season.[2] He first made an impact in an early season game against Fresno State when he recorded the first score of the game off a 30-yard interception returned for a touchdown.[3] He is remembered by many fans for his hit on Fresno quarterback Ryan Colburn later in that same game, in which he launched himself head first, leaping over a would-be blocker, narrowly missing a sack.[4]

2010 Fiesta Bowl[edit]

After an undefeated regular season the Broncos were matched up against fellow undefeated TCU to play in the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl. Despite being a relatively low scoring game, the final minutes became exciting after a fake punt attempt by the Broncos led to a score. With a 17-10 lead, 1:06 remaining on the clock and TCU on their own 1-yard line, the Broncos simply needed to prevent a touchdown. But TCU, led by quarterback Andy Dalton covered nearly 60 yards in under 45 seconds, setting themselves up for a potential game tying score. However, on the ensuing play Dalton threw a pass towards the left sideline which was intercepted by Venable to seal the victory.[5]

Professional career[edit]

On July 27, 2011, following the resolution of a labor dispute between the NFL Players Association and team owners, Venable was signed by the Chicago Bears as an undrafted free agent.[6] On September 9, 2011 Venable was fined $20,000 by the NFL for a hit he delivered on Cleveland Browns receiver Demetrius Williams in the teams final preseason game.[7] On May 3, 2012, the Bears decide to waive him after selecting free safety Brandon Hardin in the 2012 NFL Draft.[8]

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