Akeem Ayers

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Akeem Ayers
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Ayers with the Colts in 2016.
No. 56 Indianapolis Colts
Position: Linebacker
Personal information
Date of birth: (1989-07-10) July 10, 1989 (age 27)
Place of birth: Los Angeles, California
Height: 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Weight: 255 lb (116 kg)
Career information
High school: Los Angeles (CA) Verbum Dei
College: UCLA
NFL Draft: 2011 / Round: 2 / Pick: 39
Career history
Roster status: Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of Week 4, 2016
Tackles: 305
Quarterback sacks: 14.5
Interceptions: 3
Forced fumbles: 4
Player stats at NFL.com

Akeem Christopher Ayers (born July 10, 1989) is an American football linebacker for the Indianapolis Colts of the National Football League (NFL). He was drafted by the Tennessee Titans in the second round of the 2011 NFL Draft and has also played for the New England Patriots and St. Louis Rams. He played college football at UCLA.

High school career[edit]

Ayers attended Verbum Dei High School in Los Angeles, where he played for the Verbum Dei Eagles high school football team. He won a CIF championship during his senior season.

College career[edit]

Akeem Ayers played for UCLA in college. Ayers is known for his athletic interceptions for touchdowns, one in the 2009 season against Oregon and one against Temple in the 2009 EagleBank Bowl. The latter was the game-winning score of the bowl game and helped him earn MVP honors.[1] In a post-game interview, he admitted that he slipped, and was just trying to rush the passer on his game-changing play. As he got up, he saw the quarterback looking to pass, jumped up, and pulled in the pass for an interception and score.

On September 18, 2010, Ayers had a key interception against #23 Houston in UCLA's first win against a ranked opponent since 2008.[2] The following week on September 25, he played a key role in the Bruins' second upset against a ranked opponent in a victory over No. 7 ranked Texas Longhorns 34–12 in front of more 101,000 fans in Austin, Texas. Ayers had a key interception, seven tackles, a forced fumble, and a sack. He was named Lott IMPACT Player of the Week on September 27. At the end of the 2010 season, his junior year, he entered for the NFL draft.[3]

Statistics
Year Total Tackles Solo Tackles Sacks Tackles for Loss Interceptions DefTD
2008 40 28 4.0 5.0 0 0
2009 75 55 6 13.0 4 3*
2010 68 45 4 10 2 0
TOTALS 183 128 13 29.5 6 3

*Had two interceptions for touchdown and one fumble recovery for touchdown

Professional career[edit]

Pre-draft measurables
Ht Wt Arm length Hand size 40-yd dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert Broad BP
6 ft 2½ in 254 lb 33 in 9 in 4.70 s 1.62 s 2.83 s 4.28 s 7.19 s 34 12 in 9 ft 5 in 22 reps
All values from UCLA Pro Day[4]

Tennessee Titans[edit]

Ayers was selected 39th overall by the Tennessee Titans in the 2011 NFL Draft.[5]

New England Patriots[edit]

On October 21, 2014, the Titans traded Ayers along with a seventh round draft pick in the 2015 NFL Draft to the New England Patriots for a sixth round draft choice.[6] In each of his first two games with New England, Ayers recorded a sack.

Ayers won Super Bowl XLIX with the Patriots after they defeated the Seattle Seahawks 28-24.

St. Louis Rams[edit]

Ayers with the Rams in 2015.

On March 12, 2015, Ayers signed a two-year contract with the St. Louis Rams.[7] On September 3, 2016, he was released by the Rams as part of final roster cuts.[8]

Indianapolis Colts[edit]

Ayers signed a two-year contract with the Indianapolis Colts on September 6, 2016.[9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ https://sports.yahoo.com/ncaaf/ucla-bruins-temple-owls-200912290015/
  2. ^ "UCLA-Houston Game Notes". 2010-09-18. Retrieved 2010-09-28. 
  3. ^ http://www.nfl.com/combine/profiles/akeem-ayers?id=2495491
  4. ^ "Akeen Ayers". nfl.com. Archived from the original on September 6, 2015. Retrieved May 9, 2014. 
  5. ^ Tennessee Titans select Akeem Ayers
  6. ^ Patra, Kevin (October 21, 2014). "Titans trade linebacker Akeem Ayers to Patriots". NFL.com. Retrieved 2014-10-21. 
  7. ^ Former Patriot Akeem Ayers Signs Two-Year Contract With Rams
  8. ^ "Rams Make 53-Man Roster Decisions". TheRams.com. 
  9. ^ "Veteran Linebacker Akeem Ayers Joins Colts". 

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