Anthony Chickillo

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Anthony Chickillo
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Chickillo in 2015
No. 56 – Pittsburgh Steelers
Position:Outside linebacker
Personal information
Born: (1992-12-10) December 10, 1992 (age 27)
Tampa, Florida
Height:6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Weight:253 lb (115 kg)
Career information
High school:Braulio Alonso (Tampa, Florida)
College:Miami (FL)
NFL Draft:2015 / Round: 6 / Pick: 212
Career history
Roster status:Active
Career NFL statistics as of 2019
Total tackles:78
Forced fumbles:4
Fumble recoveries:3
Defensive touchdowns:1
Player stats at

Anthony Chickillo (born December 10, 1992) is an American football outside linebacker for the Pittsburgh Steelers of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at the University of Miami.

Early years[edit]

Chickillo attended Gaither High School in Tampa, Florida prior to transferring to Braulio Alonso High School, which is also in Tampa, before his junior year. As a senior, he had 140 tackles, 18 sacks and two interceptions. Chickillo was named the MVP of the 2011 Under Armour All-America Game after he recorded 1.5 sacks and a fumble recovery.[1] He was rated by as a four-star recruit and was ranked as the third best defensive end in his class.[2] He committed to the University of Miami to play college football.[3]

College career[edit]

Chickillo played at Miami from 2011 to 2014. He entered his freshman season as a backup before becoming a starter. After three games, he became a starter and would start the next 47 games through his senior year. He finished his career with 170 tackles and 15.5 sacks.[4][5]

Professional career[edit]

Coming out of college, Chickillo was projected by some analysts to be a fourth to sixth-round draft pick. He was rated the 13th-best defensive end out of the 148 available by Many scouts were divided on what position he was best suited for and classified him as a tweener. He received mostly mixed reviews from analysts and was thought to be a future rotational defensive end.[6] Chickillo was invited to the NFL Scouting Combine and was able to participate in the full workout and complete all the positional drills. He also attended Miami's Pro Day but was satisfied with his combine performance and only did positional workouts. Pittsburgh Steelers' head coach Mike Tomlin attended his pro day and has said he envisioned Chickillo switching to an outside linebacker.[7]

External video
Anthony Chickillo’s NFL Combine Workout
Pre-draft measurables
Height Weight Arm length Hand size 40-yard dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert jump Broad BP
6 ft 3 34 in
(1.92 m)
267 lb
(121 kg)
33 12 in
(0.85 m)
10 18 in
(0.26 m)
4.79 s 1.66 s 2.77 s 4.25 s 7.17 s 34 12 in
(0.88 m)
9 ft 6 in
(2.90 m)
27 reps
All values from NFL Combine[6]


On May 2, 2015, Chickillo was drafted by the Steelers in the sixth round (212th overall) of the 2015 NFL Draft.[8] Chickillo was the 24th defensive end drafted in 2015.

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Steelers draft Anthony Chickillo 212th overall

On May 11, 2015, the Pittsburgh Steelers signed Chickillo to a four-year, $2.37 million contract that includes a signing bonus of $73,700.[9][10]

On September 6, 2015, he was waived by the Steelers after initially making the 53-man roster. He was signed to the practice squad three days later. On September 30, 2015, Chickillo was activated from the practice squad to the Steelers' active roster.[11]

On October 18, 2015, he appeared in his first career game against the Arizona Cardinals. He appeared in seven regular-season games for the Steelers in his rookie year, recording six tackles and forcing a fumble. The following week, he recorded his first tackle during a 23–13 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs. He had a season-high two tackles and forced a fumble during the Steelers' Week 17 victory over the Cleveland Browns. Chickillo finished his rookie season with a total of six combined tackles and a forced fumble, while appearing in seven regular-season contests and two postseason games.[12]


He began his second season as the third left outside linebacker on the depth chart behind Bud Dupree and Arthur Moats.[13] Although he was mainly featured on special teams, he began to receive more reps as a rotational outside linebacker after Dupree missed the first ten games due to an abdominal injury.

On October 9, 2016, Chickillo recorded three solo tackles, a forced fumble, and his first career sack on New York Jets' quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick, during the Steelers' 31–13 victory. The following week, he earned his first career start against the Miami Dolphins and finished the loss with three solo tackles. During a Week 9 13–21 loss to the Baltimore Ravens, Chickillo made a season-high six combined tackles and was credited with a half a sack on Joe Flacco. The next game, he made a total of four tackles, forced a fumble, and sacked Dak Prescott during a 30–35 loss to the Dallas Cowboys.[12]


On February 14, 2017, the Pittsburgh Steelers signed Chickillo to a one-year, $615,000 restricted free agent tender.[9][14] He returned as the Steelers' third left outside linebacker behind Dupree and Moats, but began the regular season featured on special teams.

On September 10, in the season-opening 21–18 victory over the Cleveland Browns, Chickillo had two sacks. In addition, Tyler Matakevich blocked a punt, which Chickillo recovered in the end zone for his first career touchdown and gave the Steelers their first points of the season.[15]


On March 13, 2018, the Pittsburgh Steelers extended an original round tender offer to Chickillo as a restricted free agent. On April 21, 2018, Chickillo officially signed his one-year, $1.90 million contract.[9][16]


On March 12, 2019, Chickillo signed a two-year, $8 million contract extension with the Steelers.[17] After he was arrested for domestic violence on October 20, 2019,[18] he was placed on the exempt/commissioner's permission list on October 23, 2019.[19] The domestic violence charges were withdrawn on October 30, and he was brought back to the active roster on October 31.[20]

Personal life[edit]

His father Tony Chickillo and grandfather Nick Chickillo both played at the University of Miami and in the NFL.[21]


  1. ^ "Anthony Chickillo has a happy homecoming". Retrieved May 4, 2015.
  2. ^ "Anthony Chickillo". Retrieved May 4, 2015.
  3. ^ "Anthony Chickillo follows heart, family to Miami". Retrieved May 4, 2015.
  4. ^ "Shrine Game gives Anthony Chickillo another chance to shine at Trop". Tampa Bay Times. Retrieved May 4, 2015.
  5. ^ "Anthony Chickillo seems happy to leave Miami Hurricanes defensive system – Canes Watch". Retrieved May 4, 2015.
  6. ^ a b "NFL Events: Combine Player Profiles – Anthony Chickallo". Retrieved December 9, 2016.
  7. ^ "Anthony Chickillo, DS #13 DE, Miami: 2015 NFL Draft". Retrieved December 9, 2016.
  8. ^ "Steelers select LB Anthony Chickillo in the Sixth Round". May 2, 2015. Retrieved July 3, 2017.
  9. ^ a b c " Anthony Chickillo contract". Retrieved October 11, 2018.
  10. ^ Bryan, Dave (May 2, 2015). "CAP Steelers Salary Cap: Looking Ahead At The Walton, Chickillo And Holliman Rookie Contracts". Retrieved October 11, 2018.
  11. ^ "Steelers promote linebacker Anthony Chickillo". September 30, 2015. Retrieved January 31, 2017.
  12. ^ a b "NFL Player Profile: Anthony Chickillo". Retrieved December 9, 2016.
  13. ^ " Pittsburgh Steelers Depth Chart". Retrieved December 9, 2016.
  14. ^ Bryan, Dave (February 14, 2017). "Steelers Re-Sign Exclusive Rights Free Agent OLB Anthony Chickillo".
  15. ^ "Pittsburgh Steelers at Cleveland Browns - September 10th, 2017". Retrieved September 14, 2017.
  16. ^ Chester, Simon (April 21, 2018). "Anthony Chickillo signs his RFA tender with Steelers". Retrieved October 11, 2018.
  17. ^ Williams, Charean (March 12, 2019). "Steelers re-signing Anthony Chickillo". Pro Football Talk. NBC Sports.
  18. ^ Conroy, Anthony and Jonathan D. Silver (October 20, 2019). "Steelers' Anthony Chickillo arrested for assault in Fayette County, told by team to stay home Monday". Retrieved October 23, 2019.
  19. ^ Varley, Teresa (October 23, 2019). "Chickillo placed on exempt list; Elliott signed". Retrieved October 23, 2019.
  20. ^ Pryor, Brooke (October 31, 2019). "Steelers' Anthony Chickillo removed from commissioner's exempt list". Retrieved October 31, 2019.
  21. ^ "Anthony Chickillo, one of the most-coveted defensive ends in the country, will sign Wednesday with the Hurricanes. – College Football News – FOX Sports on MSN". FOX Sports. Archived from the original on March 25, 2015. Retrieved May 4, 2015.

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