Wagner with the Seattle Seahawks in October 2014
|No. 54 Seattle Seahawks|
|Date of birth:||June 27, 1990|
|Place of birth:||Los Angeles, California|
|Height:||6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)|
|Weight:||245 lb (111 kg)|
|High school:||Ontario (CA) Colony|
|NFL Draft:||2012 / Round: 2 / Pick: 47|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Career NFL statistics as of Week 17, 2016|
Bobby Joseph Wagner (born June 27, 1990) is an American football linebacker for the Seattle Seahawks of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Utah State, and was drafted by the Seahawks in the second round of the 2012 NFL Draft.
High school career
Wagner attended Colony High School in Ontario, California. In 2007, he registered 125 tackles (92 solo, 33 assists), including four sacks as a senior. He also played tight end, tallying 37 catches for 595 yards with 11 touchdowns. He received all-CIF Central Division honors as well as all-Mount Baldy League accolades. Earned second-team California Division 2 all-state honors after helping lead the Titans to a CIF division title and was named to the all-San Bernardino County team.
Wagner was considered one of the best linebacker prospects in his class. At the 2012 NFL Draft, Wagner was selected in the second round with the 47th overall pick by the Seattle Seahawks. He is the highest selected player from Utah State since Rulon Jones in 1980. Bobby Wagner finished his rookie season with 140 tackles, 2 sacks, and 3 interceptions. After his rookie year with the Seahawks, he was ranked as the #1 rookie inside linebacker, and second in the position in the entire league, by ProFootballFocus. Wagner finished his second season with 120 tackles, 5 sacks, and one interception. Wagner helped lead the Seahawks to a 43-8 win over the Denver Broncos in Super Bowl XLVIII.
In his third season, Wagner had an impressive season with 5 games with more than 10 tackles. Even though he missed 5 games, he was voted into his first Pro Bowl and named First Team All-Pro. In just 11 games, Wagner recorded 104 total tackles, 2 sacks, 3 passes defensed and 9 tackles for loss at middle linebacker. For the third straight season, the Seattle Seahawks defense finished #1 in the NFL in points allowed, making Wagner a key starter on the #1 defense every year of his career to this point. For his efforts that season, he received a single MVP vote from Tony Dungy, largely due to the Seahawks allowing 20.4 points per game without Wagner and 6.5 points per game in the six games after he returned from a turf toe injury in the middle of the season. In Super Bowl XLIX, Wagner recorded 12 tackles and an interception as the Seahawks lost 24-28 to the New England Patriots. He is the current all-time career leader for tackles in Super Bowls with 22.
On August 2, 2015, Wagner agreed to a four-year, $43 million contract extension with the Seahawks. In week 5 against the Cincinnati Bengals, Wagner scored his first touchdown on a fumble recovery and in week 10 vs the Arizona Cardinals he recovered a fumble forced by teammate K. J. Wright and scored a touchdown.
In Week 16 of the 2016 season, Wagner set the franchise single season tackle record, surpassing Terry Beeson's record of 153 tackles. He finished the season as the NFL's leading tackler while being named to his third straight Pro Bowl and his second First-team All-Pro.
- "ESPN Profile". ESPN.com.
- Wagner tabbed WAC Defensive Player of the Year
- NFL Draft Scout
- Farnsworth, Clare (January 2, 2015). "Bobby Wagner joins Earl Thomas and Richard Sherman as first team All-Pro selections". Seahawks.com. Retrieved 2015-08-02.
- "Super Bowl leader page". pro football reference.com. Retrieved 10 March 2015.
- Rosenthal, Gregg (August 2, 2015). "Seahawks, Bobby Wagner agree to $43M extension". NFL.com. Retrieved 2015-08-02.
- "Three rookies, Matt Ryan among players named to All-Pro team". NFL.com. January 6, 2017.