Brodney Pool

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Brodney Pool
No. 21, 22
Position: Safety
Personal information
Date of birth: (1984-05-24) May 24, 1984 (age 32)
Place of birth: Corpus Christi, Texas
Height: 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Weight: 214 lb (97 kg)
Career information
High school: Houston (TX) Westbury
College: Oklahoma
NFL draft: 2005 / Round: 2 / Pick: 34
Career history
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Tackles: 364
Sacks: 5.5
Interceptions: 13
Passes defended: 49
Player stats at NFL.com
Player stats at PFR

Brodney Depaul Pool (born May 24, 1984) is a former American football safety in the National Football League (NFL) for the Cleveland Browns and the New York Jets. He played college football at Oklahoma.

Early years[edit]

Pool attended Westbury High School where he was a five star recruit. As a junior, he had 114 tackles and four interceptions. During his senior season, he had 75 tackles and 11 interceptions (school record) as a free safety. As a running back, he rushed 40 times for 159 yards (3.975 yards per carry avg.) with 2 touchdowns, had 3 receptions for 112 yards (37.34- yards avg.) and 2 touchdowns. He also lettered in track.

College career[edit]

He accepted a scholarship from the University of Oklahoma. In 2002, as a true freshman he appeared in 12 games, playing mainly on special teams and tallying 11 tackles (7 solo). The next year he became a starter at free safety, registering 68 tackles (41 solo), 2 sacks, 6 passes defensed, one forced fumble, one blocked kick and 7 interceptions (ranked 11th in the nation).

As a junior, he was on the Thorpe and Nagurski Watchlists, posted 92 tackles (65 solo), 9 passes defensed, 2 interceptions and declared for the NFL Draft at the end of the season. He finished his college career with 171 tackles, 9 interceptions, 15 passes defensed and was a part of two Big 12 championship teams (2002 and 2004).

Professional career[edit]

Cleveland Browns[edit]

Pool was selected in the second round (34th overall) of the 2005 NFL Draft by the Cleveland Browns. Although he did not start during his rookie season, he appeared in 13 games mostly as a safety, registering his first interception. In 2006, he lost out the battle for the starting free safety position to Sean Jones, but started 3 games at cornerback due to injuries to Leigh Bodden, Daylon McCutcheon and Gary Baxter, posting 54.5 tackles, one interception, one sack and 8 passes defensed.

He became the regular starter at free safety in 2007, making 72 tackles, 6 passes defensed and 2 interceptions, one of which was returned for a Browns' franchise record 100 yards against the Baltimore Ravens on November 18.[1]

In 2009, he missed the last 5 games of the regular season after suffering a concussion and being placed on the injured reserve list, but still tied for the team lead with 4 interceptions.[2] He wasn't tender a contract offer as a restricted free agent at the end of the year.[3]

New York Jets[edit]

On March 11, 2010, Pool signed a one-year deal as an unrestricted free agent with the New York Jets valued at $1.3 million. On January 8, 2011, he made his first career postseason start and his first career postseason appearance against Indianapolis Colts on Wild Card weekend, recording 7 tackles (one for loss), as the Jets won 17-16. On January 23, he recorded his first career postseason interception in the AFC Championship Game against the Pittsburgh Steelers. However, the Jets lost 24-19, falling one game short of the Super Bowl for the second straight season. The next season he appeared in 14 games (6 starts), posting 37 tackles, a half sack, one interception and 3 passes defensed.

Dallas Cowboys[edit]

On March 15, 2012, Pool signed as a free agent with the Dallas Cowboys, reuniting with former Browns defensive coordinator Rob Ryan.[4] He failed his conditioning test upon arriving at camp, before passing it on his second attempt.[5] One week into the start of training camp, he was released on August 6.

NFL stats[edit]

Year Team GP COMB TOTAL AST SACK FF FR FR YDS INT IR YDS AVG IR LNG TD PD
2005 CLE 13 35 26 9 1.0 0 1 0 1 1 1 1 0 5
2006 CLE 16 68 55 13 1.0 1 2 0 1 0 0 0 0 8
2007 CLE 16 58 47 11 0.0 0 0 0 2 103 52 100 1 6
2008 CLE 15 65 60 5 1.0 1 1 0 3 45 15 24 0 6
2009 CLE 11 50 39 11 1.0 0 0 0 4 33 8 32 0 10
2010 NYJ 15 53 39 14 1.0 1 1 6 1 0 0 0 0 11
2011 NYJ 14 36 27 9 0.5 0 1 33 1 0 0 0 0 3
Career 100 365 293 72 5.5 3 6 0 13 182 14 100 1 49

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Key

  • GP: games played
  • COMB: combined tackles
  • TOTAL: total tackles
  • AST: assisted tackles
  • SACK: sacks
  • FF: forced fumbles
  • FR: fumble recoveries
  • FR YDS: fumble return yards
  • INT: interceptions
  • IR YDS: interception return yards
  • AVG IR: average interception return
  • LNG: longest interception return
  • TD: interceptions returned for touchdown
  • PD: passes defensed

Coaching career[edit]

On January 16, 2015, Pool accepted a quality control coaching position at Baylor University on the staff of Art Briles.

Personal life[edit]

His mother Rose, was the Westbury High School athletic director and an assistant track coach at the University of Texas.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Reed rumbles 108 yards for NFL record | Longest interception returns by team". Pro Football Hall of Fame. November 24, 2008. Retrieved June 2, 2014. 
  2. ^ "How a headache changed Brodney Pool's career". NewsOK.com. January 21, 2011. Retrieved February 2, 2016. 
  3. ^ "Cleveland Browns tender six restricted free agents, but not Brodney Pool". Cleveland.com. March 5, 2010. Retrieved February 2, 2016. 
  4. ^ Archer, Todd; Calvin Watkins (15 March 2012). "Dan Connor, Brodney Pool sign". ESPN Dallas/Fort Worth. Archived from the original on 19 March 2012. Retrieved 15 March 2012. 
  5. ^ "Brodney Pool released by Dallas Cowboys after week in camp - NFL.com". nfl.com. 2012. Retrieved 6 August 2012. 
  6. ^ "Brodney Pool Stats". ESPN. ESPN Internet Ventures. Retrieved 7 January 2015. 

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