David Vobora

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David Vobora
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Vobora with the Rams in November 2010
No. 58, 40, 54
Position: Linebacker
Personal information
Date of birth: (1986-04-08) April 8, 1986 (age 31)
Place of birth: Eugene, Oregon
Height: 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Weight: 239 lb (108 kg)
Career information
High school: Eugene (OR) Churchill
College: Idaho
NFL Draft: 2008 / Round: 7 / Pick: 252
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Tackles: 98
Sacks: 2.0
Interceptions: 0
Player stats at NFL.com

David Michael Vobora (born April 8, 1986) is a former American football linebacker. He was drafted by the St. Louis Rams with the final pick (252nd overall) in the 2008 NFL Draft, earning him the title of Mr. Irrelevant. He played college football for the Idaho Vandals of the Western Athletic Conference.

Early years[edit]

Vobora is a 2004 graduate of Churchill High School in Eugene, and was the team captain as a junior and senior and played linebacker, quarterback, and running back. He was honorable mention All-Midwestern league quarterback as a senior. He was a second team all-conference linebacker as a junior and an honorable mention all-conference linebacker as a sophomore. He was also an honorable mention basketball player as a senior.

College career[edit]

In 45 games at Idaho, Vobora started 33 and ranks sixth in school history with 341 tackles (209 solo), including three sacks, 28 stops for losses. He recovered three fumbles and caused six others. He also intercepted two passes and had five pass deflections. As a senior in 2007, Vobora was All-WAC for the second consecutive season, and led Idaho in tackles with 148 (59 solo) and had a sack, an interception and a fumble recovery. As a junior in 2006, he was first-team All-WAC after leading the Vandals with 134 tackles (101 solo, 33 assists) and 15.5 tackles-for-loss and four passes defensed, two sacks, two forced fumbles, two quarterback hurries and one interception. In 2005, he played in all 11 games and started six and finished with 43 total tackles (32 solo and 11 assists) with six tackles-for-loss and forced three fumbles and had two fumble recoveries. As a true freshman in 2004 he played in all 12 games (started three) and made 17 total tackles (12 solo, five assists). Vobora played for three head coaches (Nick Holt, Dennis Erickson, & Robb Akey) in his four seasons at Idaho, and did not redshirt.

Professional career[edit]

Pre-draft[edit]

Pre-draft measureables
Height Weight 40-yard dash 10-yard split 20-yard split 20 ss 3-cone Vert Broad BP Wonderlic
6-1 * 236 * 4.59 ** 1.58 ** 2.67 ** 4.14 * 6.99 * 35½" * 9'09" * 21 * 21 *
* represents NFL Combine **represents Idaho Pro Day

335-pound bench press. 330-pound power clean.

St. Louis Rams[edit]

On July 22, 2008, Vobora agreed to a three-year, $1.24 million contract with the Rams. After final cuts on August 30, Vobora and Kansas City's Ryan Succop were the only Mr. Irrelevants to make the roster of the team that drafted them in the 2000s.[1] His stay on the roster lasted only one game, as he was waived two days after the season opener to make room for Eddie Kennison on September 9, moved to the Rams' practice squad.[2]

Vobora remained on the Rams' practice squad until November 4, when he was promoted to the active roster after wide receivers Drew Bennett and Dante Hall were placed on injured reserve.[3]

On November 30, Vobora made his first career start at linebacker in the game against the Miami Dolphins. This was the first time a Mr. Irrelevant started in a game during his rookie season in 14 years, not since Marty Moore started four games for the New England Patriots in 1994.[4] Vobora compiled five total tackles in the game, which tied for the second-best effort in team tackles, but the Rams lost 16–12.[5]

Vobora was named the starting strongside linebacker for the 2009 season.[6] On September 30, 2009, he was suspended for four games for violating the NFL's performance-enhancing substance policy. Vobora stated that he would sue the company that produced the supplement he took, because it contained substances that were not listed on the label. Vobora's agent, Marc Lillibridge, conceded "(The supplement) was not on the list of officially sanctioned products, and ultimately a player is responsible for anything he puts in his body."[7] On June 20, 2011, Vobora's lawyer announced that a federal judge ruled against the company and awarded Vobora $5.4 million.[8]

The Rams released Vobora on August 12, 2011.[9]

Seattle Seahawks[edit]

Vobora signed with the Seattle Seahawks on August 22, 2011,[10] but was waived two weeks later on September 4. He re-signed with Seattle on October 4.[11]

Post League[edit]

Upon retiring from the NFL in 2012, David opened Performance Vault Inc. in Dallas, TX, a sports performance training center for elite athletes and U.S. Special Forces.

In September 2014, Vobora founded the Adaptive Training Foundation. ATF is a 501(c)3 non-profit with a mission "to empower the human athlete, restore hope through movement, and redefine the limits of individuals with disabilities." [12] ATF provides free personalized physical training programs for injured veterans and people living with disabilities. Participants in this nine-week program receive a training regimen that is customized for their fitness goals and specific disabilities.[13]

As a professional speaker, David now speaks to audiences across the country about seeing beyond the daily grind, moving past mediocrity, and tapping into deeper potential. His passion is to help others find theirs and in doing so discover the fuel to become stronger, truer, and braver versions of themselves.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Vobora makes team as roster is cut to 53". 
  2. ^ "St. Louis Rams Team Report". USA Today. April 30, 2010. Retrieved May 1, 2010. 
  3. ^ "Football transactions - November 4, 2008". [dead link]
  4. ^ "2008 'Mr. Irrelevant' gets his shot with Rams". 
  5. ^ "Miami 16, St. Louis 12". 
  6. ^ [1] Archived September 2, 2009, at the Wayback Machine.
  7. ^ "2009 4 Game Suspension". Blogs.nfl.com. 2009-09-29. Retrieved 2010-12-03. 
  8. ^ Katzowitz, Josh (2011). "Rams LB David Vobora scores big payday - CBSSports.com". cbssports.com. Retrieved June 20, 2011. 
  9. ^ Thomas, Jim (August 12, 2011). "Vobora cut to make room for Leber". stltoday.com. St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Retrieved August 12, 2011. 
  10. ^ Henderson, Brady (August 22, 2011). "Seahawks sign former Rams linebacker David Vobora". mynorthwest.com. Retrieved September 5, 2013. 
  11. ^ Sando, Mike (October 4, 2011). "Seattle's Matt McCoy placed on IR". espn.go.com. Retrieved September 5, 2013. 
  12. ^ http://adaptivetrainingfoundation.org/who-we-are/.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  13. ^ "A former NFL player trains war vets back from the brink". ESPN.com. Retrieved 2016-11-11. 

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