Derek Wolfe

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Derek Wolfe
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Wolfe playing for the Denver Broncos in 2014
No. 95 – Denver Broncos
Position: Defensive end
Personal information
Born: (1990-02-24) February 24, 1990 (age 28)
Lisbon, Ohio
Height: 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)
Weight: 285 lb (129 kg)
Career information
High school: Lisbon (OH) Beaver Local
College: Cincinnati
NFL Draft: 2012 / Round: 2 / Pick: 36
Career history
Roster status: Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of 2017
Total tackles: 222
Sacks: 24.5
Forced fumbles: 0
Fumble recoveries: 1
Pass deflections: 8
Player stats at NFL.com

Derek Wolfe (born February 24, 1990) is an American football defensive end for the Denver Broncos of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at the University of Cincinnati. He was selected 36th overall by the Broncos in the 2012 NFL Draft.[1]

Early life[edit]

Wolfe is from the rural town of Negley, Ohio, near the state line with Pennsylvania.[2] He attended Beaver Local High School in East Liverpool, Ohio.[3]

Considered only a two-star recruit by Rivals.com,[4] Wolfe was a standout at Beaver Local High School and is the only player in the school's history ever to be drafted by the NFL.

College career[edit]

Wolfe played four years (2008-2011) at Cincinnati. He accumulated 162 total tackles, 37 tackles for loss, and 19.5 sacks during his tenure.

Wolfe was named Co-Big East Defensive Player of the Year as a senior.[5]

Wolfe was the first Beaver Local High School graduate to get drafted and the first Mahoning Valley native selected.

Professional career[edit]

Pre-draft measurables
Ht Wt Arm length Hand size 40-yard dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert jump Broad BP Wonderlic
6 ft 5 in
(1.96 m)
295 lb
(134 kg)
33 14 in
(0.84 m)
10 34 in
(0.27 m)
5.01 s N/A s N/A s 4.44 s 7.26 s 33 12 in
(0.85 m)
9 ft 0 in
(2.74 m)
33 reps N/A
All values from NFL Combine[6]

Denver Broncos[edit]

Wolfe playing in the 2012 preseason.

Wolfe was selected 36th overall in the 2012 NFL Draft by the Denver Broncos. In his professional debut, a preseason game against the Chicago Bears on 9 August 2012, he finished with 2 sacks and 3 tackles.

In his first NFL game in the regular season against the Pittsburgh Steelers, Wolfe came out with 3 tackles and a sack for a loss of 9 yards.

Wolfe finished his rookie season with 40 tackles, six sacks, and two passes defensed. His six sacks were third most on the team, behind Von Miller and Elvis Dumervil.

Wolfe had a tough sophomore season. In a preseason game against the Seattle Seahawks, Wolfe suffered a spinal cord injury and was carted off the field. That, along with two bouts of food poisoning, led to him losing 20 pounds, and he was therefore not as productive on the field. On November 29, Wolfe suffered a seizure on the bus ride to the airport for their Kansas City Chiefs matchup. (After the season, it was reported that the seizure was related to the spinal cord injury.) Despite hopes that he might return to the field, he was eventually placed on Injured Reserve. Without Wolfe, the Broncos reached Super Bowl XLVIII where they lost to the Seattle Seahawks.

The 2015season was the best of Wolfe's career. After serving a four-game suspension for a PED violation,[7] Wolfe returned to establish himself as one of the best run stuffers in the game, which eventually led to him being named AFC Defensive Player of the Week after the Broncos defense completely neutralized the undefeated Green Bay Packers offense in Week 8.

On January 15, 2016, Wolfe signed a four-year extension with the Broncos worth $36.7 million.[8]

On February 7, 2016, Wolfe was part of the Broncos team that won Super Bowl 50. In the game, the Broncos defeated the Carolina Panthers by a score of 24–10.[9] He had five tackles and 0.5 sacks in the Super Bowl.[10]

In 2016, Wolfe posted a career high in tackles with 51, and in passes defended with four.

The Broncos finished the 2016 season with a 9–7 record and missed the playoffs for the first time in Wolfe's career.[11]

On December 5, 2017, Wolfe was placed on injured reserve with a neck injury.[12]

Comments concerning NFL protests[edit]

During the discussion concerning kneeling during the national anthem, Wolfe sent comments to ESPN stating the following: this is the "greatest country in the world and if you don't think we are the greatest country in the world and you reside here, then why do you stay?"[13]

NFL statistics[edit]

Legend
Team won the Super Bowl
Bold Career high

Regular season[edit]

Year Team GP GS Tackles Interceptions Fumbles
Comb Total Ast Sck SFTY PDef Int Yds Avg Lng TD FF
2012 DEN 16 16 40 26 14 6.0 -- 2 -- -- -- -- -- --
2013 DEN 11 11 16 11 5 4.0 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2014 DEN 16 16 35 24 11 1.5 -- 1 -- -- -- -- -- --
2015 DEN 12 12 49 35 14 5.5 -- 1 -- -- -- -- -- --
2016 DEN 14 14 51 38 13 5.5 -- 4 -- -- -- -- -- --
2017 DEN 11 11 31 18 13 2.0 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
Total 80 80 222 152 70 24.5 0 8 0 0 0 0 0 0

Playoffs[edit]

Year Team GP GS Tackles Interceptions Fumbles
Comb Total Ast Sck SFTY PDef Int Yds Avg Lng TD FF
2012-13 DEN 1 1 3 2 1 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2014-15 DEN 1 1 3 2 1 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2015-16 DEN 3 3 15 10 5 2.5 -- 1 -- -- -- -- -- --
Total 5 5 21 14 7 2.5 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0

Source:[14]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Derek Wolfe | Cincinnati, DT : 2012 NFL Draft Scout Player Profile". Nfldraftscout.com. 2006-09-21. Retrieved 2012-07-23. 
  2. ^ Lindsay H. Jones. "Derek Wolfe, Broncos' top draft pick, reaches his NFL dream". The Denver Post. Retrieved April 28, 2012. 
  3. ^ "Home - Beaver Local School District". www.Beaver.k12.oh.us. Retrieved January 15, 2018. 
  4. ^ "Ben Kenyon - Yahoo! Sports". Rivals.yahoo.com. Retrieved 2012-07-23. [dead link]
  5. ^ Patrick_the_Ruminator over 1 year ago 1 comment (2011-12-09). "Isaiah Pead, Derek Wolfe, Khaseem Greene, Tavon Austin Named Big East Players Of The Year". Big East Coast Bias. Retrieved 2012-07-23. 
  6. ^ "Derek Wolfe Draft Profile â€". Nfl.com. Retrieved 2012-07-23. 
  7. ^ Sessler, Marc (July 24, 2015). "Broncos DE Derek Wolfe dealt four-game suspension". NFL.com. Retrieved January 23, 2016. 
  8. ^ Bergman, Jeremy (January 15, 2016). "Broncos sign Derek Wolfe to 4-year contract extension". NFL.com. Retrieved January 23, 2016. 
  9. ^ "Super Bowl 50 - Denver Broncos vs. Carolina Panthers - February 7th, 2016". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved 31 August 2017. 
  10. ^ "Super Bowl 50 - National Football League Game Summary" (PDF). NFL.com. Retrieved 7 August 2017. 
  11. ^ "2016 Denver Broncos Statistics & Players". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved 2017-11-16. 
  12. ^ DiLalla, Aric (December 5, 2017). "Broncos place Derek Wolfe on IR, make pair of practice squad moves". DenverBroncos.com. 
  13. ^ "Derek Wolfe: If you don't think America is greatest country, why do you stay?". NBCSports.com. September 24, 2017. Retrieved January 15, 2018. 
  14. ^ "Derek Wolfe Stats". NFL. Retrieved January 16, 2015. 

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