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{{Infobox NFL player
|name=Gary Guyton
|currentteam=New England Patriots
|birth_date={{birth date and age|1985|11|14}}
|birth_place=Hinesville, Georgia
|debutteam=New England Patriots
|college=[[Georgia Tech]]
* [[New England Patriots]] ({{NFL Year|2008}}–present)
|statlabel1=[[Tackle (football move)|Tackle]]s
|statlabel2=[[Quarterback sack|Sacks]]
|statlabel3=[[Interception (football)|Interception]]s
|statlabel4=Forced fumbles
|statlabel5=Pass deflections
'''Gary Guyton''' (born November 14, 1985 in [[Hinesville, Georgia]]) is an [[American football]] [[linebacker]] for the [[New England Patriots]] of the [[National Football League]]. He was signed by the Patriots as an [[undrafted free agent]] in 2008. He played [[college football]] at [[Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets football|Georgia Tech]].
==Early years==
Guyton had 56 tackles, six tackles for loss, three sacks, three fumble recoveries, five pass breakups and a blocked kick and returned two fumbles and an interception for touchdowns as a senior at [[Bradwell Institute]] in [[Hinesville, Georgia]]. As a junior he had 59 tackles with nine sacks, 10 tackles for loss, one interception and a fumble recovery.
==College career==
Guyton was a two-year starter for the [[Georgia Institute of Technology]]. As a freshman in 2004, he saw action in 12 games on special teams. As a sophomore in 2005, he made 19 tackles, one sack and one pass defended. In 2006 he had 29 tackles while making 12 starts at outside linebacker. As a senior in 2007, Guyton finished second on the team in total tackles with 78 while starting all 13 games. He also had five sacks and 14 tackles for a loss.
==Professional career==
===Pre-draft measureables===
Guyton had the fastest [[40 yard dash]] time out of all the linebackers in the 2008 NFL [[NFL Combine|combine]] with a 4.47 time.
{{Nfl predraft
| height ft = 6
| height in = 1⅝
| weight = 245
| dash = 4.47
| ten split = 1.46
| twenty split = 2.53
| shuttle = 4.33
| cone drill = 7.07
| vertical = 40
| broad ft = 10
| broad in = 6
| bench = 16
| wonderlic = 22
| arm span =
| hand span =
| note = All values from [[NFL Scouting Combine]] except 40-yard dash, vertical, and broad jump (Georgia Tech Pro Day)
===New England Patriots===
====2008 season====
On April 28, 2008, Guyton signed as an undrafted free agent with the [[New England Patriots]]. The previous day rumors circulated that Guyton had agreed to terms with the [[San Francisco 49ers]], however confusion arose when 49ers [[General Manager]] [[Scot McCloughan]] said he would divulge names of undrafted free agents with whom the club had agreed to terms and the following day, Guyton had officially signed with the Patriots.<ref>{{cite web|url=|title=UDFA Gary Guyton signs| Reiss' Pieces|first=Mike|last=Reiss|date=2008-04-28|accessdate=2008-04-29}}</ref><ref>{{cite web|url=|title=UFDA Guyton gets away from 49ers|work=[[The Press Democrat]]|first=Matt|last=Maiocco|date=2008-04-29|accessdate=2008-04-29}}</ref>
Guyton, an undrafted free agent, made the Patriots' 53-man roster, and was active for all but one game of his rookie season in [[2008 New England Patriots season|2008]], while the Patriots' third-round draft pick [[Shawn Crable]], an outside linebacker, was inactive, and another inside linebacker, sixth-round draft pick [[Bo Ruud]], was placed on [[injured reserve]]. Guyton also started two games late in the season after an injury to [[Tedy Bruschi]].
In the Patriots' [[2008 New England Patriots season#Week 5: at San Francisco 49ers|Week 4 game]] against the [[2008 San Francisco 49ers season|San Francisco 49ers]], the Patriots employed multiple nickel and dime defenses that gave Guyton more defensive snaps than fellow rookie inside linebacker [[Jerod Mayo]], the Patriots' 2008 first-round draft pick.<ref>{{cite web|url=|first=Mike|last=Reiss|title=Reiss' Pieces: Defensive snaps analysis| Reiss' Pieces|date=2008-10-08|accessdate=2009-01-17}}</ref>
In interviews, Patriots head coach [[Bill Belichick]] noted that they had debated drafting Guyton over Ruud, but ultimately chose Ruud;<ref>{{cite web|url=|title=Versatile linebacker Gary Guyton is a keeper|work=[[The Providence Journal]]|first=Robert|last=Lee|date=2008-11-05|accessdate=2009-01-17}}</ref> in retrospect, Belichick admitted that the Patriots should have drafted Guyton and undrafted free agent running back [[BenJarvus Green-Ellis]].<ref>{{cite web|url=|title=Green-Ellis making a name for himself|work=[[The Boston Globe]]|first=Dan|last=Shaughnessy|date=2008-11-09|accessdate=2009-01-17}}</ref>
===2009 season===
Due to Bruschi's retirement just prior to the start of the season, Guyton would go to start all 16 games for the Patriots in [[2009 New England Patriots season|2009]]. He began the season as a 3-4 weakside linebacker before the middle linebacker, Mayo, was injured in Week 1. Guyton started at 4-3 middle linebacker for the Patriots in Weeks 2–5, in place of Mayo. Upon Mayo's return, the two started the rest of the season as 3-4 inside linebackers. Guyton finished the season with 85 tackles and 1.5 sacks.
Following the season, the Patriots signed Guyton to a two-year extension worth over $2.1 million, including a $650,000 signing bonus; as Guyton was an exclusive rights free agent, the Patriots were only required to offer him a one-year minimum tender of $470,000.<ref>{{cite web|url=|title=Coming to the numbers on Guyton|work=[[The Boston Globe]]|first=Albert|last=Breer|date=2010-06-24|accessdate=2010-07-21}}</ref>
===2010 season===
Guyton scored his first career touchdown in the Patriots' Week 1 game against the [[Cincinnati Bengals]], on a 59-yard interception return of a [[Carson Palmer]] pass. It was the first interception by a Patriots linebacker since the [[2008 New England Patriots season|2008]] season. In Week 14 against the [[Chicago Bears]], Guyton returned a second quarter Bears fumble 35 yards for a touchdown.
In 16 games played (eight starts), Guyton recorded 63 tackles, three sacks, two interceptions, and one forced fumble.
==External links==
*[ New England Patriots bio]
*[ Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets bio]
{{New England Patriots roster navbox}}
{{Persondata <!-- Metadata: see [[Wikipedia:Persondata]]. -->
| NAME = Guyton, Gary
| DATE OF BIRTH = November 14, 1985
| PLACE OF BIRTH = Hinesville, Georgia
{{DEFAULTSORT:Guyton, Gary}}
[[Category:1985 births]]
[[Category:Living people]]
[[Category:People from Hinesville, Georgia]]
[[Category:Players of American football from Georgia (U.S. state)]]
[[Category:African American players of American football]]
[[Category:American football linebackers]]
[[Category:Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets football players]]
[[Category:Undrafted National Football League players]]
[[Category:New England Patriots players]]

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