J. R. Sweezy

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J. R. Sweezy
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Sweezy with the Seattle Seahawks in 2013
No. 73 – Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Position: Guard
Personal information
Born: (1989-04-08) April 8, 1989 (age 29)
Mooresville, North Carolina
Height: 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)
Weight: 298 lb (135 kg)
Career information
High school: Mooresville (NC)
College: NC State
NFL Draft: 2012 / Round: 7 / Pick: 225
Career history
Roster status: Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of Week 14, 2017
Games played: 72
Games started: 62
Player stats at NFL.com

Justin Ross "J. R." Sweezy (born April 8, 1989)[1] is an American football guard for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers of the National Football League (NFL). He was selected in the seventh round, 225th overall, by the Seattle Seahawks in the 2012 NFL Draft. He played college football at NC State.

Early life[edit]

Sweezy grew up a North Carolina State Wolfpack fan as his grandfather had previously played fullback for NC State. As a linebacker at Mooresville High School his junior year he recorded 115 tackles, eight tackles-for-loss, and three sacks. He played linebacker and recorded 195 tackles, 14 tackles-for-loss, six sacks, and four forced fumbles in 12 games his senior year.[2] He also wrestled winning the Class 3A Heavyweight Wrestling Championship in North Carolina.

College career[edit]

Sweezy played 35 games with 20 starts playing linebacker, defensive end, and defensive tackle at NC State, starting every game his junior and senior seasons. He recorded 86 tackles (65 solo), 22 tackles-for-loss, 11.0 sacks, 33 quarterback pressures, three passes defended, two forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries. He was voted team captain his senior season and was selected honorable mention All-ACC his junior year. He appeared to have his share of off-the-field issues, including being arrested for having pot in his house, and for assaulting a 65-year-old bus driver.[3]

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
6 ft 4 in
(1.93 m)
298 lb
(135 kg)
34 in
(0.86 m)
9 58 in
(0.24 m)
5.01 s 1.73 s 2.89 s 4.41 s 7.40 s 36 in
(0.91 m)
9 ft 5 in
(2.87 m)
21 reps
All values from NFL Combine[4][5]

Seattle Seahawks[edit]

Coming out of NC State, Sweezy wasn't a highly sought after draft prospect at defensive tackle. Seattle Seahawks' offensive line coach Tom Cable set up a private workout with Sweezy and evaluated his footwork and physical strength. Cable, who had successfully converted defensive lineman to offensive lineman throughout his career, thought Sweezy had the tools and ability to successfully transition to an NFL offensive lineman. After agreeing to switch to the offensive line the Seahawks drafted him in the seventh round of the 2012 NFL Draft, reuniting him with former NC State teammate, Russell Wilson.[6][7]

In his rookie season, Sweezy got the first start of his career in the season opener against the Arizona Cardinals replacing veteran guard John Moffitt. He again started for the injured Moffitt in the last two games of the regular season against the San Francisco 49ers and St. Louis Rams. During the 2012 campaign he had three starts and played in 13 games. For the 2013 season Sweezy started 13 regular season games and in the post season for a Seahawks team that would go on to win the Super Bowl that year. In 2014 Sweezy had his first season where he started every regular season game at right guard. The Seahawks would go on to return to the Super Bowl losing to the New England Patriots.[8]

Tampa Bay Buccaneers[edit]

On March 9, 2016, Sweezy and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers agreed to a five-year deal worth $32.5 million.[9] He underwent back surgery after signing with the Buccaneers and was placed on the Physically Unable to Perform list which will ultimately make him unavailable for the first five games of the season.[10] He was placed on injured reserve for the 2016 season on November 12 without appearing in a game for the Buccaneers.

Sweezy started the first 14 games of the 2017 season at right guard, playing all every offensive snap before suffering an injury in Week 15. He was placed on injured reserve on December 20, 2017.[11]


  1. ^ "Sizing up J.R. Sweezy". Retrieved April 29, 2012. 
  2. ^ "NC State Wolfpack Bio". 
  3. ^ "PACKed Super Bowl". 
  4. ^ "J.R. Sweezy, DS #37 DT, North Carolina State". NFLDraftscout.com. Retrieved November 27, 2016. 
  5. ^ "Sweezy NFL Combine". Nfl.com. Retrieved January 19, 2013. 
  6. ^ "NFL Draft 2012: Seahawks Select J.R. Sweezy In The 7th Round". Retrieved April 29, 2012. 
  7. ^ "Seattle Seahawks Guard JR Sweezy's drive led to successful transition". 
  8. ^ "Young Seahawks Add Two More Rook Starters". 
  9. ^ Smith, Scott (March 10, 2016). "Bucs Add J.R. Sweezy to Offensive Front". Buccaneers.com. 
  10. ^ Sander Philipse. "J.R. Sweezy set to miss five games with back surgery". BucsNation.com. Retrieved November 5, 2016. 
  11. ^ Smith, Scott (December 20, 2017). "Standout Rookies Among Five Bucs Headed to IR". Buccaneers.com. 

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