Jason Worilds

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Jason Worilds
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Worilds in the 2011 NFL season.
No. 93
Position: Outside linebacker
Personal information
Born: (1988-03-03) March 3, 1988 (age 30)
Rahway, New Jersey
Height: 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Weight: 262 lb (119 kg)
Career information
High school: Carteret (NJ)
College: Virginia Tech
NFL Draft: 2010 / Round: 2 / Pick: 52
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Total tackles: 204
Sacks: 25.5
Forced fumbles: 4
Fumble recoveries: 3
Interceptions: 1
Player stats at NFL.com

Jason Adjepong Worilds (born March 3, 1988) is a former American football outside linebacker who played in the National Football League (NFL). He was drafted by the Pittsburgh Steelers in the second round of the 2010 NFL Draft. He played college football at Virginia Tech.[1]

Early life[edit]

Worilds attended Carteret High School in Carteret, New Jersey where he was a two-sport athlete in football and track. He played on the defensive line as well as linebacker and fullback.[1] During his junior year, he posted 87 tackles, 22 of them for a loss and 12 sacks.[1] On the opposite side of the ball, he had 61 carries for 330 yards and four touchdowns.[1] He earned Associated Press All-State honors.[1] His success continued on into his senior year in which he had 107 tackles, 18 for a loss and 10 sacks, again earning All-State honors and becoming the first player in school history to have the honor in consecutive honors.[1]

Coming out of high school, Worilds was rated the seventh best strongside defensive end by Rivals.com.[2] He was ranked the eight best in the country from scout.com.

College career[edit]

Worilds began by seeing the field in two games on defense and special teams. He blocked a punt against the North Carolina Tar Heels and returned it for seven yards. After though, he elected to have season-ending shoulder surgery and was granted a medical red-shirt.[1] Worilds picked up where he left off in 2007, and had two Quarterback hurries in the opener against East Carolina University. In a game against Ohio, Worilds suffered a high-ankle sprain and missed the following game against William & Mary. The next season, he started 12 games and played in 13 games. He was 4th on his team in tackles with 62. His 21 QB Hurries led the Hokies. Jason posted 7 tackles against Virginia Tech's bitter rivals, University of Virginia. However, he had to sit out of the Orange Bowl because of a shoulder injury. In 2009, Jason Worlids started in all of Virginia Tech's 13 games. During that time, he recorded 49 tackles, 11 tackles for loss, 4.5 sacks, 1 pass broken up, 1 pass defended, 1 forced fumble, 42 quarterback hurries, and a whopping 32 Quarterback Hits. After his Junior year, Jason decided to declare for the 2010 NFL Draft. He finished his college career with 41 Games Played, 25 Games Started, 132 tackles (62 solo tackles), 34 Tackles for Loss, 15.00 sacks, 2 Pass Break-Ups, 2 Passes Defended, 67 Quarterback Hits, 3 Forced Fumbles, and 1 Blocked Kick. [1]

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 1 in
(1.85 m)
254 lb
(115 kg)
32 78 in
(0.84 m)
9 14 in
(0.23 m)
4.72 s 1.62 s 2.71 s 4.29 s 6.95 s 38 12 in
(0.98 m)
9 ft 8 in
(2.95 m)
24 reps
All values from NFL Combine[3]

The Pittsburgh Steelers selected Worilds in the second round (52nd overall) of the 2010 NFL Draft. On March 3, 2014, he signed his $9.754 million transition tender to stay with Pittsburgh. [4]

"I appreciate all of the interest from the organizations that have reached out to us the past few days, with that being said, after much thought & consideration I have chosen to step away from football as I have opted to pursue other interests. I am especially grateful of the opportunity to play before some of the greatest fans in football today. Despite any concern and speculation that may ensue, I appreciate those that are respectful of my decision."

Jason Worilds[5]

On March 11, 2015, Worilds unexpectedly announced his retirement from the NFL at the age of 27 and after five years as a Pittsburgh Steeler. The choice to retire surprised many due to the start of the free agency period starting the day prior. He became an unrestricted free agent for the first time in his career and was expected to receive a $7-$8 million salary with at least $15 million guaranteed.[6] Multiple sources speculated Worilds chose to retire to dedicate his life to his religion as a Jehovah's witness.[7] He finished his career with 25.5 career sacks.

NFL statistics[edit]

Year Team GP COMB TOTAL AST SACK FF FR FR YDS INT IR YDS AVG IR LNG TD PD
2010 PIT 14 17 12 5 2.0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2011 PIT 12 38 27 11 3.0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2012 PIT 16 27 23 4 5.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2
2013 PIT 15 63 43 20 8.0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
2014 PIT 16 59 39 20 7.5 1 2 0 1 30 30 30 0 2
Career 73 204 144 60 25.5 4 3 0 1 30 30 30 0 5

[8]

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

Personal life[edit]

After retiring from the NFL, Worilds announced he left football and became one of Jehovah's Witnesses. [9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h "Jason Worilds". Retrieved December 15, 2011. 
  2. ^ "Football Power Rankings: 2009 Defensive Line". Rivals.com. 2009-05-13. 
  3. ^ "NFL Draft Profile: Jason Worilds". NFL.com. Retrieved July 6, 2018. 
  4. ^ "Jason Worilds Signs His $9.754 Million Transition Tender". 
  5. ^ Wesseling, Chris (March 11, 2015). "Ex-Steelers LB Jason Worilds shockingly retires". NFL.com. Retrieved July 6, 2018. 
  6. ^ Varley, Teresa (March 11, 2015). "Worilds retires from NFL". Steelers.com. 
  7. ^ "Worilds gives up football for faith". post-game.com. March 11, 2014. Retrieved July 6, 2018. 
  8. ^ "Jason Worilds Stats". ESPN. ESPN Internet Ventures. Retrieved 11 May 2015. 
  9. ^ Bouchette, Ed (March 11, 2015). "Worilds says he's quitting football, and Steelers believe he means it". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. PG Publishing Co., Inc. Retrieved March 11, 2015. 

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