Justin Cole

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Justin Cole
No. 93 Winnipeg Blue Bombers
Position: Defensive end
Personal information
Date of birth: (1987-11-22) November 22, 1987 (age 29)
Place of birth: Pasadena, California
Height: 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Weight: 242 lb (110 kg)
Career information
High school: Chino Hills (CA)
College: San Jose State
Undrafted: 2010
Career history
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Roster status: Active
CFL status: International
Career highlights and awards
  • 2× All-WAC Second Team (2008, 2009)
Career NFL statistics
Tackles: 9
Sacks: 0
Interceptions: 0
Player stats at NFL.com

Justin Alexander Cole (born November 22, 1987) is an American football linebacker for the Winnipeg Blue Bombers of the Canadian Football League (CFL). He played college football at San Jose State, where in 49 games he recovered five fumbles and forced another four.[1]

Cole has also been a member of the Kansas City Chiefs, St. Louis Rams, Cleveland Browns, Oakland Raiders and Saskatchewan Roughriders.

Early years[edit]

Cole attended Chino Hills High School, where he was credited with 36 tackles and four quarterback sacks and was named his team’s "Most Improved Player" as a senior. He received first-team All-Sierra League and second-team All-Inland Empire honors in 2004.

Regarded as a two-star recruit by Rivals.com, he was not listed among the top prospects of his class.[2]

College career[edit]

After redshirting his initial year at San Jose State, Cole recorded 32 tackles, including 9.5 tackles for loss, and 4.0 quarterback sacks in his freshman year. He earned freshman All-America recognition from the Sporting News. Cole added 36 tackles in his sophomore season.

In his junior year, Cole doubled his career tackle total with 68 stops, and also had 5.0 sacks (sixth in the WAC). He came up with his first career interception, a 62-yard interception return for a touchdown and his single game career best of 12 tackles (1 solo, 11 assisted) against Boise State. He earned a Second Team All-WAC selection, which he also received in his senior year. Cole graduated from San Jose State with a B.S. in business management in 2010.[3]

Professional career[edit]

Pre-draft measurables
Ht Wt 40-yd dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert Broad BP
6 ft 3⅛ in 242 lb 4.76 s 1.63 s 2.70 s 4.42 s 7.13 s 34½ in 9 ft 9 in 22 reps
All values from NFL Combine[4]

St. Louis Rams[edit]

After being signed to the Kansas City Chiefs' practice squad on September 4, 2011, he was signed by the St. Louis Rams on November 14.

Cleveland Browns[edit]

Cole signed with the Cleveland Browns on July 24, 2013.[5] The Browns cut Cole on August 30.[6]

Oakland Raiders[edit]

Cole was signed by the Oakland Raiders during the 2014 offseason, but was released on August 24, 2014.[7]

Saskatchewan Roughriders[edit]

Cole was signed to the Saskatchewan Roughriders practice roster on October 8, 2014.[8] Cole was waived on November 6.[9]

Winnipeg Blue Bombers[edit]

Cole played in five games for the Winnipeg Blue Bombers in 2015, recording three defensive tackles and two sacks. He played in 11 games for the Blue Bombers in 2016, recording 15 defensive tackles, two special teams tackles, five sacks, one interception and two forced fumbles.[10]


  1. ^ "Chiefs Sign 11 Rookie Free Agents". WDAF-TV. 25 April 2010. Retrieved 22 October 2010. [permanent dead link]
  2. ^ "Justin Cole Recruiting Profile". Rivals.com. Retrieved October 26, 2010. 
  3. ^ 2010 San Jose State University Commencement Student-Athlete Participation Archived 2015-02-01 at the Wayback Machine.
  4. ^ "Justin Cole Draft Profile". NFLDraftScout.com. 
  5. ^ Browns sign Brock Bolen, Justin Cole
  6. ^ http://cleveland.cbslocal.com/2013/08/30/browns-roster-cuts-to-come-projecting-the-final-53/
  7. ^ Raiders Announce Transactions
  8. ^ "Riders Make Roster Moves". oursportscentral.com. October 8, 2014. Retrieved October 23, 2014. 
  9. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2014-12-05. Retrieved 2014-11-20. 
  10. ^ "JUSTIN COLE". cfl.ca. Retrieved March 15, 2017. 

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