Keith Adams (American football)
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|Date of birth:||November 22, 1979|
|Place of birth:||Norwood, Massachusetts|
|Height:||5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)|
|Weight:||238 lb (108 kg)|
|High school:||Atlanta (GA) Westlake|
|NFL Draft:||2001 / Round: 7 / Pick: 232|
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Keith A. Adams (born November 22, 1979) is a former American professional football player who was a linebacker in the National Football League (NFL) for seven seasons. He played college football for Clemson University, and received consensus All-American honors. The Tennessee Titans chose him in the seventh round of the 2001 NFL Draft, and he played professionally for the Dallas Cowboys, Philadelphia Eagles, Miami Dolphins and Cleveland Browns of the NFL.
Following his 1999 sophomore season, he registered 186 tackles (led the nation), 35 tackles for loss (led the nation) and 16 sacks (second in the nation). He received first-team All-Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) selection, the ACC Defensive Player of the Year, and Football News first-team All-American honors.
At the end of his junior season he declared his intention to enter the NFL Draft. He finished his college career after playing in 35 games, ranking sixth in school history in career tackles (379), third in career tackles for loss (54), third in career sacks (23), number one in tackles in a game, number one in tackles in a season, number one in sacks in a game (4), number one in sacks in a season (16), number one in tackles for loss in a game (6) and number one in tackles for loss in a season (35).
In 2011, he was inducted into the Clemson Athletic Hall of Fame. He majored in parks, recreation and tourism management, and returned to Clemson to complete his bachelor's degree and graduate in 2013.
Adams was selected by the Tennessee Titans in the seventh round (232nd overall) of the 2001 NFL Draft, after dropping because of his height. He played throughout the preseason, but was a roster cut on August 31. He was signed by the Dallas Cowboys to their practice squad and promoted to the active roster on November 21. He played in four games on special teams.
He was allocated to NFL Europe and played in ten games for the Berlin Thunder, finishing with 55 tackles, one sack and also played in World Bowl X, while helping the Thunder win their second consecutive Championship.
He began the NFL season with the Cowboys and started 5 games at middle linebacker, replacing an injured Dat Nguyen and registering 27 tackles. After head coach Dave Campo decided to start Markus Steele in his place, he was waived on October 22, to make room for guard Jeremy McKinney.
He played in all 16 regular season games, making two starts. He recorded 54 defensive tackles and 24 tackles on special teams (second on the team). He started at weakside linebacker in place of an injured Mark Simoneau, in three postseason games, but returned to a reserve role in Super Bowl XXXIX.
Adams was picked up by the Carolina Panthers as an unrestricted free agent on April 13, but was then cut by the team on September 2. On September 3, he was signed by the Miami Dolphins. He wasn't re-signed at the end of the season.
- 2011 NCAA Football Records Book, Award Winners, National Collegiate Athletic Association, Indianapolis, Indiana, p. 11 (2011). Retrieved June 24, 2012.