Larry Stevens

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Larry Stevens
No. 95
Position:Defensive end, Linebacker
Personal information
Born: (1982-01-22) January 22, 1982 (age 37)
Tacoma, Washington
Height:6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Weight:250 lb (113 kg)
Career information
College:Michigan
Career history
Career NFL statistics
Tackles (college):77
Assists (college):31
Tackles for loss (college):25
Player stats at NFL.com

Larry Ernest Stevens Jr. (born January 22, 1982 in Tacoma, Washington) is a former American football defensive end and linebacker. He played college football for the University of Michigan from 2000 to 2003. He also played professional football for the Cincinnati Bengals during the 2004 and 2005 NFL seasons.

Early years[edit]

Stevens was born in Tacoma, Washington,[1] and attended Woodrow Wilson High School in Tacoma.[2] He was a star athlete in both basketball and football for Woodrow Wilson.[3][4] He was considered the top football prospect in the State of Washington in the Class of 2000 and had offers from Washington, Oregon, UCLA, Nebraska, Michigan and other schools.[5] The Seattle Post-Intelligencer described Stevens this way: "Stevens is the ultimate catch because of the things he can do with his 6-foot-4, 230-pound frame. He runs 40 yards in 4.6 seconds. He can dunk a basketball backward from a standing position. He can reach the end zone in any number of ways."[6]

University of Michigan[edit]

Stevens made his first official recruiting visit to the University of Michigan in December 1999 and gave his oral commitment to the Wolverines during the visit. Stevens said, "I've always wanted to go to Michigan, even when I was a little kid. When I got there, everyone made me feel really comfortable there."[7] He played college football as a defensive end and linebacker for the Michigan Wolverines from 2000 to 2003.[2][8][9][10][11][12][13] In four years, playing for Michigan, he appeared in 44 games and was credited with 77 tackles, 21 assists, 25 tackles for loss and 12 sacks.[2] Sports Illustrated wrote that Stevens was an "athletic defensive end whose game possesses a lot of explosion."[14]

Professional football[edit]

Stevens played professional football for the Cincinnati Bengals in the 2004 and 2005 NFL seasons. He appeared in 16 games for the Bengals.[1] In the final pre-season game of the 2005 season, Stevens returned an interception 45 yards for a touchdown against the Indianapolis Colts.[15] At the end of November 2005, Stevens was waived by the Bengals.[16]

Later years[edit]

Stevens retired from football in 2007 after sustaining a career-ending injury.[17] Since retiring from football, he has worked as a manager for Under Armour (October 2007 – September 2009) and in Washington, D.C., as a business consultant with Respect Is Earned, LLC (starting in October 2008), a promoter and sponsor of martial arts competitions.[17] Stevens also offers business consulting and crisis management services to athletes in order to transition effectively to a professional life outside of the football field. [18]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Larry Stevens". pro-football-reference.com.
  2. ^ a b c "Michigan Football Statistic Archive Query Page". University of Michigan. Archived from the original on 2007-11-12.
  3. ^ "A Challenge Greater Than Football: Wilson Back Larry Stevens Knows About Obstacles In Life". The News Tribune, Tacoma, Washington. December 3, 1998.
  4. ^ Craig Hill (March 11, 2000). "Prep State Basketball Tournaments - Class 4A Boys Consolation/Tacoma Dome: Wilson ignores its tired legs to run to victory' Stevens' all-around game leads Rams to final day". The News Tribune, Tacoma, Wash.
  5. ^ "Football Friday: The Eyes have it, Wilson's Larry Stevens is known for an intensity befitting the state's top football prospect ... but Mom thinks he has that steely gaze because, 'He's been through a lot and overcome a lot'". The News Tribune, Tacoma, Wash. October 15, 1999.
  6. ^ Dan Riley (February 3, 2000). "LIGHTS, CAMERA ... WILSON'S LARRY STEVENS HAS A WAR CHEST OF WORDS AND THE GAME TO BACK THEM UP". Seattle Post-Intelligencer.
  7. ^ Corey Brock (December 15, 1999). "Stevens to Michigan Wilson standout spurns Washington". The News Tribune, Tacoma, Wash. p. C.1.
  8. ^ "2000 Football Team". University of Michigan, Bentley Historical Library.
  9. ^ "2001 Football Team". University of Michigan, Bentley Historical Library.
  10. ^ "2002 Football Team". University of Michigan, Bentley Historical Library.
  11. ^ "2003 Football Team". University of Michigan, Bentley Historical Library.
  12. ^ "STEVENS 'HOME' AT MICHIGAN: FORMER TACOMA STAR ALWAYS A WOLVERINES FAN". Seattle Post-Intelligencer. September 5, 2001.
  13. ^ "Talking with ... Larry Stevens, U-M Defensive End". The Detroit News. September 4, 2003.
  14. ^ "2004 NFL Draft Larry Stevens". SI.com.
  15. ^ "NFL Game Summary - Indianapolis At Cincinnati". The Indy Channel. September 2, 2005.
  16. ^ "Transactions". The New York Times. November 30, 2005.
  17. ^ a b "Larry Stevens". Linked In.
  18. ^ "These Former Pro Athletes Want To Help Other Athletes Avoid Financial Crises". Forbes. Retrieved 31 July 2017.