Lawrence Timmons

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Lawrence Timmons
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Timmons in 2013
No. 94 Pittsburgh Steelers
Position: Linebacker
Personal information
Date of birth: (1986-05-14) May 14, 1986 (age 30)
Place of birth: Florence, South Carolina
Height: 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Weight: 234 lb (106 kg)
Career information
High school: Florence (SC) Wilson
College: Florida State
NFL Draft: 2007 / Round: 1 / Pick: 15
Career history
Roster status: Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of Week 17, 2016
Tackles: 981
Quarterback sacks: 35.5
Forced fumbles: 14
Interceptions: 12
Touchdowns: 1
Player stats at NFL.com

Lawrence Olajuwon Timmons (born May 14, 1986) is an American football linebacker for the Pittsburgh Steelers of the National Football League (NFL). He was drafted by the Steelers in the first round of the 2007 NFL Draft. He would later win Super Bowl XLIII with the Steelers over the Arizona Cardinals. He played college football at Florida State.

Early years[edit]

Timmons attended Wilson High School in Florence, South Carolina, where he played football and ran track. In football, he played tight end on offense and linebacker on defense. He was teammates with Justin Durant until his junior season. During his senior year, Timmons registered over 150 tackles and two sacks, while also catching 47 passes for over 800 yards and five touchdowns as a tight end, which earned him all-state first-team honors. He was also awarded as the Defensive Player of the Year and received Super Prep Elite 50 honors. He was also selected to play in the 2003 East-West Shrine Game.

In track & field, Timmons competed in the long jump event, recording a career-best leap of 6.55 meters at the 2003 SCHSL State Championships, where he placed sixth in the finals.[1] He was also a member of the 4x100m and 4x200m relay squads and was timed at 4.6 seconds in the 40-yard dash.

Regarded as a four-star recruit by Rivals.com, Timmons was ranked as the No. 5 outside linebacker prospect in the nation, just behind Brandon Siler.[2] He took official visits to North Carolina, Florida State, Florida, and Tennessee, before committing to the Seminoles.

College career[edit]

In his true freshman year, Timmons played in all 12 games including the Seminoles' Gator Bowl victory over West Virginia, although only limited minutes mainly on special teams and as a backup linebacker. He recorded 12 tackles, 11 of which were unassisted, which ranked second among the Seminole freshmen behind Jae Thaxton. A season-high three tackles came against Alabama–Birmingham.

As a sophomore, Timmons ranked second on the Seminoles' depth chart at strongside linebacker behind Ernie Sims. He played in all 13 games, both at linebacker and on special teams, as well as defensive end in some third-and-long formations. Timmons finished the year with 35 tackles (17 solo), which ranked him third on the team behind Buster Davis and Sam McGrew, as well as three quarterback sacks, which also was third-best among all Seminoles behind Kamerion Wimbley and Marcello Church. His season-best performance came in the ACC Championship Game against Virginia Tech, when he recorded eight tackles, six solo, two quarterback sacks and two QB hurries.

After Sims decided to forgo his senior season, Timmons took over as the starter at strongside linebacker. He had a great season recording 79 tackles and five sacks, and was honored with All-American third-team and All-Atlantic Coast Conference first-team. He finished his college career with 126 tackles and eight sacks.

Professional career[edit]

Pre-draft[edit]

Pre-draft measurables
Ht Wt 40-yd dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert Broad BP
6 ft 1 in 234 lb 4.63 s 1.56 s 2.69 s 4.32 s 6.92 s 35 in 10 ft 3 in 25 reps
All values from NFL Combine

2007 NFL Draft[edit]

Timmons (94) playing against the Baltimore Ravens in 2008.

Timmons was drafted by the Pittsburgh Steelers 15th overall in the 2007 NFL Draft.[3][4]

Pittsburgh Steelers[edit]

2007[edit]

Timmons began his rookie season as the backup right outside linebacker to James Harrison. He made his professional debut in the Pittsburgh Steeler's season opener against the Cleveland Browns, making one tackle in the Steeler's victory. The following week, he made a season high two solo tackles during a 26-3 victory over the Buffalo Bills. As a rookie, he was used rarely as a rotationlly player and on special teams but did manage to appear in all 16 regular season contests. He made 13 tackles throughout his rookie season.[5]

2008[edit]

The following season, he was moved over to right inside linebacker, backing up veteran Larry Foote on a Steeler's defensive linebacking corps with veteran depth and talent that included himself, Foote, Harrison, LaMarr Woodley, and James Farrior.[6] In the season opener, he made four solo tackles in a 38-17 victory over the Houston Texans. On September 29, 2008, Timmons made four combined tackles, a pass deflection, and sacked Baltimore Raven's quarterback Joe Flacco for his first career sack as the Steeler's defeated them 23-20 in overtime on Monday Night Football. In Week 7, he had his best game of the season statistically, finishing with a season-high ten combined tackles and had a season-high two sacks after getting to Bengal's quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick twice during the Steeler's 38-10 victory. On November 3, 2008, Timmons earned his first career start during a victory over the Washington Redskins during Monday Night Football and finished the game with four combined tackles.[5]

On November 30, he made four tackles and intercepted Patriots's quarterback Matt Cassel for his first career interception during the Steeler's 33-10 victory. On January 11, 2009, he played in his first career playoff game when the Steeler's defeated the San Diego Chargers 35-24 in the wildcard round. He finished the game with six combined tackles, three of them being solo. The Steeler's defeated the Baltimore Ravens in the AFC Championship and went on to play the Arizona Cardinals in Super Bowl XLIII. In his first Super Bowl, Timmons recorded five tackle, helping his team win 27-23. He finished his second season with 65 tackles, five sacks and an interception, while starting three games and playing in all 16 regular season contests.[5]

2009[edit]

Timmons took over as starter for the 2009 season following the release of Larry Foote, who asked for his release, forseeing Timmons furture emergence as the starter and increased playing time.[7] Timmons was slated as the Steeler's starting right inside linebacker to begin the season but miss the season opener against the Tennessee Titans. He returned the following week, making three solo tackles and two pass deflections during a 14-17 loss to the Chicago Bears. The next game, he made his first start of the season during a loss to the Bengals and finished the game with three combined tackles and a pass deflection. During Week 5, Timmons made five tackles and forced two fumbles as the Steelers routed the Cleveland Browns 27-14. He finished the 2009 season with a total of 78 combined tackles, 7 sacks, 4 pass deflections, and 3 forced fumbles in 13 starts and 14 games.[5]

2010[edit]

Timmons started the season opener against the Atlanta Falcons and finished the 15-9 victory with 11 tackles. The next week, he recorded a career-high 15 combined tackles (12 solo) and a forced fumble during a win over the Tennessee Titans.

In 2010, he had a career year for the Steelers and finished off the season as the highest rated inside linebacker by Pro Football Focus. He led the team with 135 tackles, also recorded 3 sacks, 9 pass deflections, 2 forced fumbles and 2 interceptions. The Steelers finished with the #1 run defense in the league, allowing only 63.2 yards per game. Timmons started 15 of the 16 regular season game, while playing in all of them.[5]

2011[edit]

On August 23, 2011, the Steelers gave Timmons a five-year, $47.79 million contract extension that includes $11.00 million guaranteed and a signing bonus of $10.00 million for his performance throughout the 2010 NFL season.[8] His rookie deal expired at the end of the 2010 season and he was a free agent, however the Steelers signed him to an extension after the NFL lockout was resolved.[9] In the season opener against the Ravens, he collected a season-high 12 tackles as the Steeler's lost 7-35. Timmons numbers dropped from the previous season due to him moving from his normal inside linebacker position to outside linebacker, filling in for an injured James Harrison. He still had a solid season recording 93 tackles, 2.0 sacks, 2 forced fumbles, and an interception.

2012[edit]

He started the season making five solo tackles in a 19-31 loss to the Denver Broncos. During a Week 6 contest against the Tennessee Titans, he made six total tackles and intercepted Titan's quarterback Matt Hasselbeck for his first pick of the season. On November 25, 2016, Timmons racked up ten combined tackles and intercepted Brandon Weeden and scored a 52-yard touchdown for the first of his career. The Steelers went on to lose o the Browns 14-20. During Week 14, he made a season-high 11 solo tackles in a loss to the San Diego Chargers. He finished his sixth NFL season with a total of 106 tackles, 6.0 sacks, 2 forced fumbles and a career high 3 interceptions.[5] This was his first season starting all 16 regular season contests.

2013[edit]

On October 20, 2013, Timmons collected a season-high 17 tackles (12 solo) during a 17-13 victory over the Ravens.

In 2013, Timmons turned in another great season for the Steelers leading the team with 126 tackles, 3.0 sacks 2 interceptions, and a forced fumbles. This was the second time in the last 3 years he led the team in tackles. He started all 16 games for the second consecutive year.[5]

2014[edit]

On September 11, 2014, he made 12 total tackles during a 6-26 loss to the Baltimore Ravens. On October 20, Timmons made a season-high 11 solo tackles and an assisted tackle against the Houston Texans. During a Week 10 loss to the Jets, he collected a season-high 13 combined tackles. On December 21, 2014, Timmons tied his season-high of 13 combined tackles during a 20-12 victory over the Kansas City Chiefs.

He had another excellent season and was recognized for it by being named to his first career Pro Bowl on December 23, 2014. On January 2, 2015, Lawrence Timmons was named Second-Team All-Pro for the first time of his career. He finished the 2014 with 132 combined tackles, 87 solo tackles, and two sacks. He played in all 16 games for the third consecutive season.[5]

2015[edit]

During Week 4 of the 2015 season, Timmons racked up a season-high 11 tackles and sacked Joe Flacco for his first of the season during a 20-23 loss to the Baltimore Ravens. On October 18, 2015, he racked up six combined tackles and intercepted Carson Palmer in a 25-13 defeat over the Arizona Cardinals. On January 3, 2016, he recorded ten combined tackles and a season-high 1.5 sacks in a 28-12 win over the Cleveland Browns. Timmons finished the season with 119 combined tackles, 77 solo tackle, one interception, and a forced fumble.[5]

The Pittsburgh Steelers finished the season 10-6 and received a playoff berth. On January 9, 2016, Timmons recorded your combined tackles in an 18-16 AFC Wildcard victory over the Cincinnati Bengals. On January 17, 2016, he made six combined tackles in a 23-16 divisional loss to the eventual Super Bowl champions, the Denver Broncos.

2016[edit]

On October 20, 2016, the Steelers loss to the New England Patriots and Timmons racked up a season-high 11 solo tackles during the game. In Week 11, Timmons recorded eight combined tackles and made his first sack of the season in a 24-9 victory over the Cleveland Browns. During Week 13, he made seven combined tackles and intercepted New York Giant's quarterback Eli Manning and returned it 58-yards.[5] He finished the season with 114 combined tackles, 2.5 sacks, 5 pass deflections, two interceptions, and a forced fumble in 16 games and 16 starts.

On January 8, 2017, Timmons recorded a team-leading 14 combined tackles and sacked Matt Moore twice in a 30-12 AFC Wildcard victory over the Miami Dolphins.[10]

NFL stats[edit]

Year Team GP COMB TOTAL AST SACK FF FR FR YDS INT IR YDS AVG IR LNG TD PD
2007 PIT 16 13 11 2 0.0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2008 PIT 16 65 43 22 5.0 1 1 0 1 89 89 89 0 3
2009 PIT 14 78 56 22 7.0 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4
2010 PIT 16 135 96 39 3.0 2 2 0 2 5 3 5 0 9
2011 PIT 16 93 68 25 2.0 2 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 5
2012 PIT 16 106 75 31 6.0 2 1 1 3 80 27 53 1 5
2013 PIT 16 126 86 40 3.0 1 1 29 2 26 13 23 0 6
2014 PIT 16 134 87 45 2.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
2015 PIT 16 119 77 42 5.0 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 6
2016 PIT 16 114 78 36 2.5 0 0 0 2 74 37 54 0 5
Career 158 981 677 304 35.5 14 7 0 12 274 22 89 1 43

[11]

Personal life[edit]

Timmons's mother, a huge basketball fan, named Timmons after NBA legend and Basketball Hall of Famer Hakeem Olajuwon by giving him the middle name Olajuwon.[12]

He has three children: Lawrence Jay Timmons, Luke Timmons, and Leah Timmons. Luke and Leah are twins.

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://sc.milesplit.com/meets/3399/results/8280
  2. ^ https://sports.yahoo.com/ncaa/football/recruiting/rankings/rank-535.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  3. ^ http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/football/2007/draft/players/13636.html
  4. ^ "Lawrence Timmons". databaseFootball.com. Retrieved December 21, 2012. 
  5. ^ a b c d e f g h i j "NFL Player Profile: Lawrence Timmons". NFL.com. Retrieved December 8, 2016. 
  6. ^ "Ourlads.com: Pittsburgh Steeler's depth chart". ourlads.com. Retrieved December 8, 2016. 
  7. ^ Steelers to release Foote-ESPN
  8. ^ "Sportrac.com: Lawrence Timmons contract". Retrieved December 8, 2016. 
  9. ^ Steelers reward LB Lawrence Timmons Retrieved 24 August 2012.
  10. ^ "NFL Game Center: Week 18-2016: Miami Dolphins @ Pittsburgh Steelers". NFL.com. Retrieved January 9, 2017. 
  11. ^ "Lawrence Timmons Stats". ESPN Internet Ventures. Retrieved 5 March 2014. 
  12. ^ Despite lack of expertise, Timmons ready for BCB Retrieved 24 August 2012.

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