Letroy Guion

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Letroy Guion
Free agent
Position: Defensive tackle
Personal information
Born: (1987-06-21) June 21, 1987 (age 31)
Gainesville, Florida
Height: 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Weight: 322 lb (146 kg)
Career information
High school: Starke (FL) Bradford
College: Florida State
NFL Draft: 2008 / Round: 5 / Pick: 152
Career history
Career NFL statistics as of Week 17, 2016
Total tackles: 173
Sacks: 8.5
Pass deflections: 5
Forced fumbles: 3
Player stats at NFL.com

Letroy Shelton Guion Jr. (pronounced /ˈɡən/ GY-ən; born June 21, 1987) is an American football defensive tackle who is currently a free agent. He played college football at Florida State. Guion was drafted by the Minnesota Vikings in the fifth round of the 2008 NFL Draft. Guion also played for the Green Bay Packers.

Early years[edit]

Guion attended Bradford High School in Starke, Florida, and was a student, basketball, shot put and discus thrower, as well as a standout football player. In football, he played on the varsity team for four years while starting three and helped lead his team to the state semifinals in each of his last three years. In both his junior and senior season he was an all-state first team and all-area selection. As a senior, he totaled 131 tackles, 21 tackles for minus yardage, 12 sacks, and forced 11 fumbles.

He chose Florida State over Georgia, Tennessee, and Iowa.[1]

College career[edit]

In his true freshman year at Florida State, Guion appeared in ten games as a back-up defensive tackle, and totaled 10 tackles and one quarterback hurry on the season. Five of those, including 1.5 for loss, came in his only start of the season, when he replaced Andre Fluellen against The Citadel. Guion was the only true freshman to earn a start on defense during the 2005 season.

As a sophomore, Guion played in 12 of the Seminoles' 13 games and started five games (Virginia, Wake Forest, Western Michigan, Florida, UCLA) at defensive tackle. He finished 11th on the team with a career-high 25 tackles including a career-high four tackles for minus yardage. 24 of his 25 tackles came in the final seven games.

As a junior, Guion earned eight midseason starting assignments at left defensive tackle, replacing an injured Fluellen in the lineup. He finished ninth on the team with 31 tackles (17 solos), including a sack and 6.5 stops behind the line of scrimmage. He also broke up one pass and recovered two fumbles. Guion missed the Music City Bowl due to suspension; he was part of the school's academic cheating scandal that saw 36 football players ruled ineligible for postseason action.[2][3]

Professional career[edit]

After starting just 14 games during his three years with the Seminoles, Guion announced that he would forgo his senior season and declare for the 2008 NFL Draft.[4] Described as “a solid developmental prospect who should get consideration in the late rounds” by Sports Illustrated, Guion was projected to be a middle-seventh round pick.[5]

Pre-draft measurables
Ht Wt 40-yard dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert jump Broad BP
6 ft 3 in
(1.91 m)
303 lb
(137 kg)
5.32 s 1.81 s 3.04 s 4.50 s 7.41 s 30 in
(0.76 m)
8 ft 10 in
(2.69 m)
26 reps
All values are from Pro Day, except 40 and bench press from NFL Combine[6]

Minnesota Vikings[edit]

Guion was selected in the fifth round (152nd overall) by the Minnesota Vikings in the 2008 NFL Draft.[7] As a rookie in 2008, Guion played 2 games without recording a stat. In 2009, he played 7 games with 1 tackle and a pass defended. In 2010, he appeared in 15 games with 16 tackles, 2 sacks, and 1 forced fumble. In 2011, he appeared in all 16 games with 3 starts making 20 tackles and 1 fumble recovery. In 2012, he started 15 games with 31 tackles, 2 sacks, and 1 pass defended. In 2013, he started 13 games with 21 tackles, 1 sack, 1 pass defended, 1 forced fumble, and 1 fumble recovery.

Green Bay Packers[edit]

Guion signed with the Green Bay Packers on March 17, 2014.[8] The contract was for 1 year, with a base salary of $730,000. It included a signing bonus of $100,000, roster bonus of $105,000 and a workout bonus of $50,000, for a cap hit of $985,000.[9]

With B. J. Raji going down with a torn biceps in training camp, Guion made the most of his opportunity at the nose tackle position. He finished the 2014 season with a career high 3.5 sacks, 32 tackles, two forced fumbles and one batted pass. Packers coach Mike McCarthy spoke highly of Guion after the week 17 victory over the Lions. "I think Letroy has been everything we thought he was going to be. I've always had a lot of respect for Letroy in Minnesota. I think he's come over to us, and I think he's taken his game up a notch. He's an excellent fit in the locker room, teammates love him, he's an excellent teammate, and he's a damn good football player."[10]

On March 30, 2015, Guion signed a one-year contract worth $2.75 million with $500,000 worth of incentives.[11]

On July 23, 2015, the NFL suspended Guion for the first three regular season games.[12] In the 2015 season, he appeared in 13 games and made 20 tackles.

Guion re-signed with the Packers on February 12, 2016.[13] He started 15 games in 2016 recording 30 tackles and one pass defensed.

On March 7, 2017, Guion was suspended for the first four games of the 2017 season.[14] On August 8, 2017, Guion was released by the Packers.[15][16]

NFL career statistics[edit]

Regular season[edit]

Year Team G GS Tackles Interceptions Fumbles
Total Solo Ast Sck SFTY PDef Int Yds Avg Lng TDs FF FR
2008 MIN 2 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0
2009 MIN 7 0 1 1 0 0.0 0 1 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0
2010 MIN 15 0 16 12 4 2.0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 1 0
2011 MIN 16 3 21 14 7 0.0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 1
2012 MIN 15 15 31 16 15 2.0 0 1 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0
2013 MIN 13 13 21 10 11 1.0 0 1 0 0 0.0 0 0 1 1
2014 GB 16 16 32 22 10 3.5 0 1 0 0 0.0 0 0 1 0
2015 GB 13 4 21 13 8 0.0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0
2016 GB 15 15 30 20 10 0.0 0 1 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0
Total 112 66 173 108 65 8.5 0 5 0 0 0.0 0 0 3 2
Source: NFL.com

Postseason[edit]

Year Team G GS Tackles Interceptions Fumbles
Total Solo Ast Sck SFTY PDef Int Yds Avg Lng TDs FF FR
2012 MIN 1 1 4 4 0 0.0 0 1 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0
2014 GB 2 2 9 5 4 0.5 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0
2015 GB 2 0 3 2 1 0.0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0
2016 GB 3 3 4 1 3 0.0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0
Total 8 6 20 12 8 0.5 0 1 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0
Source: pro-football-reference.com

Personal life[edit]

Guion is a cousin of former Buffalo Bills linebacker Sam Barrington.[17]

Legal issues[edit]

At 11:00 PM on February 3, 2015, Guion was driving in Starke, Florida when he was pulled over by police after his vehicle was observed to not be staying in its lane properly. It was discovered that Guion was in possession of 357 grams of marijuana, $190,000 in cash, and a 9mm semi-automatic handgun.[18]

On March 24, 2015, Guion reached a plea deal. It included a $5,000 fine plus court costs. Since Guion had no prior record, the charges were dismissed without adjudication of guilt.[19]

On June 21, 2017, Guion was arrested in Waikiki, Hawaii for operating a vehicle under the influence of an intoxicant. He was released from jail on a $500 bond.[20]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Letroy Guion - Yahoo! Sports
  2. ^ "Cheating scandal rattles Seminoles". St. Augustine Record. December 19, 2007.
  3. ^ "NCAA penalties extend to 10 FSU sports". ESPN. March 7, 2009.
  4. ^ "Florida State QB Xavier Lee leaves school, will enter NFL draft". Florida Times-Union. January 14, 2008.
  5. ^ SI.com - 2008 NFL Draft - Letroy Guion
  6. ^ "Letroy Guion - Florida State, DT : 2008 NFL Draft Scout Player Profile". NFLDraftScout.com. Retrieved August 17, 2016.
  7. ^ "National Football League: NFL Draft 2008 - Letroy Guion". NFL.com. Retrieved August 17, 2016.
  8. ^ packers.com staff. "Packers sign DT Letroy Guion". packers.com. Retrieved 17 March 2014.
  9. ^ http://www.spotrac.com/nfl/green-bay-packers/letroy-guion/
  10. ^ http://www.packersnews.com/story/sports/nfl/packers/2014/12/30/guion-finds-right-direction-with-packers/21064613/
  11. ^ http://gnb.scout.com/story/1532890-raji-joins-guion-as-packers-solidify-d-line
  12. ^ http://espn.go.com/nfl/story/_/id/13306455/letroy-guion-green-bay-packers-suspended-3-games-nfl
  13. ^ "Packers re-sign DT Letroy Guion". Packers.com. February 12, 2016. Retrieved August 19, 2016.
  14. ^ Sessler, Marc (March 7, 2017). "Packers DT Letroy Guion lands four-game suspension". NFL.com.
  15. ^ "Packers release DT Guion". Packers.com. August 8, 2017.
  16. ^ Wesseling, Chris. "Green Bay Packers release veteran DT Letroy Guion". NFL. Retrieved August 8, 2017.
  17. ^ "Green Bay Packers: Letroy Guion". Packers.com. Retrieved August 17, 2016.
  18. ^ Letroy Guion - Packers DT Guion arrested for Marijuana Possession
  19. ^ http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2015/03/24/letroy-guion-reaches-plea-deal-to-end-his-criminal-case/
  20. ^ Jackson, Lakisha. "Letroy Guion arrested on DUI charge". NFL. Retrieved June 21, 2017.

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