Letroy Guion

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Letroy Guion
No. 98 Green Bay Packers
Position: Nose Tackle
Personal information
Date of birth: (1987-06-21) June 21, 1987 (age 28)
Place of birth: Starke, 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
Roster status: Active
Career NFL statistics as of Week 17, 2014
Tackles: 122
Sacks: 8.5
Interceptions: 0
Stats at NFL.com

Letroy Guion (pronounced /ˈɡən/ GY-ən; born June 21, 1987) is an American football nose tackle for the Green Bay Packers of the National Football League (NFL). He was drafted by the Minnesota Vikings in the fifth round of the 2008 NFL Draft. He played college football at Florida State.

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.

In his junior year, 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]

Minnesota Vikings[edit]

After starting just 14 games during his three years with the Seminoles, Guion announced he would bypass 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-yd dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert Broad BP
6 ft 3 14 in 303 lb 5.31 s 1.81 s 3.04 s 4.50 s 7.41 s 30 in 8 ft 10 in 26 reps
Ht, Wt, Dash and splits, as well as BP from NFL Combine. 20-ss, 3-cone, Vert, and Broad from FSU Pro Day.[6]

Green Bay Packers[edit]

Guion signed with the Green Bay Packers on March 17, 2014.[7] 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.[8]

With BJ Raji going down with a torn biceps in training camp, Guion made the most of his opportunity. 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."[9]

On March 30, 2015, Guion signed a one year contract worth $2.75 million. With incentives, it boosts its value to $3.25 million.[10]

On July 23, 2015, the NFL suspended Guion for the first three regular season games. Guion plans to appeal, but no date on an appeal hearing had been set yet.[11]

Career statistics[edit]

Source:[12]

Season Team Games Tackles
GP GS Total Solo Ast Sck Int
2008 Minnesota Vikings 2 0 0 0 0 0 0
2009 Minnesota Vikings 7 0 1 1 0 0 0
2010 Minnesota Vikings 15 0 16 12 4 2.0 0
2011 Minnesota Vikings 16 3 21 14 7 0 0
2012 Minnesota Vikings 15 15 31 16 15 2.0 0
2013 Minnesota Vikings 13 13 21 10 11 1.0 0
2014 Green Bay Packers 16 16 32 22 10 3.5 0
Total 84 47 122 75 47 8.5 0

2015 Arrest[edit]

At 11:00PM on February 3, 2015 Letroy Guion was driving in Starke, Florida when he was pulled over by the Starke Police after his vehicle was observed to be not 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. [13]

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.[14]

References[edit]

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