Michael Wilhoite

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Michael Wilhoite
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Wilhoite with the San Francisco 49ers in 2015
Free agent
Position:Linebacker
Personal information
Born: (1986-12-07) December 7, 1986 (age 32)
Manhattan, Kansas
Height:6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Weight:245 lb (111 kg)
Career information
High school:Topeka (KS) Highland Park
College:Washburn
Undrafted:2011
Career history
Career NFL statistics as of 2017
Total tackles:298
Sacks:0.5
Forced fumbles:2
Fumble recoveries:1
Interceptions:4
Player stats at NFL.com

Michael Wilhoite (born December 7, 1986) is an American football linebacker who is currently a free agent. He played college football at Washburn University where he played six different positions, including linebacker and safety.[1] He was originally signed as an undrafted free agent by the Omaha Nighthawks of the United Football League (UFL) in 2011.

Early years[edit]

Prior to playing in the NFL, Wilhoite's coaches would use him at other positions due to his athleticism, which also included quarterback in high school. He had played six different positions in total during his college career.

Professional career[edit]

Omaha Nighthawks[edit]

After going unselected in the 2011 NFL Draft, Wilhoite signed with the Omaha Nighthawks and spent the entire 2011 UFL season with them.[2]

San Francisco 49ers[edit]

Wilhoite (second on the left) on a special teams play in Super Bowl XLVII.

On December 14, 2011, Wilhoite was signed to the practice squad of the San Francisco 49ers.[3][4]

He was waived for final roster cuts before the start of the 2012 season, but was signed back to the practice squad on September 1, 2012.[5] After being on the practice squad for twelve weeks in 2012, he was promoted to the active roster.[1][6] He finished with 11 tackles and made several key plays on special teams during the 49ers run to Super Bowl XLVII, where they fell 34–31 to the Baltimore Ravens.[7][8]

After the Super Bowl, he remained part of the 49ers active roster the next season.[9]

Set to be a restricted free agent, Wilhoite was offered a tender by the 49ers on March 12, 2014.[10] He signed his tender on April 21.[11]

On November 16, 2014, against the New York Giants, Wilhoite recorded his first career interception, which came off of Eli Manning.[12]

On March 8, 2016, Wilhoite signed a one-year contract extension with the 49ers.[13]

Seattle Seahawks[edit]

On March 24, 2017, Wilhoite signed with the Seattle Seahawks.[14]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Branch, Eric (August 12, 2013). "Parents boost 49ers linebacker Michael Wilhoite". SFGate.com. Retrieved June 24, 2014.
  2. ^ UFL 2011 Season Rosters Announced
  3. ^ Corbitt, Ken (December 23, 2011). "WU's Wilhoite gets NFL shot with 49ers". CJOnline.com. Retrieved June 24, 2014.
  4. ^ Branch, Eric (December 14, 2011). "49ers sign LB Wilhoite to practice squad; release RB Johnson". SFGate.com. Retrieved June 24, 2014.
  5. ^ "49ers Sign 8 Players To Practice Squad". SanFrancisco.CBSLocal.com. September 1, 2012. Retrieved June 24, 2014.
  6. ^ 49ers promote LB Wilhoite from practice squad
  7. ^ http://espn.go.com/nfl/player/stats/_/id/14859/michael-wilhoite
  8. ^ "Super Bowl XLVII - San Francisco 49ers vs. Baltimore Ravens - February 3rd, 2013". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved December 2, 2017.
  9. ^ Price, Taylor (May 1, 2014). "Michael Wilhoite: 'My Goal Is to Be the Starter'". 49ers.com. Retrieved June 24, 2014.
  10. ^ Crabtree, Curtis (March 12, 2014). "49ers tender Demarcus Dobbs and Michael Wilhoite". NBCSports.com. Retrieved June 24, 2014.
  11. ^ Barrows, Matt (April 21, 2014). "Michael Wilhoite, a possible starter at linebacker, signs tender". SacBee.com. Retrieved June 24, 2014.
  12. ^ "San Francisco 49ers at New York Giants - November 16th, 2014". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved December 22, 2017.
  13. ^ "49ers Tender One-year Contracts to LB Michael Wilhoite and OL Jordan Devey". 49ers.com. Retrieved March 9, 2016.
  14. ^ Boyle, John (March 24, 2017). "Seahawks Sign Linebacker Michael Wilhoite". Seahawks.com.

External links[edit]

Media related to Michael Wilhoite at Wikimedia Commons