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Nick Bosa
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Bosa in 2019
No. 97 – San Francisco 49ers
Position:Defensive end
Personal information
Born: (1997-10-23) October 23, 1997 (age 22)
Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Height:6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Weight:266 lb (121 kg)
Career information
High school:St. Thomas Aquinas
(Fort Lauderdale, Florida)
College:Ohio State
NFL Draft:2019 / Round: 1 / Pick: 2
Career history
Roster status:Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of Week 8, 2019
Total tackles:20
Forced fumbles:1
Player stats at
Player stats at PFR

Nicholas John Bosa (born October 23, 1997) is an American football defensive end for the San Francisco 49ers of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Ohio State.

Early years

Bosa attended St. Thomas Aquinas in Fort Lauderdale, Florida where he was a four-year starter and a multi-year first team all-state player. He was a five-star recruit and was ranked among the best players in his class.[1] He committed to Ohio State University to play college football.[2][3]

College career

Bosa played in all 13 games as a true freshman at Ohio State in 2016, recording 29 tackles, seven of which were for a loss, and five sacks.[4]

In his sophomore year, he became the starting defensive end for the Buckeyes in seven games. Bosa was named a unanimous First Team All-Big Ten and the Smith-Brown Big Ten Defensive Lineman of the Year for his 32 total tackles (14.5 for a loss) and a team leading seven sacks. Additionally, he had two pass breakups, eight quarterback hurries and a blocked kick.

On September 20, 2018, it was reported that Bosa underwent core muscle surgery, ruling him out indefinitely.[5] On October 16, Bosa announced that he was withdrawing from Ohio State for the rest of the season. After the season, Bosa decided to forego his senior year and enter the 2019 NFL Draft.[6][7]

College statistics

Ohio State Buckeyes
Year Class Position GP Tackles Interceptions Fumbles
Solo Ast Total Loss Sack Int Yards Avg TD PD FR Yards TD FF
2016 Freshman DE 12 17 12 29 7.0 5.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2017 Sophomore DL 14 19 15 34 16.0 8.5 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 1
2018 Junior DE 3 11 3 14 6.0 4.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1

Professional career

Coming out of Ohio State, Bosa was projected to be the first overall pick in the draft by a majority of analysts and scouts.[8] Bosa received an invitation to the NFL Scouting Combine as one of the top prospects at the draft. He completed all of the required combine drills and positional drills except for the 10 yard and 20 yard split. Bosa met and interviewed with 8 NFL teams at the combine, including the Arizona Cardinals, San Francisco 49ers, New York Jets, New York Giants, and Tampa Bay Buccaneers. A week before the draft, analysts believed that Bosa would fall in the draft due to his political beliefs and controversial tweets, such as calling Colin Kaepernick a clown, expressing support for Donald Trump, and "liking" a post on Instagram that included racial and homophobic slurs as hashtags. After Bosa deleted and apologized for his tweets, President Trump tweeted to Bosa "...always stay true to yourself."[9][10]

Pre-draft measurables
Ht Wt Arm length Hand size 40-yard dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert jump Broad BP Wonderlic
6 ft 3 34 in
(1.92 m)
266 lb
(121 kg)
33 in
(0.84 m)
10 34 in
(0.27 m)
4.79 s 4.14 s 7.1 s 33.5 in
(0.85 m)
9 ft 8 in
(2.95 m)
29 reps 23
All values are from NFL Scouting Combine[11]

San Francisco 49ers

Nick Bosa in 2019

Bosa was selected by the San Francisco 49ers in the first round with the second overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft.[12] On July 25, 2019, Bosa signed a 4-year deal with the 49ers worth $33.5 million featuring a $22.5 million signing bonus and a fifth year option.[13]


Bosa made his NFL debut in week 1 against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. In the game, he made 3 tackles and sacked quarterback Jameis Winston once in the 31–17 win. [14] In week 5 against the Cleveland Browns, Bosa sacked Baker Mayfield twice, one of which resulted in a fumble, in the 31–3 win, earning him NFC Defensive Player of the Week. [15][16] In week 7 against the Washington Redskins, Bosa recorded a team high 7 tackles and sacked Case Keenum once in the 9–0 win. [17] In week 8 against the Carolina Panthers, Bosa sacked Kyle Allen 3 times and recorded his first career interception off Allen in the 51–13 win. [18] He was named the NFC Defensive Player of the Week for his performance along with his brother, Joey Bosa, who was voted AFC Defensive Player of the Week. [19]

Personal life

Nick (left) signing autographs with his brother Joey in 2019

His brother, Joey Bosa, also played college football at Ohio State (2013–2015) and plays in the National Football League (NFL) for the Los Angeles Chargers and was the third overall pick in the 2016 NFL Draft.[20] His father, John Bosa, was a 1987 NFL Draft first-round pick from Boston College by the Miami Dolphins.[21] He is the great-grandson of Chicago mobster Tony Accardo.[22]


  1. ^ "Nick Bosa, 2016 Strongside defensive end". Retrieved May 21, 2019.
  2. ^ Staples, Andy. "Five-star DE Nick Bosa keeps it in the family by committing to Ohio State". Retrieved May 21, 2019.
  3. ^ Lesmerises, Doug (July 23, 2015). "5-star recruit Nick Bosa, Joey's younger brother, verbally commits to the Buckeyes: Ohio State football recruiting". Retrieved May 21, 2019.
  4. ^ "Ohio State names to know: Nick Bosa is ready for a breakout season". September 5, 2017. Retrieved May 21, 2019.
  5. ^ Maya, Adam. "Nick Bosa has core muscle surgery, out indefinitely". Retrieved September 20, 2018.
  6. ^ VanHaaren, Tom (October 16, 2018). "Ohio State DE Nick Bosa leaving school to concentrate on draft". Retrieved October 16, 2018.
  7. ^ Patra, Kevin. "Nick Bosa leaving Ohio State to prepare for NFL draft". Retrieved October 16, 2018.
  8. ^ Conway, Tyler. "Nick Bosa Leads Kyler Murray, Dwayne Haskins for No. 1 pick". Bleacher Report. Retrieved April 25, 2019.
  9. ^ Trotter, Jim (April 27, 2019). "49ers' Nick Bosa apologizes for controversial social media posts". Retrieved April 27, 2019.
  10. ^ Joseph, Andrew (April 25, 2019). "Nick Bosa liked Instagram posts featuring racist and homophobic slurs". Retrieved October 28, 2019.
  11. ^ "Nick Bosa Prospect Info". National Football League. Retrieved March 3, 2018.
  12. ^ Teope, Herbie (April 25, 2019). "Niners select DE Nick Bosa with second overall pick". Retrieved May 21, 2019.
  13. ^ Maiocco, Matt (July 25, 2019). "Nick Bosa Signs four-year rookie contract with the 49ers before training camp".
  14. ^ "Sherman, 49ers upend Winston, Buccaneers 31-7". September 8, 2019. Retrieved September 8, 2019.
  15. ^ "49ers stay perfect, dominate Mayfield, Browns in 31-3 win". October 7, 2019. Retrieved October 7, 2019.
  16. ^ Bergman, Jeremy (October 9, 2019). "Deshaun Watson, Aaron Jones among Players of the Week".
  17. ^ "49ers beat Redskins in ugly 9-0 game to improve to 6-0". October 20, 2019. Retrieved October 20, 2019.
  18. ^ "Coleman's 4 TDs lead 49ers past Panthers 51-13". October 27, 2019. Retrieved October 27, 2019.
  19. ^ Bergman, Jeremy (October 30, 2019). "Joey Bosa, Nick Bosa among Players of the Week". Retrieved October 30, 2019.
  20. ^ "Joey and Nick Bosa Share a Passion for Pass-Rushing". Retrieved May 21, 2019.
  21. ^ Lesmerises, Doug (July 24, 2015). "How Ohio State landed both Joey and Nick Bosa: 'I wouldn't want my sons to play for anybody else'". Retrieved May 21, 2019.
  22. ^ Thomas, Jeanna (April 18, 2016). "Bosa's great-grandfather was Capone's bodyguard". Retrieved May 21, 2019.

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