Stephen Nicholas

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Stephen Nicholas
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Nicholas with the Atlanta Falcons
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Position:Defensive quality control coach
Personal information
Born: (1983-05-01) May 1, 1983 (age 35)
Jacksonville, Florida
Height:6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Weight:236 lb (107 kg)
Career information
High school:Jacksonville (FL) Lee
College:South Florida
NFL Draft:2007 / Round: 4 / Pick: 109
Career history
As player:
As coach:
Career NFL statistics
Player stats at

Stephen Leron Nicholas (born May 1, 1983) is an American football coach and former linebacker who is the defensive quality control coach for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers of the National Football League (NFL). He was drafted by the Atlanta Falcons in the fourth round of the 2007 NFL Draft and played for the team for seven seasons. He played college football at South Florida.

Early years[edit]

Nicholas played high school football at Robert E. Lee High School in Jacksonville, Florida. As a senior, he was a class 3A all-state linebacker and was invited to play in the Shrine Bowl.

Playing career[edit]


Nicholas played college football at the University of South Florida. During his senior year, he was a Big East first team selection. He finished his college career with 326 tackles, 20 sacks, and a school record 53.5 tackles for loss.

National Football League[edit]

Atlanta Falcons[edit]

Nicholas was drafted by the Atlanta Falcons in the fourth round of the 2007 NFL Draft. He finished his rookie year with 37 tackles and one sack. In 2008, he saw action in all 16 games during the season. In 2009, he started 14 games, totaling 82 tackles, 3 sacks. He started his first career game against Miami on September 13. Nicholas was released by the Falcons after seven seasons on February 5, 2014.[1]

Coaching career[edit]

Tampa Bay Buccaneers[edit]

In 2018, Nicholas was hired by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to be their defensive quality control coach.

Coaching tree[edit]

NFL head coaches under whom Stephen Nicholas has served:

Personal life[edit]

Stephen Nicholas married then Irene Ledbetter (2007) and have 4 children. Nicholas is also a member of Omega Psi Phi fraternity.


  1. ^ Florio, Mike (February 5, 2014). "Falcons dump Asante Samuel, Stephen Nicholas". Retrieved February 5, 2014.

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