Steve Gregory (American football)

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Steve Gregory
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Gregory at the Chargers' practice in August 2008.
No. 28
Position: Free Safety
Personal information
Date of birth: (1983-01-08) January 8, 1983 (age 34)
Place of birth: Brooklyn, New York
Height: 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Weight: 200 lb (91 kg)
Career information
College: Syracuse
Undrafted: 2006
Career history
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Career NFL statistics
Tackles: 357
Pass deflections: 25
Interceptions: 7
Forced fumbles: 2
Touchdowns: 1
Player stats at NFL.com

Stephen C. Gregory (born January 8, 1983) is a former American football safety that played in the National Football League (NFL). He was signed by the San Diego Chargers as an undrafted free agent in 2006. He played college football at Syracuse.

Gregory was also a member of the New England Patriots and Kansas City Chiefs.

Early years[edit]

Gregory lived in Staten Island, New York for most of his youth. He was a Jets fan growing up. He attended St. Margaret Mary Parochial Elementary school grades 6-8 then attended Monsignor Farrell High School before transferring to Curtis High School. He played college football at Syracuse University.

Professional career[edit]

San Diego Chargers[edit]

The defender started his career as an undrafted free agent,[1] and signed with the San Diego Chargers as an undrafted free agent in 2006. He played for them until 2011. He started 31 of 85 games, recording 241 tackles, four interceptions and two sacks.

New England Patriots[edit]

On March 15, 2012, Gregory signed with the New England Patriots.[2] On Thanksgiving Night—November 22, 2012—Gregory had a primary role in the Patriots' victory over his home-town team, the New York Jets. In the game, Gregory had an interception, 2 recovered fumbles (one leading to a touchdown, during the now infamous Butt-Fumble play),[3] 5 tackles, and 1 pass deflection. At the end of the game, on the national NBC broadcast, Gregory was awarded the traditional Thanksgiving award, along with teammates Tom Brady and Vince Wilfork.

Between 2012 and 2014, he started 23 games for the New England Patriots.[1] Gregory was released by the Patriots on February 28, 2014.[4]

Kansas City Chiefs and retirement[edit]

Gregory was signed by the Kansas City Chiefs on July 31, 2014.[5] Gregory announced his retirement from football on August 9, 2014. He cited the birth of his daughter with his wife Rosanne as giving him a new perspective on life, with plans to coach. NFL wrote that he ended his career with 357 tackles, seven interceptions, 25 defensed passes, three sacks and two touchdowns, out of 111 NFL games. Among other plays, he was famous for getting the ball in the butt fumble.[1]

On June 4, 2015, the Syracuse athletic department announced Gregory would return to his alma mater as a Special Teams Quality Control coach. By that time, he had played 111 career games in the NFL, during which time he posted 357 tackles and seven interceptions as a defensive back for the Chargers and Patriots.[6]

Career Statistics[edit]

Year Team Games Combine Tackles Total Tackles Assisted Tackles Sacks Forced Fumbles Fumble Recoveries Interceptions Interception Yards Touchdowns Pass Defended
2006 SD 14 12 8 4 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 1
2007 SD 16 11 10 1 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 1
2008 SD 15 36 31 5 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 4
2009 SD 16 71 58 13 2.0 0 2 1 13 0 0
2010 SD 9 44 34 10 0.0 0 0 2 41 0 2
2011 SD 15 67 56 11 0.0 0 0 1 26 1 3
2012 NE 12 37 31 6 0.0 2 2 3 50 1 5
2013 NE 14 79 50 29 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 2
Total Total 111 357 278 79 3.0 2 4 7 130 2 24

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Patra, Kevin (August 9, 2014). "Steve Gregory announces retirement from NFL". NFL.com. Retrieved 2014-08-09. 
  2. ^ Patriots, safety Gregory agree Mike Reiss, ESPN Boston
  3. ^ How New York Jets lost to Patriots in under 60 seconds Gregg Rosenthal, NFL.com Retrieved 32 November 2012.
  4. ^ Patra, Kevin (February 28, 2014). "Steve Gregory released by New England Patriots". NFL.com. Retrieved 2014-08-09. 
  5. ^ Chiefs sign DB Steve Gregory, waive LB Ben Johnson
  6. ^ "Gregory Returns to Syracuse to Join Coaching Staff". cuse.com. June 4, 2015. Retrieved 2015-06-04. 
  7. ^ "Steve Gregory". ESPN Internet Ventures. Retrieved 9 January 2014. 

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