T. J. Ward

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T. J. Ward
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Ward in the 2014 NFL season.
No. 43 Denver Broncos
Position: Strong safety
Personal information
Date of birth: (1986-12-12) December 12, 1986 (age 28)
Place of birth: San Francisco, California
Height: 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Weight: 200 lb (91 kg)
Career information
High school: Concord (CA) De La Salle
College: Oregon
NFL draft: 2010 / Round: 2 / Pick: 38
Career history
Roster status: Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of 2014
Tackles: 416
Quarterback sacks: 5.5
Interceptions: 7
Forced fumbles: 5
Stats at NFL.com

Terrell Ray Ward, Jr. (born December 12, 1986) is an American football safety for the Denver Broncos of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Oregon, and was drafted by the Cleveland Browns in the second round of the 2010 NFL Draft.

Early years[edit]

He played high school football at prep powerhouse De La Salle during their 151 game winning streak. An injury early in his senior year deterred many scouts, leading to him walking-on with the Oregon Ducks.[1]

Professional career[edit]

2010 NFL Draft[edit]

Pre-draft measurables
Ht Wt Arm length Hand size 40-yd dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert Broad BP
5 ft 10 12 in 211 lb 30 34 in 9 14 in 4.49 s 19 reps
All values from NFL Combine

Cleveland Browns[edit]

2010[edit]

Ward was drafted 38th overall by the Cleveland Browns. He started all 16 games of his rookie season, recording 123 combined tackles and 2 interceptions. Ward gained national recognition for an illegal hit on Bengals receiver Jordan Shipley, where he had a helmet to helmet hit to force the ball out of Shipley's hands. Ward was fined for the hit.

2011[edit]

Ward stepped into a larger role in his second season, but injuries held him to only 8 games. He finished the season with 39 tackles, and a sack.

2012[edit]

Ward with the Browns training camp in 2012.

Ward returned to form in 2012, starting 14 games and was quite good in coverage. As an up and coming player, he finished with 68 tackles, a sack, and an interception.

2013[edit]

Ward had a breakout season, starting all 16 games and earning Second-Team All-Pro honors from the Associated Press. He finished the year with 123 Tackles, 1.5 sacks, 2 Interceptions, 1 forced fumble, and 10 passes defended.

Denver Broncos[edit]

2014[edit]

On March 11, 2014, Ward signed with the Denver Broncos on a four-year, $23 million contract.[2][3][4] On December 24, he earned a second consecutive trip to the Pro Bowl.

NFL stats[edit]

Year Team GP COMB TOTAL AST SACK FF FR FR YDS INT IR YDS AVG IR LNG TD PD
2010 CLE 16 123 95 28 0.0 1 0 0 2 39 20 23 0 10
2011 CLE 8 39 28 11 1.0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3
2012 CLE 14 68 50 18 1.0 3 0 0 1 37 37 37 0 4
2013 CLE 16 112 75 37 1.5 0 1 51 2 57 29 44 1 5
2014 DEN 15 74 60 14 2.0 0 0 0 2 55 28 37 0 6
Career 69 416 308 108 5.5 5 1 0 7 188 27 44 1 28

[5]

Key

  • GP: games played
  • COMB: combined tackles
  • TOTAL: total tackles
  • AST: assisted tackles
  • SACK: sacks
  • FF: forced fumbles
  • FR: fumble recoveries
  • FR YDS: fumble return yards
  • INT: interceptions
  • IR YDS: interception return yards
  • AVG IR: average interception return
  • LNG: longest interception return
  • TD: interceptions returned for touchdown
  • PD: passes defensed

Personal life[edit]

Ward is the first cousin of former NFL running back Maurice Jones-Drew.[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.goducks.com/ViewArticle.dbml?DB_OEM_ID=500&ATCLID=529225
  2. ^ Schefter, Adam. "Broncos are signing former Browns S TJ Ward, per sources.". Twitter. Retrieved 11 March 2014. 
  3. ^ Wesseling, Chris (March 11, 2014). "T.J. Ward, Denver Broncos agree on contract". NFL.com. Retrieved 2014-08-03. 
  4. ^ "T.J. Ward signs with Broncos as Denver's new strong safety". DenverPost.com. March 11, 2014. Retrieved 2014-08-03. 
  5. ^ "T.J. Ward". ESPN. ESPN Internet Ventures. Retrieved 29 April 2015. 
  6. ^ http://www.cleveland.com/browns/index.ssf/2010/11/its_another_missed_chance_for.html

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