T. J. Ward
Ward with the Denver Broncos in 2014
|No. 43 Denver Broncos|
|Date of birth:||December 12, 1986|
|Place of birth:||Antioch, California|
|Height:||5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)|
|Weight:||200 lb (91 kg)|
|High school:||Concord (CA) De La Salle|
|NFL Draft:||2010 / Round: 2 / Pick: 38|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Career NFL statistics as of Week 17, 2016|
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.
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 him to walk-on with the Oregon Ducks. He did not move up in the starting lineup until his senior year due to the talent on the team
2010 NFL Draft
|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 1⁄2 in||211 lb||30 3⁄4 in||9 1⁄4 in||4.49 s||19 reps|
|All values from NFL Combine|
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.
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.
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.
Ward had a breakout season in 2013, 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.
Ward had 61 tackles, 2 sacks, 2 forced fumbles, and 6 passes defended in the 2015 NFL season. The Broncos finished with the #1 defense and a 12-4 record. At the end of the season, Ward was selected to play in his third consecutive Pro Bowl but was unable to attend due to his team's playoff finish. In the Divisional round against the Pittsburgh Steelers, Ward recorded 4 tackles in a 23-16 victory. In the AFC Championship game against the New England Patriots, Ward had 6 tackles before having to leave the game with an ankle injury and did not return. The Broncos later went on to win the game 20-18. Ward returned to play in the Broncos 24-10 victory in Super Bowl 50 over the Carolina Panthers, where he recorded 7 tackles, a pass defended, a fumble recovery and an interception. He was ranked 68th on the NFL Top 100 Players of 2016.
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- Ben Swanson, April 27, 2015. When I was Drafted. http://www.denverbroncos.com/news-and-blogs/article-1/When-I-was-drafted-TJ-Wards-story/516216c8-180c-4d87-9674-2ee9b3bb9c27
- Schefter, Adam. "Broncos are signing former Browns S TJ Ward, per sources.". Twitter. Retrieved 11 March 2014.
- Wesseling, Chris (March 11, 2014). "T.J. Ward, Denver Broncos agree on contract". NFL.com. Retrieved 2014-08-03.
- "T.J. Ward signs with Broncos as Denver's new strong safety". DenverPost.com. March 11, 2014. Retrieved 2014-08-03.
- Demaryius Thomas named to 5th career Pro Bowl; gives Broncos 6 players in all-star game
- Garber, Greg (February 8, 2016). "Best and worst of Super Bowl 50". ESPN.com. Retrieved February 8, 2016.
- Martin, Jill (February 8, 2016). "Super Bowl 2016: Broncos defense dominates as Peyton Manning wins second title". CNN.com. Retrieved February 8, 2016.
- NFL Top 100 Players of 2016 - No. 68 T.J. Ward
- "T.J. Ward". ESPN. ESPN Internet Ventures. Retrieved 29 April 2015.