T. J. Ward

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T. J. Ward
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Ward with the Denver Broncos in 2014
No. 43 Denver Broncos
Position: Strong safety
Personal information
Date of birth: (1986-12-12) December 12, 1986 (age 30)
Place of birth: Antioch, 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 Week 17, 2016
Tackles: 564
Quarterback sacks: 8.5
Passes defended: 41
Interceptions: 8
Forced fumbles: 10
Defensive touchdowns: 2
Player 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 him to walk-on with the Oregon Ducks.[1] He did not move up in the starting lineup until his senior year due to the talent on the team[2]

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 season[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 season[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 season[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 season[edit]

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.

Denver Broncos[edit]

2014 season[edit]

On March 11, 2014, Ward signed with the Denver Broncos on a four-year, $23 million contract.[3][4][5] On December 24, he earned a second consecutive trip to the Pro Bowl.

2015 season[edit]

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.[6] 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.[7][8] He was ranked 68th on the NFL Top 100 Players of 2016.[9]

NFL statistics[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 19.5 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 28.5 44 1 5
2014 DEN 15 74 60 14 2.0 0 0 0 2 55 27.5 37 0 6
2015 DEN 12 61 50 11 2.0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 6
2016 DEN 14 87 69 18 1.0 3 2 0 1 23 23 23 0 8
Career 95 564 427 137 8.5 10 3 51 8 211 26.4 44 1 42

[10]

Personal life[edit]

Ward is brother of current Atlanta Falcons running back Terron Ward and is the god brother of former NFL running back Maurice Jones-Drew.[11]

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