Will Poole

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Will Poole
No. 23
Position: Defensive back
Personal information
Date of birth: (1981-07-24) July 24, 1981 (age 35)
Place of birth: Beckley, West Virginia
Height: 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Weight: 193 lb (88 kg)
Career information
College: Southern California
NFL Draft: 2004 / Round: 4 / Pick: 102
Career history
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
CFL status: International
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Player stats at NFL.com

William Starling Poole[1] (born July 24, 1981) is a former American football defensive back. He was drafted by the Miami Dolphins in the fourth round of the 2004 NFL Draft. He played college football at Southern California.

Poole was also a member of the Kansas City Chiefs, Toronto Argonauts, Hamilton Tiger-Cats, Sacramento Mountain and San Antonio Talons.

Early years[edit]

Poole was a top high school player at Christ The King Regional High School in New York City and a Parade All-American his junior year. He also competed on their nationally ranked basketball team.

College career[edit]

He is a University of Southern California graduate whose senior team split the collegiate national championship with Louisiana State University. He first went to Boston College, but had to leave for violations. Following that he went to Ventura College. Best known for his standout performance against Michigan which included two sacks in the 2004 Rose Bowl (played on January 1) en route to a USC 28-14 victory.

Awards and honors[edit]

  • Junior College Athletic Bureau All-American (2002)
  • SuperPrep JUCO 100 (2002)
  • Western State Conference Mountain Division Defensive MVP (2002)
  • Ventura College Team MVP (2002)
  • Pac-10 Defensive Player of the Week (November 5, 2003)
  • First-team All-Pac-10 selection by CollegeFootballNews.com, ESPN.com and Rivals.com (2003)
  • Second-team All-American by the AP and CollegeFootballNews.com
  • Honorable mention Rivals.com All-American (2003)
  • USC Co-Special Teams Player of the Year (2003)

Professional career[edit]

Miami Dolphins[edit]

He was drafted in the fourth round by the Miami Dolphins in 2004. Plagued with knee injuries throughout his career, he played during a promising rookie season and was placed on IR during the 2005 and 2006 seasons then was waived by Miami on December 19, 2006. He tried out for the New Orleans Saints on the weekend of May 12–13, 2007.

First stint with Chiefs[edit]

Poole signed a two-year deal with the Kansas City Chiefs on July 27, 2007. However, he was released by the team on September 1 during final cuts.

First stint with Argonauts[edit]

On October 4, 2007, Poole was signed by the Toronto Argonauts of the Canadian Football League and assigned to their practice roster. He was later released by the team on October 10, 2007.

Second stint with Chiefs[edit]

On May 27, 2008, Poole was re-signed by the Chiefs. He was released on August 10.

Second stint with Argonauts[edit]

Less than a year after being signed to the Toronto Argonauts' practice squad, Poole re-joined the Argonauts on September 8, 2008.

Sacramento Mountain Lions[edit]

On May 25, 2011, Poole signed with the Sacramento Mountain Lions of the United Football League.


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