William Middleton (American football)

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William Middleton
No. 35, 29
Position: Cornerback
Personal information
Date of birth: (1986-07-28) July 28, 1986 (age 31)
Place of birth: New York, New York
Height: 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Weight: 190 lb (86 kg)
Career information
High school: Atlanta (GA) Marist
College: Furman
NFL Draft: 2009 / Round: 5 / Pick: 138
Career history
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Career highlights and awards
  • First-team Little All-American (2008)
Career NFL statistics
Tackles: 125
Interceptions: 2
Pass deflections: 5
Player stats at NFL.com

William Middleton (born July 28, 1986) is a former American football cornerback in the National Football League (NFL). He was drafted by the Atlanta Falcons in the fifth round of the 2009 NFL Draft. He played college football at Furman. Middleton has also been a member of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Jacksonville Jaguars and San Diego Chargers.

Early years[edit]

Middleton Attended Marist High School. where he totaled 148 tackles, 10 interceptions, six pass deflections, two kickoff returns for touchdowns, and two blocked punts. He also recorded a school record 103-yard interception return and averaged 27.0 yards on 21 kickoff returns. He was named First-team All-county and All-region honors in 2003 after helping his squad to a 14-1 record and state championship.

College career[edit]

As a senior at Furman he started 12 games, making 95 tackles (38 solo), 8.5 tackles for loss, 13 passes defensed, 5.0 sacks and four interceptions. He was a First-team Little All-American and All-Conference selection. As a junior in 2007 he started at right cornerback in all 11 games and totaled 53 tackles, including three for-loss, three interceptions, and nine pass deflections. In 2006 Middleton won starting job at right cornerback and helped Furman to an 8-4 campaign that included a third straight playoff appearance. He compiled 38 tackles, including four for a loss, four passes defensed, and a pair of fumble recoveries. He also led the team in kickoff returns averaging 23.1 yards on 25 returns, good for fourth in the Southern Conference. In 2005, he registered playing time as both a backup cornerback and kickoff return specialist. He averaged 22.0 yards on 32 returns and ranked fourth in the Southern Conference in kickoff return average.

Professional career[edit]


Pre-draft measureables
Height Weight 40-yard dash 10-yard split 20-yard split 20 ss 3-cone Vert Broad BP Wonderlic
5-9⅜ ** 193 ** 4.42 ** 1.48 ** 2.56 ** 4.37 ** 7.33 ** 36½" ** 10'09" * 21 ** x
* represents NFL combine, **represents Pro Day"X" Denotes "No Data" or "Did Not Participate"

First stint with Falcons[edit]

Middleton was drafted by the Atlanta Falcons in the fifth round of the 2009 NFL Draft. He was waived by the team on September 5, 2009.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers[edit]

Middleton was claimed off waivers by the Tampa Buccaneers on September 6, 2009, only to be released on September 10.

Second stint with Falcons[edit]

Middleon was re-signed to the Atlanta Falcons' practice squad on September 14, 2009.

Jacksonville Jaguars[edit]

Middleton was signed off the Falcons' practice squad by the Jacksonville Jaguars on September 20, 2009.

He was placed on injured reserve on November 27, 2012.

San Diego Chargers[edit]

On July 28, 2013, Middleton signed with the San Diego Chargers.[1] He was released on August 30, 2013.


  1. ^ Henne, Ricky (July 28, 2013). "Middleton "Blessed" to be a Charger on Birthday". Chargers.com. Retrieved July 29, 2013. 

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