|No. -- Toronto Argonauts|
Venable in the 2011 NFL season.
|Date of birth||March 31, 1987|
|Place of birth||San Rafael, California|
|Height||5 ft 11 in (180 cm)|
|Weight||220 lb (100 kg)|
|Career highlights and awards|
|CFL East All-Star||2015|
Winston Venable (born March 31, 1987) is a Canadian football linebacker for the Toronto Argonauts of the Canadian Football League (CFL). He previously played college football for Boise State University and was a member of the Chicago Bears in 2011. He is the son of former Major League Baseball (MLB) player Max Venable as well as the younger brother of current MLB player Will Venable.
High school and college career
Venable attended San Rafael High School before transferring to St. Thomas More school in Oakdale, CT. He then went on to Glendale Community College before transferring to Boise State in the spring of 2009. After transferring, Venable immediately earned a spot on the Broncos roster for the upcoming season. He would go on to start all 14 games that season. He first made an impact in an early season game against Fresno State when he recorded the first score of the game off a 30-yard interception returned for a touchdown. He is remembered by many fans for his hit on Fresno quarterback Ryan Colburn later in that same game, in which he launched himself head first, leaping over a would-be blocker, narrowly missing a sack.
2010 Fiesta Bowl
After an undefeated regular season the Broncos were matched up against fellow undefeated TCU to play in the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl. Despite being a relatively low scoring game, the final minutes became exciting after a fake punt attempt by the Broncos led to a score. With a 17-10 lead, 1:06 remaining on the clock and TCU on their own 1-yard line, the Broncos simply needed to prevent a touchdown. But TCU, led by quarterback Andy Dalton covered nearly 60 yards in under 45 seconds, setting themselves up for a potential game tying score. However, on the ensuing play Dalton threw a pass towards the left sideline which was intercepted by Venable to seal the victory.
On July 27, 2011, following the resolution of a labor dispute between the NFL Players Association and team owners, Venable was signed by the Chicago Bears as an undrafted free agent. On September 9, 2011 Venable was fined $20,000 by the NFL for a hit he delivered on Cleveland Browns receiver Demetrius Williams in the teams final preseason game. On May 3, 2012, the Bears decided to waive him after selecting free safety Brandon Hardin in the 2012 NFL Draft. Despite his short tenure on the Bears, Venable managed to carry over the reputation as a hard-hitting defensive back he had earned in college. Said Lance Briggs when discussing the Bears lack of consistency at the safety position during the 2011 season "So between those guys, and whoever gets back there and plays, even if it's Winston Venable, I know one thing that Winston's going to do. He's going to hit somebody. So we're confident in the guys we have back there."
On October 3, 2012, Venable signed with the Montreal Alouettes of the Canadian Football League. In 2014, he amassed 52 defensive tackles including a career-high of nine in a game against the Ottawa REDBLACKS. Venable also recovered a league-high four fumbles and recorded 14 special teams tackles.
- "Winston Venable Bio". Retrieved 2011-07-27.
- "Boise State Stats 2009". Retrieved 2011-07-27.
- "Boise St. Broncos vs Fresno St, Bulldogs - Recap". Retrieved 2011-07-28.
- "Winton Venable's hit on Ryan Colburn". Retrieved 2011-07-28.
- "Boise St. Broncos vs TCU Horned Frogs - Recap". Retrieved 2011-07-28.
- "Winston Venable signs with Chicago Bears". Retrieved 2011-07-28.
- "Chicago Bears' Winston Venable to appeal $20k fine for hit".