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Antrel Rolle

Antrel Rolle at the September 7, 2008 game versus the San Francisco 49ers.
No. 26     New York Giants
Free Safety/Cornerback
Personal information
Date of birth: December 16, 1982 (1982-12-16) (age 27)
Place of birth: Homestead, Florida
Height: 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) Weight: 208 lb (94 kg)
Career information
College: Miami
NFL Draft: 2005 / Round: 1 / Pick: 8
Debuted in 2005 for the Arizona Cardinals
Career history
 As player:
Career highlights and awards
  • 1x Pro Bowl selection (2009)
Career NFL statistics as of Week 17, 2009
Tackles     294
Sacks     1.5
Interceptions     12
Stats at NFL.com

Antrel Rocelious Rolle (born December 16, 1982 in Homestead, Florida) is an American football safety for the New York Giants of the National Football League. He was drafted by the Arizona Cardinals in the first round of the 2005 NFL Draft. He played college football at Miami.

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Early years

Rolle attended South Dade High School in Homestead, Florida. As a senior, on defense, he posted three interceptions and 86 tackles. On offense, he had four receptions for 160 yards (40.0 yards per rec. avg.) and a touchdown. As a junior, on defense, he posted three interceptions, 85 tackles, and five pass deflections, and he returned three kickoffs and three punts for touchdowns.

College career

Rolle was an All-American CB at Miami where he especially excelled in press-coverage. Notable performances included shutting down future All-American receivers Larry Fitzgerald (3 catches for 26 yards) and Calvin Johnson (2 catches for 10 yards).

In 2001, his freshman season, Rolle was one of four true freshman to letter at Miami. He appeared in eight games, recording eight tackles and an interception. Rolle started 11 games as a sophomore in 2002, earning All-Big East first-team honors. Rolle totaled a career-high 66 tackles with two sacks, six tackles for a loss, seven pass deflections, and an interception for the season.

In 2003, as a junior, Rolle recorded 51 tackles, 3.5 tackles for a loss, seven broken up passes, and two interceptions on the year. In his final season, 2004, Rolle was a consensus All-American. He recorded 58 tackles his senior year, 6.5 tackles behind the line of scrimmage, six pass deflections, and an interception. He was hurt late in the '04 season and missed the Virginia Tech game because of a foot sprain.

Professional career

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Arizona Cardinals

The Arizona Cardinals selected Rolle with the eighth pick of the 2005 NFL Draft, making him the second cornerback picked. (Pacman Jones was taken sixth by the Tennessee Titans).

Rolle's career did not start off well mainly because of torn cartilage in his left knee suffered September 25, 2005 in a game against the Seattle Seahawks. The torn cartilage required surgery on October 3, 2005 and put Rolle out for almost the entire 2005 NFL season.

Rolle returned and played on December 11, 2005 against the Washington Redskins, where he recorded his first interception and returned it for 29 yards. He played in week 14 and again in week 15 against the Houston Texans.

The 2007 campaign did not start well for Rolle as he lost his starting spot in the preseason.[1] However, he battled back and had the highlight of his career on November 18 when he intercepted 3 passes by Carson Palmer of the Cincinnati Bengals, returning the first two for touchdowns of 55 and 54 yards. He returned the third interception all the way to the end zone as well, but it was called back on a penalty.[2][3] Rolle was rewarded for his performance when he was named NFC Defensive Player of the Week.[4] Rolle finished the season with 61 tackles, 5 interceptions, and three return touchdowns. His interception total was tied for ninth most in the NFL. Cardinals Head Coach Ken Whisenhunt announced on February 2008 that Rolle will be moved to free safety for the 2008 season. For several plays during the 2009 season, Rolle was used as the quarterback in a Wildcat offense.

On March 4, 2010, the Cardinals, in order to avoid a $4 million roster bonus, released Rolle.

New York Giants

On March 5, 2010, the New York Giants signed Rolle to a five-year, $37 million contract. This deal makes Rolle one of the highest paid safeties in the NFL.

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