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Gaines Adams
No. 99     Chicago Bears
Defensive end
Personal information
Date of birth: June 8, 1983 (1983-06-08) (age 26)
Place of birth: Greenwood, South Carolina
Height: 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) Weight: 258 lb (117 kg)
Career information
College: Clemson
NFL Draft: 2007 / Round: 1 / Pick: 4
Debuted in 2007 for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Career history
 As player:
Roster status: Active
Career highlights and awards
  • First-team All-ACC (2006)
  • ACC Defensive Player of the Year (2006)
  • Consensus First-team All-American (2006)
  • PFW/PFWA All-Rookie Team (2007)
Career NFL statistics as of Week 11, 2009
Tackles     88
Sacks     13.5
Interceptions     2
Stats at

Gaines Adams, (born June 8, 1983 in Greenwood, South Carolina) is an American football defensive end for the Chicago Bears of the National Football League. He was drafted by the Buccaneers fourth overall in the 2007 NFL Draft, and was traded to the Bears on October 16th, 2009. He played college football at Clemson.


Early years

Adams attended Fork Union Military Academy in 2001 and recorded 58 tackles, 22 sacks, and two interceptions in 10 games. He was a three year starter at Cambridge Academy, a small private school which only had an 8-man football team, where he was a dominant wide receiver and defensive end. His coach during high school was former University of South Carolina quarterback, Steve Taneyhill. In 2000, his team won the state title. During that year, Cambridge shut out four different teams, beating one team 80-0. They had suffered only one loss that season to arch-rival King Academy. He had 158 career receptions for 4,394 yard and 65 touchdowns, as well as 341 tackles, 10 interceptions, and 33 sacks in his career, and was a two-time All-state honoree. He chose Clemson over Georgia, Maryland, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Virginia. He had narrowed down his choices to North Carolina and Clemson, then signed with Clemson after the Tar Heels unexpectedly rescinded their offer. At Cambridge, he was named to the Greenwood Touchdown Club/Index-Journal All-Lakelands Team (which included four counties)

College career

Adams redshirted in 2002.

In 2003, as a redshirt freshman, he did not see much action as the second-team defensive end, only totaling 15 tackles and a sack.

In 2004, he had 35 tackles with 8 sacks, and two blocked punts playing on special teams. For his hard work on special teams, Adams was awarded the 12th Man Award for Clemson's defense. Adams considered coming out for the NFL Draft after his sophomore year, but after the underclassman panel gave him a conservatively low ranking he decided to stay for his junior year.

Adams' 2005 junior year was the year he broke out. Adams totaled 56 tackles, 9.5 sacks, and forced three fumbles while starting at boundary defensive end.

For Adams' senior year, 2006, he was slated to be among the best defensive ends in the college football. Adams lived up to his reputation by starting all 12 games, recording 12.5 sacks, causing 2 fumbles and recovering 3. By the end of the 2006 season, Adams recorded a total of 28 career sacks, tying the school record set by Michael Dean Perry (1984-1987)[1]. In addition, Adams was named to all five official All-America teams acknowledged by the NCAA in 2006, one of seven unanimous All-Americans that year.



Pre-draft measureables
Ht Wt 40-yard dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20 ss 3-cone Vert Broad BP Wonderlic
6-4½ * 258 lb * 4.64 * 1.58 * 2.71 * 4.36 * 7.17 * 36 in. ** 9'11" ** 20 ** 7 *

(* represents NFL Combine; **represents Clemson Pro Day) [2] [3]

Bench press: 350 lbs Squat: 465 lbs; Power clean: 345 lbs

Professional career

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Adams was chosen by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as the 4th overall pick in the 2007 NFL Draft, despite his admissions during interviews at the scouting combine of previous marijuana use.[4] He signed a six-year deal with the Buccaneers on July 26th, 2007, worth $46 million, with $18.6 million guaranteed. He registered his first solo sack against the Atlanta Falcons in week 11 of the 2007 season.

At the end of the 2007 season Adams had 35 tackles, 6 sacks and 2 forced fumbles in 2007, he led all 2007 rookies with his six sacks. This performance gained him a place in the 2007 NFL All-Rookie team. He also played in Tampa Bay Buccaneers playoff loss to the New York Giants and finished the game with five tackles and one sack. Against the Colts on Week 5, he blocked a field goal attempt by Adam Vinatieri.

In 2008, Adams recorded two sacks against the Atlanta Falcons in Week 2. He recorded his first career interception and returned it for his first career touchdown in a Week 3 overtime win over the Chicago Bears. The following week, Adams recorded another interception off of Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers to seal a Buccaneers victory. In Week 8, in a loss to the Dallas Cowboys, Adams recorded two sacks.

Chicago Bears

On October 19th, 2009, Adams was traded to the Chicago Bears for a 2nd round draft pick in the 2010 NFL draft.[5]


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