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James Farrior
No. 51     Pittsburgh Steelers
Middle linebacker
Personal information
Date of birth: January 6, 1975 (1975-01-06) (age 35)
Place of birth: Petersburg, Virginia
Height: 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) Weight: 243 lb (110 kg)
Career information
College: Virginia
NFL Draft: 1997 / Round: 1 / Pick: 8
Debuted in 1997 for the New York Jets
Career history
 As player:
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of Week 1, 2009
Tackles     937
Sacks     25.5
INTs     10
Stats at

James Alfred Farrior (born January 6, 1975) is an American football player who currently plays as an inside linebacker for the Pittsburgh Steelers of the National Football League. He played college football at the University of Virginia, and played with the New York Jets from 1997 to 2001.


Early years

Farrior was born in Ettrick, Virginia. He was a Parade All-America selection and named Virginia's Group AA Co-Offensive Player of the Year as senior at Matoaca High School in his hometown and birthplace of Ettrick, Va. also selected first-team All-Conference at both FB and LB, also earned All-Metro and All-State honors, he was The Richmond Times-Dispatch's co-Player of the Year after posting 78 tackles, 11 sacks, five blocked kicks, four forced fumbles and two interceptions , he rushed the ball 105 times for 1,006 (9.6 avg.) and 22 TD and had 19 receptions for 340 yards (17.9 avg.) and 4 TDs receiving as a senior fullback.He earned All-Metro, district and region honors as a junior, lettered three times in football, track and wrestling.

College career

Farrior played college football at the University of Virginia. During his career there, he racked up 381 tackles, ranking him third on the schools all time list.In 1996 season, Farrior earned All-Atlantic Coast Conference first-team honors as a senior while registering 107 tackles, 13 tackles for a loss, 7 passes defensed, 6.5 sacks. He even played against his future head coach, Mike Tomlin, while Tomlin was a wide receiver at William & Mary.[1]

In 1995 season as a junior he earned All-ACC second-team honors after he started every game at LOLB and led the team in tackles (122 stops) and also had half sack, nine passes defensed and an interception. In 1994 he earned all-ACC honorable mention as a sophomore when he started every game at LOLB and finished second on the team in tackles with 100, 1 sack, a blocked punt, 4 interceptions and 6 passes defensed.During 1993, as a freshman he appreared in 10 games and had 52 tackles, placing him seventh on the team, despite not starting any games, he earned ACC Newcomer of the Week honors when he came off the bench to register 18 tackles vs. Ohio. He had seven tackles and a fumble recovery vs. Boston College in the Carquest Bowl.

He majored in Psychology.

Professional career


New York Jets

Farrior was originally selected by the New York Jets in the first round (8th overall) of the 1997 NFL Draft. In his rookie year, he made 77 tackles and 1.5 sacks after appearing in all 16 regular season games. In his second year with the Jets, he only played in 12 games after injuring his right knee against the San Francisco 49ers. He finished the season with 29 tackles. The following year was a more productive one after as he made 45 tackles and two sacks. In 2000, he played in all 16 games, registering 58 tackles, one sack and one interception, the first of his career. In his last season for the Jets, he started in all 16 games and also recorded a career-high 142 tackles. He also finished the campaign with one sack and two interceptions.

Pittsburgh Steelers

In his first year with the Pittsburgh Steelers, Farrior recorded 82 tackles throughout 14 games. In 2003, he recorded 141 tackles and one interception. During the 2004 season, his third with the franchise, Farrior made 94 tackles, three sacks, and a career-high four interceptions. He also finished second behind Ed Reed for NFL Defensive Player of the Year honors. During the Pittsburgh Steelers 2005 campaign Farrior missed 2 games due to injury, but performed well in the 14 regular season games and 4 post-season games in which he appeared. His best regular season performance came in a week 3 loss to the New England Patriots, in which he recorded 9 tackles and 1 sack.[2] Farrior's best performance in the post-season came in the AFC Divisional playoffs against the Indianapolis Colts, where Farrior recorded 10 tackles and 2.5 sacks. He finished the season with 119 tackles and a Super Bowl ring. In 2006, he played in all 16 games and recorded 126 tackles, four sacks and one interception. Farrior finished the 2007 season with 94 tackles and 6.5 sacks, a career-high, along with one interception.[3] Entering the 2008 season, Farrior stated that he wished to remain a Steeler for the remainder of his career.[4][5] In August 2008, Farrior signed a five-year, US$18.25 million contract with the Steelers. The deal included a $5 million signing bonus.[6][7]


He is nicknamed "Potsie" by his parents, Rebecca and James Farrior, because he had a pot-belly as a child and because of the popularity of the sit-com "Happy Days". Farrior has garnered several nicknames among fans, too; one being "The Ultimate Farrior", a play on words in reference to explosive WWF wrestler The Ultimate Warrior. He is the older brother of former NFL linebacker, Matt Farrior.

Tackling Everyday Life

James and his brother Matt Farrior have been recognized for their charitable contributions and actions and have created their own foundation - The James Farrior Foundation. The foundation runs a variety of programs to assist those in need through all stages of life. The Impact 51 program provides guidance and mentoring for students, the Farrior Scholarship Fund provides college financial assistance to eligible students and the Families in Crisis program provides assistance in many forms to families in need.[8] In addition to their own organization, James and Matt work with the National Bone Marrow Registry. For these and other contributions to those less fortunate, the Farrior Foundation was given the Key to the City of Richmond, VA by Richmond's Mayor Dwight C. Jones in June of 2009.[9] James Farrior is also a recipient of the Bravo award given by the Chesterfield Public Education Foundation which recognizes Extraordinary Alumni of the Chesterfield County Public Schools.[10]


  1. ^ Tomlin earns respect Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (01/30/2009)
  2. ^ "Week 3: 2005 Season". Game Center. 2005-09-25. Retrieved 2008-08-22.  
  3. ^ "James Farrior". Pittsburgh Steelers. Retrieved 2008-08-22.  
  4. ^ Harris, John (2008-07-19). "Steelers' Farrior wants to re-sign". Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. Retrieved 2008-07-19.  
  5. ^ Smizik, Bob (2008-08-22). "Gambling again on aging LB". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Retrieved 2008-08-22.  
  6. ^ Bouchette, Ed (2008-08-21). "Steelers' Farrior agrees to new contract". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Retrieved 2008-08-21.  
  7. ^ Harris, John (2008-08-21). "Steelers sign Farrior through 2012". Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. Retrieved 2008-08-21.  
  8. ^ "James Farrior Foundation".  
  9. ^ "Farrior Receives Key to Richmond". Richmond Times Dispatch. 2009-06-13. Retrieved 2009-11-12.  
  10. ^ "Chesterfield Public Education Foundation".  

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