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Jermaine Phillips
No. 23     Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Linebacker / Safety
Personal information
Date of birth: March 27, 1979 (1979-03-27) (age 30)
Place of birth: Roswell, Georgia
Height: 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) Weight: 230 lb (104 kg)
Career information
College: Georgia
NFL Draft: 2002 / Round: 5 / Pick: 157
Debuted in 2002 for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Career history
 As player:
Roster status: Injured Reserve
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of Week 17, 2008
Tackles     406
Sacks     3.0
Interceptions     11
Stats at

Jermaine Phillips (born March 27, 1979 in Roswell, Georgia) is an American football safety and linebacker for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers of the National Football League. He was drafted by the Buccaneers in the fifth round of the 2002 NFL Draft. He played college football at Georgia.

Phillips earned a Super Bowl ring with the Buccaneers in Super Bowl XXXVII.


Early years

Phillips played high school football at Roswell High School in Roswell, Georgia. While there he played both quarterback and defensive back. In 1996 he was a first-team All-Area and Area Player of the Year and was named to the Fox Sports All-South second-team.

College career

Phillips played college football at Georgia. From 1998–1999 he was one of Georgia's back up wide receivers. In 2000 he became a strong safety and was third on the team in total tackles with 85 and also had two interceptions. In 2001, Phillips was All-Southeastern Conference first-team selection by the National Sports Bureau after leading his team with three interceptions, four forced fumbles, and second on the team with eighty tackles. He was invited to play in the 2002 Senior Bowl college all-star game. His major was health and physical education.

Professional career

Phillips was drafted by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the fifth round (157 overall) of the 2002 NFL Draft. He took over the starting role when long time Buccaneer player John Lynch (who signed with the Denver Broncos) was released because of salary cap issues before the start of the 2004 season.[1] During the 2007 season he had a career high four interceptions.

An unrestricted free agent in the 2009 offseason, Phillips re-signed with the Buccaneers on March 5. Shortly after, it was reported the Buccaneers would experiment with moving Phillips from safety to weak-side linebacker.[2]


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