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Jon Alston
No. 50     Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Linebacker
Personal information
Date of birth: June 4, 1983 (1983-06-04) (age 26)
Place of birth: Shreveport, Louisiana
Height: 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) Weight: 225 lb (102 kg)
Career information
College: Stanford
NFL Draft: 2006 / Round: 3 / Pick: 77
Debuted in 2006 for the St. Louis Rams
Career history
 As player:
Roster status: Active
Career highlights and awards
  • None
Stats at NFL.com

Jonhenri Alston (born June 4, 1983 in Shreveport, Louisiana) is an American football linebacker for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers of the National Football League. He was drafted by the St. Louis Rams in the third round of the 2006 NFL Draft. He played college football at Stanford.

Alston has also played for the Oakland Raiders.

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Early years

Alston grew up in Bastrop, Louisiana, but moved to Shreveport, Louisiana shortly before high school. He got his first taste of organized football in his freshman year of high school at Loyola College Prep. Jon excelled in football, earning All-District honors in his sophomore, junior year, and All-State his senior year. As a linebacker, Alston registered 134 tackles and 21 stops for losses in his senior season. He played free safety, middle linebacker and tight end as a sophomore and started at running back as a freshman[1]

College career

Alston went on to play college football for the Stanford Cardinal. In 43 games with the Cardinal, Alston started 27 times. He finished his career with 164 tackles (94 solos), 21 sacks and 29.5 stops for losses. He caused eight fumbles and recovered two others. Alston also had two interceptions, a pass breakup and a blocked kick.

Alston redshirted in 2001 at Stanford, performing on the scout team as a middle linebacker. He began the 2002 season as a reserve outside linebacker, but ended up starting five finishing with 30 tackles (14 solos) and two sacks. In 2003 he totaled 21 tackles (12 solos) with three sacks and a forced fumble. In 2004, he produced 61 tackles (37 solos) from the strongside linebacker position, he also had 9.5 sacks forced three fumbles and 14 tackles for loss. He was honorable mention All-Pac 10 in 2005, as he registered 52 tackles (31 solos) with 6.5 sacks and 9.5 stops behind the line of scrimmage. He also caused three fumbles, intercepted a pass and blocked a kick.

Professional career

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Pre-draft

One of the most athletic linebackers in all of football, posting a 4.50 40-yd dash and 40" vertical leap at the 2006 NFL Combine. He also had a 10'04" broad jump. and bench-pressed 225 pounds 30 times.

St. Louis Rams

Alston was drafted in the third round (77th overall) of the 2006 NFL Draft by the St. Louis Rams. In 2006 he made 2 special teams tackles for the Rams. On September 1, 2007, he was released by the Rams.

Oakland Raiders

On September 3, 2007, Alston was signed to the Oakland Raiders' practice squad. He was then promoted to the active roster after Travis Taylor was released. He played in 13 games in the 2007 season for the Raiders, recording 8 tackles and 1 forced fumble.[2]

On March 27, 2008, Alston was re-signed as an exclusive rights free agent by the Raiders for the 2008 season.[3][4] After linebacker Robert Thomas was waived/injured on September 2, Alston switched from No. 94 to Thomas' No. 55. Thomas was then resigned by the Raiders weeks later. On October 19, 2008, in a game against the New York Jets, the Raiders were forced to punt on a 3 and out. However, longsnapper Jon Condo directly snapped the ball to Alston, who ran it for 22 yards on a fake punt play. In 2008, Alston led the Raiders in special teams tackles with 20 despite missing two games and starting 4 games at OLB. He ended the season with 34 total tackles and 1 pass defensed. Against the Chargers, Alston garnered a career high of 11 total tackles including 9 on defense and 2 on special teams.

Alston suffered a concussion and was placed on Injured Reserve on November 25, 2009.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

On March 12, 2010, Alston signed with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

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