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Justin King
No. 32     St. Louis Rams
Personal information
Date of birth: May 11, 1987 (1987-05-11) (age 22)
Place of birth: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Height: 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) Weight: 186 lb (84 kg)
Career information
College: Penn State
NFL Draft: 2008 / Round: 4 / Pick: 101
Debuted in 2009 for the St. Louis Rams
Career history
 As player:
Roster status: active
Career highlights and awards
  • N/A
Career NFL statistics as of Week 17, 2008
Tackles     14
Sacks     0
INTs     0
Stats at

Justin Thomas King (born May 11, 1987 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania) is an American football cornerback for the St. Louis Rams of the National Football League. King was drafted in the 4th round (101st overall) by the Rams in the 2008 NFL Draft.[1] He played college football at Penn State University.


High school

King was a highly rated high school football recruit playing football for Gateway High School in Monroeville, Pennsylvania. King was the Gatorade Pennsylvania player of the year as a senior. He was rated as highly as the top cornerback recruit in the country in 2004, and the top football recruit in the state of Pennsylvania. He played in the 2005 U.S. Army All-American Bowl with fellow Nittany Lion Derrick Williams. King's stepfather, Terry Smith, was a receiver for Penn State from 1988 to 1991.

College career

King arrived at Penn State as one of the most highly touted prospects in the football program's history. He made an immediate impact as a true freshman, playing on both offense and defense in 2005. That season he averaged 12.6 yards per rushing attempt, racking up 277 yards on 18 carries.

By 2006, he was the team's starting cornerback, playing all thirteen games. His first career interception came versus Ohio State and snapped eventual Heisman Trophy winner Troy Smith's streak of 153 attempts without an interception.[2]. King was named second team All-Big Ten by the conference coaches that season, [3] and was named to the 2006 Academic All-Big Ten team.

Following his junior season, King declared himself eligible for the 2008 NFL Draft, forgoing one year of college eligibility. King, an academic All-Big Ten selection, finished his degree in Letters, Arts, and Sciences in two and a half years.

Professional career


2008 NFL Draft

Despite questions over King's decision to declare himself eligible for the 2008 NFL Draft following his junior season, King made a strong showing at the NFL Scouting Combine. His 4.31-second time in the 40-yard dash was the fastest time for a defensive back, and second-fastest of all prospects, second only to running back Chris Johnson of East Carolina.

Pre-draft measureables

Pre-draft measureables
Ht Wt 40-yard dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20 ss 3-cone Vert Broad BP Wonderlic
5-10⅞ * 192 lb * 4.31 * 1.40 * 2.46 * 4.31 * 6.91 ** 37½ in. ** 9'07" * 14 * 24 *

(* represents NFL Combine; **represents Penn State Pro Day)

King was selected by the St. Louis Rams in the 4th round of the 2008 NFL Draft. He signed a three-year $1.52 million contract that included a $376,000 signing bonus.

2008 Season

King suffered a torn ligament in his hallux in the first preseason game versus the Tennessee Titans on August 8th, an injury that would keep him out for the entirety of his rookie season.

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