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LaMarr Woodley
No. 56     Pittsburgh Steelers
Linebacker
Personal information
Date of birth: November 3, 1984 (1984-11-03) (age 25)
Place of birth: Saginaw, Michigan
Height: 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) Weight: 265 lb (120 kg)
Career information
College: Michigan
NFL Draft: 2007 / Round: 2 / Pick: 46
Debuted in 2007 for the Pittsburgh Steelers
Career history
 As player:
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of Week 16, 2009
Tackles     133
Sacks     27.0
INTs     1
Stats at NFL.com

LaMarr Dewayne Woodley (born November 3, 1984) is an American football linebacker for the Pittsburgh Steelers. He played collegiately for the University of Michigan. He was born in Saginaw, Michigan.

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High school career

Coming out of high school, Woodley was rated the #14 player in the country by Rivals.com and was recruited nationally by University of Florida, University of Michigan, Michigan State, USC, and many other schools. Woodley teamed with former Detroit Lions wide receiver Charles Rogers and Chicago Bulls point guard Anthony Roberson at Saginaw High School in 2000 to win Michigan's Division II state championship in football.

College career

Woodley played for the Wolverines at the University of Michigan. He predominantly played defensive end and sometimes linebacker, depending on the front seven's alignment. In 2006, Woodley was named the defensive captain of the Wolverines by his teammates.[1] He collected 12 sacks as a senior and won the Lombardi Award as the best lineman, offensive or defensive, in the country. Playing off his defensive prowess, and especially the injuries incurred by quarterbacks Drew Stanton and Bryan Cupito while playing against Woodley, T-shirts were created by Dave Peabody of the blog Michigan Against the World and sold in Ann Arbor with the slogan, "Guns don't kill people. LaMarr Woodley kills people." [2][3] His 12 sacks led the Big Ten conference,[4] and it ranked 8th in the nation to George Selvie.[5]

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National awards

Conference honors

Professional career

Woodley was drafted by the Pittsburgh Steelers in the second round with the 46th overall pick of the 2007 NFL Draft. He originally wore Joey Porter's old number, 55, through out training camp, but after Steelers' center Chukky Okobi was cut, he took Okobi's old number, 56. He recorded his first sack in his second NFL game, as he sacked Buffalo Bills quarterback J.P. Losman in the fourth quarter of Pittsburgh's 26-3 win over Buffalo. He recorded his second sack in three games, against Alex Smith of the San Francisco 49ers, in the fourth quarter of the Steelers' Week 3 37-16 win against the 49ers. In the 2008 season he was expected to start at the outside linebacker position left vacant when the Steelers let former starter Clark Haggans sign with the Arizona Cardinals. After a wonderful showing in Week 1 of the 2008 NFL Season, Woodley was named GMC Defensive Player of the Week. He recorded three tackles, a sack, an interception, a defended pass, and a fumble recovery in his first career start. [7] In week 4 of the 2008 NFL Season he recorded his first professional touchdown on a fumble recovery against the Baltimore Ravens. He finished the season with 11.5 sacks. In 2008, the Steelers won their division over the Baltimore Ravens by one game, with a 12-4 record sending them to the playoffs.

After defeating the San Diego Chargers 35-24 in the Divisional Round, they outlasted their division rivals, the Baltimore Ravens, 23-14 to advance to Super Bowl XLIII. With two sacks in both the Divisional Round and Conference Championship, Woodley became the first player in NFL history to record three consecutive multi-sack playoff games, dating back to the Steelers' 31-29 loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars in the Wild Card Round of the 2008 playoffs. In Super Bowl XLIII, Woodley extended this streak to four games when he sacked Kurt Warner twice, forcing the game-ending fumble on Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kurt Warner with 5 seconds remaining in the game to secure the win.

Personal

Woodley and his girlfriend Jordan Vinson have a daughter, Gabrielle.[8]

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Tamba Hali
Big Ten Quarterback sacks Champion
2006
Succeeded by
Greg Middleton
Preceded by
A. J. Hawk
Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year
2006
Succeeded by
James Laurinaitis
Preceded by
Tamba Hali
Big Ten Defensive Lineman of the Year
2006
Succeeded by
Vernon Gholston
Preceded by
Matt Leinart
Rose Bowl MVP
2005
co-MVP with Vince Young
Succeeded by
Vince Young
Michael Huff

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