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Jon Beason

Jon Beason
No. 52     New York Giants
Personal information
Date of birth: (1985-01-14) January 14, 1985
Place of birth: Miramar, Florida
Height: 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) Weight: 235 lb (107 kg)
Career information
High school: Hollywood (FL) Chaminade-Madonna
College: Miami (FL)
NFL Draft: 2007 / Round: 1 / Pick: 25
Debuted in 2007 for the Carolina Panthers
Career history
Roster status: Injured Reserve
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of Week 17, 2013
Tackles 676
Quarterback sacks 4.0
Interceptions 10
Forced fumbles 3
Stats at

Jonathan Beason (born January 14, 1985) is an American football linebacker for the New York Giants of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football for the University of Miami. He was drafted by the Carolina Panthers 25th overall in the 2007 NFL Draft.


  • Early years 1
  • College career 2
    • 7th Floor Crew 2.1
  • Professional career 3
    • 2007 NFL Draft 3.1
    • 2007 NFL Season 3.2
    • 2008 NFL Season 3.3
    • 2009 NFL Season 3.4
    • 2010 NFL Season 3.5
    • 2011 NFL Season 3.6
    • 2012 NFL Season 3.7
    • 2013 NFL Season 3.8
    • 2014 NFL Season 3.9
  • References 4
  • External links 5

Early years

Beason attended Chaminade Madonna College Preparatory School from 1999-2003. He played multiple positions including linebacker, strong safety and fullback. As a senior, Beason rushed for 811 yards and 12 touchdowns at fullback, and made 75 tackles and had five pass interceptions on defense. Beason also ran track and was on the basketball team.

College career

While attending the University of Miami, Beason played for the Miami Hurricanes football team. He began his career at fullback, but shifted to linebacker as a redshirt freshman. During his career he collected 187 tackles, 3.5 quarterback sacks, and one interception. He majored in sports administration.

Before the 2006 season, Beason joined the Miami track-and-field team. He competed on the indoor squad during the spring, finishing 18th at the ACC Indoor Track and Field Championships with a season best mark of 6.50 meters in the long jump.

7th Floor Crew

Beason was one of the players in the recording of the song "7th Floor Crew", a lewd rap song about sexual activities on the seventh floor of Mahoney Hall. He went as "Big Beast"[1]

Professional career

2007 NFL Draft

Pre-draft measurements*
Ht Wt 40-yard dash 20-yard dash 10-yard dash Broad BP
6-0 * 237 lb * 4.72 * 2.74 * 1.60 * 9′03″ * 19 *
(* represents 2007 NFL Combine)

2007 NFL Season

Beason was drafted 25th overall in the 2007 NFL Draft by the Carolina Panthers. Beason had a great rookie season, finishing second behind Patrick Willis in tackles for a rookie with 140.[3] He finished second in the NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year voting behind Willis, receiving two votes.[4]

2008 NFL Season

During Beason's second year he was selected to his first Pro Bowl and was an AP All-Pro selection after recording 138 tackles and three interceptions.

2009 NFL Season

Beason's third year was another good year, as he recorded three sacks, three interceptions, a forced fumble, and 141 tackles, including 111 solo tackles.[5] As a result, Beason was a second team pick on the 2009 All-Pro Team, and also received a spot in the Pro Bowl when Patrick Willis backed out due to injury.

2010 NFL Season

Due to an injury to outside linebacker Thomas Davis, who was placed on the Physically Unable to Perform list, Beason volunteered to move to the outside linebacker position while Davis recovered. However, Davis was not taken off the list by the Panthers, and Beason had to assume the role further until Dan Connor, who had taken over the inside linebacker position, had a season-ending injury, thus moving Beason back inside.

Due to him switching positions, he finished the season with the worst statistical performance of his career, recording only 121 tackles (9 less than fellow Panther James Anderson and the first time in his career he did not place first in team tackles). However, Beason was rewarded for his temporary switch to the position, and was designated a Pro Bowl alternate at the outside linebacker position, and later was awarded a spot when Lance Briggs backed out due to an injury.

2011 NFL Season

On July 28, 2011, Beason and the Panthers agreed to terms on a deal that would make him the highest paid middle linebacker in NFL history. The deal is worth $50 million over 5 years, with $25 million guaranteed.[6] On September 14, Beason was placed on the injured reserve list with an injured left achilles tendon.

2012 NFL Season

In the 2012 NFL season, Beason lost his middle linebacker starting position to Boston College draft pick Luke Kuechly.

2013 NFL Season

After starting the first two games of the season, Beason lost his starting job to Chase Blackburn. On October 4, 2013, he was traded to the New York Giants.[7] The trade involved the Carolina Panthers trading Beason for a 7th round pick to the Giants.[8] He had an excellent 2013 season for the Giants, improving their defense. In his 11 games with the Giants, they were 7-4 (after an 0-5 start), and had 93 tackles.

On March 12, 2014, Beason and the New York Giants came to an agreement on a new contract.[9] He is now the starting middle linebacker.

2014 NFL Season

He played in the first two games of the season but reinjured the toe and missed the next three before returning to play on a limited basis against the Eagles in Week 6 and Cowboys in Week 7. After his visit with Doctor's, Beason said in a radio interview that he might have to have the season-ending toe surgery to finally take care of the problem, and that turned out to be the case. Beason tore a ligament and fractured the sesamoid bone in his toe in a June practice and missed all of training camp and all five of the Giants' preseason games.


  1. ^ Panthers, Bears Draft 7th Floor Crew Members
  2. ^ Gantt, Darin (15 November 2008). "Panthers' Beason coming into his own at linebacker". Herald Online. 
  3. ^ No one tackles like Willis -- rookies and vets alike
  4. ^ NFL's leading tackler voted AP's top defensive rookie
  5. ^ Jon Beason - Stats at
  6. ^ [1]
  7. ^ "New York Giants Could Start LB Jon Beason on Thursday Vs. Chicago. He improved a weak New York Giants offensive lineBears". 
  8. ^ "New York Giants Acquired Jon Beason from Carolina Panthers for a Seventh-Round Pick: Report". 
  9. ^ "Jon Beason, Giants agree to deal". March 12, 2014. Retrieved March 12, 2014. 

External links

  • Official Website
  • Jon Beason on Twitter
  • New York Giants bio
  • Carolina Panthers bio
  • Miami Hurricanes bio
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