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Sean Weatherspoon

Sean Weatherspoon
Weatherspoon in 2013.
No. 56     Atlanta Falcons
Inside Linebacker
Personal information
Date of birth: (1987-12-29) December 29, 1987
Place of birth: Greenville, South Carolina
Height: 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) Weight: 244 lb (111 kg)
Career information
High school: Jasper (TX)
College: Missouri
NFL Draft: 2010 / Round: 1 / Pick: 19
Debuted in 2010 for the Atlanta Falcons
Career history
Roster status: Injured Reserve
Career highlights and awards
  • Butkus Award finalist (2009)
  • 3× First-Team All-Big 12 (2007, 2008, 2009)
  • Third-Team All American (2008)
Career NFL statistics as of 2013
Tackles 290
Sacks 8.0
Interceptions 2
Stats at NFL.com

Franklin De'Sean "Sean" Weatherspoon (born December 29, 1987), nicknamed "Spoon" is an American football linebacker for the Atlanta Falcons of the National Football League. He played college football at University of Missouri, and was drafted by the Falcons with the 19th overall pick in the 2010 NFL Draft.[1]

High school career

Weatherspoon attended Jasper High School in Jasper, Texas, where he was a versatile athlete who was an accomplished three-sport star in Texas, including as a linebacker in football. Sean was the 2006 recipient of the defensive Willie Ray Smith Award. He was named the Texas District 22-3A player of the year as a senior; after making 98 tackles in 2005 for the Jasper Bulldogs. Sean had 8 tackles for loss in 2005, and added 4 quarterback sacks along with 2 interceptions from his linebacker position as well. His high school football career also included a 2nd-Team All-State pick. Sean also played receiver on offense, and had 27 catches for 428 yards and 7 TDs. He was a 1st-Team All-District selection as a junior in 2004 at linebacker, after registering 105 tackles, 6 tackles for loss, 2 QB sacks and 3 interceptions. He was named the 22-3A defensive newcomer of the year as a sophomore in 2003; when he amassed 101 stops, 3 tackles for loss, 1 QB sack and 2 interceptions. He was an All-District performer as a guard in basketball.

In track & field, Weatherspoon was an All-State high jumper. At the 2005 District 22-3A Championships, he won the high jump, with a leap of 1.90 meters, and ran the fourth leg on the Bulldogs 4x200m relay, helping them earn a first-place finish with a school-record time of 1:30.62 minutes.[2] In the jumping events, he got personal-best leaps of 1.97 meters in the high jump and 6.40 meters in the long jump. He also competed as a sprinter, running the 200-meter dash in 22.9 seconds.[3] In addition, he was also timed at 4.5 sec in the 40-yard dash.

Considered only a two-star recruit by Rivals.com, Weatherspoon was not ranked among the best linebacker prospects in the nation.[4] He chose Missouri over Iowa State, Houston, Tulane, and TCU, among others.

College career

One of only four true freshmen to play for the Tigers in 2006, Weatherspoon saw action in all 13 games, primarily on various special teams units, and was named Mizzou's special teams player of the year, as he led the team with 9 tackles on kickoff coverage. Weatherspoon was listed as the backup on the depth chart at middle linebacker to senior co-captain Dedrick Harrington, and had 17 tackles in all for the season.

As a sophomore, Weatherspoon became a starter at weakside linebacker and blossomed into a leader on the field, under the tutoring of Coach Dave Steckel (American Football).[5] He led the team with 130 tackles, and also broke up 8 passes on the year (2nd-most on the team). Weatherspoon received All-Big 12 First Team honors by the Associated Press, San Antonio Express-News, and Rivals.com in 2007.

In 2008, Weatherspoon finished the season with 155 tackles, which were the 2nd-most in Missouri single-season history, trailing only to Travis McDonald (164 in 1994). He also had 18.5 tackles for loss, 3 interceptions (2 of which he returned for touchdowns), and also broke up 7 passes. In the 2008 Alamo Bowl, Weatherspoon was named the game's defensive MVP after registering 17 tackles. He announced after the game that he had filed for the 2009 NFL Draft, but just to see where he would rank, and that he would return for his senior season.[6]

Professional career

2010 NFL Draft

Weatherspoon was drafted by the Atlanta Falcons 19th overall in the 2010 NFL Draft.[7]

Atlanta Falcons

2010

In his rookie season, Weatherspoon recorded 42 tackles and one sack. He played in only 11 games while starting 5.[8]

2011

Weatherspoon then became the Falcon's starting outside linebacker. Without missing a start, he finished the season with 115 tackles, four sacks, and one fumble recovery.

2012

Weatherspoon was named the Falcons' defensive captain at the beginning of the season. He ended his 2012 campaign with 95 tackles, three sacks and his first career interception. He played in and started 13 games.

2013

In 2013, Weatherspoon missed 10 regular season games due to injury. He finished the season with 38 tackles, one interception and his first career touchdown.

2014

On June 10, 2014, the Falcons announced that Weatherspoon would miss the entire 2014 season with a ruptured Achilles tendon.[9]

Personal

Sean was born to Develous Weatherspoon and Elwanda Martin Weatherspoon in Greenville, South Carolina in 1987.[10] He has an older sister Wanda and two older brothers Douglas and Develous Jr. Sean is the second cousin of former WNBA star Teresa Weatherspoon. The family originated in Pineland, Texas and moved to Greenville, South Carolina in 1984. The family moved back to Texas in 1988, settling in Jasper, Texas.

References

  1. ^ "Sean Weatherspoon". Pro-Football-Reference.Com. Retrieved October 3, 2012. 
  2. ^ http://texastrackarchives.com/Track%202005/05t_22-3A.htm
  3. ^ https://www.trackingfootball.com/players/sean-weatherspoon-6310/
  4. ^ Sean Weatherspoon Profile, Rivals.com 
  5. ^ Schmenner, Drew (October 30, 2007), "MU linebacker Sean Weatherspoon doesn’t forget to have fun on the field", Columbia Missourian 
  6. ^ Laymance, Reid (December 30, 2008), "Sean Weatherspoon coming back; Jeremy Maclin unsure",  
  7. ^ "Falcons first-rounder Weatherspoon lands five year, $17.5M deal", NFL.com, July 29, 2010.
  8. ^ "Sean Weatherspoon Stats", espn.com
  9. ^ Wilkening, Mike (June 10, 2014). "Falcons LB Sean Weatherspoon suffers season-ending Achilles injury". NBCSports.com. Retrieved 2014-07-30. 
  10. ^ "Sean Weatherspoon". NFL Enterprises LLC. Retrieved October 3, 2012. 

External links

  • Missouri Tigers bio
  • Pro-Football-Reference.Com


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