Christian Kirksey

Christian Kirksey
No. 58     Cleveland Browns
Linebacker
Personal information
Date of birth: (1992-08-31) August 31, 1992
Place of birth: St. Louis, Missouri
Height: 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) Weight: 235 lb (107 kg)
Career information
High school: Hazelwood (MO) East
College: Iowa
NFL Draft: 2014 / Round: 3 / Pick: 71
No regular season or postseason appearances
Career history
Roster status: Active
Career highlights and awards
  • Honorable Mention All-Big Ten (2013)
Career NFL statistics as of Week 7, 2014
Tackles 32
Quarterback sacks 2.0
Forced Fumbles 0
Interceptions 0
Stats at NFL.com

Christian Kirksey (born August 31, 1992) is an American football linebacker for the Cleveland Browns of the National Football League (NFL). He was drafted by the Browns in the third round of the 2014 NFL Draft. He played college football at Iowa.

High School

Kirksey attended Hazelwood East High School in Hazelwood, Missouri, where he was coached by Mike Jones. He was first team all-conference as a senior after earning honorable mention recognition as a junior. He recorded 163 tackles as a senior, with nine tackles for loss, three sacks, two interceptions, returning one for a touchdown. He helped his team win the state championship in his junior season and returned to playoffs the following year.

He also participated in track & field at Hazelwood East, where he competed in relays and jumping events, helping his team win the state championship as a junior. He placed ninth in the triple jump at the 2009 MSHSAA State T&F Championships, with a leap of 44 ft 1 in.[1] At the 2010 Suburban North Conference Championship, he placed fourth in the long jump (20 ft 12 in) and took bronze in the triple jump (45 ft 6 in).[2]

He was considered a three-star recruit by Rivals.com.[3]

College career

Kirksey enrolled at the University of Iowa, where he was a member of the Iowa Hawkeyes football team from 2010 to 2013. As a true freshman in 2010, he played in 10 games, primarily on special teams, recording six total tackles. In 2011, he started all 13 games for the Hawkeyes, recording 62 tackles, five tackles for loss, one sack, one interception, three pass break-ups and two forced fumbles. As a junior in 2012, he was named a team captain. He started all 12 games, recording 95 tackles, 3.5 tackles for loss and two QB sacks. He also returned two interceptions for touchdowns (one 68 yards vs. Minnesota and one 18 yards against Indiana), had four recovered fumbles, two pass break-ups and one forced fumble. In 2013, as a senior and team captain, he started all 13 games at outside linebacker, finishing third on team with 104 tackles. He also had five tackles for loss and 2.5 sacks, two recovered fumbles and two forced fumbles, one interception and one pass break-up. He earned honorable mention All-Big Ten following the season.

Professional career

2014 NFL Draft

He was drafted by the Cleveland Browns in the third round (71st overall) of the 2014 NFL Draft.[4]

In Popular Culture

Kirksey is featured in Madden NFL 15, albeit as a member of the Tennessee Titans; due to a glitch, his in-game avatar appears as 1 ft 2 in in height.[5] Kirksey later appeared in a trailer EA Sports created for the game that features the glitch.[6]

References

  1. ^ http://mo.milesplit.com/athletes/232636-christian-kirksey/feed#.VF6qhslAlx0
  2. ^ http://mo.milesplit.com/meets/71741/results/121876
  3. ^ Christian Kirksey – Yahoo Sports
  4. ^ Cleveland Browns Pick ILB Christian Kirksey at No. 71 Overall
  5. ^ The Titans have an adorably tiny player in Madden '15
  6. ^ EA Trailer

External links

  • Iowa Hawkeyes bio
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