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Perry Riley

Perry Riley
Riley at Redskins training camp in 2012.
No. 56 Washington Redskins
Position: Inside Linebacker
Personal information
Date of birth: (1988-05-03) May 3, 1988
Place of birth: Atlanta, Georgia
Height: 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Weight: 238 lb (108 kg)
Career information
High school: Stone Mountain (GA) Stephenson
College: Louisiana State
NFL draft: 2010 / Round: 4 / Pick: 103
Career history
Roster status: Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of 2014
Tackles: 411
Quarterback sacks: 9.5
Pass deflections: 23
Interceptions: 1
Forced fumbles: 2
Stats at

Perry Alphonso Riley, Jr. (born May 3, 1988) is an American football linebacker for the Washington Redskins of the National Football League (NFL). He was drafted by the Redskins in the fourth round of the 2010 NFL Draft. He played college football at Louisiana State University (LSU).

Early years

Riley attended Kelvin Sheppard, Marcus Ball and Jermaine Cunningham. In his junior year, he registered 96 tackles, eight sacks and five forced fumbles. As a senior, Riley recorded 131 tackles, four interceptions, two sacks, five tackles for loss and one defensive touchdown.

Regarded as a three-star recruit by, Riley was listed as the No. 27 outside linebackers prospect in the nation.[1] He chose LSU over Tennessee, among others.

College career

In his true freshman year at LSU, Riley saw action in seven games and was credited with four tackles. As a sophomore, he played all 14 season games for the Tigers and tallied 24 tackles, including 1.5 for losses and a half quarterback sack. Riley recorded two solo tackles in the 2008 BCS National Championship Game versus Ohio State.

A starter in his junior year for the Tigers, Riley ranked among the team leaders in total tackles with 60, including 7.0 for losses and 1.5 sacks. He was also credited with an interception, three pass breakups and three quarterback hurries. Riley was named Defensive MVP of the 2008 Chick-fil-A Bowl and a finalist for the 2008 Butkus Award.

Professional career


Riley was regarded as one of the top linebackers in the 2010 NFL Draft.[2]

Washington Redskins

2010 Season

Riley was selected by the Washington Redskins in the fourth round (103rd overall) of the 2010 NFL Draft. He was signed to a contract on June 18, 2010.[3] He was inactive most of the 2010 season. He played very well during times that he was on the field, but also made costly penalties, most notably he committed a 15-yard block in the back penalty against the Minnesota Vikings, nullifying Brandon Banks' punt return touchdown that would have won the game.[4]

2011 Season

In the 2011 season, Riley would have his first career start in Week 10 against the Miami Dolphins.[5] He would continue being the starting right inside linebacker in place of Rocky McIntosh. In Week 16 against the Minnesota Vikings, Riley recorded his first career sack. Riley finished the season playing all 16 games, starting eight of them, and recording 68 combined tackles, one sack, and four pass breakups.[6]

2012 Season

Riley maintained his starting position at the right inside linebacker position by the start of the 2012 season. In Week 2 against the St. Louis Rams, he recorded his first career forced fumble from Danny Amendola, which was recovered by Josh Wilson and returned 30 yards for a touchdown.[7][8]

2013 Season

Riley continued to start at the "Ted" inside linebacker position at the start of the 2013 season. He recorded his first career interception on Kansas City Chiefs backup quarterback Chase Daniel in the Week 14 loss.[9] Long-time defensive captain, London Fletcher, personally supported that the Redskins re-sign Riley after the season when Riley would become a free agent.[10] During Fletcher's retirement announcement, he announced his confidence in Riley's abilities and stated "But as this season has gone, I really wanted to help Perry Riley develop a little bit more. I think he’s at that point where Perry doesn’t need me anymore. He’s that player that I know he can be."[11]

2014 Season

Set to become a free agent in 2014, it was announced on the day before free agency began that Riley had re-signed with the Redskins to a three-year, $13 million contract.[12][13]


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External links

  • Washington Redskins bio
  • LSU Tigers football bio
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