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Andrew Provence
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Position:Defensive tackle
Personal information
Born: (1961-03-08) March 8, 1961 (age 58)
Savannah, Georgia
Height:6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Weight:265 lb (120 kg)
Career information
High school:Savannah (GA) Benedictine
College:South Carolina
NFL Draft:1983 / Round: 3 / Pick: 75
Career history
* Atlanta Falcons ( 1983 1987)
Career NFL statistics
Player stats at NFL.com
Player stats at PFR

Andrew Clark Provence (born March 8, 1961) is a former American football defensive tackle who played five seasons with the Atlanta Falcons of the National Football League (NFL). He was drafted by the Falcons in the third round of the 1983 NFL Draft. He played college football at South Carolina.[1] Provence was also a member of the Denver Broncos.

Early yearsEdit

Provence was a three-year starter at Benedictine Military School in Savannah, Georgia. He was named to the Savannah News-Press All-City team in 1977 and 1978. He also earned All-State honors in 1978. Provence was inducted into the Greater Savannah Athletic Hall of Fame in 1995.[2]

College careerEdit

Provence played for the South Carolina Gamecocks of the University of South Carolina from 1979 to 1982. He recorded ten sacks his senior year in 1982, setting the school's single season sack record. He led the Gamecocks in tackles in 1981 and 1982.[3] Provence was named an All-American by The Sporting News while garnering Associated Press Third Team All-American and Gannett News Service Second Team All-American accolades in 1982.[3][4] He also played in the Senior Bowl after his senior year. He recorded 401 total tackles, 35.0 tackles for loss and 26.0 sacks during his college career.[3] Provence was named to South Carolina’s Modern Era All-Time Team. He was inducted into the University of South Carolina Athletic Hall of Fame in 2010.[3][5] He was named to the SEC Football Legends Class of 2010.[3]

Professional careerEdit

Provence was selected by the Atlanta Falcons with the 75th pick in the 1983 NFL Draft. He played in 70 games, starting sixteen, for the team from 1983 to 1987 and accumulated five career sacks.[1] He was named to the NFL All-Rookie Team by the Pro Football Writers of America.[6]

Provence was traded to the Denver Broncos in May 1988 for a tenth round pick in the 1989 NFL Draft.[7] He was placed on injured reserve on September 1, 1988, after tearing the connective tissue on his left foot during practice on August 31, 1988.[8][9] He re-signed with the Broncos in July 1989.[10] Provence was placed on injured reserve in August 1989.[11] He was on injured reserve when the Broncos lost to the San Francisco 49ers by a score of 55–10 in Super Bowl XXIV on January 28, 1990.[12][13]

Personal lifeEdit

Provence has worked as a mental health counselor since August 1990, months after retiring from the NFL.[14][15] He also has a master’s degree in professional counseling from Liberty University and is an ordained minister. [15][2][16][17]

ReferencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 "ANDREW PROVENCE". profootballarchives.com. http://www.profootballarchives.com/prov00200.html. Retrieved June 30, 2016.
  2. 2.0 2.1 "Provence, Andrew - Football, 1995". gsahof.com. Archived from the original on July 1, 2016. https://web.archive.org/web/20160701014425/http://gsahof.com/Athlete-Inductees/Inductees/Provence-Andrew. Retrieved June 30, 2016.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 "SEC 2010 Legends class announced". espn.go.com. October 16, 2010. Archived from the original on July 1, 2016. https://web.archive.org/web/20160701004726/http://espn.go.com/blog/sec/post/_/id/15463/sec-2010-legends-class-announced. Retrieved June 30, 2016.
  4. Joel Buchsbaum (November 25, 1982). "Elway, Walker head Gannett all-star squad". Poughkeepsie (NY) Journal: p. 50. Archived from the original on July 1, 2016. https://web.archive.org/web/20160701015346/https://www.newspapers.com/clip/4574852/elway_walker_head_gannett_allstar/. open access
  5. "Eight To Be Inducted Into Hall of Fame". gamecocksonline.com. July 29, 2010. Archived from the original on July 1, 2016. https://web.archive.org/web/20160701004526/http://www.gamecocksonline.com/genrel/072910aaa.html. Retrieved June 30, 2016.
  6. "Dickerson Heads NFL Rookie Team". The Cincinnati Enquirer: pp. 26. January 22, 1984. Archived from the original on July 1, 2016. https://web.archive.org/web/20160701015156/https://www.newspapers.com/newspage/101297974/. Retrieved June 30, 2016.
  7. "Black Businessman Negotiating To Buy Spurs". Philadelphia Inquirer. May 11, 1988. Archived from the original on July 1, 2016. https://web.archive.org/web/20160701005747/http://articles.philly.com/1988-05-11/sports/26259942_1_spurs-officials-angelo-drossos-lee-heads. Retrieved June 30, 2016.
  8. "BRONCOS ALREADY IMPRESSED BY KNIGHT". Deseret News. September 4, 1988. Archived from the original on July 1, 2016. https://web.archive.org/web/20160701010112/http://www.deseretnews.com/article/16151/BRONCOS-ALREADY-IMPRESSED-BY-KNIGHT.html?pg=all. Retrieved June 30, 2016.
  9. "Bengals' King, Smith Latest on Drug List". Schenectady Gazette. Associated Press: pp. 26. September 2, 1988. https://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=1917&dat=19880902&id=G2ItAAAAIBAJ&sjid=gogFAAAAIBAJ&pg=3923,471007&hl=en. Retrieved June 30, 2016.
  10. "TRANSACTIONS". The Fort Scott Tribune. Associated Press: pp. 6. July 29, 1989. https://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=1906&dat=19890729&id=T8ohAAAAIBAJ&sjid=Np4FAAAAIBAJ&pg=2334,4162651&hl=en. Retrieved June 30, 2016.
  11. "Transactions". Ocala Star-Banner. Associated Press. August 29, 1989. https://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=1356&dat=19890829&id=pq5PAAAAIBAJ&sjid=4AYEAAAAIBAJ&pg=5309,4740497&hl=en. Retrieved June 30, 2016.
  12. Bricker, Charles (January 26, 1990). "3 Niners In A Rush To Get Starting Jobs". Orlando Sentinel. Archived from the original on July 1, 2016. https://web.archive.org/web/20160701013210/http://articles.sun-sentinel.com/1990-01-26/sports/9001210287_1_49ers-polian-super-bowl. Retrieved June 30, 2016.
  13. "SUPER BOWL XXIV". pro-football-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. https://www.pro-football-reference.com/boxscores/199001280den.htm. Retrieved June 30, 2016.
  14. "Andrew Provence Works As Therapist". lostlettermen.com. May 25, 2011. Archived from the original on July 1, 2016. https://web.archive.org/web/20160701013245/http://lostlettermen.com/andrew-provence-works-as-therapist/. Retrieved June 30, 2016.
  15. 15.0 15.1 Powell, Steven (2016-05-20). "Channeling research success". University of South Carolina. https://sc.edu/uofsc/posts/2016/05/aaron_provence_ion_channels.php#.W4M1ARMpCf0.
  16. "Andrew and Angie Provence". give.cru.org. Archived from the original on July 1, 2016. https://web.archive.org/web/20160701014704/https://give.cru.org/0664453. Retrieved June 30, 2016.
  17. "Andrew Provence, MA, LPC". newstartcounseling.com. Archived from the original on July 1, 2016. https://web.archive.org/web/20160701014726/http://www.newstartcounseling.com/staff_bios/andrew-provence.html. Retrieved June 30, 2016.

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