Anthony Weaver
No. 98     
Defensive Tackle / Defensive End
Personal information
Date of birth: (1980-07-28) July 28, 1980 (age 40)
Place of birth: Killeen, Texas
Career information
College: Notre Dame
NFL Draft: 2002 / Round: 2 / Pick: 52
Debuted in 2002 for the [[{{{debutteam}}}]]
Last played in 2008 for the [[{{{finalteam}}}]]
Career history

As Player

As Coach

Career highlights and awards

As Player

As Coach

Sacks     15.5
Interceptions     3
Defensive Tackles     257
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Anthony Lee Weaver (born July 28, 1980 in Killeen, Texas) is a former American football defensive end. He was drafted by the Baltimore Ravens in the second round of the 2002 NFL Draft and finished his career with the Houston Texans in 2008 . Weaver played high school football for the Saratoga Springs High School Blue Streaks in Saratoga Springs, NY. He played college football at Notre Dame. Weaver is currently the Defensive Line coach for the Buffalo Bills.

Early years

Rated 48th best player nationally by Chicago Sun-Times and 66th best player by The Sporting News ... USA Today honorable mention All-America pick ... helped Saratoga Springs High School team to back-to-back league crowns and sectional runner-up honors ... made 79 tackles, including 14 for losses and five sacks as senior in '97 ... rushed for 717 yards on 109 attempts and caught five passes for 52 yards and a combined six touchdowns as combination fullback/tight end ... had 192 career tackles, plus 15 sacks and seven knock-downs ... rushed for 1,305 yards and scored 11 TDs in his career ... three-year starter on both offense and defense ... named area player of the year as junior ... carried 96 times for 592 yards and five TDs as junior in '96 ... had 60 solo tackles, 18 assists, five sacks and three caused fumbles as junior ... played offensive guard and defensive tackle as sophomore ... averaged 10 points and eight rebounds as junior starter in basketball ... received National Football Foundation scholar-athlete award from Saratoga Springs area chapter.

College career

One of four captains for Notre Dame in 2001 ... an all-star performer for Irish in 2001 ... Notre Dame team most valuable player and Lineman of the Year ... drafted in the second round by the Baltimore Ravens in the 2002 NFL draft S second-team All-American by ABC Sports Online ... four straight seasons as a starter on the defensive line ... a second-team preseason All-America pick for '01 at defensive end by Athlon ... rated 16th among defensive ends in preseason position rankings by The Sporting News and 18th by Lindy's ... a preseason honorable mention All-America pick by Street & Smith's ... named to the All-Independent team by Football News and in both 2000 and 2001. Played in the Senior Bowl.

AS A SENIOR: Returned as starting left defensive end in 2001 ... team most valuable player and lineman of the year ... named to all-independent teamSnamed an honorable mention All-American by Football News named a second-team All-American by ABC Sports Online ... served as one of four team captains for the Irish in 2001 ... named to Lombardi Award preseason watch list ... Athlon second-team preseason all-independent team ... ranked 18th nationally among defensive ends by Lindy's ... named to Football News all-independent team ... recorded eight tackles, two for loss, one sack and one fumble recovery vs. Nebraska ... recorded three tackles, including one sack vs. Michigan State had five tackles and two pass breakups vs. Texas A&M recorded interception vs. Pittsburgh recorded three tackles for a loss vs. Panthers ... tied for team lead in tackles with seven vs. West Virginia ... recorded three tackles, including one for a loss, vs. Boston College ... recorded six tackles, including two for a loss of five yards, and a sack vs. Tennessee ... recorded seven tackles and forced a fumble vs. Navy ... recorded eight tackles, including three for a loss, vs. Stanford ... recorded six tackles vs. Purdue,including four for a loss ... led the team with 21 tackles for a loss and seven sacksS. four-year starter on defensive line.

AS A JUNIOR: Starting left defensive end in 2000, opening in all 12 games, including 2001 Tostitos Fiesta Bowl vs. Oregon State ... developed into most dominant Irish defensive lineman since Renaldo Wynn in '96 (Wynn was team MVP and #1 NFL draft pick) ... was Irish team leader in sacks (eight) ... leads active defenders in career starts and leads non-seniors in career playing time ... made six tackles vs. Texas A&M ... had seven tackles against Nebraska...had career-high nine tackles and a sack against Purdue ... intercepted first pass of his career against Michigan State, picking off a Jeff Smoker toss in the fourth quarter and returning it to the MSU two-yard line, setting up a Julius Jones touchdown, which put Notre Dame ahead 21-20 ... also had four solo tackles and two sacks vs. the Spartans ... registered six tackles, including two for loss and a sack vs. Stanford, while also recovering a fumble ... made four tackles, including one for loss vs. West Virginia ... intercepted Brian St. Pierre pass on second play of game to set up Julius Jones touchdown that gave Irish 7-0 lead over Boston College ... had a sack and caused a fumble that set up a Terrance Howard touchdown vs. Rutgers ... had three tackles (including 100th of his career), including a pair of sacks, and also caused a fumble and broke up a pass while leading defenders in playing time vs. USC...made one solo tackle vs. Oregon State in Tostitos Fiesta Bowl.

AS A SOPHOMORE: Shared time at defensive end and tackle in '99 on Notre Dame defensive line ... missed season opener with injury, then started next seven games at defensive tackle ... made four tackles, including one for a loss vs. Michigan ... matched career high with five tackles vs. Navy ... came off bench vs. Tennessee and Pittsburgh while moving back to end, but started in every other appearance ... started at left end vs. Boston College, matching career high of five tackles ... notched three tackles, including one for loss in finale in starting effort vs. Stanford.

AS A FRESHMAN: Named to '98 All-Freshman first team by Football News ... starter at left defensive end for Irish throughout '98 ... played in all 12 games, starting in 11 ... finished second on team in tackles for loss ... played more minutes than any other freshman ... started at defensive end vs. Michigan as only rookie in starting lineup ... forced a fumble that led to an Irish touchdown ... returned as starter vs. Stanford and made four tackles overall, one for loss and broke up a pass ... had a sack and another tackle for loss vs. Army, plus a sack vs. Baylor . . . had five tackles and a stop for loss vs. Navy ...had two tackles for loss vs. USC ... made three tackles in start in '99 Gator Bowl vs. Georgia Tech.

NFL career

Baltimore Ravens

Drafted by Baltimore in the 2nd round of the 2002 NFL Draft. Weaver Weaver played 4 seasons for the Ravens, starting in 54 regular season games, as well as 1 playoff game.

Houston Texans

In March of 2006, Weaver signed a free-agent contract with the Houston Texans. He spent 3 seasons in Houston, starting in 44 games.

Coaching career

In 2010, Weaver was hired as the Defensive Graduate Assistant at the University of Florida by Urban Meyer. When defensive line coach, Dan McCarney, took the head coaching job at the University of North Texas, Weaver was named Interim Defensive Line Coach for the Outback Bowl. Shortly after the bowl game, Weaver reunited with McCarney as the Linebackers Coach for the Mean Green. In February of 2012 Weaver left North Texas for the NY Jets. There he was hired by his former coach Rex Ryan as the Assistant Defensive Line Coach. Weaver played for Ryan for four years as a Raven. In January of 2013 Weaver was hired as the Defensive Line coach for the Buffalo Bills and head coach Doug Marrone.


  • 2010 inductee into the Saratoga High Blue Streaks Hall of Fame.[1]
  • 2011 inductee into the Capital Region Hall of Fame.[2]
  • Wore #98 at Notre Dame and throughout his NFL career except for 2006 in Houston when he wore #92.
  • Of Irish-Samoan decent. Son of Ralph and Melania Weaver.[3]
  • Weaver's path to the 2002 NFL Draft.[4]
  • Rex Ryan says Weaver hits the practice field with purpose [5]
  • His best friend and agent is Ian Baranski[6]
  • Weaver and his fiance, Kristin, have a son, Anthony Weaver Jr.[7]


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