Brandon T. Siler (born December 5, 1985) is an American football linebacker for the Kansas City Chiefs of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football for the University of Florida, and was a member of a BCS National Championship team. He was chosen by the San Diego Chargers in the seventh round of the 2007 NFL Draft.
Early years Edit
Siler was born
Daytona Beach, Florida. He attended Evans High School in Orlando, Florida, where he was a star high school football player for the Evans Trojans.
College career Edit
athletic scholarship offers from the University of Tennessee and the University of Maryland, Siler accepted a scholarship to attend his home-state University of Florida in Gainesville, Florida, where he played for coach Ron Zook and coach Urban Meyer's Florida Gators football from 2004 to 2006. His impact was felt early, as he  started six games as a freshman, and he was recognized as the Southeastern Conference (SEC) Freshman of the Year. The Gators' new head coach  Urban Meyer replaced Zook for Siler's sophomore season in 2005, and Siler compiled seven fumble recoveries. His play during his junior season in 2006 helped the 13–1 Gators win the  SEC Championship Game and the 2007 BCS National Championship Game, and he earned second-team All-SEC and third-team All-American honors from the Associated Press. Siler was known for his work-ethic, energy and leadership on the field.
Professional career Edit
2007 NFL Draft Edit
Siler was projected a 2nd–to–3rd round selection in the
2007 NFL Draft. However, he was drafted by the Chargers 240th overall in the 7th and final round of the  2007 NFL Draft.
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San Diego Chargers Edit
Siler, who also served as the Chargers backup
long snapper, earned a spot on the Chargers roster and in 2007, he contributed on special teams, gathering the second highest amount of special teams tackles. In 2008, he continued excelling on special teams and received more time on defense. This time was magnified with the 4 game suspension of Stephen Cooper.
Kansas City Chiefs Edit
On July 31, 2011, Siler signed with the
Kansas City Chiefs. He was placed on the injured reserve list due to an Achilles tendon rupture on August 25.
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Sullivan, Mike (May 7, 2007), "Devastated by fall, Siler looks to rise", North County Times , http://www.nctimes.com/sports/football/professional/nfl/chargers/article_4002fc1b-3cba-57f0-88b6-0a8097ed830d.html ↑
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