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Gary Guyton
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Gary Guyton (#59) attempts to tackle Marcus Mason (#24) during a preseason game
No. --     Free agent
Inside Linebacker
Personal information
Date of birth: (1985-11-14) November 14, 1985 (age 33)
Place of birth: Hinesville, Georgia
Height: 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) Weight: 250 lb (113 kg)
Career information
College: Georgia Tech
Undrafted in 2008
Debuted in 2008 for the New England Patriots
Career history
Career highlights and awards
  • N/A
Career NFL statistics as of 2012
Tackles     230
Sacks     4.5
Interceptions     3
Forced fumbles     1
Pass deflections     15
Stats at NFL.com

Gary Guyton (born November 14, 1985) is an American football linebacker who is currently a free agent. He was signed by the New England Patriots as an undrafted free agent in 2008. He played college football at Georgia Tech.

Early yearsEdit

Guyton was born in Hinesville, Georgia. He had 56 tackles, six tackles for loss, three sacks, three fumble recoveries, five pass breakups and a blocked kick and returned two fumbles and an interception for touchdowns as a senior at Bradwell Institute in Hinesville. As a junior he had 59 tackles with nine sacks, 10 tackles for loss, one interception and a fumble recovery.

College careerEdit

Guyton was a two-year starter for the Georgia Institute of Technology. As a freshman in 2004, he saw action in 12 games on special teams. As a sophomore in 2005, he made 19 tackles, one sack and one pass defended. In 2006 he had 29 tackles while making 12 starts at outside linebacker. As a senior in 2007, Guyton finished second on the team in total tackles with 78 while starting all 13 games. He also had five sacks and 14 tackles for a loss.

Professional careerEdit

Pre-draft measureablesEdit

Guyton had the fastest 40 yard dash time out of all the linebackers in the 2008 NFL combine with a 4.47 time.

Pre-draft measureables
Ht Wt 40-yd dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert Broad BP Wonderlic
6 ft 1⅝ in 245 lb 4.47 s 1.46 s 2.53 s 4.33 s 7.07 s 40 in 10 ft 6 in 16 rep 22

New England PatriotsEdit

2008 seasonEdit

On April 28, 2008, Guyton signed as an undrafted free agent with the New England Patriots. The previous day rumors circulated that Guyton had agreed to terms with the San Francisco 49ers, however confusion arose when 49ers General Manager Scot McCloughan said he would divulge names of undrafted free agents with whom the club had agreed to terms and the following day, Guyton had officially signed with the Patriots.[1][2]

Guyton, an undrafted free agent, made the Patriots' 53-man roster, and was active for all but one game of his rookie season in 2008, while the Patriots' third-round draft pick Shawn Crable, an outside linebacker, was inactive, and another inside linebacker, sixth-round draft pick Bo Ruud, was placed on injured reserve. Guyton also started two games late in the season after an injury to Tedy Bruschi.

In the Patriots' Week 4 game against the San Francisco 49ers, the Patriots employed multiple nickel and dime defenses that gave Guyton more defensive snaps than fellow rookie inside linebacker Jerod Mayo, the Patriots' 2008 first-round draft pick.[3]

In interviews, Patriots head coach Bill Belichick noted that they had debated drafting Guyton over Ruud, but ultimately chose Ruud;[4] in retrospect, Belichick admitted that the Patriots should have drafted Guyton and undrafted free agent running back BenJarvus Green-Ellis.[5]

2009 seasonEdit

Due to Bruschi's retirement just prior to the start of the season, Guyton would go to start all 16 games for the Patriots in 2009. He began the season as a 3-4 weakside linebacker before the middle linebacker, Mayo, was injured in Week 1. Guyton started at 4-3 middle linebacker for the Patriots in Weeks 2–5, in place of Mayo. Upon Mayo's return, the two started the rest of the season as 3-4 inside linebackers. Guyton finished the season with 85 tackles and 1.5 sacks.

Following the season, the Patriots signed Guyton to a two-year extension worth over $2.1 million, including a $650,000 signing bonus; as Guyton was an exclusive rights free agent, the Patriots were only required to offer him a one-year minimum tender of $470,000.[6]

2010 seasonEdit

Guyton scored his first career touchdown in the Patriots' Week 1 game against the Cincinnati Bengals, on a 59-yard interception return of a Carson Palmer pass. It was the first interception by a Patriots linebacker since the 2008 season. In Week 14 against the Chicago Bears, Guyton returned a second quarter Bears fumble 35 yards for a touchdown.

In 16 games played (eight starts), Guyton recorded 63 tackles, three sacks, two interceptions, and one forced fumble.

Miami DolphinsEdit

Guyton signed with the Miami Dolphins on April 13, 2012.[7]

Dallas CowboysEdit

Guyton signed with the Dallas Cowboys on November 6th, 2012.[8] He was released three days later without appearing in a game.

San Diego ChargersEdit

On December 12, 2012 Guyton signed with the San Diego Chargers.

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