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James Farrior
File:James Farrior.jpg
James Farrior in 2006.
No. 51,58     
Middle linebacker
Personal information
Date of birth: (1975-01-06) January 6, 1975 (age 47)
Place of birth: Petersburg, Virginia
High School: Chesterfield (VA) Matoaca
Height: 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) Weight: 243 lb (110 kg)
Career information
College: Virginia
NFL Draft: 1997 / Round: 1 / Pick: 8
Debuted in 1997 for the New York Jets
Last played in 2011 for the Pittsburgh Steelers
Career history
* New York Jets ( 1997 2001)
Career highlights and awards
* 2× Pro Bowl (2004, 2008)
Tackles     1,411
Quarterback sacks     35.5
Interceptions     11
Forced Fumbles     19
Stats at

James beast Farrior (born January 6, 1975) is a former American football linebacker who played fourteen seasons in the National Football League (NFL). He played college football for the University of Virginia. He played with the New York Jets and the Pittsburgh Steelers, and earned two Super Bowl rings with the Steelers (XL and XLIII).

Early years

Farrior was born in Ettrick, Virginia. He was a Parade All-America selection and named Virginia's Group AA Co-Offensive Player of the Year as senior at Matoaca High School in his hometown and birthplace of Ettrick, Va. also selected first-team All-Conference at both FB and LB, also earned All-Metro and All-State honors, he was The Richmond Times-Dispatch's co-Player of the Year after posting 78 tackles, 11 sacks, five blocked kicks, four forced fumbles and two interceptions, he rushed the ball 105 times for 1,006 (9.6 avg.) and 22 TD and had 19 receptions for 340 yards (17.9 avg.) and 4 TDs receiving as a senior fullback.He earned All-Metro, district and region honors as a junior, lettered three times in football, track and wrestling.

College career

Farrior played college football at the University of Virginia. During his career there, he racked up 381 tackles, ranking him third on the school's all time list. In 1996 season, Farrior earned All-Atlantic Coast Conference first-team honors as a senior while registering 107 tackles, 13 tackles for a loss, 7 passes defensed, and 6.5 sacks. He even played against his future head coach, Mike Tomlin, while Tomlin was a wide receiver at William & Mary.[1]

In 1995 season as a junior he earned All-ACC second-team honors after he started every game at LOLB and led the team in tackles (122 stops) and also had half sack, nine passes defensed and an interception. In 1994 he earned all-ACC honorable mention as a sophomore when he started every game at LOLB and finished second on the team in tackles with 100, 1 sack, a blocked punt, 4 interceptions and 6 passes defensed.During 1993, as a freshman he appreared in 10 games and had 52 tackles, placing him seventh on the team, despite not starting any games, he earned ACC Newcomer of the Week honors when he came off the bench to register 18 tackles vs. Ohio. He had seven tackles and a fumble recovery vs. Boston College in the Carquest Bowl.

He majored in Psychology.

Professional career

New York Jets

Farrior began his pro career in 1997 as the 8th overall pick for the New York Jets. Until 2001, Farrior played sparingly as a reserve outside linebacker, playing in only 27 games from 1997 through 2000. In 2001,.[2] After the 2001 season, seen as somewhat of a "bust," the Jets allowed Farrior to leave via free agency.

Pittsburgh Steelers

File:Steelers Bucs 2006 bench.jpg

Farrior (#51) sitting on the bench in a 2006 game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

In his first year with the Pittsburgh Steelers, Farrior recorded 82 tackles throughout 14 games. In 2003, he recorded 141 tackles and one interception. During the 2004 season, his third with the franchise, Farrior made 94 tackles, three sacks, and a career-high four interceptions. He also finished second behind Ed Reed for NFL Defensive Player of the Year honors. During the Pittsburgh Steelers 2005 campaign Farrior missed 2 games due to injury, but performed well in the 14 regular season games and 4 post-season games in which he appeared. His best regular season performance came in a week 3 loss to the New England Patriots, in which he recorded 9 tackles and 1 sack.[3] Farrior's best performance in the post-season came in the AFC Divisional playoffs against the Indianapolis Colts, where Farrior recorded 10 tackles and 2.5 sacks. He finished the season with 119 tackles and a Super Bowl ring. In 2006, he played in all 16 games and recorded 126 tackles, four sacks and one interception. Farrior finished the 2007 season with 94 tackles and 6.5 sacks, a career-high, along with one interception.[4] Entering the 2008 season, Farrior stated that he wished to remain a Steeler for the remainder of his career.[5][6] In August 2008, Farrior signed a five-year, US$18.25 million contract with the Steelers. The deal included a $5 million signing bonus.[7][8] He was released on March 2, 2012.


He is nicknamed "Potsie" by his parents, Rebecca and James Farrior, because he had a pot-belly as a child and because of the popularity of the sit-com "Happy Days". Farrior has garnered several nicknames among fans, too; one being "The Ultimate Farrior", a play on words in reference to explosive WWF wrestler The Ultimate Warrior. He is the older brother of former NFL linebacker, Matt Farrior.

Tackling Everyday Life

James and his brother Matt Farrior have been recognized for their charitable contributions and actions and have created their own foundation - The James Farrior Foundation. The foundation runs a variety of programs to assist those in need through all stages of life. The Impact 51 program provides guidance and mentoring for students, the Farrior Scholarship Fund provides college financial assistance to eligible students and the Families in Crisis program provides assistance in many forms to families in need.[9] In addition to their own organization, James and Matt work with the National Bone Marrow Registry. For these and other contributions to those less fortunate, the Farrior Foundation was given the Key to the City of Richmond, VA by Richmond's Mayor Dwight C. Jones in June 2009.[10] James Farrior is also a recipient of the Bravo award given by the Chesterfield Public Education Foundation which recognizes Extraordinary Alumni of the Chesterfield County Public Schools.[11]


  1. Tomlin earns respect Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (01/30/2009)
  2. Farrior broke out and recorded 142 tackles, 106 of which were solo, one sack and two interceptions
  3. "Week 3: 2005 Season". Game Center. 2005-09-25. Retrieved 2008-08-22.
  4. "James Farrior". Pittsburgh Steelers. Retrieved 2008-08-22.
  5. Harris, John (2008-07-19). "Steelers' Farrior wants to re-sign". Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. Retrieved 2008-07-19.
  6. Smizik, Bob (2008-08-22). "Gambling again on aging LB". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Retrieved 2008-08-22.
  7. Bouchette, Ed (2008-08-21). "Steelers' Farrior agrees to new contract". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Retrieved 2008-08-21.
  8. Harris, John (2008-08-21). "Steelers sign Farrior through 2012". Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. Retrieved 2008-08-21.
  9. "James Farrior Foundation".
  10. "Farrior Receives Key to Richmond". Richmond Times Dispatch. 2009-06-13. Retrieved 2009-11-12.
  11. "Chesterfield Public Education Foundation".

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