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Staley in action in a November 2007 game
|No. 74 San Francisco 49ers|
|Date of birth:August 30, 1984|
|Place of birth: Rockford, Michigan|
|High School: Rockford (MI)|
|Height: 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)||Weight: 315 lb (143 kg)|
|College: Central Michigan|
|NFL Draft: 2007 / Round: 1 / Pick: 28|
|Debuted in 2007 for the San Francisco 49ers|
|* San Francisco 49ers ( 2007–present)|
|Roster status: Active|
|Career highlights and awards|
|* 2× Pro Bowl (2011, 2012)|
|Career NFL statistics as of Week 17, 2012|
|Stats at NFL.com|
Joe Staley (born August 30, 1984) is an American football offensive tackle for the San Francisco 49ers of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football for Central Michigan University, and was drafted in the first round (28th overall) of the 2007 NFL Draft. He also has his own online show on www.49ers.com entitled "The Joe Show," in which he interviews teammates and coaches behind the scenes in the locker room.
High school career
Staley earned two letters in football and two in track at Rockford High School, he caught 24 passes for 559 yards and seven touchdowns as a prep senior. Staley was named Grand Rapids Press Dream Team member and was ranked No. 13 overall prospect by the Detroit Free Press and No. 49 by the Detroit News, he set three school records in track in 200 m (21.9), 4×100 (42.5), and 4×200 (1:27) and was placed sixth in state in 200 m to earn all-state honors, the team was fourth in 4×100 m, fourth in 4×200 m, and sixth in 4×400 m.
Staley began career as a tight end. He added 80 pounds to his 6' 5" frame without sacrificing footspeed. He played in 11 games as a true freshman, catching 11 passes for 130 yards and one touchdown and posted a career-high two catches for 34 yards and a touchdown against Central Michigan University.
Due to his size, Staley was moved to the offensive line during his sophomore season. He started all 11 games at right tackle.
He started all 11 games at left tackle and did not allow a single sack. He recorded 53 knockdown blocks and was part of an offensive line that helped CMU average 418.8 yards of offense per game. He also blocked for CMU's single-season total yardage record holder, Kent Smith. Staley helped pave the way for true freshman Ontario Sneed to run for 1,065 yards and earn Freshman All-America honors.
Staley was invited to play in the 2007 East-West Shrine Game and he was named a preseason All-MAC First Team selection by Athlon Sports and MAC Report Online. Staley was a dominant player at left tackle. Known for his size, Staley's speed was a rare exception. He ran a 4.70 seconds in the 40-yard dash at CMU’s junior pro day. Staley was part of an offensive front that has helped CMU boast a 1,000-yard rusher in each of the past three seasons. He was a key part of an offensive line that allowed Kent Smith to pass for at least 2,000 yards in 2004 and 2005. Staley played alongside former Cincinnati Bengals lineman Adam Kieft, who was also his high school teammate at Rockford High School.
The 49ers acquired Staley after trading into the first round with the New England Patriots. The Niners gave their 2008 1st Round Pick(which became Jerrod Mayo) and a 4th Round pick in 2007. The Patriots subsequently traded the fourth round pick (110 overall) to the Oakland Raiders for wide receiver Randy Moss.
Staley wears the number 74 for the San Francisco 49ers.
He was named the starting right tackle over Kwame Harris on August 28, 2007. He finished the season with all 16 starts and allowed 8 sacks.
In the 2008 NFL season, Staley was moved to left tackle starting every game but allowing just 8.5 sacks.
Prior to the 2009 season, Staley signed a 6-year contract extension that will keep him with San Francisco until 2017. Staley missed 7 games of the season with a sprained knee, but managed to start all the other 9 games allowing just 3 sacks and having no penalties called against him.
On December 27, 2011 Staley was named to the 2012 Pro Bowl and will start at left tackle for the NFC. Staley started every game for the 49ers this season as they rushed for over 2,044 yards.
On December 26, 2012 Staley was named to the 2013 Pro Bowl. Staley started every game for the 49ers this season, despite a small scare involving a concussion. The 49ers finished 4th in the regular season with 2,491 yards of rushing offense, 3rd in the league with 5.1 yards per carry, and tied for 2nd in the league for the number of runs of at least 20-yards in length.