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Julian Peterson
Julian Peterson Seahawks 2006.jpg
Peterson with the Seattle Seahawks in 2006
No. 98, 59     
Linebacker
Personal information
Date of birth: (1978-07-28) July 28, 1978 (age 41)
Place of birth: Hillcrest Heights, Maryland
Career information
College: Michigan State
NFL Draft: 2000 / Round: 1 / Pick: 16
No regular season or postseason appearances
Career history
* San Francisco 49ers ( 2000 2005)
Career highlights and awards
* 5× Pro Bowl (2002, 2003, 20062008)
Tackles     756
Sacks     51.5
Interceptions     8
Stats at NFL.com

Julian Thomas Peterson (born July 28, 1978) is a former American football linebacker who played in the National Football League (NFL) for eleven seasons. He was drafted by the San Francisco 49ers in the first round of the 2000 NFL Draft. He played college football for Michigan State University. Peterson also played for the Seattle Seahawks and the Detroit Lions.

Early yearsEdit

Peterson attended Crossland High School in Temple Hills, Maryland. He was the 1996 Chesapeake Classic MVP.

College careerEdit

Peterson attended Valley Forge Military Academy and College for two years before attending Michigan State. In two seasons at Valley Forge, he recorded 39.5 sacks and was first-team NJCAA All-America and Seaboard Conference Defensive Player of the Year as a sophomore.

Peterson played college football at Michigan State University for his junior and senior year. As a junior, he was the honorable mention All-Big Ten pick by the media.[1] As a senior, he was an All-American selection by Football News and the Sporting News after recording 15 sacks. In his two years at Michigan State he recorded 140 tackles and 25 sacks in only 23 games.

Professional careerEdit

San Francisco 49ersEdit

Peterson was drafted by the San Francisco 49ers 16th overall in the 2000 NFL Draft. As a rookie he started seven of 13 games recording 47 tackles, four sacks, and two interceptions. In 2002 Peterson was elected to the Pro Bowl for the first time after posting 94 tackles. In six seasons in San Francisco he recorded 394 tackles, 21.5 sacks, and five interceptions in 79 games and was elected to two Pro Bowls.

Seattle SeahawksEdit

Peterson signed with the Seattle Seahawks before the 2006 season. In his first season in Seattle, he was selected to the Pro Bowl for the third time after recording 89 tackles and a career-high 10 sacks. In his second season with the Seahawks he was selected to the Pro Bowl for the second straight year after posting 74 tackles and 9.5 sacks. During the 2008 NFL Training Camp, Peterson switched jersey numbers from #59 to #98, the number he wore during his previous tenure at San Francisco. In his third season with the team, Peterson made 86 tackles and five sacks, and was selected to his third consecutive Pro Bowl. In three seasons in Seattle, he recorded 249 tackles, 24.5 sacks, and three interceptions in 48 games and was elected to three Pro Bowls.

Detroit LionsEdit

The Seattle Seahawks traded Peterson to the Detroit Lions for defensive tackle Cory Redding and a 2009 fifth-round pick on March 14, 2009.[2] On January 5, 2011, Peterson was given his release by the Lions.[3]

NFL statisticsEdit

Year Team GP COMB TOTAL AST SACK FF FR FR YDS INT IR YDS AVG IR LNG TD PD
2000 SF 13 46 29 17 4.0 0 0 0 2 33 17 31 0 10
2001 SF 14 51 37 14 3.0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 3
2002 SF 16 94 76 18 2.0 2 1 0 1 2 2 2 0 7
2003 SF 16 94 69 25 7.0 3 0 0 2 31 16 31 0 11
2004 SF 5 27 23 4 2.5 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2
2005 SF 15 82 57 25 3.0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 5
2006 SEA 16 89 71 18 10.0 1 1 0 1 -4 -4 -4 0 6
2007 SEA 16 74 63 11 9.5 4 2 0 2 3 2 3 0 3
2008 SEA 16 86 65 21 5.0 4 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 5
2009 DET 16 76 49 27 4.5 5 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 4
2010 DET 15 83 56 27 1.0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 5
Career 158 802 595 207 51.5 21 10 0 8 65 8 31 0 61
[4]

Key

  • GP: games played
  • COMB: combined tackles
  • TOTAL: total tackles
  • AST: assisted tackles
  • SACK: sacks
  • FF: forced fumbles
  • FR: fumble recoveries
  • FR YDS: fumble return yards
  • INT: interceptions
  • IR YDS: interception return yards
  • AVG IR: average interception return
  • LNG: longest interception return
  • TD: interceptions returned for touchdown
  • PD: passes defensed

Personal lifeEdit

Peterson is married to wife Aimee and has two sons, Jayson and Jadden.

ReferencesEdit

External linksEdit

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