King in 2010.
|No. 37 Pittsburgh Steelers|
|Date of birth:May 11, 1987|
|Place of birth: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania|
|High School: Monroeville (PA) Gateway|
|Height: 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)||Weight: 197 lb (89 kg)|
|College: Penn State|
|NFL Draft: 2008 / Round: 4 / Pick: 101|
|Debuted in 2009 for the St. Louis Rams|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Career NFL statistics as of 2012|
|Stats at NFL.com|
Justin Thomas King (born May 11, 1987) is an American football cornerback who plays for the Pittsburgh Steelers. King was drafted in the 4th round (101st overall) by the Rams in the 2008 NFL Draft. He played college football at Penn State University.
King was a highly rated high school football recruit playing football for Gateway High School in Monroeville, Pennsylvania. King was the Gatorade Pennsylvania player of the year as a senior. He was rated as highly as the top cornerback recruit in the country in 2004, and the top football recruit in the state of Pennsylvania. He played in the 2005 U.S. Army All-American Bowl with fellow Nittany Lion Derrick Williams. King's stepfather, Terry Smith, was a receiver for Penn State from 1988 to 1991.
King arrived at Penn State as one of the most highly touted prospects of that season. He made an immediate impact as a true freshman, playing on both offense and defense in 2005. That season he averaged 12.6 yards per rushing attempt, racking up 277 yards on 18 carries.
By 2006, he was the team's starting cornerback, playing all thirteen games. His first career interception came versus Ohio State and snapped eventual Heisman Trophy winner Troy Smith's streak of 153 attempts without an interception. King was named second team All-Big Ten by the conference coaches that season, and was named to the 2006 Academic All-Big Ten team.
Following his junior season, King declared himself eligible for the 2008 NFL Draft, forgoing one year of college eligibility. King, an academic All-Big Ten selection, finished his degree in Letters, Arts, and Sciences in two and a half years.
2008 NFL DraftEdit
Despite questions over King's decision to declare himself eligible for the 2008 NFL Draft following his junior season, King made a strong showing at the NFL Scouting Combine. His 4.31-second time in the 40-yard dash was the fastest time for a defensive back, and second-fastest of all prospects, second only to running back Chris Johnson of East Carolina.
|Ht||Wt||40-yd dash||10-yd split||20-yd split||20-ss||3-cone||Vert||Broad||BP||Wonderlic|
|5 ft 10⅞ in||192 lb||4.31 s||1.40 s||2.46 s||4.31 s||6.91 s||37½ in||9 ft 7 in||14 rep||24|
On December 18, 2012, King was signed by the Pittsburgh Steelers.
- ↑ Sam Ross, Jr.. "PSU's Connor picked by Panthers, WVU's Slaton picked by Texans". Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/pittsburghtrib/sports/s_564606.html. Retrieved 2008-04-27.
- ↑ GOPSUSports.com
- ↑ GOPSUSports.com
- ↑ McIntyre, Brian. "Justin King signs deal with Indianapolis Colts". http://www.nfl.com/news/story/09000d5d829abe63/article/justin-king-signs-deal-with-indianapolis-colts. Retrieved June 8, 2012.