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Kamerion Wimbley
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At a game in Denver in October, 2010.
No. 95     Tennessee Titans
Defensive End
Personal information
Date of birth: (1983-10-13) October 13, 1983 (age 36)
Place of birth: Wichita, Kansas
High School: Wichita (KS) Northwest
Height: 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) Weight: 255 lb (116 kg)
Career information
College: Florida State
NFL Draft: 2006 / Round: 1 / Pick: 13
Debuted in 2006 for the Cleveland Browns
Career history
Roster status: Active
Career highlights and awards
  • Second team All-ACC (2005)
Career NFL statistics as of 2012
Tackles     399
Sacks     48.5
Interceptions     2
Stats at NFL.com

Kamerion Wimbley (pron.: /kəˈmɪəri.ən/ kə-MEER-ee-ən; born October 13, 1983) is an American football defensive end for the Tennessee Titans of the National Football League. He was drafted by the Cleveland Browns in the first round of the 2006 NFL Draft. He played college football at Florida State.

Wimbley has also played for the Oakland Raiders.

Early yearsEdit

Attending Wichita Northwest High School in Kansas, Wimbley earned Parade and SuperPrep All-America honors during his senior season and was considered to be one of the top high school athletes in the nation. He participated in the 2002 U.S. Army All-American Bowl. In high school Wimbley played Quarterback as well as Linebacker

Considered a four-star recruit by Rivals.com, Wimbley was ranked 58th overall among football prospects of the class of 2002.[1] He selected Florida State over Notre Dame, Nebraska, Oklahoma and Tennessee. Wimbley graduated from Northwest High School in December 2001 (a semester early) and enrolled at Florida State in the spring of 2002.

College careerEdit

Wimbley played at Florida State. At Florida State, Wimbley switched from Linebacker to Defensive End, eventually becoming one of the top defensive ends in the country. As a senior, he recorded three multiple sack games and lead the ACC in sacks before suffering a knee injury against NC State. He also led the team in quarterback hurries with 17 and set career-highs in season sacks and tackles for a loss. He returned to the starting lineup for the Orange Bowl against Penn State, his last career game. Despite being injured part of the season, Wimbley was named second team All-ACC and was named All-America by Pro Football Weekly.

Professional careerEdit

2006 NFL DraftEdit

Although playing 4-3 defensive end at Florida State, Wimbley was considered "not big enough to play there on a consistent basis in the NFL."[2] Rather, he was considered an ideal fit at 3-4 rush linebacker by most NFL scouts.

For their 3-4 defense, the Cleveland Browns were in need of a run-stuffer and a pass rusher. There was discussion the team should pick 338-pound Oregon nose tackle Haloti Ngata, but according to general manager Phil Savage the coaching staff wanted to pressure the quarterback. So the team targeted Wimbley.[3] The Browns selected him with the 13th pick overall in the Draft.

Pre-draft measureables
Ht Wt 40-yd dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert Broad BP Wonderlic
6 ft 3¾ in 248 lb 4.61 s 1.60 s 2.74 s 4.48 s 6.98 s 38½ in 10 ft 9 in 24 rep

Cleveland BrownsEdit

On July 22, 2006, he signed a six-year deal with the Browns and includes $9.3 million in guaranteed money and $23.7 million total. After being converted to outside linebacker from his college position of defensive end, he played the entire season as the starting linebacker playing opposite all-time post season sack leader Willie McGinest. During his rookie season, Wimbley made an immediate impact leading the team and all AFC rookies with 11 sacks, to go along with 62 tackles, 1 fumble recovery, and 1 forced fumble. He managed to fly under the radar in his rookie season despite the impressive performance, who was beaten out by 3 other rookie linebackers in consideration for the NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year award.

In his second NFL season, Wimbley failed to live up to the success of his rookie campaign, being part of a Browns defense that struggled throughout the season. However, he still led the team in sacks with 5, and also registered 51 tackles and 4 forced fumbles.

Oakland RaidersEdit

On March 14, 2010, Wimbley was traded to the Oakland Raiders for a third round pick in 2010 NFL Draft, which was used on Quarterback Colt McCoy of Texas. The Raiders intended to put him at defensive end, hoping it would bring him back to his 2006 (rookie campaign) form. Instead they moved him to strongside linebacker. On August 21, 2010, during a pre-season game against the Chicago Bears, Wimbley recorded 4 sacks in one half on quarterback Jay Cutler. He finished the 2010 regular season with 58 tackles (46 solo), 9 sacks, a pass defended and a forced fumble. Wimbley started all 16 games in his first season with the Raiders. He was released on March 17, 2012.[5]

Tennessee TitansEdit

Wimbley signed with the Tennessee Titans on March 20, 2012.[6]

American Ninja WarriorEdit

On March 27, 2012 Wimbley participated on G4's American Ninja Warrior South-East Regional Qualifying round. He successfully finished the course with a time of 1:30.87. This time was fast enough to advance him to the Regional Finals. He successfully completed this extended course with a time of 4:25.08. Despite this, his time was not good enough to move on, finishing just one spot off of qualification for the next stage of the competition.

Career statisticsEdit

Year Team G Tackles Sacks TFL INT INT YDS FF FR PD TD
2006 Cleveland 16 62 11 8.5 0 0 1 1 0 0
2007 Cleveland 16 51 5 3 0 0 4 0 1 0
2008 Cleveland 16 66 4 3 1 2 1 0 2 0
2009 Cleveland 15 69 6.5 2.5 0 0 1 0 1 0
2010 Oakland 16 58 9.0 3 0 0 1 0 1 0
2011 Oakland 16 63 7.0 7.5 1 73 0 0 3 0
Totals 95 369 42.5 27.5 2 75 8 1 8 0

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