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L. J. Fort
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Fort with the Cleveland Browns
No. 58 – Philadelphia Eagles
Position:Linebacker
Personal information
Born: (1990-01-03) January 3, 1990 (age 30)
Granite City, Illinois
Height:6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Weight:232 lb (105 kg)
Career information
High school:Waynesville
(Waynesville, Missouri)
College:Northern Iowa
Undrafted:2012
Career history
* Cleveland Browns ( 2012)
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Roster status:Active
Career NFL statistics as of 2018
Total tackles:83
Sacks:3.0
Forced fumbles:0
Fumble recoveries:1
Interceptions:1
Defensive touchdowns:1
Player stats at NFL.com

L. J. Fort (born January 3, 1990) is an American football linebacker for the Philadelphia Eagles of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Northern Iowa and was signed by the Cleveland Browns as an undrafted free agent in 2012.

Fort has also been a member of the Denver Broncos, Seattle Seahawks, Cincinnati Bengals, New England Patriots, and Pittsburgh Steelers.

College careerEdit

Fort was a three-year starter at Northern Iowa as an outside linebacker. He was a second-team Missouri Valley Football Conference selection in 2010. The following season, Fort was named the Missouri Valley Football Conference's Defensive Player of the Year and was named a finalist for the NCAA FCS National Defensive Player of the Year Award.

Professional careerEdit

Pre-draft measureables
Ht Wt 40-yd dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert Broad BP
6 ft 0 in 228 lb 4.67 s 1.58 s 2.58 s 4.35 s 7.15 s 38 in 9 ft 11 in 24 reps

Cleveland BrownsEdit

Fort signed with the Cleveland Browns as an undrafted free agent and made the 53-man roster for the 2012 regular season opener.

Fort started for the Browns in Week 1 due to injuries to Chris Gocong, James-Michael Johnson, and Emmanuel Acho. He had his first career interception against the Philadelphia Eagles in that game, picking off Eagles' quarterback Michael Vick.

Fort played in all 16 regular season games for the Browns, finishing his rookie season with 20 tackles, 1 sack, and 1 interception.

Denver BroncosEdit

Fort signed a futures contract with the Denver Broncos on December 31, 2013. He was released by the Broncos on August 29, 2014.

Seattle SeahawksEdit

On October 22, 2014, Fort was signed to the Seattle Seahawks practice squad. Fort signed with the team as a fullback. He was activated for one regular season game in 2014.[1]

Cincinnati BengalsEdit

On November 26, 2014, Fort was signed to the Bengals' practice squad. He was released on April 29, 2015.[2]

New England PatriotsEdit

On August 4, 2015, Fort signed with the New England Patriots.[3] Fort was released on August 18, 2015.

Pittsburgh SteelersEdit

On August 19, 2015, Fort signed with the Pittsburgh Steelers. Fort was released on September 5 and was re-signed to the practice squad the following day. He was promoted to the active roster on December 28 to replace injured fullback Roosevelt Nix for the team’s final game.[4]

Fort was released by the Steelers on November 12, 2016 but was re-signed three days later.[5][6]

On September 12, 2017, Fort was waived by the Steelers and was re-signed to the practice squad the next day.[7] He was promoted to the active roster on September 23, 2017.[8]

Philadelphia EaglesEdit

On March 14, 2019, Fort signed a three-year $5.5 million contract with the Philadelphia Eagles.[9]

ReferencesEdit

  1. "Seahawks sign LB L.J. Fort and FB Will Tukuafu". http://www.cbssports.com/nfl/news/seahawks-sign-lb-lj-fort-and-fb-will-tukuafu/.
  2. "Bengals waive LB L.J. Fort". http://www.cbssports.com/nfl/news/bengals-waive-lb-lj-fort/.
  3. "Report: Patriots sign linebacker L.J. Fort". http://www.cbssports.com/nfl/news/report-patriots-sign-linebacker-lj-fort/.
  4. "Steelers sign 10 players to the Practice Squad". September 6, 2015. http://www.steelers.com/news/transactions/article-1/Steelers-sign-10-players-to-the-Practice-Squad/440b725c-0c6b-4ffc-8651-8dffa804e7b9. Retrieved January 31, 2017.
  5. Varley, Teresa (November 12, 2016). "Steelers activate Green". http://www.steelers.com/news/transactions/article-1/Steelers-activate-Green/87d1a69f-9105-4df6-be83-0174e179c830.
  6. "Steelers Place Johnson on IR; Re-Sign Fort". November 15, 2016. http://www.steelers.com/news/transactions/article-1/Steelers-Place-Johnson-on-IR-Re-Sign-Fort/df625434-3148-4630-a460-2fcd07aec8e4.
  7. Varley, Teresa (September 12, 2017). "Steelers re-sign Johnson". http://www.steelers.com/news/transactions/article-4/Steelers-re-sign-Johnson/e22694ab-5220-4015-a265-766f53dc77f9.
  8. Varley, Teresa (September 23, 2017). "Steelers promote Fort to active roster". http://www.steelers.com/news/transactions/article-4/Steelers-promote-Fort-to-active-roster/30ce781d-68ee-42e4-acd3-ad9ba3d175c2.
  9. "Eagles sign linebacker L.J. Fort to a 3-year contract". March 14, 2019. https://www.philly.com/eagles/lj-fort-eagles-sign-free-agency-news-20190314.html.

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