Limas Sweed
No. --     Saskatchewan Roughriders
Wide receiver
Personal information
Date of birth: (1984-12-25) December 25, 1984 (age 34)
Place of birth: Brenham, Texas
Height: 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) Weight: 220 lb (100 kg)
Career information
College: Texas
NFL Draft: 2008 / Round: 2 / Pick: 53
Debuted in 2008 for the Pittsburgh Steelers
Career history
Roster status: Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of 2010
Receptions     7
Receiving Yards     69
Receiving TDs     0
Stats at

Limas Lee Sweed, Jr. (born December 25, 1984) is an American football wide receiver of the Saskatchewan Roughriders of the Canadian Football League. He played collegiately for the Texas Longhorns. On April 26, 2008 Sweed was taken 53rd overall by the Pittsburgh Steelers in the 2008 NFL Draft.[1]

High schoolEdit

Sweed attended Brenham High School in Brenham, Texas. He was a starting receiver on the Brenham Cubs and took them to the Texas AAAA State Championship, where they were defeated by Denton Ryan High School.[citation needed]

He lettered in basketball and track. In track, he finished 4th at the UIL State Meet in the 110 Hurdles his senior year.[citation needed]

College careerEdit

Sweed was a redshirt freshmen in the 2004 season. As a sophomore, Sweed recorded 36 receptions for 545 yards and 5 touchdowns. One of these touchdowns was a game winning catch from Vince Young against Ohio State to keep the Longhorns ranked second in the nation. In addition, Sweed recorded eight receptions for 65 yards in the BCS National Championship against USC.

Sweed's junior year would be his best season statistically. Receiving for new quarterback Colt McCoy, Sweed collected 46 receptions for 801 yards and 12 touchdowns. By catching a touchdown pass in seven straight games, Sweed broke former Longhorn Roy Williams' record for consecutive games with a touchdown reception.

In the summer prior to the 2007 NCAA Division I FBS football season, Sweed injured his wrist but was cleared to play in the season opener for the 2007 Texas Longhorn football team.[citation needed] In the sixth game of the season, the 2007 Red River Shootout, he left the game early because he re-injured his left wrist. He underwent surgery to tighten the ligaments in the wrist, ending his season.[2] He returned to play in the Senior Bowl, and was fully healthy for the NFL Scouting Combine.

NFL careerEdit

.[3] Originally projected to be taken as the first or second receiver in some mock drafts, his stock fell due to his injury.[4] He was selected 53rd overall by the Pittsburgh Steelers, and was taken as the 9th receiver in the second round. On July 27, 2008, Sweed agreed to a four-year contract with the Steelers,[5][6] worth $3.3 million.[7] Since by NFL rules wide receivers can't wear number 4 (Sweed's collegiate number), the Steelers issued Sweed the next-closest number with 14.

During 2008 training camp Sweed discovered that he had astigmatism in both eyes;[8] and would have to wear contacts.[9] He started off his career in the 2008 pre-season opener against the Philadelphia Eagles where he led his teams in receptions (3) and yards (23) on the receiving end.[10] His first action in a regular season game came in week 7 against the Cincinnati Bengals due to an injury suffered by backup Dallas Baker. He caught 1 pass for 11 yards.[11]

Going into the 2009 Training Camp, Sweed faced competition for the 3rd wide receiver position between veteran Shaun McDonald and rookie Mike Wallace. Sweed entered the season as the 6th receiver, rarely playing in the first 3 games. He dropped a pass in Week 3 which, had he held on to, would have been a touchdown.[12] Following this drop, Sweed bounced between the 4th and 5th receiver spots until Shaun McDonald was released on November 28, solidifying Sweed as the 4th receiver.

On December 21, 2009, Sweed was placed on the Reserve/Non-Football Injury/Illness List. The nature of the injury has yet to be announced, although he stated that he was dealing with "personal issues."[13]

For the 2010 season, Sweed changed his number to 80.

On May 2, 2010, Sweed injured his left Achilles tendon during the final day of a three-day minicamp.[14] On May 3, 2010, Sweed underwent surgery to repair his torn Achilles tendon.[15] He was placed on season-ending Injured Reserve a couple days later.

On August 17, 2011, Steelers released and placed Sweed on the Waived/Injured List [16] He was waived in mid September.[17]

Canadian Football LeagueEdit

Saskatchewan RoughridersEdit

On October 25, 2012, the Saskatchewan Roughriders signed Sweed.


  1. Killian, Ryan (October 9, 2007). "No more 'Sweeeeeed' - A nagging wrist injury requires season-ending surgery for Sweed". The Daily Texan (Texas Student Publications). Retrieved 2007-10-09.
  2. Halliburton, Suzanne (October 8, 2007). "Sweed lost for year". Austin American-Statesman (Cox Enterprises). Retrieved 2007-11-07.
  3. "On the Sidelines with Limas Sweed". 2008-08-28. Retrieved 2008-08-28.
  4. "Limas Sweed Scouting Report". 2008-04-21. Retrieved 2010-03-09.
  5. Bouchette, Ed (2008-07-26). "Mendenhall, Sweed sign with Steelers". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Retrieved 2008-07-26.
  6. "Steelers sign rookie WR Sweed". Yahoo! Sports. 2008-07-27. Retrieved 2008-07-27.
  7. Dulac, Gerry (2008-07-28). "Steelers notebook: Polamalu, Kemoeatu sit out with injuries". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Retrieved 2008-07-28.
  8. "Steeler Limas Sweed 'Can See Clearly Now'". Steelers (KDKA). 2008-07-31. Retrieved 2008-08-01.
  9. Limas Sweed (2008-07-31) (News report). Steeler Limas Sweed 'Can See Clearly Now'. Latrobe, Pennsylvania: KDKA. Retrieved 2008-08-01.
  10. "Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Philadelphia Eagles Gamebook for game played on 8/8/08". 2008-08-08. Retrieved 2008-08-08.[dead link]
  11. Injuries open the door for Steelers' second-round pick Sweed
  12. "Tomlin may bench WR after drops". CNN. 2009-09-29. Retrieved 2010-05-07.[dead link]
  13. Bouchette, Ed (2010-04-19). "Receiver Sweed back at practice with Steelers". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
  14. "Sweed may be done for year with Achilles injury". CNN. 2010-05-02. Retrieved 2010-05-07.[dead link]
  16. "Steelers Make Transactions". 2011-08-17. Retrieved 2011-08-17.
  17. "Roethlisberger: No-huddle offense likely to make comeback vs. Seattle". 2011-09-15. Retrieved 2011-12-18.
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