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Martez Wilson
No. 95     New Orleans Saints
Linebacker
Personal information
Date of birth: (1988-09-21) September 21, 1988 (age 31)
Place of birth: Chicago, Illinois
High School: Chicago (IL) Simeon
Height: 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) Weight: 252 lb (114 kg)
Career information
College: Illinois
NFL Draft: 2011 / Round: 3 / Pick: 72
Debuted in 2011 for the New Orleans Saints
Career history
Roster status: Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of Week 17, 2012
Tackles     29
Sacks     4.0
INTs     0

Martez Jerome Wilson (born September 21, 1988) is an American football linebacker currently on the roster of the New Orleans Saints.

Wilson attended Simeon Career Academy in Chicago, Illinois, where he recorded 240 tackles, seven sacks, one interception, one forced fumble and a fumble recovery in his senior season. He was an All-American selection by USA Today, Parade, SuperPrep, PrepStar and also played in the 2007 U.S. Army All-American Bowl. Regarded as a five-star recruit by Rivals.com, Wilson was listed as the No. 2 weakside defensive end in the class of 2007.[1]

Arriving at Illinois as a highly touted recruit, Wilson did not live up to the expectations in his first two years. In the season opener of his junior year, he suffered a herniated disc in his neck, which forced him to miss the remainder of the 2009 season. He was granted a medical hardship waiver and retained a year of eligibility. By 2010, he evolved into one of the best linebackers in the Big Ten Conference, ranking second in the conference in tackles (9.1 tackles per game) midway through the season.[2]

Wilson announced his decision to forgo his senior season, and enter the 2011 NFL Draft, on January 10, 2011.[3]

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