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Rocky Calmus
No. 54     
Linebacker
Personal information
Date of birth: (1979-08-01) August 1, 1979 (age 40)
Place of birth: Tulsa, Oklahoma
High School: Jenks (OK)
Career information
College: Oklahoma
NFL Draft: 2002 / Round: 3 / Pick: 77
Debuted in 2002 for the Tennessee Titans
Last played in 2005 for the Indianapolis Colts
Career history
* Tennessee Titans ( 2002 2004)
*Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Career highlights and awards
* BCS National Championship (2000)
Career NFL statistics as of 2004
Games played     27
Games started     13
Tackles     70
Interceptions     2
Stats at NFL.com
Stats at pro-football-reference.com

Rocky Ayres Calmus (born August 1, 1979) is a former American college and professional football player who was a linebacker in the National Football League (NFL) for three seasons during the early 2000s. He played college football for the University of Oklahoma, earned consensus All-American honors twice, and was recognized as the nation's top college linebacker. The Tennessee Titans picked him in the third round of the 2002 NFL Draft.

Early yearsEdit

Calmus was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma. He is one of several high school football players to reach the professional ranks from the highly successful football program at Jenks High School in Jenks, Oklahoma. There, he was a star linebacker and running back on a team ranked third in nation and helped start a run to six consecutive Oklahoma Class 6A state championships.

College careerEdit

While attending the University of Oklahoma, Calmus played for coach Bob Stoops' Oklahoma Sooners football team from 1998 to 2001. He was a three-time first-team All-Big 12 selection (1999, 2000, 2001), and a two-time consensus first-team All-American (2000, 2001).[1] He was recognized as the Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year as a junior and senior, and won the Butkus Award as the nation's premier college linebacker following his senior season in 2001. He was a key defensive starter on the 2000 Sooners team that defeated the Florida State Seminoles 13–2 in the Orange Bowl to win the BCS National Championship.

Professional careerEdit

The Tennessee Titans selected Calmus in the third round (77th overall pick) of the 2002 NFL Draft, and he played for the Titans from 2002 to 2004. He was signed by the Indianapolis Colts for the 2005 season, but appeared in no regular season games for the Colts. Hampered by injuries throughout his professional career, he retired after the 2005 season.[2] As of 2010 he owned a landscaping business in Franklin, Tennessee.[3][4]

PersonalEdit

His uncle, Dick Calmus, was a baseball pitcher who was signed as a bonus baby and played for the Los Angeles Dodgers and Chicago Cubs in the 1960s.[5]

ReferencesEdit

  1. 2011 NCAA Football Records Book, Award Winners, National Collegiate Athletic Association, Indianapolis, Indiana, p. 11 (2011). Retrieved June 24, 2012.
  2. John Rohde, "Curse of Sooners?: OU players face injury problems in NFL", The Oklahoman, October 21, 2007.
  3. John E. Hoover, "OU's 2000 title teams reunites", Tulsa World, September 4, 2010.
  4. "Main Event: A decade later, OU's 2000 national champions take a bow", The Oklahoman, September 5, 2010.
  5. Austin Murphy, "Big 12 battle: Oklahoma anticipating showdown with Nebraska", Sports Illustrated, October 20, 2000.

External linksEdit

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