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Steve Vallos
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Vallos in the 2013 NFL season.
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Center
Personal information
Date of birth: (1983-12-28) December 28, 1983 (age 35)
Place of birth: Youngstown, Ohio
Career information
College: Wake Forest
NFL Draft: 2007 / Round: 7 / Pick: 232
No regular season or postseason appearances
Career history
* Seattle Seahawks ( 2007 2009)
Career highlights and awards
* College awards and honors
Career NFL statistics as of Week 17, 2013
Games played     59
Games started     9

Steve Vallos (born December 28, 1983) is an American football center who is currently a free agent. He was most recently on the roster for the Tennessee Titans of the National Football League (NFL). He was drafted by the Seattle Seahawks in the seventh round of the 2007 NFL Draft. He was an all-American at Wake Forest.

Vallos has also played for the Cleveland Browns, Philadelphia Eagles, Jacksonville Jaguars, and Denver Broncos.

Early yearsEdit

Vallos attended Boardman High School in Boardman, Ohio, where he played football.[1] He was selected to participate in the Big 33 Football Classic in July 2002.[1] He lettered all four years in track and field, and placed first in discus for Mahoning County as a senior.[2] Vallos earned The Vindicator track all-star honors for all four years of high school.[2]

College careerEdit

Vallos played college football for Wake Forest University.[2] After redshirting the 2002 season, he started in every game in 2003 at offensive guard. He graded out at 86.1 for the season, and he earned The Sporting News third-team Freshman All-America honors.[3]

As a fifth-year senior, Vallos helped lead the Demon Deacons to the 2006 ACC Championship, where they defeated Georgia Tech by a score of 9–6.[4] He graded out at 90 percent for the season, the best final score of his career. Vallos left Wake Forest as the school's all-time leader in career starts (48).

Awards and honorsEdit

  • Sporting News Freshman All-ACC (2003)
  • Third-team Sporting News Freshman All-American (2003)
  • First-team Rivals.com All-ACC (2004)
  • Honorable mention All-ACC (2005)
  • First-team College Football News All-ACC (2006)
  • First Team Atlantic Coast Sports Media Association All-ACC (2006)
  • Second-team WFCC All-American (2006)
  • First-team Sports Illustrated All-American (2006)
  • First-team Sporting News All-American (2006)
  • College Football News ACC Player of the Year 2006)

Professional careerEdit

Seattle SeahawksEdit

Vallos was selected by the Seattle Seahawks in the seventh round (232nd overall) of the 2007 NFL Draft. He was released during final roster cuts on September 1, 2007.[5] He spent the 2007 season on the team's practice squad.[6] After Chris Spencer suffered a season-ending injury in December 2008, Vallos started at center in his place.[7] He played in 16 games in 2008 with five starts. Vallos played in all 16 games in 2009 with three starts, but was waived during final roster cuts on September 5, 2010.[8]

Cleveland BrownsEdit

Vallos was claimed off waivers by the Cleveland Browns on September 7, 2010.[6] He played in seven games in 2010 and one game in 2011.

Philadelphia EaglesEdit

After his contract with the Browns expired following the 2011 season,[9] Vallos signed a one-year contract with the Philadelphia Eagles on March 19, 2012.[10]

He was released on August 31.[11]

He was re-signed by the Philadelphia Eagles on September 18, 2012, to fill the spot vacated by center Jason Kelce, who was placed on season-ending injured reserve due to a knee injury.[12]

Jacksonville JaguarsEdit

Vallos was signed by the Jacksonville Jaguars on October 30, 2012, released on November 3, and signed again on November 5.

Denver BroncosEdit

On July 28, 2013, Vallos was signed by the Denver Broncos to help replace Dan Koppen, who tore his ACL during practice earlier the same day.[13]

Tennessee TitansEdit

Vallos signed with the Tennessee Titans as a free agent on August 13, 2014 to add depth at center.[14] The Titans waived him on August 31, prior to the start of the regular season.[15]

ReferencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 "Buckeye squad looks to end losing streak vs. Pennsylvania". The Vindicator. July 19, 2002. https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=AOtIAAAAIBAJ&sjid=roIMAAAAIBAJ&pg=2559,1432014. Retrieved March 19, 2012.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 "Athletes strive for perfection". The Vindicator. July 10, 2002. https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=S-BIAAAAIBAJ&sjid=X4IMAAAAIBAJ&pg=1812,4166071. Retrieved March 19, 2012.
  3. "Demon Deacon Football Game Notes -- Wake Forest at Clemson". CSTV. August 30, 2004. http://www.cstv.com/sports/m-footbl/stories/083004aem.html. Retrieved March 19, 2012.
  4. "Wake Forest vs Georgia Tech Box Score, December 2, 2006" (in en). https://www.sports-reference.com/cfb/boxscores/2006-12-02-georgia-tech.html.
  5. Farnsworth, Clare (September 1, 2007). "Ex-Husky sticks as Seahawks trim roster to 53". Seattle Post-Intelligencer. http://www.seattlepi.com/default/article/Ex-Husky-sticks-as-Seahawks-trim-roster-to-53-1248425.php. Retrieved March 19, 2012.
  6. 6.0 6.1 Ulrich, Nate (September 7, 2010). "Browns claim OL Steve Vallos, sign DB Derrick Roberson and waive LB David Veikune, OL Billy Yates". Akron Beacon Journal. http://www.ohio.com/blogs/cleveland-browns/cleveland-browns-1.270107/browns-claim-ol-steve-vallos-sign-db-derrick-roberson-and-waive-lb-david-veikune-ol-billy-yates-1.271247. Retrieved March 19, 2012.
  7. "Seahawks' Spencer put on injured reserve with back injury". ESPN.com. December 3, 2008. http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/news/story?id=3742759. Retrieved March 19, 2012.
  8. "Seattle continues roster shuffle ahead of opener". Seattle Times. September 5, 2010. http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/localnews/2012820825_apfbnseahawksmoves.html. Retrieved March 19, 2012.
  9. Cabot, Mary Kay (March 13, 2012). "Cleveland Browns sign TE Alex Smith, OL John Greco". The Plain Dealer. http://www.cleveland.com/browns/index.ssf/2012/03/cleveland_browns_peyton_hillis_12.html.
  10. "Eagles sign pair of offensive linemen". Pro Football Weekly. March 19, 2012. Archived from the original on August 29, 2012. https://web.archive.org/web/20120829172144/http://www.profootballweekly.com/2012/03/19/eagles-sign-pair-of-offensive-linemen. Retrieved March 19, 2012.
  11. "Eagles cut Kafka, Hanson, Atogwe". Yahoo! Sports. https://sports.yahoo.com/news/hanson-atogwe-among-eagles-cuts-182448807--nfl.html.
  12. Shorr-Parks, Eliot (2012-09-18). "Kelce Placed on Season Ending IR; Eagles Sign Vallos". https://www.bleedinggreennation.com/2012/9/18/3352372/kelce-placed-on-season-ending-ir-eagles-sign-vallos.
  13. Klis, Mike (July 28, 2013). "Broncos sign free- agent center Steve Vallos". The Denver Post. http://www.denverpost.com/broncos/ci_23749626/broncos-sign-free-agent-center-steve-vallos.
  14. The Sports Xchange (August 13, 2014). "Titans sign C Vallos, LB Adams". Yahoo! Sports. https://sports.yahoo.com/news/titans-sign-c-vallos-lb-213818076--nfl.html. Retrieved August 31, 2014.
  15. Patra, Kevin (August 31, 2014). "Titans add receivers T.J. Graham, Kris Durham". NFL.com. http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap3000000386541/article/titans-add-receivers-tj-graham-kris-durham. Retrieved August 31, 2014.

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