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Stevenson Sylvester
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Sylvester in December 2012.
Free agent
Linebacker
Personal information
Date of birth: (1988-07-18) July 18, 1988 (age 31)
Place of birth: Las Vegas, Nevada
High School: Las Vegas (NV) Valley
Height: 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) Weight: 230 lb (104 kg)
Career information
College: Utah
NFL Draft: 2010 / Round: 5 / Pick: 166
Debuted in 2010 for the Pittsburgh Steelers
Career history
Career highlights and awards
  • Honorable Mention All-MWC (2007)
  • Second-team All-MWC (2008)
  • Teams Top Linebacker Award (2008)
  • 2009 Sugar Bowl winner
  • AFC Champion (2010)
Career NFL statistics as of 2012
Tackles     22
Sacks     0
Interceptions     0
Stats at NFL.com

Stevenson Ellis Sylvester (born July 18, 1988) is an American football inside linebacker who is currently a free agent. Hailing from Las Vegas, Nevada, Sylvester played college football at the University of Utah. In the 2010 NFL Draft, the Pittsburgh Steelers selected Sylvester in the fifth round, 166th overall.

Early yearsEdit

Sylvester was born to parents Worrel Sylvester and Angela Levi in Las Vegas, Nevada. His mother played college basketball for the Southern Utah University for four years. As a senior at Valley High School in Las Vegas, Sylvester was not highly recruited. The only school that made a scholarship offer, the University of Utah, only began recruiting Sylvester midway during his senior year.[1]

College careerEdit

As a true freshman in 2006, Sylvester started in 3 games, but saw action in 10. He ended his freshman season with 23 tackles, 1.5 for loss, 0.5 sacks, one pass defensed, one forced fumble and an interception which he returned 45 yards for a touchdown.[2]

In 2007, Sylvester played in all 13 games, starting 8. He was second on the team in tackles and tackles for loss with 86 and 10 respectively. He had his best game of the year against his home town UNLV Rebels with 14 tackles 2.5 for a loss. He ended the year with 6 tackles in the bowl game against Navy and Honorable Mention All-MWC and helped lead the Utes to an eventual 9-4 record.[2]

Sylvester was named as one of the defensive captains in his junior year [1] and helped lead the 2008 Utes to a 13–0 record and a final ranking of #2 in the BCS rankings. Sylvester was named second-team All-MWC with 121 tackles, 16 for loss and 7.5 sacks. He finished the season with a remarkable performance in the Sugar Bowl, with 7 tackles, 3 sacks, 1 interception and a fumble recovery.[2]

2010 NFL DraftEdit

After a strong junior season, Stevenson Sylvester was projected to go in the second round of the 2010 draft. However, his draft stock dropped after his senior season statistics failed to achieve expectations, and he was selected by the Steelers in the fifth round of the 2010 NFL Draft.

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