Vernon Gholston
No. --     Free Agent
Defensive end
Personal information
Date of birth: (1986-06-05) June 5, 1986 (age 34)
Place of birth: Detroit, Michigan
Height: 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) Weight: 260 lb (118 kg)
Career information
College: Ohio State
NFL Draft: 2008 / Round: 1 / Pick: 6
Debuted in 2008 for the New York Jets
Career history
*Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Roster status: Active
Career highlights and awards
  • Second-team All-Big Ten (2006)
  • First-team All-Big Ten (2007)
  • Big Ten Defensive Lineman of the Year (2007)
  • First-team PFW All-American (2007)
  • Rookie Madden Bowl Winner (2009)
Career NFL statistics as of Week 17, 2010
Tackles     42
Sacks     0.0
INTs     0
Stats at

Vernon Gholston (born June 5, 1986) is an American football defensive end who is currently a free agent. He played college football at Ohio State and was drafted sixth overall by the New York Jets in the 2008 NFL Draft. He has also been a member of the Chicago Bears and St. Louis Rams.

Early yearsEdit

As a senior at Cass Technical High School, Gholston emerged as one of the top prospects in the Midwest after registering 75 tackles, including six sacks, and earning an All-State selection as an offensive guard.

College careerEdit

Gholston redshirted in 2005 after suffering a broken left hand in the season opener. In his freshman season he played defensive end, though recruited as a linebacker. He eventually moved up to the number 2 spot behind Mike Kudla.

In 2006 he earned Second-team All-Big Ten honors from both the league's coaches and the media while starting 13 games. Gholston had 49 tackles and his 18 tackles behind the line of scrimmage, which led the team, included 7.5 quarterback sacks, ranked second on the team. He also intercepted his first pass in the win over Bowling Green.

On November 3, 2007, Gholston tied two Ohio State team records for quarterback sacks in a game when he dropped Wisconsin quarterback Tyler Donovan four times for a total loss of 32 yards. Two weeks later he recorded three sacks against the Michigan Wolverines to lead Ohio State to its fourth consecutive win over the Wolverines. During the 2007 season Gholston recorded 37 tackles (15.5 for a loss) and set a school record with 14.5 sacks in 13 games, breaking the former record of 13 sacks in a single season set in 1995 by Mike Vrabel.[1] He was named All-America by Pro Football Weekly and was First-team All-Big Ten.

During his tenure at Ohio State, Gholston started 25 games. He finished with 87 tackles (47 solo) and 30.5 stops for a loss. He also had 21.5 sacks, which ranks fifth in school history.

Awards and honorsEdit



  • 2007 Big Ten Conference Defensive Lineman of the Year (coaches)
  • 2007 All-Big Ten Conference First-Team (coaches and media)
  • 2006 All-Big Ten Conference Second-Team (coaches and media)

Professional careerEdit

2008 NFL DraftEdit

Gholston declared for the 2008 NFL Draft and was projected as a top 10 pick. He tied the highest bench press score at the NFL combine with 37 repetitions at 225 pounds (102 kg; 16.1 st).[2] Gholston was one of two players to record a quarterback sack against two-time consensus All-American and 2008 NFL Draft number one overall selection Jake Long in Long's NCAA career.[2] Gholston was invited to attend the 2008 NFL Draft in New York. He drew comparisons to Kalimba Edwards.[3]

Pre-draft measureables
Ht Wt 40-yd dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert Broad BP Wonderlic
6 ft 3 in 266 lb 4.58 s 1.53 s 2.63 s 4.41 s 7.12 s 41 in 10 ft 5 in 37 rep 21

New York JetsEdit

Gholston was drafted by the New York Jets sixth overall in the 2008 NFL Draft.[7] He was expected to play outside linebacker in the Jets' 3-4 defense with the Jets citing his speed, strength and “long limbs,” believing they had found the perfect outside pass rusher for their defense.[5][8] Gholston agreed to terms on a 5-year deal with the Jets on July 24, 2008.

However, Gholston did not play much his rookie season after being expected to start. He saw time mainly on special teams, totalling 13 tackles, 5 solo. In his second year, Gholston was mostly a minor contributor under new coach Rex Ryan's defense. During the 2009 season, he tallied 17 tackles (12 solo and 2 tackles for loss). Following the 2009 season, Gholston converted from outside linebacker to his more-familiar defensive end position.[9]

Gholston was released by New York on March 2, 2011 after three seasons with the team—a time in which he recorded no sacks (while, according to ESPN, over 600 other players recorded at least one). He has widely been considered a "bust" of a draft pick.[10]

Chicago BearsEdit

Gholston was signed to a contract by the Chicago Bears on July 29, 2011.[11] The Bears waived Gholston on August 29, 2011.[12]

St. Louis RamsEdit

The St. Louis Rams signed Gholston on August 22, 2012.[13] The Rams waived Gholston on August 31, 2012.[14]


His cousin, William, is a defensive end for the Michigan State Spartans.[15]


  1. "Defensive notes". Ohio State University Athletic Department. Retrieved November 18, 2007.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Cabot, Mary Kay (February 25, 2008). "Buckeyes DE Vernon Gholston turns heads at Combine". Archived from the original on May 3, 2008. Retrieved 2008-03-13.
  3. "Pro Football War Room: Vernon Gholston Profile". Retrieved 2009-05-28.
  4. Dagger (February 29, 2008). "2008 NFL Combine Results GHolston". NFL Fanhouse. Retrieved 2009-04-19.
  5. 5.0 5.1 Bishop, Greg (April 27, 2008). "Jets Pick Two From the Big Ten, and One’s a Big Surprise". New York Times.
  6. NFL Draft
  7. Allen, Eric (April 26, 2008). "Gholston a Jet". Retrieved 2008-04-26.
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  9. Vrentas, Jenny (August 23, 2010). "Jets' DE Vernon Gholston has already been tested by opponents, coaches – and he's passing". Retrieved August 23, 2010.
  10. Cimini, Rich (March 2, 2011). "Jets cut Vernon Gholston, Ben Hartsock". ESPN New York. Archived from the original on March 2, 2011. Retrieved March 2, 2011.
  11. McClure, Vaughn (July 29, 2011). "Bears to sign former No. 6 pick Gholston". Chicago Tribune. Archived from the original on July 29, 2011. Retrieved July 29, 2011.
  12. Associated Press (August 30, 2011). "Bears RB Taylor not cut – still with team for now". Sports Illustrated. Archived from the original on August 23, 2012. Retrieved August 30, 2011.
  13. Wagoner, Nick (August 22, 2012). "Rams Finish Camp on Fun Note, Gholston Signed". St. Louis Rams. Archived from the original on August 23, 2012. Retrieved August 23, 2012.
  14. Associated Press (August 31, 2012). "Source: Rams cut Vernon Gholston". ESPN. Archived from the original on August 31, 2012. Retrieved August 31, 2012.
  15. "Player Bio William Gholston". Michigan State Football official site.

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