Wes Horton
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Horton with the Carolina Panthers
No. 50 – New Orleans Saints
Position:Defensive end
Personal information
Born: (1990-01-18) January 18, 1990 (age 30)
Chatsworth, California
Height:6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)
Weight:265 lb (120 kg)
Career information
High school:Notre Dame
(Sherman Oaks, California)
Career history
* Carolina Panthers ( 2013 2018)
Roster status:Active
Career NFL statistics as of 2018
Total tackles:93
Forced fumbles:6
Fumble recoveries:2
Player stats at

Wes Chandler Horton[1] (born January 18, 1990) is an American football defensive end for the New Orleans Saints of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at USC. He is the brother of former Toronto Argonauts linebacker Shane Horton.[2]

Early yearsEdit

File:Wes horton usc2012.jpg

Horton was born and raised in Los Angeles, California.[3] He attended Notre Dame High School. As a junior, he was selected to the Cal-Hi Sports All-State Underclass second team and also was named to Los Angeles Daily News All-Area first team and All-Serra League first team.[2] As a senior, he was selected to the Prep Star All-American, Super Prep All-Farwest, Prep Star All-West teams.[2] He also was selected to the All-CIF Pac-5 Division first team and Los Angeles Daily News All-Area second team.[2]

Professional careerEdit

Carolina PanthersEdit

On April 28, 2013, he signed with the Carolina Panthers as an undrafted free agent.[4] In his rookie season, Horton played in 10 games and recorded eight tackles and two sacks.

On November 23, 2015, Horton was suspended for four games by the National Football League for violating the NFL Performance Enhancement Drug Policy after testing positive for a performance-enhancing substance.[5] On December 28, 2015, the Carolina Panthers waived Horton.[6]

On February 7, 2016, Horton's Panthers played in Super Bowl 50. In the game, the Panthers fell to the Denver Broncos by a score of 24–10.[7]

Horton re-signed with the Panthers on a one-year deal on February 16, 2016.[8] On September 4, 2016, Horton was released by the Panthers.[9] He was re-signed by the team on October 14, 2016.[10]

On February 27, 2017, Horton signed a two-year contract extension with the Panthers through the 2018 season.[11]

On September 10, 2017, Horton sacked quarterback Brian Hoyer and forced a fumble, which the Panthers recovered, in the season opening 23–3 victory over the San Francisco 49ers.[12]

New Orleans SaintsEdit

On May 21, 2019, Horton signed with the New Orleans Saints.[13]

Personal lifeEdit

Wes Horton's father is Michael (Myke) Horton, former UCLA offensive lineman who played nine years as a backup on various NFL, CFL, and USFL teams before becoming nationally known as "Gemini", one of the original American Gladiators (1989–1992).[14][15]


  1. "ESPN Profile".
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 "USC Profile".
  3. "Q&A: Carolina Panthers defensive end Wes Horton". Retrieved December 6, 2013.
  4. "Panthers agree to terms with 13 undrafted rookies". Retrieved April 30, 2013.
  5. "Panthers DE Horton suspended 4 games for PEDs". Retrieved December 30, 2015.
  6. "Carolina Panthers waive DE Wes Horton". Retrieved December 30, 2015.
  7. "Super Bowl 50 - Denver Broncos vs. Carolina Panthers - February 7th, 2016". Retrieved August 7, 2017.
  8. Sessler, Marc (February 16, 2016). "Panthers re-sign DE Wes Horton to one-year deal". Retrieved February 19, 2016.
  9. Gantt, Darin. "Panthers claim defensive end Lavar Edwards from the Bills".
  10. "Panthers sign Wes Horton, waive Damiere Byrd". October 14, 2016.
  11. Strickland, Bryan (February 27, 2017). "Panthers re-sign Wes Horton".
  12. "Carolina Panthers at San Francisco 49ers - September 10th, 2017". Retrieved October 7, 2017.
  13. Williams, Charean (May 21, 2019). "Saints sign Wes Horton, waive Darrell Williams". Pro Football Talk. NBC Sports.
  14. Eric Sondheimer, Signs Are Good for These Sons of `Gemini', Los Angeles Times, October 6, 2006, accessed June 21, 2015.
  15. David Newton, Meet Wes Horton, son of a TV 'gladiator',, September 19, 2014, accessed June 21, 2015.

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