The NFL officially kicks off the 2015 regular season.
Selected by San Francisco 49ers in first round (seventh overall) of 2001 NFL Draft, April 21, 2001…Signed first contract, July 28, 2001…Placed on injured reserve (back) by 49ers, Dec. 22, 2004…Signed by Washington Redskins as unrestricted free agent, March 15, 2006…Terminated by Redskins, March 1, 2001…Signed by New England Patriots as free agent, Aug. 8, 2011…Placed on injured reserve (quadriceps) by Patriots, Dec. 20, 2011…Signed by Oakland Raiders as free agent, Sept. 27, 2012.
At a glance
CAREER: Veteran pass rusher enters second season with Raiders…Selected as a starter to the 2011 Pro Bowl after totaling 10 sacks in 14 games with the Patriots before missing the remainder of the season with a leg injury (quadriceps)…Has played in 163 games with 147 starts in 11 pro seasons…Career totals include 76.0 sacks, 23 passes defensed, 17 forced fumbles and four fumble recoveries…His 76 career sacks ranked eighth among active NFL players at the time of his Raiders signing.
2012: Played in 12 games as a backup lineman, mostly in pass-rushing situations…In 315 snaps, posted 28 tackles (18 solo), 2.5 sacks, 4.5 tackles for loss, 12 QB hits, seven hurries and one forced fumble; also caused an interception...Enters 2013 at No. 8 on the NFL’s active career list with 78.5 sacks…Signed with Oakland as a free agent Sept. 27, fully recovered from a quadriceps injury that ended his 2011 Pro Bowl campaign with New England...(9/30) at Den.: Inactive…(10/14) at Atl.: Made his Oakland debut, entering in the nickel package on the first series…(11/4) vs. TB: Helped to short-circuit the Bucs’ first two series, posting his first sack in an Oakland uniform by dropping Josh Freeman and creating a fumble – his 18th career forced fumble -- to force a first-quarter punt, then dropping Doug Martin for a 1-yard loss and pressuring Freeman on an incompletion on the next possession…Then, in the second quarter, applied another pressure to Freeman on a third-down pass, forcing another punt…(12/16) vs. KC: Missed most of the practice week (ankle), but still played every snap in 15-0 win, Oakland’s first shutout in 10 years; helped limit Chiefs to 119 total yards, fewest by a Raiders defense since 1975…Stuffed AFC’s leading rusher, Jamaal Charles, for no gain on third-and-1 in fourth quarter, helping Oakland match its franchise record by allowing just 10 rushing yards…(12/16) vs. KC: Played a season-high 32 snaps in 15-0 win, Oakland’s first shutout in 10 years; helped limit Chiefs to 119 total yards, fewest by a Raiders defense since 1975…Collected five QB hits, including a sack of Brady Quinn as he tried to escape the pocket in the third quarter; earlier, forced a Quinn interception with his second-quarter pressure, and also helped Oakland match its franchise record by allowing just 10 rushing yards…(12/23) at Car.: Combined with Miles Burris to sack Cam Newton and help force a punt on Carolina’s first possession…(12/30) at SD: Flushed Philip Rivers out of the pocket and into the arms of Lamarr Houston on a third down to force San Diego to punt on its first series.
2011: Started first 14 games with New England before a quadriceps injury ended his season…Named to the AFC Pro Bowl squad as a starter, earning first career selection…Finished season tied for the team lead with 10 sacks…Also ranked ninth on the team with 30 tackles…Tied for the team lead with two forced fumbles…Recorded two or more sacks in three games …(10/16) vs. Dal.: Sacked Tony Romo once in the first quarter to force a punt…Added another sack in the third quarter…(10/30) at Pit.: Sacked Ben Roethlisberger twice, forcing a fumble on a third-quarter sack…(11/30) at NYJ: Recorded a career-high four sacks, including two of Mark Sanchez on back-to-back plays in the fourth quarter, during a 37-16 win…Earned AFC Defensive Player of the Week honors for his performance…(12/18) at Den.: Sustained a quadriceps injury, forcing him to miss last two games of the regular season and all three postseason games on injured reserve.
2010: Played in 16 games with five starts in final season in Washington…Finished with 25 total tackles, 2.5 sacks, one pass defensed, one forced fumble, and one fumble recovery…(11/15) vs. Phi.: Posted a season-high seven tackles (five solo), a half-sack and one pass defensed.
2009: Started all 16 games and finished with a career-high 91 total tackles, along with 11 sacks, seven passes defensed, and three forced fumbles…His 11.0 sacks were tied for fourth in the AFC and seventh in the NFL…Named to the USA Today All-Joe Team…(10/11) at Car.: Had a season-high 2.5 sacks and 10 total tackles…(10/18) vs. KC: tallied 11 tackles, two sacks and one pass defensed.
2008: Played in 16 games with 14 starts…Finished with 51 total tackles, four sacks and two passes defensed…Helped Redskins finish fourth in the NFL in overall defense (288.8 yards per game), and eighth in rushing yards allowed with 95.4 yards per game…(10/5) at Phi.: Recorded six tackles (five solo) and one pass defensed.
2007: Started all 16 regular-season games and one playoff game…Finished with 67 total tackles, 10.5 sacks, four passes defensed, four forced fumbles and one fumble recovery…Named to Rick Gosselin’s Dallas Morning News All-Pro Team as Comeback Player of the Year…Helped Redskins defense finish fourth in the NFL in rushing defense (91.3 yards per game)…(10/7) vs. Det.: Sacked Jon Kitna twice in a 34-3 win…One of his sacks was in the end zone for a safety.
2006: Started all 16 regular-season games and finished with 72 total tackles, and a team-high 6.0 sacks, with two passes defensed…Led Redskins defensive front with a then-career-high 72 tackles…(12/3) vs. Atl.: Recorded a career-high 14 tackles (nine solo) with one sack.
2005: Played in all 16 games with 14 starts…Used primarily as a linebacker in 49ers’ 3-4 scheme…Finished with 58 total tackles, 4.5 sacks, and two passes defended...(12/24) at StL: Posted five tackles (four solo), one sack and one pass defensed.
2004: Played in seven games with six starts…Totaled 34 tackles, two sacks, one pass defensed and one forced fumble…Missed seven games with a back injury…(12/12) at Ari.: Credited with one sack and one forced fumble.
2003: Started 15 games…Finished season with 34 total tackles, 6.5 sacks, three passes defensed, and one forced fumble…(10/19) vs. TB: Registered one sack, one pass defensed and one forced fumble…(11/2) vs. StL: Missed game with a back injury.
2002: Started all 16 regular-season games and two playoff games…Finished with 57 total tackles, a career-high 12.5 sacks, four passes defensed, three forced fumbles and one fumble recovery…(9/22) vs. Was.: Recorded five tackles (four solo), two sacks and one forced fumble…(11/10) vs. KC: Posted a sack for a fifth consecutive game…(12/21) at ARI: Posted second multiple-sack game of the season, getting to the QB twice…Postseason: (1/5/03) vs. NYG: Started on defensive line and posted five tackles (three solo)…(1/12/03) at TB: Started at DE and posted one tackle.
2001: Started 15 regular-season games and one playoff game as a rookie…Finished with 49 total tackles, 6.5 sacks, four passes defensed, two forced fumbles and one fumble recovery…Earned NFL's December Rookie of the Month honors …(9/9) vs. Atl.: Made NFL debut, starting at RE…Credited with four tackles…(10/1) at NYJ: Recorded first career sack and forced fumble…(12/9) at StL: Posted first career multiple-sack game, registering two sacks…(1/6/02) at NO: Notched second two-sack game of the season…Named NFC Defensive Player of the Week.
COLLEGE: Played four years at California, starting 37 of 43 games…Finished with 173 career tackles (113 solo) and a school-record 31 sacks…Also finished second on Cal’s all-time tackles-for-loss list with 55…Earned unanimous first-team All-America honors from the Associated Press and The Sporting News…Earned Pac-10 Player of the Week honors twice as a senior…Won the Pac-10 Morris Trophy as the outstanding defensive lineman in 2000, and was a finalist for the Bronko Nagurski Award…Holds a degree in American studies.
PERSONAL: Attended Oak Grove High School in San Jose, Calif.…Was a USA Today and Parade All-America selection and the Gatorade California Player of the Year…Father, Rubin, played in the NFL for the Denver Broncos (1975-86) and also was an assistant coach on the Washington Redskins staff from 1999-2000...Attended James Madison Middle School for the NFL Field Grant Ribbon Ceremony.
Raiders S Usama Young, DE Andre Carter, CB Chimdi Chekwa and C Stefen Wisniewski helped out at an NFL High School Player Development Camp at Laney College.