The NFL officially kicks off the 2015 regular season.
Selected by New York Giants in the third round (74th overall) in the 2005 NFL Draft, April 23, 2005…Signed by Oakland Raiders as an unrestricted free agent, March 13, 2014.
AT A GLANCE
CAREER: Veteran defensive end enters his first season with the Raiders after signing with the team this offseason…Spent his first nine seasons with the New York Giants, helping the team win Super Bowls XLII and XLVI…Was named to the Pro Bowl in 2008 and 2010…Was voted by his teammates as a defensive captain from 2010-13…His 60.5 sacks rank him sixth on the Giants’ all-time sack list…Career totals include 127 games played with 90 starts, 431 tackles (302 solo), 60.5 sacks, 20 forced fumbles, six fumble recoveries, two interceptions and 23 passes defensed…His postseason totals include games played with five starts, 32 tackles (26 solo), 5.5 sacks, one forced fumble and one pass defensed…Has totaled four sacks in his two Super Bowl appearances, both victories over the New England Patriots.
2013 (with NYG): Played in all 16 games on the season, posting double-digit sacks for the fourth time in his career…Voted defensive captain…Led the Giants in sacks with 11…(9/8) at Dal.: Finished second on the team with eight tackles (three solo) and 0.5 sacks, his 50th career sack…(9/15) vs. Den.: Started at DE and recorded eight tackles (four)…(10/21) vs. Min.: Posted four tackles (two) and one sack…Was part of a unit that held Adrian Peterson to just 28 rushing yards…(11/24) vs. Dal.: Totaled four tackles (three) and one sack…(12/1) at Was.: Was named the NFC Defensive Player of the Week for his performance in the victory…Recorded a career-high four sacks, five tackles and one forced fumble…(12/8) at SD: Collected six tackles (five), two sacks and one forced fumble…(12/22) vs. Det.: Posted two tackles and one interception, the second of his career…(12/29) vs. Was.: Recorded six tackles (four), two sacks and one forced fumble.
2012 (with NYG): Appeared in 15 games and made 14 starts on the season…Voted defensive captain…Missed one game (12/23 at Bal.) due to a neck injury…(9/5) vs. Dal.: Posted four tackles in the season opener…(10/7) vs. Cle.: Recorded a season-high six tackles (three solo) in the team’s victory…(10/21) vs. Was.: Posted six tackles (four) and registered his first sack of the season, taking down Robert Griffin III for an 8-yard loss…(11/4) vs. Pit.: Made five tackles (three) and added two sacks of Ben Roethlisberger…(12/9) vs. NO: Credited with five tackles (three)…(9/30) vs. Phi.: Recorded one sack of Michael Vick for a 4-yard loss in the season finale.
2011 (with NYG): Played in 12 regular season games with 11 starts, the 1st time since 2006 he did not play all 16 games…Voted defensive captain….Missed four games due to a neck injury…Started all four postseason games, helping the Giants win Super Bowl XLVI...Added 3.5 sacks in the playoffs, tied for the team lead…(9/19) vs. StL.: Made his season debut and notched five tackles (four solo) and 1.5 sacks of Sam Bradford…(10/30) vs. Mia.: Returned to action after missing three games and shared a sack with DE Mathias Kiwanuka…(12/4) vs. GB: Posted five tackles (four) and one sack, taking down Aaron Rodgers for a 7-yard loss…(12/18) vs. Was.: Recorded a season-high seven tackles (four)…(1/1/12) vs. Dal.: Posted two tackles and one sack in the Giants’ division-clinching win…Postseason: (1/8/12) vs. Atl.: Recorded four tackles (three) as the Giants’ defense shut out the Falcons in their Wild Card victory…(1/22/12) at SF: Posted four tackles (three) and 1.5 sacks in the victory, sending New York to the Super Bowl…(2/5/12) at NE: Registered three tackles and two sacks in the team’s victory in Super Bowl XLVI…Marked the second Super Bowl he recorded a multi-sack game.
2010 (with NYG): Started all 16 games at DE for the second time in his career…Voted as the team’s defensive captain for the first time…Finished the season with 11.5 sacks, tied for the team lead…His 11.5 sacks ranked fourth in the NFC and seventh in the NFL…Led the NFL with five fumble recoveries…Finished third on the team with 76 tackles….Named to his second Pro Bowl in three seasons….Was voted to the Pro Football Writers Association’s first-team All-Pro and the Associated Press’ second-team All-Pro…Recorded at least 0.5 sacks in six consecutive games and one fumble recovery in three…(9/26) vs. Ten.: Made a season-high eight tackles (three solo)…(10/3) vs. Chi.: Recorded seven solo tackles, three sacks and one forced fumble in the team’s victory…The three sacks marked a then-career high…(10/10) at Hou.: Posted six tackles (four), one sack and one fumble recovery in the win…(11/21) at Phi.: Registered seven tackles (six), three sacks and two forced fumbles…Marked the second time on the year that he recorded three sacks in a game.
2009 (with NYG): Appeared in all 16 games, making 15 starts…Finished fourth on the team with 59 tackles, second with six sacks, tied for first with four forced fumbles and first with 10 passes defensed…(9/13) vs. Was.: Was named the NFC Defensive Player of the Week for the first time in his career…Posted five tackles (four solo), 1.5 sacks and one pass defensed in the season-opening victory…(10/11) vs. Oak.: Recorded six solo tackles, two sacks, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery in the victory…(12/27) vs. Car.: Posted a season-best eight tackles (five solo) and 0.5 sacks.
2008 (with NYG): Started all 16 regular season games for the first time in his career…Finished with a team- and career-high 12 sacks…Registered four multi-sack games…Posted his first career interception and TD…Was selected to his first Pro Bowl as a starter for the NFC…Also selected to the first-team All-Pro by the Associated Press and the Pro Football Writers Association and first-team All-NFC by the PFWA…(9/4) vs. Was.: Registered six tackles (four solo) and one sack in the season opener…Opened the season with an 8-yard sack of Jason Campbell on the Redskins’ first play from scrimmage…(9/14) at StL.: Posted two tackles, two sacks, one interception and one pass defensed…Returned interception 41 yards for a TD, the first of his career…(10/19) vs. SF: Recorded three tackles and two sacks of J.T. O’Sullivan and two forced fumbles…(11/2) vs. Dal.: Matched a season high with six tackles (five solo) and set a season high with 2.5 sacks of Brad Johnson…(11/30) at Was.: Matched a season high with six tackles and posted two sacks…Postseason: (1/11/09) vs. Phi.: Totaled five tackles (four) in the Divisional round.
2007 (with NYG): Played in all 16 regular season games for the first time in his career…His 10 sacks marked the first time in his career he reached double-digit sacks and ranked second on the team…Was part of a unit that led the NFL in sacks (53)…(9/9) at Dal.: Posted four solo tackles and one sack of Tony Romo for a 9-yard loss…(9/16) vs. GB: Collected three tackles and one sack of Brett Favre…(9/30) vs. Phi.: Made seven tackles (six solo) and added two sacks of Donovan McNabb…Part of a unit that produced 12 sacks in the game…(12/2) at Chi.: Posted three tackles (two) and added 1.5 sacks of Rex Grossman…(12/16) vs. Was.: Made a season-high eight tackles (seven) and one sack…Postseason: (1/6/08) at TB: Posted three tackles (two) in the team’s Wild Card victory…(1/20/08) at GB: Recorded four tackles (three) and one pass defensed in the team’s victory in the NFC Championship Game…(2/3/08) at NE: Racked up a postseason-best six tackles (five), two sacks and one forced fumble in the Giants’ victory in Super Bowl XLII.
2006 (with NYG): Played in six games before being placed on the reserve/injured list with a foot injury that required surgery…(9/24) at Sea.: Saw action as a reserve at DT and DE finished with three tackles (one solo).
2005 (with NYG): Played in 14 regular season games and started one as a rookie…(12/4) vs. Dal.: Finished with two solo tackles, one sack and one forced fumble in the victory…(12/31) at Oak.: Contributed two solo tackles and one pass defensed.
COLLEGE: Played in 36 games with 22 starts in three seasons at Notre Dame…Established the school record with 24.5 career sacks, topping the previous mark of 22.5 by Kory Minor (1995-98)…Recorded 164 tackles (113 solo), 43 tackles for a loss, four forced fumbles and seven passes defensed…His 43 stops behind the line of scrimmage broke the previous school record of 42 by Anthony Weaver (1998-2001)…All-American Dream Team selection by The NFL Draft Report as a senior…Named team’s Most Valuable Player…Enjoyed a breakout year in 2003, when he set the school single-season record with 13.5 sacks, 73 tackles, three forced fumbles and 19 stops behind the line of scrimmage…All-America third-team and All-Independent first-team selection by The NFL Draft Report…Majored in business management.
PERSONAL: Attended Central Coosa County High School in Kellyton, Ala. …Played linebacker…Career totals include 492 tackles, 37 sacks, 26 forced fumbles and 17 fumble recoveries on defense…Caught 115 passes for 2,106 yards and 17 TDs during his career on offense…Was named the Alabama Class 4A Player of the Year as a senior in 2000, leading his team to a 10-2 mark…Named an All-State selection and selected to play in the Alabama-Mississippi All-Star game…Posted 167 tackles and nine sacks as a senior at middle linebacker…Also played basketball and baseball…Cousin, Adalius Thomas, played football at Southern Mississippi and in the NFL for Baltimore and New England…Named 2011 Giants Man of the Year…Tuck’s R.U.S.H. for Literacy program aspires to encourage children to Read, Understand, Succeed and Hope as they continue to nurture literacy in their lives…The charity program is committed to raising funds to donate books and other reading materials to benefit New York and Central Alabama communities…Helped make sandwiches at the Community FoodBank of N.J. that were distributed to shelters in N.J. for those who were affected by Hurricane Sandy in 2012.