The NFL officially kicks off the 2015 regular season.
Signed by San Diego Chargers as an undrafted free agent, May 5, 2007…Waived by Chargers, Sept. 1, 2007…Re-signed by Chargers to practice squad, Sept. 4, 2007…Signed by Chicago Bears to active roster, Nov. 21, 2007…Re-signed by Bears, March 16, 2009…Re-signed by Bears as restricted free agent, April 19, 2010…Re-signed by Bears as unrestricted free agent, July 29,2011…Signed by Oakland Raiders as unrestricted free agent, March, 13, 2013.
AT A GLANCE:
CAREER: Versatile, experienced linebacker enters his second season with the Raiders…Started all 16 games in 2013, playing every defensive snap and leading the team in tackles…Was named to the USA Today’s All-Joe Team in 2013, honoring unsung players that have never made a Pro Bowl for their performance…Has appeared in 96 games with 75 starts over his seven-year career…Has played in at least 14 games in six of seven six NFL seasons…Played in all 16 games in each of past three seasons, totaling 45 starts…Career totals include 430 tackles (231 solo), nine sacks, 10 forced fumbles, three fumble recoveries, one interception and 13 passes defensed.
2013: Moved into starting role immediately in first season with Oakland, his first full season as a MLB...Started all 16 games and played every defensive snap...Set a career high with a team-leading 152 tackles (92 solo) and led all NFL MLBs with 5.5 sacks...Added first-career interception and a career-high five forced fumbles...Was named to USA Today’s All-Joe Team, honoring the league’s unsung players who have never been named to a Pro Bowl…(9/8) at Ind.: Started first game with Raiders at MLB...Led team with nine tackles (five solo), including one tackle for loss...(9/23) at Den.: Started at MLB and posted 11 tackles (seven)...(9/29) vs. Was.: Recorded a forced fumble, stripping the ball from Logan Paulsen following a 33-yard reception to give the Raiders possession...Added eight tackles (three)...(10/6) vs. SD: Played every snap on defense, posting a career-high 16 tackles (eight)...Stripped the ball from Danny Woodhead in the third quarter, resulting in a fumble that was returned for a TD by S Charles Woodson...(10/13) at KC: Notched first sack of the season in the first quarter, sacking Alex Smith for a 10-yard loss...Added eight tackles (seven)...(10/27) vs. Pit.: Led team with 11 tackles (seven)...Credited with a pass defensed on a batted ball...(11/3) vs. Phi.: Posted six tackles (four), including second sack of the season...Got to Nick Foles for a 1-yard loss in the second quarter...(11/10) at NYG: Tied for the team lead with 10 tackles (five)...(11/17) at Hou.: Recorded first career interception, picking off a pass from Case Keenum in the first quarter to set up a Raiders TD...Credited with eight tackles (three)...(11/24) vs. Ten.: Recorded 1.5 sacks...Shared a sack with LB Kevin Burnett, getting to QB Ryan Fitzpatrick for a 7-yard loss in the first quarter...Added a sack of Fitzpatrick in the second quarter, forcing a fumble and knocking the ball out of bounds...Totaled 11 tackles (six)...(11/28) at Dal.: Posted two sacks, marking his second straight game with multiple sacks...Got to Tony Romo for a 10-yard loss in the first quarter...Sacked Romo again for a 7-yard loss in the fourth quarter…Credited with a team-high 15 tackles (11), just one shy of his career best...(12/8) at NYJ: Stripped RB Chris Ivory, forcing a fourth-quarter fumble...Racked up a team-high 10 tackles (nine)...Also credited with one pass defensed...(12/15) vs. KC: Tied for the team lead with six tackles (five).
2012 (with Chi.): Played in 16 games with 14 starts, making 10 starts at strong-side linebacker and starting the final four games of the season at middle linebacker…Totaled a then-career-high 84 tackles (37 solo), 1.5 sacks, five tackles for loss, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery…(9/9) vs. Ind.: Started second straight season opener…Totaled three tackles (one) including one tackle for loss in a 41-21 win…(9/23) vs. StL: Recorded first sack since 2009, getting to Sam Bradford on a first-down play in the third quarter…(11/19) at SF: Shared a sack of Kendall Hunter with LB Lance Briggs, making the play as the running back was attempting a pass in the second quarter…(11/25) vs. Min.: Led team with seven tackles (five)…(12/9) at Min.: Made first career start at MLB in place of an injured LB Brian Urlacher…Racked up 10 tackles (three)…(12/16) vs. GB: Recovered a third-quarter fumble by Ryan Grant, setting up a FG drive…(12/23) at Ari.: Set a career high with 14 tackles, eclipsing his previous career best of 12…Posted a tackle of William Powell for a 3-yard loss in the fourth quarter…(12/30) at Det.: Paced team with nine tackles (six)…Stopped RB Mikel Leshoure for no gain on the game’s first play from scrimmage…Credited with a second-quarter pass defensed on a third-down toss intended for WR Calvin Johnson, forcing a Lions punt.
2011 (with Chi.): Matched a career high with 16 games played and 15 starts at strong-side linebacker…Credited with 61 tackles (26 solo), six tackles for loss and four passes defensed…(9/18) at NO: Totaled a season-high five tackles (four) and one pass defensed…Stopped Mark Ingram for a 4-yard loss on a second-and-1 play in the second quarter, helping to force a New Orleans FG attempt…(10/23) at TB: Totaled two solo tackles, including one tackle for loss…Also credited with two quarterback pressures and one pass defensed…Stopped Earnest Graham on a screen pass for a 2-yard loss in the first quarter…(11/13) vs. Det.: Recorded a career-high two passes defensed…(11/27) at Oak.: Posted four solo stops…Dropped Michael Bush for a 2-yard loss in the third quarter.
2010 (with Chi.): Played in 15 games with six starts…Also played in two postseason contests…Started six of the final seven regular season games…Credited with 11 tackles (four solo), one pass defensed and one forced fumble…(11/18) at Mia.: Made first start of the season at SLB…Stopped Ricky Williams for no gain on a first-quarter play…(12/12) vs. NE: Recorded three tackles (two)…Credited with a pass defensed…(12/20) at Min.: Made consecutive tackles on Toby Gerhart on first two plays from scrimmage…Forced a fumble on a Gerhart reception deep in Chicago territory that was recovered by the Bears, halting a scoring threat…Postseason: (1/16/11) vs. Sea.: Made postseason debut and recorded two special teams tackles in NFC Divisional Playoff game…Made a solo stop of dangerous returner Leon Washington on game’s opening kickoff…Also stopped Washington on a first-quarter punt…(1/23/11) vs. GB: Assisted on a tackle in punt coverage in NFC Championship game…Play helped force a fumble that was recovered by Green Bay.
2009 (with Chi.): Saw action in all 16 games for the first time in his career, making 15 starts…Started 12 games at SLB and three contests at MLB…Tied for the team lead with a career-high 10 tackles for loss…Recorded a career-high 82 tackles (47 solo), two sacks, four passes defensed, three forced fumbles and one fumble recovery…Added nine tackles on special teams…(10/4) vs. Det.: Started at MLB, totaling seven tackles (six) and recording first-career sack…Also credited with one pass defensed…Stopped Kevin Smith for a 1-yard loss in the first quarter…Sacked Matthew Stafford on a second-and-9 play in the third quarter, helping force a Detroit punt…(10/25) at Cin.: Established a career high with 12 tackles (seven)…Assisted on a stop of Cedric Benson for no gain on a fourth-and-4 play in the fourth quarter…(11/1) vs. Cle.: Set a career high with two forced fumbles in the fourth quarter…Forced a fumble on a direct-snap play to Josh Cribbs…On the very next defensive series, forced a fumble on a completion to Muhamed Massaquoi that was recovered by teammate Cedric Tillman…(12/20) at Bal.: Sacked QB Joe Flacco in the third quarter, forcing a fumble that was recovered by the Ravens…(12/28) vs. Min.: In overtime, pounced on a fumble by Adrian Peterson that immediately set up Jay Cutler’s game-winning, 39-yard touchdown pass to Devin Aromashodu on Monday Night Football.
2008 (with Chi.): Played in 14 games with nine starts in first full NFL season…Started final nine games of the season at SLB…Credited with 40 tackles (24 solo), two tackles for loss and two passes defensed…Added seven special teams tackles…Inactive for two games…(11/2) vs. Det.: Made first career start at SLB…Totaled five tackles (four)…(12/7) vs. Jac.: Recorded first career pass defensed…(12/28) at Hou.: Posted a then-career-high eight tackles (seven).
2007 (with SD and Chi.): Played in three games after being signed by Bears from San Diego’s practice squad on Nov. 21…Inactive for three games…Totaled five special teams tackles…(12/17) at Min.: Made NFL debut on Monday Night Football, posting two tackles on special teams.
COLLEGE: Played four years at Northwestern, starting 32 career games…Finished his career with 241 tackles, nine sacks, 16 tackles for loss and two interceptions…Named Academic All-Big Ten and team co-MVP as a senior despite having his season cut short due to a broken leg…Led the Wildcats with 62 tackles despite playing just eight games as a senior…Named a third-team preseason All-Big Ten selection by Athlon and Phil Steele Publications…Northwestern’s second-leading tackler with 77 stops as a junior…Returned an interception 35 yards for a touchdown against UCLA in the Sun Bowl…Earned WGN Defensive Newcomer of the Year Award as a sophomore after finishing second on the team with 7 ½ tackles for loss…Played in all 13 games as a freshman…Majored in art theory and practice with a minor in business institutions.
PERSONAL: Attended Milwaukee (Wisc.) Lutheran High School, lettering in football, basketball and track…Named SuperPrep all-Midwest region and PrepStar/Rivals all-Midwest region…A first-team all-state, two-time first-team all-conference and Associated Press all-state honorable mention selection…Uncle, John Rhodes, played basketball at Ohio University and is the head coach at Ohio Northern University…Aunt, Jennifer Rhodes, played basketball at Wisconsin...Spent two weeks traveling overseas to visit naval bases throughout the Middle East and Africa...Participated in various community events in his first season with Oakland, including volunteering at the Alameda County Community Food Bank in May and participating in the Raiders Toys for Tots in December.