The NFL officially kicks off the 2015 regular season.
Selected by San Francisco 49ers in the fifth round (147th overall) of 2007 NFL Draft, April 29, 2007…Signed by Oakland Raiders as an unrestricted free agent, March 14, 2014.
AT A GLANCE:
CAREER: Veteran cornerback enters his first season with the Raiders after playing his first seven seasons in the Bay Area with the 49ers…Took over as San Francisco’s starting cornerback in 2011, starting 42 games over the past three seasons…Career totals include 100 games played with 47 starts, 213 tackles (177 solo), 11 interceptions, 56 passes defensed and two fumble recoveries…Has started all eight of San Francisco’s postseason contests over the last three years, posting 32 tackles (28 solo), two interceptions, seven passes defensed, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery…Was the recipient of the 49ers’ Thomas Herrion Award in 2007, honoring the rookie or first-year player who has taken advantage of every opportunity, turned it into a positive and made their dreams come true.
2013 (with SF): Played in 13 games, missing three due to a rib injury, and starting 10 at RCB…Totaled 38 tackles (31 solo), 11 passes defensed and two fumble recoveries…Started all three of San Francisco’s postseason contests, adding 10 tackles (nine solo) and one pass defensed….(9/8) vs GB: Scooped up his first career fumble recovery that led to a 49ers TD…(10/26) at StL: Posted a season-high eight tackles (six solo) and three passes defensed in the victory…(10/6) vs. Hou.: Recorded three tackles, two passes defensed and a fumble recovery in the victory…Postseason: (1/12/14) at Car.: Tallied four tackles in the team’s Divisional Round win.
2012 (with SF): Started all 16 games and set a career high with 59 tackles…Added two interceptions and 14 passes defensed…Started all three postseason games, totaling 13 tackles (11 solo), one interception, three passes defensed, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery…(10/14) vs. NYG: Blocked Lawrence Tynes’ FG attempt just before halftime, marking his first career blocked FG and the first by the 49ers since 2009…(10/29) at Ari.: Registered six passes defensed, a career high…Was also the most passes defensed in the NFL that season…(11/19) vs. Chi.: Posted his first interception of the season, leading to a 49ers FG…(12/30) vs. Ari.: Recorded his second interception of the season, leading for a 49ers FG…Postseason: (1/12/13) vs. GB: Intercepted Aaron Rodgers, marking his second career postseason interception, which he returned 39 yards to set up a 49ers TD…(2/3/13) vs. Bal.: Stripped Ray Rice and recovered the loose ball in Super Bowl XLVII, marking his first career postseason forced fumble and recovery.
2011 (with SF): Started all 16 games for the first time in his career and set career highs in interceptions (4) and passes defensed (15), while adding 46 tackles…Added nine tackles, one interception and three passes defensed in two postseason contests…(10/9) vs. TB: Tied a then-single-game career high with three passes defensed, helping the defense surrender only three points…(12/11) at Ari.: Recorded his first interception of the season, picking off John Skelton…(12/19) vs. Pit.: Registered his second interception of the season, and first time recording an interception in back-to-back games, and posted two passes defensed…(1/1/12) at StL: Recorded the first multi-interception game of his career, picking off two passes in the victory…Postseason: (1/14/12) vs. NO: Recorded one interception and two passes defensed in the NFC Divisional round victory over the Saints.
2010 (with SF): Appeared in 15 games, contributing on defense and special teams…Totaled 18 tackles, one interception and five passes defensed…Added 18 special teams tackles…(11/14) vs. StL: Saw action at nickelback due to an injury…(12/5) at GB: Replaced an injured Nate Clements after at CB after he left with an injury in the first quarter…(1/2/11) vs. Ari.: Recorded the first interception of his career, picking off Richard Bartel and returning it 62 yards for a TD.
2009 (with SF): Played in all 16 games for the first time in his career and started four games…Recorded 37 tackles (31 solo), two interceptions and eight passes defensed…Added 16 special teams tackles…(11/1) at Ind.: Made his first start of the season, recording two tackles and one pass defensed…(11/12) vs. Chi.: Posted his first interception of the season, picking off Jay Cutler and returning it 51 yards to set up at 49ers TD…(11/22) at GB: Registered a career-high eight tackles…(12/14) vs. Ari.: Tallied three tackles, one interception and two passes defensed in the victory.
2008 (with SF): Appeared in 15 games and seeing his first significant action on defense…Also started one game…Posted 15 tackles (14 solo), two interceptions and three passes defensed…Recorded 16 special teams tackles…(9/21) vs. Det.: Saw action at nickelback due to injures and tallied his first career interception…(11/10) at Ari.: Made his first career start and posted six tackles…(12/21) at StL: Sealed a 49ers victory by intercepting Marc Bulger with 22 seconds remaining and the Rams driving.
2007 (with SF): Appeared in nine games, primarily on special teams…Contributed four special teams tackles…Was the recipient of the 49ers’ Thomas Herrion Award, honoring the rookie or first-year player who has taken advantage of every opportunity, turned it into a positive and made their dreams come true…Award is voted on by the team’s coaches.
COLLEGE: Played in 47 career games (35 starts) at Texas, finishing with 169 tackles, three interceptions, one sack, one fumble recovery, two forced fumbles and 20 passes defensed…Also amassed 315 yards on 17 kickoff returns…As part of Texas’ 2005-06 National Championship Team his senior year, did not allow any TD catches and his main pass coverage assignments had just three catches for over 20 yards during his 11 starts…Earned second-team Academic All-Big 12 honors and was a member of UT’s Athletic Director’s Honor Roll…Majored in communications.
PERSONAL: Attended North Mesquite (Texas) HS, where he was a three-year starter at CB and two-year starter at RB…Rushed for 3,011 yards and 42 TDs in his final two seasons, receiving an invitation to play in the 2003 U.S. Army All-American Game…As a senior, rushed for 1,885 yards with 28 TDs on 182 carries (10.4 avg.) and caught 10 passes for 281 yds. with two scores…Also threw a 26-yard TD pass…Was a two-year letter-winner in track (100m, sprint and mile relays) and a sophomore starter at shooting guard in basketball…In June 2010, was recognized for his contributions to his hometown, receiving a proclamation from the city of Mesquite…Won the Punt, Pass & Kick Championship at Texas Stadium as a nine-year-old after advancing through the city and regional finals and eventually placed third in the National Championships…Hosted his 5th Annual Summer Sportsfest in Dallas in June 2012…Highlights of the weekend included free football and cheerleading camps, in addition to a celebrity basketball game featuring a large group of NFL players…Proceeds raised through the raffle and celebrity basketball game benefitted Tarell’s Born Again Foundation, which is dedicated to becoming the nation’s foremost full-service, ex-offender program…His foundation provides an opportunity for all ex-offenders who desire a significant change to make a positive transition into a new life through job counseling, educational and vocational training, and personal and family support to all who desire to not be defined by negativity in their past.