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John Abraham
OLB #55
Height:
6-4
Weight:
263
Age:
36
College:
South Carolina
Experience:
15

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Career Stats
SeasonTeamGamesTacklesInterceptionsFumbles
GGSTotalSoloAstSckSFTYPDefIntYdsAvgLngTDsFFFR
TOTAL 533 436 97 133.5 1 28 1 6 -- 6 0 46 6
2014 ARI 1 1 0 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2013 ARI 16 13 37 31 6 11.5 1 3 -- -- -- -- -- 4 --
2012 ATL 16 15 35 32 3 10.0 -- 7 -- -- -- -- -- 6 --
2011 ATL 15 15 35 25 10 9.5 -- 2 -- -- -- -- -- 4 1
2010 ATL 15 13 40 35 5 13.0 -- 4 1 6 6 6 0 2 --
2009 ATL 16 15 35 30 5 5.5 -- 1 -- -- -- -- -- 1 --
2008 ATL 16 16 38 36 2 16.5 -- 1 -- -- -- -- -- 4 --
2007 ATL 16 16 32 31 1 10.0 -- 4 -- -- -- -- -- 4 --
2006 ATL 8 7 18 15 3 4.0 -- 1 -- -- -- -- -- 4 --
2005 NYJ 16 15 58 44 14 10.5 -- 1 -- -- -- -- -- 6 1
2004 NYJ 12 12 48 33 15 9.5 -- 2 -- -- -- -- -- 3 1
2003 NYJ 7 5 32 23 9 6.0 -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 1 --
2002 NYJ 16 16 62 48 14 10.0 -- 2 -- -- -- -- -- 1 --
2001 NYJ 16 15 63 53 10 13.0 0 0 -- -- -- -- -- 6 3
2000 NYJ 6 0 -- -- -- 4.5 -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
Recent Games
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Biography

NoteCARDS:

• The NFL’s active leader with 133.5 career sacks, Abraham ranks ninth on the NFL’s all-time sacks list. After posting 11.5 sacks in 2013, his first season in Arizona, he moved past Hall of Famers Derrick Thomas (126.5), Rickey Jackson (128.0) and Lawrence Taylor (132.5) on his way to the top-10.

• Voted to his fifth career Pro Bowl in 2013, earning a nod with his third different team. Previously he went three times with the Jets (2001-02, ’04) and once with the Falcons (2010).

• The only active NFL player with at least a partial sack against all 32 NFL teams.

• Has posted double-digit sacks eight times in his first 14 years in the NFL, including 11.5 sacks in 2013 with the Cardinals, which ranks as the highest single-season total in franchise history for a linebacker. He became the first Arizona player with double-digit sacks in a season since Bertrand Berry (14.5) in 2004.

• Posted a team-high four forced fumbles in 2013. His 48 career forced fumbles are tied with Jason Taylor for the most in NFL history.

• One of just four players in the NFL with at least 11.0 sacks and four forced fumbles in 2013.

• Had three sacks in a game twice in 2013 and has now done it 10 times in his career. In NFL history, only Lawrence Taylor (12) and Reggie White (12) had more games with at least three sacks in their career. Became just the second player in Cardinals history with at least three sacks in multiple games in a season (2, Curtis Greer, 1983).

• Has 31 multi-sack games in his career (his team is 24-7 in those games), including three multi-sack performances for Arizona in ’13.

• Named NFC Defensive Player of the Week for his performance in the Cardinals Week 14 win vs. St. Louis in ’13, when he had three sacks against the Rams. Has now been named Defensive Player of the Week five times in his career, winning two in the AFC (Week 8, 2001; Week 5, 2004) and three in the NFC (Week 1, 2006; Week 15, 2011; Week 14, 2013). Earned AFC Defensive Player of the Month honors twice during his time with the Jets (November 2001; October 2004).

• Has played in 191 career games (174 starts) and has 643 tackles (468 solos), 48 forced fumbles, six fumble recoveries and one INT. Also has started eight postseason games and totaled 19 tackles, four sacks and two passes defensed.

• Played seven seasons (2006-12) with Atlanta and set the Falcons franchise record with 68.5 sacks. Totaled 32.5 sacks in the last three seasons alone.

• Was a first-round pick (13th overall) of the Jets in the 2000 NFL Draft. The Jets acquired the pick in a trade with Tampa Bay that sent WR Keyshawn Johnson to the Buccaneers in exchange for two first-round draft choices (13th and 27th overall). Abraham was the third LB selected in 2000, following LaVar Arrington (Washington) and Brian Urlacher (Chicago).

NoteCARDS:

• The NFL’s active leader with 133.5 career sacks, Abraham ranks ninth on the NFL’s all-time sacks list. After posting 11.5 sacks in 2013, his first season in Arizona, he moved past Hall of Famers Derrick Thomas (126.5), Rickey Jackson (128.0) and Lawrence Taylor (132.5) on his way to the top-10.

• Voted to his fifth career Pro Bowl in 2013, earning a nod with his third different team. Previously he went three times with the Jets (2001-02, ’04) and once with the Falcons (2010).

• The only active NFL player with at least a partial sack against all 32 NFL teams.

• Has posted double-digit sacks eight times in his first 14 years in the NFL, including 11.5 sacks in 2013 with the Cardinals, which ranks as the highest single-season total in franchise history for a linebacker. He became the first Arizona player with double-digit sacks in a season since Bertrand Berry (14.5) in 2004.

• Posted a team-high four forced fumbles in 2013. His 48 career forced fumbles are tied with Jason Taylor for the most in NFL history.

• One of just four players in the NFL with at least 11.0 sacks and four forced fumbles in 2013.

• Had three sacks in a game twice in 2013 and has now done it 10 times in his career. In NFL history, only Lawrence Taylor (12) and Reggie White (12) had more games with at least three sacks in their career. Became just the second player in Cardinals history with at least three sacks in multiple games in a season (2, Curtis Greer, 1983).

• Has 31 multi-sack games in his career (his team is 24-7 in those games), including three multi-sack performances for Arizona in ’13.

• Named NFC Defensive Player of the Week for his performance in the Cardinals Week 14 win vs. St. Louis in ’13, when he had three sacks against the Rams. Has now been named Defensive Player of the Week five times in his career, winning two in the AFC (Week 8, 2001; Week 5, 2004) and three in the NFC (Week 1, 2006; Week 15, 2011; Week 14, 2013). Earned AFC Defensive Player of the Month honors twice during his time with the Jets (November 2001; October 2004).

• Has played in 191 career games (174 starts) and has 643 tackles (468 solos), 48 forced fumbles, six fumble recoveries and one INT. Also has started eight postseason games and totaled 19 tackles, four sacks and two passes defensed.

• Played seven seasons (2006-12) with Atlanta and set the Falcons franchise record with 68.5 sacks. Totaled 32.5 sacks in the last three seasons alone.

• Was a first-round pick (13th overall) of the Jets in the 2000 NFL Draft. The Jets acquired the pick in a trade with Tampa Bay that sent WR Keyshawn Johnson to the Buccaneers in exchange for two first-round draft choices (13th and 27th overall). Abraham was the third LB selected in 2000, following LaVar Arrington (Washington) and Brian Urlacher (Chicago).

Pro Career:

The NFL’s active sacks leader and a five-time Pro Bowl selection, Abraham originally entered the NFL as a first-round pick (13th overall) of the Jets in the 2000 NFL Draft. Re-signed with the Jets after being designated a franchise player on 2/23/05. Traded to Atlanta in exchange for a 2006 first-round pick on 3/22/06. Re-signed with Falcons on 3/16/12. Released by Atlanta on 3/1/13. Signed a two-year deal with the Cardinals on 7/25/13.

2013: Played in all 16 games and made 13 starts at OLB in his first season as a Cardinal … led the team with 11.5 sacks, four forced fumbles and 29 QB pressures and tied for second with 14 QB hits … added 53 tackles, six tackles for loss and three passes defensed … selected to his fifth career Pro Bowl … his 11.5 sacks were the most in franchise history by a LB, and he became the ninth player in franchise history to record double-digit sacks in a season … marked his eighth career season with double-digit sacks … made his Cardinals debut and had one QB pressure @ StL (9/8) … collected three tackles, including one for loss vs. Det (9/15); also had one QB pressure and one QB hit … recorded two unassisted tackles @ NO (9/22) … totaled two tackles, a pass defensed, a QB pressure and a QB hit vs. Car (10/6) … posted four tackles, including one for loss, and one QB hit @ SF (10/13) … recorded his first two sacks as a Cardinal and tied a career high with two forced fumbles vs. Sea (10/17); sacked Russell Wilson twice in the third quarter; forced fumbles on both sacks, and the second was recovered by Matt Shaughnessy to help set up a FG; marked his 29th career game with multiple sacks and his third with two forced fumbles; also had five tackles, two QB pressures and two QB hits … sacked his former teammate Matt Ryan on the final play of the first half vs. Atl (10/27); totaled four tackles, two QB pressures, one QB hit and a pass defensed … recorded three sacks of Case Keenum and forced a fumble on the first play of the game that Matt Shaughnessy recovered and returned for a TD vs. Hou (11/10); added one tackle, three QB pressures and one QB hit; passed Hall of Famer Derrick Thomas and tied Hall of Famer Rickey Jackson for 11th place on the NFL’s all-time sacks list with 128.0; marked his 30th career game with multiple sacks and his ninth with three or more sacks; marks the 18th time in franchise history a player has recorded three or more sacks in a game … sacked Chad Henne in the third quarter on 3rd-n-4 to force a punt @ Jax (11/17); added five tackles, a pass defensed, two QB pressures and a QB hit; seven sacks is a franchise record for the most in a four-game span … recorded four tackles and tied for the team lead with five QB pressures vs. Ind (11/24) … sacked Nick Foles on 3rd-n-goal in the second quarter to force a FG @ Phi (12/1); became the 11th player in NFL history to reach 130.0 career sacks; also had four tackles, three QB pressures and two QB hits … tied his season high with three sacks vs. StL (12/8); forced a fumble on his first sack, and second sack resulted in a safety to give the Cardinals a 23-3 lead in the third quarter; passed Hall of Famer Lawrence Taylor and Leslie O’Neal to move into ninth in NFL history with 133.0 career sacks; marked his 10th career game with at least three sacks and his second this season, joining Curtis Greer (1983) as the only Cardinals to have at least three sacks in multiple games in a season; also had five tackles, including one for loss, two QB pressures and a QB hit; named NFC Defensive Player of the Week, his fifth career Player of the Week honor … recorded five tackles and split a sack with Karlos Dansby @ Ten (12/15); also had a team-leading three QB pressures and one QB hit … had five tackles and a QB pressure @ Sea (12/22) … collected three tackles, including two for loss vs. SF (12/29); also had a team-high three QB pressures and two QB hits.

2012: Played in all 16 games (15 starts) in his final season with the Falcons … totaled 41 tackles and a team-leading 10.0 sacks, marking his seventh career season with 10.0 or more sacks … also tied his career high with six forced fumbles and established a career-best with seven passes defensed … recorded four tackles, one sack and forced a fumble that led to a TD in season opener @ KC (9/9) … collected five tackles, a forced fumble and a sack of Cam Newton to end the game vs. Car (9/30) … posted a season-high three sacks and six tackles with a forced fumble vs. Oak (10/14); marked his eighth career game with three or more sacks … tallied four tackles and a sack @ Phi (10/28) … matched his season high with six tackles and had two sacks, forcing a fumble on one that was returned for a TD vs. Ari (11/18) … picked up his 10th sack of the season and had two passes defensed vs. NO (11/29) … had forced fumbles vs. NYG (12/16) and @ Det (12/22) … recorded two tackles and two passes defensed in regular season finale vs. TB (12/30) … started both playoff games, vs. Sea (1/13/13) and vs. SF (1/20/13), but was limited by an ankle injury and did not record any statistics.

2011: Started all 15 games he played in and totaled 31 tackles, 9.5 sacks and four forced fumbles … recorded two sacks and a pass defensed in season opener @ Chi (9/11) … had two tackles and a forced fumble vs. Phi (9/18) … inactive (hip) vs. GB (10/9) … collected a sack @ Det (10/23) … notched three tackles and a sack vs. Ten (11/20) … recorded one sack and one pass defensed @ Hou (12/4) … had his best game of the season vs. Jax (12/15), when he posted season highs with five tackles, 3.5 sacks and two forced fumbles; the 3.5 sacks tied for the second-highest single-game total of his career; named NFC Defensive Player of the Week, his fourth career Player of the Week honor … registered a sack, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery in regular season finale vs. TB (1/1/12) … recorded four solo tackles and his fourth career playoff sack in Wild Card game @ NYG (1/8/12).

2010: Saw action in 15 games (13 starts) and posted a team-leading 13.0 sacks, which ranked fifth in the NFL … named first-team All-Pro for the second time in his career and earned his fourth career Pro Bowl selection … became the 25th player in NFL history to reach 100.0 career sacks … totaled 43 tackles, four passes defensed and two forced fumbles … had a sack and a pass defensed in season opener vs. Pit (9/12) … recorded four tackles and a sack @ NO (9/26) … collected five tackles and two sacks @ Cle (10/10) … had two sacks vs. Cin (10/24) … notched his third multi-sack outing in five games when he had two sacks vs. Bal (11/11) … inactive (groin) @ StL (11/21) … returned from injury and had three tackles, a sack and a forced fumble vs. GB (11/28) … totaled four tackles, two sacks and one forced fumble @ Car (12/12) … had one sack each @ Sea (12/19) and vs. NO (12/27) … also recorded his first career INT when he picked off a Drew Brees pass in the fourth quarter vs. NO (12/27) … collected his third career postseason sack in Divisional Playoff game vs. GB (1/15/11).

2009: Played in 16 games with 15 starts and finished with 44 tackles and 5.5 sacks … tallied season highs with six tackles and two sacks in season opener vs. Mia (9/13) … had four tackles and one sack @ SF (10/11) … recorded four tackles and a half-sack vs. Was (11/8) … registered three tackles and a pass defensed @ NYG (11/22) … collected a sack against his former team @ NYJ (12/20) … notched a sack for the second straight game vs. Buf (12/27) … posted five tackles in season finale @ TB (1/3/10).

2008: Started all 16 games for the second straight season and set a Falcons franchise record with a career-high 16.5 sacks … ranked third in the NFL in sacks … totaled 42 tackles and four forced fumbles … named second-team All-Pro by the Associated Press … opened the season with five tackles and three sacks vs. Det (9/7) … had a sack @ TB (9/14) and two sacks vs. KC (9/21), giving him six sacks in the first three games of the season … recorded six tackles @ GB (10/5) … posted his second three-sack game of the year and added five tackles and a forced fumble @ Oak (11/2) … collected a sack vs. NO (11/9) … had three tackles and a sack vs. Car (11/23) … notched three sacks vs. TB (12/14), his third game of the season with three sacks … had four tackles, one sack and a forced fumble @ Min (12/21) … recorded one tackle in Wild Card game @ Ari (1/3/09).

2007: Started all 16 games and collected 41 tackles and a team-leading 10.0 sacks … became the sixth Falcons player in franchise history with a double-digit sack season … added four forced fumbles and four passes defensed on the season … recorded a sack and a pass defensed @ Jax (9/16) … posted a season-high six tackles and two sacks vs. Car (9/23) … tallied a sack for the third straight game vs. Hou (9/30) … registered a sack and a forced fumble vs. NYG (10/15) and vs. SF (11/4) … collected one sack vs. TB (11/18) … finished the season with three tackles, two sacks and a forced fumble vs. Sea (12/30).

2006: After being acquired in a trade from the Jets on 3/22, played in eight games and made seven starts in his first season with the Falcons … finished with 20 tackles, four sacks and four forced fumbles … recorded six tackles, two sacks and two forced fumbles in his Atlanta debut @ Car (9/10); named NFC Defensive Player of the Week … inactive (groin) the next three games … returned to action and had a sack and forced fumble vs. NYG (10/15) … inactive (groin) the next five games … totaled five tackles, one sack and one forced fumble @ TB (12/10).

2005: Played in all 16 games and made 15 starts in his final season with the Jets … had 67 tackles and 10.5 sacks, his third career season with double-digit sacks … also tied his career high with six forced fumbles … began the year with sacks in three straight games: @ KC (9/11), vs. Mia (9/18) and vs. Jax (9/25) … recorded a career-high 13 tackles (10 solos) and forced a fumble vs. Jax (9/25) … had four tackles and 1.5 sacks @ Atl (10/24) … registered a sack and a forced fumble vs. SD (11/6) … posted nine tackles @ Car (11/13) … totaled five sacks in the season’s final five games … had two sacks and two forced fumbles vs. Oak (12/11) … notched a sack and a forced fumble in the season finale vs. Buf (1/1/06).

2004: Started all 12 games he played in and recorded 48 tackles, 9.5 sacks, three forced fumbles and two passes defensed … selected to the Pro Bowl for the third time in his career … had a sack in the season opener vs. Cin (9/12) … notched four tackles, two sacks, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery @ Mia (10/3) … posted a season-high three sacks vs. Buf (10/10), earning AFC Defensive Player of the Week honors for the second time in his career … had a sack and a pass defensed vs. SF (10/17) … split a sack @ NE (10/24) … was named AFC Defensive Player of the Month for October … registered eight tackles and a sack vs. Bal (11/14) … collected a season-high nine tackles @ Ari (11/28) … inactive (knee) the last four games of the season.

2003: Played in seven games with six starts and had 37 tackles and six sacks … recorded nine tackles, two sacks and a forced fumble in season opener @ Was (9/4) … had eight tackles vs. Mia (9/14) … registered five tackles and a half-sack vs. Dal (9/28) … matched his season high with nine tackles and collected 3.5 sacks, tying the second highest total of his career, @ Phi (10/26) … inactive (groin) the next three games … returned to action vs. Jax (11/23) … inactive (groin) vs. Ten (12/1) and was placed on injured reserve.

2002: Started all 16 games for the first time in his career and totaled 82 tackles, 10.0 sacks and two passes defensed … selected to the Pro Bowl for the second straight season … opened the year with six tackles and a sack @ Buf (9/8) … recorded seven tackles @ Mia (9/22) … had a sack vs. KC (10/6) and vs. Cle (10/27) … collected four tackles and a season-high two sacks vs. Mia (11/10) … posted a season-high eight tackles vs. Buf (11/24) … notched a sack in four straight games in December (games 12-15) … recorded six tackles in each of the last four games of the season … totaled 11 tackles and two sacks in two postseason games … had four tackles and a sack in Wild Card win vs. Ind (1/4/03) … registered a playoff career-high seven tackles, a sack and a pass defensed in Divisional Playoff @ Oak (1/12/03).

2001: Saw action in all 16 games (15 starts), earning his first career Pro Bowl selection and first-team All-Pro honors … registered 82 tackles and led the Jets with 13.0 sacks … also set career highs with six forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries, including one that he returned for his first career TD … recorded five tackles and a sack in the season opener vs. Ind (9/9) … collected nine tackles, a sack, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery @ NE (9/23) … recovered a fumble and returned it seven yards for a TD @ Buf (10/7); also forced a fumble … totaled five tackles and a sack @ Car (10/28) … recorded a career-best four sacks and had six tackles @ NO (11/4), earning AFC Defensive Player of the Week honors for the first time; four sacks tied Jets single-game franchise record … followed that up with a season-high 11 tackles, 1.5 sacks and a forced fumble vs. KC (11/11) … had one sack @ Mia (11/18) and vs. NE (12/2), giving him a sack in five consecutive games … named AFC Defensive Player of the Month for November … had eight tackles vs. Cin (12/16) … totaled four tackles, a sack, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery @ Ind (12/23) … made his playoff debut and had two tackles in Wild Card game @ Oak (1/12/02).

2000: Played in six games as a rookie and totaled 12 tackles, 4.5 sacks, two forced fumbles and three special teams tackles … made his NFL debut @ GB (9/3) … recorded four tackles and his first career sack vs. NE (9/11) … had a half-sack vs. Buf (9/17) … collected four tackles and a sack @ TB (9/24) … posted three tackles and a season-high two sacks @ NE (10/15) … inactive the next four games and was placed on injured reserve (hernia).

College: Left South Carolina ranked second in school history with 23.5 career sacks … led the Gamecocks in sacks all four years … received the Joe Morrison Memorial Award for defense, was named team MVP and was the recipient of the Captain’s Cup Award as a senior … recorded 60 tackles, six sacks, five forced fumbles, one fumble recovery, one pass defensed and blocked a field goal in 10 starts … also earned All-America Dream Team honors and was an All-SEC selection in his final season at South Carolina.

Personal: Earned All-State and all-region honors as a defensive end at Lamar (SC) High School … also excelled in track and won regional titles in high school in the 100 and 200 meters … raised by his mother, Maggie … has two daughters, Endraya and Ayumi.

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