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Justin Bethel
CB #28
Height:
6-0
Weight:
190
Age:
24
College:
Presbyterian
Experience:
3

Quick Stats (2014 PRE):

TCKL
6
SCK
0.0
FF
0
INT
--
Career Stats
SeasonTeamGamesTacklesInterceptionsFumbles
GGSTotalSoloAstSckSFTYPDefIntYdsAvgLngTDsFFFR
TOTAL 34 29 5 0.0 0 0 0 0 -- 0 0 0 1
2013 ARI 16 0 21 17 4 0.0 -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 0 1
2012 ARI 16 0 13 12 1 0.0 0 0 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --

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Biography

NoteCARDS:

• Earned his first career Pro Bowl selection as a special teamer in 2013. Led the team with 21 special teams tackles, blocked two FGs, downed four punts inside the opponent’s 10-yard line and recovered a muffed kickoff.

• The Cardinals first selection of the sixth round (177th overall) of the 2012 draft, Bethel has played in all 32 games in two seasons and totaled 35 special teams tackles.

• Scored his first career NFL TD when he returned a blocked FG 82 yards in the fourth quarter vs. Chicago in Week 16 of the ’12 season. It was the Cards first blocked FG returned for a TD since 2009 and just the fifth dating back to 1960.

• Established a Big South career record after blocking nine kicks in college. Blocked three kicks (FG, PAT, Punt) during the ’12 preseason for the Cardinals.

• Became the ninth player ever drafted out of Presbyterian and the first since DB Dan Eckstein was taken in the 15th round (376th overall) of the 1969 NFL Draft by the Packers, and became first Presbyterian College player ever to be selected to a Pro Bowl.

• Became a YouTube sensation when he displayed a 60-inch vertical jump from the flat-footed position. The video has nearly a million views on the video sharing site since it was uploaded in February, 2012.

NoteCARDS:

• Earned his first career Pro Bowl selection as a special teamer in 2013. Led the team with 21 special teams tackles, blocked two FGs, downed four punts inside the opponent’s 10-yard line and recovered a muffed kickoff.

• The Cardinals first selection of the sixth round (177th overall) of the 2012 draft, Bethel has played in all 32 games in two seasons and totaled 35 special teams tackles.

• Scored his first career NFL TD when he returned a blocked FG 82 yards in the fourth quarter vs. Chicago in Week 16 of the ’12 season. It was the Cards first blocked FG returned for a TD since 2009 and just the fifth dating back to 1960.

• Established a Big South career record after blocking nine kicks in college. Blocked three kicks (FG, PAT, Punt) during the ’12 preseason for the Cardinals.

• Became the ninth player ever drafted out of Presbyterian and the first since DB Dan Eckstein was taken in the 15th round (376th overall) of the 1969 NFL Draft by the Packers, and became first Presbyterian College player ever to be selected to a Pro Bowl.

• Became a YouTube sensation when he displayed a 60-inch vertical jump from the flat-footed position. The video has nearly a million views on the video sharing site since it was uploaded in February, 2012.

Pro Career: Selected by the Cardinals with their first pick of the sixth round (177th overall) of the 2012 NFL Draft and appeared in all 32 games in his first two seasons.

2013: Played in all 16 games for the second straight season and led the team with 21 special teams tackles … also recorded two blocked field goals, downed four punts inside the opponent’s 10-yard line and recovered a muffed kickoff, helping him earn his first career Pro Bowl selection as a special teamer … recorded one special teams tackle @ StL (9/8) … blocked David Akers’ 47-yard FG attempt in the fourth quarter to keep the Cardinals within two points vs. Det (9/15); marked his first career blocked kick; also had one special teams tackle … posted one special teams tackle @ TB (9/29) … collected two special teams tackles vs. Car (10/6) … had one special teams tackle @ SF (10/13) and vs. Sea (10/17) … had one special teams tackle and downed a punt at the one-yard line in the fourth quarter vs. Atl (10/27) … recorded his second blocked FG of the season on Randy Bullock’s 40-yard attempt at the end of the first half vs. Hou (11/10); FG block proved the final margin of victory in Cardinals 27-24 win; also had two special teams tackles … led the team with two special teams tackles but left the game with a concussion @ Jax (11/17) … posted one special teams tackle vs. Ind (11/24) … recorded a team-high two special teams tackles @ Phi (12/1) … collected two special teams tackles @ Ten (12/15) … recovered a Robert Turbin fumble on kickoff return in third quarter @ Sea (12/22); also had one special teams tackle … posted a team-high three special teams tackles vs. SF (12/29).

2012: In his rookie season, played in all 16 games and finished second on the team with 14 special teams tackles … also scored his first career TD off a blocked FG and had one tackle on defense … made his NFL debut playing on defense and special teams vs. Sea (9/9) … recorded his first career special teams tackle vs. Phi (9/23) … had one special teams tackle vs. Mia (9/30) and vs. Buf (10/14) … recorded two special teams tackles vs. SF (10/29) … posted a career-high three special teams tackles @ GB (11/4) … had one special teams tackle @ Atl (11/18) and vs. StL (11/25) … recorded his first career tackle and added two special teams tackles @ Sea (12/9) … returned a blocked field goal 82 yards for a TD in the fourth quarter vs. Chi (12/23); marked his first career TD and the Cardinals first blocked FG return for a TD since Antrel Rolle on 9/20/09 @ Jacksonville; also had one special teams tackle.

College: Started 43 of 44 games played at Presbyterian and was a three-time All-Big South selection … recorded 279 tackles, seven INTs, 16 passes defensed, 2.5 sacks, 14 tackles for loss, four forced fumbles and a fumble recovery … scored three career TDs, returning an INT and two blocked punts for scores … established a conference career record with nine blocked kicks … school’s all-time leader in tackles (279) and INTs (7) … as a senior in ’11, became the first Presbyterian player to win Big South Defensive Player of the Year accolades and was just the second DB in conference history to win the award … started all 11 games and led the team with 87 tackles and four INTs, adding six passes defensed, a sack and a forced fumble … blocked three kicks on the season, becoming the conference all-time career leader … scored three TDs, returning an INT and two blocked punts for TDs … had a career game against the University of California, returning an INT 29 yards for a TD and also returning a blocked punt 41 yards for a TD … a second-team All-Conference selection as a junior in ’10, started 10 games, missing one with an injury ... posted a team-best 47 unassisted tackles ... recorded an INT with just over a minute remaining in a victory over Gardner-Webb, sealing the win and snapping a 20-game losing streak … as a sophomore in ’09, started all 11 games and earned second-team All-Conference accolades after recording a team-best 79 tackles, 55 of which were solo ... added 4.5 tackles for loss, forced a fumble and blocked three kicks … saw action in 12 games and totaled 54 tackles as a freshman in ’08 ... totaled two INTs and four passes defensed and blocked two kicks.

Personal: Attended Blythewood (SC) High School, where he earned all-region accolades and was named the team’s Defensive Player of the Year as a senior in 2007 … served as a key member of the Bengals state championship team in 2006 as a junior … father, Chris, is a professional gospel singer and Justin is a drummer in his band … member of the Presbyterian pep band … majored in Business Administration with a minor in Music.

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