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Vonnie Holliday
DE #91
Height:
6-5
Weight:
288
College:
North Carolina
Experience:
15
Defensive
YearTeamGTotalSoloAstSckSFTYPDefIntTDsYdsAvgLng
TOTAL 214 445 310 135 62.5 0 27 2 0 6 -- 3
2012 ARI 16 14 6 8 0 -- 0 -- -- -- -- --
2011 ARI 16 16 14 2 0 -- 1 -- -- -- -- --
2010 WAS 15 29 16 13 2.5 -- 3 -- -- -- -- --
2009 DEN 16 33 24 9 5 -- 0 -- -- -- -- --
2008 MIA 16 46 30 16 3.5 -- 1 -- -- -- -- --
2007 MIA 12 42 33 9 2 -- 1 -- -- -- -- --
2006 MIA 16 66 46 20 7 -- 1 -- -- -- -- --
2005 MIA 16 51 36 15 5 -- 5 -- -- -- -- --
2004 KC 9 13 12 1 0 -- 3 -- -- -- -- --
2003 KC 16 37 29 8 5.5 -- 2 -- -- -- -- --
2002 GB 10 26 18 8 6 -- 4 1 0 3 3 3
2001 GB 16 72 46 26 7 -- 6 -- -- -- -- --
2000 GB 12 -- -- -- 5 -- 0 1 0 3 3 3
1999 GB 16 -- -- -- 6 -- 0 -- -- -- -- --
1998 GB 12 -- -- -- 8 -- 0 -- -- -- -- --

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Biography

NoteCARDS:

  • Now entering his 15th NFL season and second in Arizona, was acquired by the Cardinals in a trade with the Washington Redskins on 7/31/11 for RB Tim Hightower and a sixth round pick in the 2012 NFL Draft.
  • After appearing in all 16 games with the Cardinals in 2011, has now played in 198 career games (146 starts) and has also started in six career postseason contests.
  • Won division titles with three different teams – the NFC North with the Green Bay Packers in 2002, the AFC West with the Kansas City Chiefs in 2003 and the AFC East with the Miami Dolphins in 2008.
  • Ranks 15th among all active players with 62.5 career sacks. Has recorded five or more sacks nine times in 14 NFL seasons.
  • Earned NFC Defensive Player of the Week honors for his performance vs. Buf (12/22/02) after he set the Packers’ single-game sack record with five takedowns of QB Drew Bledsoe; also had seven total tackles and also forced three fumbles in the game. Since sacks became an official stat in 1982, is one of just 13 players in league history to record five or more sacks in a game.
  • In 1998, finished second to Raiders CB Charles Woodson for AP Defensive Rookie of the Year honors after posting 39 tackles and a Packers rookie record 8.0 sacks.
  • First-round selection (19th overall) by the Packers in the 1998 NFL Draft and was named to the All-Rookie Team in 1998.
  • Cousin of Cardinals third-year LB O’Brien Schofield.

NoteCARDS:

  • Now entering his 15th NFL season and second in Arizona, was acquired by the Cardinals in a trade with the Washington Redskins on 7/31/11 for RB Tim Hightower and a sixth round pick in the 2012 NFL Draft.
  • After appearing in all 16 games with the Cardinals in 2011, has now played in 198 career games (146 starts) and has also started in six career postseason contests.
  • Won division titles with three different teams – the NFC North with the Green Bay Packers in 2002, the AFC West with the Kansas City Chiefs in 2003 and the AFC East with the Miami Dolphins in 2008.
  • Ranks 15th among all active players with 62.5 career sacks. Has recorded five or more sacks nine times in 14 NFL seasons.
  • Earned NFC Defensive Player of the Week honors for his performance vs. Buf (12/22/02) after he set the Packers’ single-game sack record with five takedowns of QB Drew Bledsoe; also had seven total tackles and also forced three fumbles in the game. Since sacks became an official stat in 1982, is one of just 13 players in league history to record five or more sacks in a game.
  • In 1998, finished second to Raiders CB Charles Woodson for AP Defensive Rookie of the Year honors after posting 39 tackles and a Packers rookie record 8.0 sacks.
  • First-round selection (19th overall) by the Packers in the 1998 NFL Draft and was named to the All-Rookie Team in 1998.
  • Cousin of Cardinals third-year LB O’Brien Schofield.

Pro Career:

Began his NFL career with the Green Bay Packers who selected him in the first round (19th overall) of the 1998 NFL Draft. After spending his first five seasons with the Packers, signed with Kansas City Chiefs as an unrestricted free agent on 4/8/03. Played two seasons with the Chiefs before signing with the Dolphins as an unrestricted free agent on 3/7/05. After four seasons with the Dolphins, was released and signed with the Denver Broncos on 9/5/09. Played one year with Denver and then signed with the Washington Redskins as an unrestricted free agent on 5/17/10. Acquired by the Cardinals in a trade that sent RB Tim Hightower to Washington on 7/31/11.

2011: Played in all 16 games for the eighth time in 14 NFL seasons and recorded 16 tackles and one pass defensed … played on defense and had one unassisted tackle in first game with the Cardinals vs. Car (9/11) … collected two tackles and one pass defensed @ Was (9/18) … played in his 190th career game and had one unassisted tackle vs. StL (11/6) … had two unassisted tackles @ SF (11/20) … recorded one unassisted tackle @ StL (11/27) … collected one tackle for loss and had one QB hit vs. SF (12/11) … posted a season-high five unassisted tackles, including a team-leading three tackles for loss and one QB hit vs. Sea (1/1/12).

2010: Played in 15 games and made two starts in his only season with the Redskins … totaled 42 tackles, 2.5 sacks and four passes defensed … notched seven tackles and a half-sack vs. Hou (9/19) … inactive @ Phi (10/3), the only game he missed during the ’10 season … had two tackles and a pass defensed vs. GB (10/10), helping the Redskins defeat the eventual Super Bowl champions … collected four tackles vs. Ind (10/17) … posted a sack @ Ten (11/21) … recorded three tackles vs. TB (12/12) … registered six tackles and a sack @ Dal (12/19) … posted a season high eight tackle while starting @ Jax (12/26) … started in the season finale vs. NYG (1/2/11) and finished with four tackles.

2009: Played in all 16 games with three starts in only season with Denver … recorded 33 tackles, five sacks and two forced fumbles … notched his first sack as a Bronco vs. Dal (10/4) … had three tackles and a sack vs. NE (10/11) … collected a season-high five tackles @ Was (11/15) … had four tackles vs. SD (11/22) … registered four tackles and a sack vs. Oak (12/20).

2008: Played in all 16 games with 15 starts … also started in Miami’s lone postseason contest … registered 46 tackles, 3.5 sacks, one fumble recovery and one pass defensed … posted a season-high seven tackles vs. Bal (10/19) … had 1.5 sacks in consecutive games, vs. Sea (11/9) and vs. Oak (11/16) … capped off the regular season with six tackles @ NYJ (12/28), helping the Dolphins clinch the AFC East title … started and had one tackle in the Wild Card game vs. Bal (1/4/09).

2007: Started 12 games, missing four games due to an ankle injury … totaled 42 tackles, two sacks, one forced fumble and one pass defensed on the season … posted a season-high six tackles in the opener @ Was (9/9) … collected four tackles and a sack @ NYJ (9/23) … suffered an ankle injury vs. Oak (9/30) and missed the next four games … had five tackles and a sack @ Pit (11/26) … recorded five tackles and forced a fumble @ Buf (12/9) … had five tackles @ NE (12/23).

2006: Started all 16 games for the second consecutive season and fifth time in his career … finished the season with 66 tackles, 7.0 sacks, one fumble recovery and one pass defensed … ranked second on the team in sacks and fourth in tackles … his seven sacks were the second-highest total by a Dolphin interior lineman since sacks became official stat in 1982 … ranked third among all NFL interior linemen in sacks, behind only Oakland’s Warren Sapp and Detroit’s Cory Redding … opened the season with eight tackles @ Pit (9/7) … collected six solo tackles and a sack @ Hou (10/1) … had six tackles and a sack @ NYJ (10/15) … notched seven tackles and a sack vs. Min (11/19) … had two sacks in Thanksgiving Day game @ Det (11/23) … posted a career-high-tying 10 tackles @ Buf (12/17); marked the fourth time in his career he had recorded 10 tackles in a game and the first time as a Dolphin.

2005: Started all 16 games in his first season with the Dolphins, recording 56 tackles, five sacks, two fumble recoveries and six passes defensed … ranked fourth on the team in sacks … had five tackles @ Buf (10/9) … collected a season-high and team-leading six tackles @ NO (10/30); also posted his first sack as a Dolphin … played in his 100th career game vs. NE (11/13) … totaled five tackles and two sacks @ Oak (11/27), marking his eighth career multi-sack game and first since 9/7/03 when he had three with the Chiefs … had four tackles and a sack @ SD (12/11) … recorded five tackles and a sack and recovered a fumble vs. Ten (12/24).

2004: Played in nine games and made just three starts due to injuries … missed the final five games, including the last two on injured reserve, due to a groin injury … had 13 tackles and two passes defensed on the season … notched a season-high four tackles in the season opener @ Den (9/12) … had three tackles each @ Jax (10/17) and vs. Atl (10/24).

2003: Started all 16 regular season games and one postseason contest in his first season with Kansas City … totaled 80 tackles, a team-leading 5.5 sacks, a forced fumble and three passes defensed … had six solo tackles and three sacks, the second-highest total of his career, in his first game with the Chiefs vs. SD (9/7) … collected eight tackles vs. Pit (9/14) … posted a season-high nine tackles, including a half-sack, vs. Oak (11/23) … recorded seven tackles vs. Det (12/14) … matched his season high with nine tackles @ Min (12/20) … started and had three tackles in Divisional Playoff matchup vs. Ind (1/11/04); marked the third straight year and fourth time in his first six NFL seasons that he was part of a playoff team.

2002: Started 10 games and one postseason game … inactive for six games due to a torn pectoral muscle and a knee injury … recorded 26 tackles, six sacks, an INT, three forced fumbles and four passes defensed on the season … had six tackles @ NO (9/15) … notched his second career INT @ SF (12/15) … won NFC Defensive Player of the Week honors for his performance vs. Buf (12/22) after he set the Packers single-game sack record with five sacks of QB Drew Bledsoe; also had seven total tackles and forced three fumbles in the game … started and had one tackle in Wild Card game vs. Atl (1/4/03).

2001: Started all 16 games for the second time in his career and also started in both of the Packers postseason matchups … notched a career-high 81 tackles and had seven sacks, three fumble recoveries, one forced fumble and three passes defensed … was second on the team in sacks and led all Green Bay linemen in tackles … collected six tackles and two sacks in the season opener vs. Det (9/9) … equaled a career-high with 10 tackles, including a sack, vs. TB (11/4) … had seven solo tackles @ Chi (11/11) … enjoyed one of the best games of his career @ Ten (12/16), tying his career-high with 10 tackles, including a career-best nine solo tackles, and added two sacks, two fumble recoveries and a forced fumble … got his first postseason victory in the Wild Card game vs. SF (1/13/02), and had a postseason career-high five tackles in the game … collected four tackles in the Divisional Playoff contest @ STL (1/20/02).

2000: Played in 12 games and made nine starts, missing four games due to injuries to his hamstring and ankle … finished the season with 47 tackles, five sacks, an INT and four passes defensed … had six tackles in season opener vs. NYJ (9/3) … collected his first career INT, picking off a Rob Johnson pass attempt @ Buf (9/10) … was injured @ Ari (9/24) and missed the next three games … notched a season-high seven tackles @ Chi (12/3) … recorded five tackles and two sacks in the season finale vs. TB (12/24).

1999: Started all 16 games and posted 67 tackles, six sacks, a fumble recovery, a forced fumble and six passes defensed on the season … second on the team in sacks and led all Packers defensive linemen in tackles … posted a career-high 10 tackles @ Det (9/19) … recorded eight tackles @ Den (10/17) … had six tackles and two sacks vs. Sea (11/1); marked his third career multi-sack game … recovered a fumble @ Dal (11/14) … closed out the season with six solo tackles and a sack vs. Ari (1/2/00).

1998: Started 12 regular season games and one postseason game as a rookie … recorded 39 tackles, eight sacks, two fumble recoveries and five passes defensed … named to the All-Rookie Team … his eight sacks established a Packers franchise rookie sack record and was second on the team that season … finished second to Raiders CB Charles Woodson for AP Defensive Rookie of the Year honors … had his first career sack in his NFL debut vs. Det (9/6) … had first career multi-sack game with two takedowns @ Car (9/27) … named NFL Defensive Rookie of the Month for September after recording four sacks in the month … had a season-high eight tackles and a fumble recovery vs. Min (10/5) … collected seven tackles and two sacks @ NYG (11/5) … suffered an ankle injury @ Min (11/22) … inactive for four of the last five regular season games … started and had a sack in Wild Card playoff game @ SF (1/3/99).

College:

Played in 46 games with 28 starts in four seasons at the University of North Carolina … totaled 162 tackles and 11 sacks during his Tar Heel career, earning All-ACC first-team honors as a senior … had a career-high 64 tackles and five sacks as a senior … team co-captain in ’97 … one of three true freshmen to play for North Carolina in ’94, recording 12 tackles in 10 games … earned a degree in Communications.

Personal:

Attended Camden (South Carolina) High School, where he was named first-team All-State and the Class 3A Lineman of the Year as a senior … three-time all-area and all-conference selection on defense, and earned one all-conference honor at TE … also played basketball and baseball … earned all-conference accolades in basketball as a senior, helping the team reach the state semifinals … played pitcher, catcher, first base and third base in baseball … named South Carolina’s Male Professional Athlete of the Year in 1999 as selected by the South Carolina Athletic Hall of Fame … grew up in a household as the only boy among five women, his mother, grandmother, two sisters and aunt … cousin, Corey, was a wide receiver at North Carolina and with the Pittsburgh Steelers (1995-97) … extremely active in the community through the Vonnie Holliday Foundation … he and wife, Eboni, have a daughter, Kali, and a son, Joey.

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