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BLACK SOCIAL HISTORY : AFRICAN AMERICAN " JOHN ABRAHAM " IS A FORMER AMERICAN FOOTBALL OUTSIDE LINEBACKER WHO PLAYED IN THE NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE (NFL) l: GOES INTO THE " HALL OF BLACK GENIUS "

BLACK   SOCIAL  HISTORY                                                                                                                                     John Abraham (American football)


John Abraham
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Position:Outside linebacker
Personal information
Date of birth:May 6, 1978 (age 37)
Place of birth:Timmonsville, South Carolina
Height:6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Weight:263 lb (119 kg)
Career information
High school:Lamar (SC)
College:South Carolina
NFL draft:2000 / Round: 1 / Pick: 13
Career history
Career highlights and awards
NFL
Career NFL statistics
Tackles:533
Quarterback sacks:133.5
Forced fumbles:46
Interceptions:1
Stats at NFL.com
John Antonio Abraham (born May 6, 1978) is a former American football outside linebacker who played 15 seasons in the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at South Carolina, and was drafted by the New York Jets in the first round of the 2000 NFL Draft. Abraham also played for the Atlanta Falcons and Arizona Cardinals.

Early years

Abraham was born in Timmonsville, South Carolina. In his high school years at Lamar High School in Lamar, South Carolina, he was primarily an athlete in the track program, where he set the current South Carolina record for the 200-meter dash, at 22.6 seconds, and ran the 100 meters in 11.26 seconds. He also competed in the throwing events, recording top-throws of 13.61 meters in the shot put and 43.05 meters in the discus. He played organized football for the first time as a senior in high school.

College career

While Abraham played just one season of high school football, he was nonetheless recruited to play for coach Brad Scott'sSouth Carolina Gamecocks football team at the University of South Carolina. While he was a Gamecock, he amassed 23.5quarterback sacks, ranking second on South Carolina's career list, and was a first-team All-Southeastern Conference(SEC) selection.

Professional career

New York Jets

Drafted in the first round of the 2000 NFL Draft, he made an immediate impact for the New York Jets; in his rookie season, he recorded 12 tackles and 4.5 sacks in only six games before being injured. In 2001, he recorded 58 tackles and 13 sacks, and was named to the AFC Pro Bowl. In 2002, he recorded 48 tackles, with 10 sacks, and was again named to the Pro Bowl. In 2003, he only recorded 37 tackles and six sacks, due to being injured mid-season.
Abraham tied a franchise record set by Joe Klecko and Mark Gastineau with four sacks in a game on November 4, 2001 against the New Orleans Saints.[1]
Abraham was designated Franchise Player by the Jets on February 21, 2006.[2]

Atlanta Falcons

Abraham was traded to the Atlanta Falcons in exchange for Atlanta's 2006 NFL Draft first round pick (No. 29), which was acquired from Denver Broncos.[3]
In 2008, he had a career high 16.5 sacks through the entire season and ranked 3rd in the league that year. Despite the great numbers he was not elected by voters to play in the 2009 Pro Bowl.
On December 12, 2010, Abraham recorded two sacks against the Carolina Panthers. The two sacks gave him 100.5 for his career, making him only the 25th player in NFL history to eclipse 100. On December 27, on Monday Night Football against the New Orleans Saints, Abraham recorded his first career interception after deflecting and catching aDrew Brees pass attempt.
In December 2010, Abraham was selected to his fourth Pro Bowl.
On June 21, 2012, Abraham signed a 3-year $16.72 million contract to remain in Atlanta.[4]
On March 1, 2013, Abraham was released by the Atlanta Falcons.[5]

Arizona Cardinals

Abraham signed with the Arizona Cardinals on July 25, 2013.[6] In his first season in Arizona, he recorded 11.5 sacks, which ranked seventh in the NFL,[7] and 4 forced fumbles.[8]Despite a productive first season with the Cardinals, Abraham left the game on September 10, 2014, after a concussion he suffered during a Monday Night Football game against The San Diego Chargers. After the game, he spoke with Bruce Arians for several hours discussing if he should retire.[9] On September 19, 2014, Abraham's 2014 season prematurely ended as the Cardinals placed him on injured reserve due to his concussion.[10]

NFL stats

YearTeamGPCOMBTOTALASTSACKFFFRFR YDSINTIR YDSAVG IRLNGTDPD
2000NYJ612844.5200000000
2001NYJ1663531013.0630000000
2002NYJ1662481410.0100000002
2003NYJ7322396.0100000000
2004NYJ124833159.5310000002
2005NYJ1658441410.5610000001
2006ATL8181534.0400000001
2007ATL163231110.0400000004
2008ATL163836216.5400000001
2009ATL16353055.5100000001
2010ATL154035513.0200166604
2011ATL153525109.5410000002
2012ATL163532310.0600000007
2013ARI163731611.5400000003
2014ARI10000000000000
Career192545444101133.548601666028
Key
  • GP: games played
  • COMB: combined tackles
  • TOTAL: total tackles
  • AST: assisted tackles
  • SACK: sacks
  • FF: forced fumbles
  • FR: fumble recoveries
  • FR YDS: fumble return yards
  • INT: interceptions
  • IR YDS: interception return yards
  • AVG IR: average interception return
  • LNG: longest interception return
  • TD: interceptions returned for touchdown
  • PD: passes defensed

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Abraham was raised by his mother, Maggie Abraham. Abraham has a daughter, Endraya.[12] He enjoys watching basketball in his spare time and his favorite team is the Los Angeles Lakers. He cites running back Walter Payton and wide receiver Jerry Rice as his childhood heroes. He attended the Jets' May 5, 2003 blood drive to benefit hospitals throughout QueensNassau and Suffolk counties.