PRO (230-196/18-16): Signed a five-year deal (four-year extension) in 2008 training camp to keep him with the team through 2012…responded in 2008 by earning his second trip to the Pro Bowl…signed a four-year contract extension through the 2008 season with the team July 22, 2004…signed with Pittsburgh as an unrestricted free agent in 2002 from the New York Jets…has blossomed into an All-Pro player for the Steelers…was one of six Steelers selected to the 2005 Pro Bowl, his first selection…selected the 2004 team MVP… also earned first-team All-Pro honors in 2004 for the first time in his career, and was named to the Pro Football Weekly All-NFL team and All-Pro by The Sporting News…originally drafted by the New York Jets in the first round (8th overall) in the 1997 NFL Draft.
2011 (14-14/1-1): 9/11 at Baltimore: Made his 140th start at LILB as a Steeler…had four tackles…9/18 vs. Seattle: Started his 88th consecutive game at LILB, which is the longest current starting streak on the team and fourth longest streak for active linebackers…had five tackles…added one sack for a seven-yard loss…was part of a defense that held the Seahawks to 164 total yards and had five sacks…9/25 at Indianapolis: Started at LILB…had four tackles…was part of a defense that held the Colts to 241 total yards…10/2 at Houston: Made his 90th consecutive start at LILB…had eight tackles…recorded his 1,500th career tackle…10/9 vs. Tennessee: Started at LILB…had a game-high 13 tackles…was part of a defense that held the Titans to 66 yards rushing…10/16 vs. Jacksonville: Started at LILB…had a team-high 12 tackles…recorded his second sack of the season, a six-yarder…was part of a defense that held the Jaguars to 209 total yards…10/23 at Arizona: Started at LILB…had four tackles and one pass breakup…was part of a defense that held the Cardinals to 73 yards rushing…10/30/11 vs. New England: Was inactive due to a calf injury, snapping his streak of 93 consecutive starts at LILB…11/6/11 vs. Baltimore: Was inactive due to a calf injury…11/13 at Cincinnati: Started at LILB after missing the past two games with a calf injury…had six tackles and one QB pressure…11/27 at Kansas City: Played in his 225th career game, starting at LILB…had 11 tackles and one QB pressure…12/4 vs. Cincinnati: Started at LILB for the 150th time in his career with the Steelers...finished with six tackles and one QB hurry…12/8 vs. Cleveland: Started at LILB…had two tackles, one QB pressure and one pass breakup…was part of a defense that held the Browns to three points…12/19 at San Francisco: Started at LILB and posted four tackles…12/24 vs. St. Louis: Started at LILB and posted five tackles…1/1 at Cleveland: Started at LILB…had four tackles…AFC Wild Card 1/8 at Denver: Started at LILB…had six tackles.
2010 (16-16/3-3): Named defensive team captain…started all 16 regular-season games at linebacker...finished second on the team with 137 tackles…added six sacks, which ties a career high he set in 2007 for the Steelers…had 21 QB pressures, three pass breakups, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery…was part of a defense that held opponents to an NFL-best and Steelers’ team-record 62.8 rushing yards per game…started all three postseason games…finished third on the team with 18 tackles in the postseason…his current streak of 80 consecutive regular-season starts ranks fifth in the NFL for linebackers…9/12 vs. Atlanta: Had 11 tackles and one QB pressure…a part of a defense that held the Falcons to 58 yards rushing...9/19 at Tennessee: Had six tackles…had one QB pressure…was part of a defense that forced six Titans’ turnovers…part of a defense that limited the Titans to only 46 rushing yards…9/26 at Tampa Bay: Had eight tackles and one QB pressure…forced his first fumble of the season in the second quarter…was part of a defense that limited the Buccaneers to only 75 yards rushing…10/3 vs. Baltimore: Finished with eight tackles…helped the defense limit Baltimore to only 70 yards rushing and forced two turnovers…10/17 vs. Cleveland: Had eight tackles…was part of a defense that forced three Browns’ turnovers, had five sacks and limited the Browns to only 70 yards rushing…10/24 at Miami: Had 11 tackles…recovered his first fumble of the season, and 10th of his career in the second quarter…was part of a defense that held the Dolphins to 64 yards rushing…10/31 at New Orleans: Had 10 tackles…was part of a defense that held the Saints to 30 yards rushing, had two sacks and forced two turnovers…11/8 at Cincinnati: Had a team-high 10 tackles…had his first sack of the season, a six-yarder in the third quarter…had four QB pressures…had one special teams tackle…was part of a defense that held the Bengals to 54 yards rushing and had four sacks…11/14 vs. New England: Had a team-high 14 tackles…had two QB pressures…11/21 vs. Oakland: Had a team-high 12 tackles…posted an eight-yard sack in the second quarter, giving him two for the year and 29 for his career…had one pass breakup…was part of a defense that held the Raiders to 61 yards rushing, had six sacks and forced three turnovers…11/28 at Buffalo: Had six tackles…had a three-yard sack, his third of the season…had three QB pressures…had two pass breakups…was part of a defense that held the Bills to 74 yards rushing and had two sacks…12/5 at Baltimore: Had seven tackles…had one QB pressure…posted his fourth sack of the season with an eight-yarder…was part of a defense that held the Ravens to less than 50 yards rushing and had four sacks…12/12 vs. Cincinnati: Had seven tackles and one QB pressure…was part of a defense that held the Bengals to 34 yards rushing, had three sacks and forced three interceptions…12/19 vs. N.Y. Jets: Made his 180th career start at linebacker…had eight tackles…recorded his fifth sack of the season in the first quarter…was part of a defense that held the Jets to less than 300 yards of total offense…12/23 vs. Carolina: Had eight tackles…posted a four-yard sack on the first play of the second quarter, giving him six on the year…his six sacks tie his career high for a single season, set in 2007…has now posted at least one sack in five of the past six games...was part of a defense that held the Panthers to 119 total yards…1/2 at Cleveland: Had three tackles…was part of a defense that held the Browns to 43 yards rushing…AFC Divisional Game 1/15 vs. Baltimore: Started his 13th career playoff game as a Steeler and played in his 16th career postseason game (three games came with the New York Jets)…had six tackles…had one QB pressure and had two pass breakups…was part of a defense that held the Ravens to 35 yards rushing, had five sacks and forced three turnovers…AFC Championship Game 1/23 vs. N.Y. Jets: Finished with a game-high 10 tackles and one QB pressure…was part of a defense that held the Jets to less than 300 total yards and had two sacks…Super Bowl XLV 2/6 vs. Green Bay: Finished with two tackles…was part of a defense that had three sacks and held the Packers to 55 rushing yards.
2009 (16-16): Led the team with 126 total tackles, his seventh straight season with at least 100 tackles…had three sacks and one interception…played in 200th career game starting at ILB during the final game of the season…also won Pro Football Writers (Pittsburgh Chapter) Chief Award…9/10 vs. Tennessee: Made his 55th consecutive start at ILB…finished second on the team with seven tackles (two solo) and recorded the Steelers only sack…9/20 at Chicago: Made his 56th consecutive start at ILB…finished with a team-high 12 tackles (nine solo)…9/27 at Cincinnati: Made his 57th consecutive start at ILB…finished with seven tackles (six solo), one QB pressure and one pass defense…10/4 vs. San Diego: Made his 58th consecutive start at ILB…finished with four tackles (three solo), two QB pressures and one fumble recovery…10/11 at Detroit: Made his 59th consecutive start at ILB…finished with seven tackles (five solo)…10/18 vs. Cleveland: Made his 60th consecutive start at ILB…recorded seven solo tackles…10/25 vs. Minnesota: Made his 61st consecutive start at ILB…recorded 15 tackles (nine solo), three pressures, one pass breakup and one sack…11/9 at Denver: Made his 62nd consecutive start at ILB…recorded four solo tackles…11/15 vs. Cincinnati: Made his 63rd consecutive start at ILB…recorded 10 tackles (seven solo)…11/22 at Kansas City: Made his 64th consecutive start at ILB…recorded seven tackles (six solo), one pressure and one pass breakup…11/29 at Baltimore: Made his 65th consecutive start at ILB…recorded four solo tackles, one sack and one forced fumble…12/6 vs. Oakland: Made his 66th consecutive start at ILB…recorded eight tackles (four solo)…12/10 at Cleveland: Made his 67th consecutive start at ILB…recorded seven tackles (four solo) and one QB hit…12/20 vs. Green Bay: Made his 68th consecutive start at ILB…recorded three solo tackles and two QB hits…12/27 vs. Baltimore: Made his 69th consecutive start at ILB…recorded 12 tackles (seven solo), and one interception…made his first interception of the season, his 11th of his career…1/3 at Miami: Played in his 200th career game starting at ILB…recorded 12 tackles (nine solo) with one QB hit.
2008 (16-16/3-3): Started all 16 regular-season games for the third consecutive season...named to his second Pro Bowl...named AP second-team All-Pro... led the team for the third consecutive season with 146 tackles (100 solo), the third-highest total of his career...added 3.5 sacks and five pass defenses...surpassed 1,200 career tackles (1,218) December 21 at Tennessee...started all three postseason games...led the team with 21 postseason tackles (19 solo) and had one pass defense...9/7 vs. Houston: Started his 39th consecutive game at ILB...finished with eight tackles (four solo)...added a half-sack for a seven-yard loss and one QB pressure...9/14 at Cleveland: Started his 40th consecutive game at ILB...tied Larry Foote for the team lead with nine tackles (six solo)...helped limit Cleveland to 53 yards on 25 attempts (2.1 avg.)...9/21 at Philadelphia: Started his 41st consecutive game at ILB...finished with eight tackles (seven solo)...member of a unit which limited the Eagles to only 65 yards rushing on 23 attempts (2.8 avg.)...9/29 vs. Baltimore: Started his 42nd consecutive game at ILB...finished with a team-high 10 tackles, including one tackle for loss...10/5 at Jacksonville: Made his 43rd consecutive start at ILB...recorded three tackles (one solo)... helped limit the Jaguars to 213 total yards of offense on 54 plays (3.9 avg.)...10/19 at Cincinnati: Started his 44th consecutive game at ILB...led the team with 10 tackles (six solo)...had a sack of Ryan Fitzpatrick in the second quarter for a two-yard loss...added one QB pressure and one pass defense...10/26 vs. New York Giants: Played in his 175th career game and made his 45th consecutive start...led the team with a then-season-high 12 tackles (six solo)...had two QB pressures...11/3 at Washington: Made his 46th consecutive start at ILB...led the team with a season-high 13 tackles (12 solo)...had three pass defenses and 0.5 sacks...11/9 vs. Indianapolis: Made his 100th career start as a member of the Steelers...recorded two solo tackles and had one QB pressure...11/16 vs. San Diego: Made his 48th consecutive start at ILB...finished with seven tackles (two solo)...11/20 vs. Cincinnati: Made his 145th career start at ILB...finished second on the team with 11 tackles (eight solo)...11/30 at New England: Played in his 180th career game and made his 50th consecutive start at ILB...recorded 10 tackles (six solo) and 0.5 sacks...had one QB pressure and recovered his first fumble of the season...12/7 vs. Dallas: Made his 51st consecutive start at ILB... led the team with 11 tackles (eight solo)...had one sack for a loss of eight yards...12/14 at Baltimore: Led the team and tied his season high with 13 tackles (eight solo)...added two QB pressures and one pass defense... 12/21 at Tennessee: Made his 53rd consecutive start at ILB...finished with 10 tackles (nine solo)...surpassed 1,200 career tackles (1,209)...12/28 vs. Cleveland: Made his 150th career start...finished with nine tackles (five solo)...AFC Divisional Game 1/11 vs. San Diego: Made his ninth consecutive postseason start at ILB...led the team with nine tackles (eight solo)...AFC Championship Game 1/18 vs. Baltimore: Made his 10th consecutive postseason start at ILB...finished with five solo tackles and one pass defense...Super Bowl XLIII 2/1 vs. Arizona: Made his 11th consecutive postseason start at ILB...tied for the team lead with seven tackles (six solo) and had one QB pressure.
2007 (16-16/1-1): Started all 16 games for the second consecutive year…also started the AFC Wild Card Game against Jacksonville where he led the team with nine tackles and recorded his second career postseason interception…led team with 111 tackles…ranked second on the team with a career-high six sacks…finished second on the team with 24 QB pressures…added six pass defenses and two forced fumbles…recorded a season-high 12 tackles in the Week 11 loss to the Jets…tied a career-high with two sacks Week 5 against Seattle...9/9 at Cleveland: Started at LILB…tied for the most tackles in the game with seven (three solo)…was credited with one sack for a loss of eight yards, one defensed pass and a forced fumble...also had a quarterback pressure...9/16 vs. Buffalo: Started at LILB and racked up 10 total tackles (seven solo)…also logged two quarterback pressures...9/23 vs. San Francisco: Started at LILB…had four tackles (two solo) including a sack for a loss of eight yards on Alex Smith…also knocked down one pass…part of a defensive unit that limited Frank Gore to only 39 rushing yards...9/30 at Arizona: Started his 80th game with the Steelers at LILB and logged three solo tackles…also had one quarterback pressure...10/7 vs. Seattle: Started his 81st game with the Steelers at LILB and registered eight tackles (four solo) including one full and two half sacks on Matt Hasselbeck…also had two quarterback pressures…part of a defensive unit that allowed only 144 total yards, 38 rushing, 106 passing yards and only eight first downs...10/21 at Denver: Made his 158th career start at LILB…had six tackles (three solo), leaving him one tackle shy of 1,000 career tackles…part of a defensive unit that allowed Broncos’ running backs to pick up only 54 rushing yards...10/28 at Cincinnati: Made his 125th career start at RILB…saw 52 defensive snaps and racked up five solo tackles…his five tackles put him over 1,000 career tackles (1,004), including 728 solo...11/5 vs. Baltimore: Played in his 160th career game and logged his 30th consecutive start at LILB…racked up six solo tackles, including one sack for a loss of seven yards…part of a defensive unit that allowed the Ravens only 104 total yards, with 64 coming on the ground and 40 yards by air…the Baltimore offense managed only five first downs all night...11/11 vs. Cleveland: Started in his 31st consecutive game at LILB and saw action on 55 defensive snaps…finished the game with four tackles (three solo)…also had three quarterback pressures…part of a defensive unit that allowed only 163 total yards, including 40 rushing and 123 passing yards...11/18 at New York Jets: Made his 32nd consecutive and 128th start of his career…paced the team with 12 tackles (six solo)…also recorded a half-sack for a loss of five yards (along with LB Larry Foote)...11/26 vs. Miami: Made his 33rd consecutive start at LILB…finished the game with 11 tackles (seven solo), a half-sack for a loss of four yards on Dolphins QB John Beck and four QB hurries…also added one forced fumble, which gave him two on the season... part of a defense that gave up only 159 total yards, including 49 rushing, 110 passing and only nine first downs...12/2 vs. Cincinnati: Started in the 130th game of his career at LILB…logged 70 defensive snaps…led the team with 10 tackles (six solo)…also had four QB pressures, while adding two passes defensed...12/9 at New England: Started for the 35th consecutive game at LILB…saw action on 57 defensive snaps…finished with five tackles (four solo) and two pressures on Patriots’ quarterback Tom Brady...12/16 vs. Jacksonville: Made his 36th consecutive start at LILB and finished the game with eight tackles (two solo)...12/20 at St. Louis: Made his 133rd career start at LILB…saw action on 60 defensive snaps and finished with three solo tackles, two pressures on the quarterback and tallied his first interception of the season...12/30 at Baltimore: Made his 38th consecutive start at LILB, while playing in his 168th career game…finished with a team-high (tied) nine tackles (eight solo) and one pass defensed...AFC WILD CARD 1/5/08 vs. Jacksonville: Appeared in his 12th postseason matchup, while starting in his eight consecutive at LILB…finished with a team-high nine tackles (four solo)…picked off a Jaguars’ pass in the third quarter and returned it for two yards, giving him his second career postseason interception…also posted a half-sack for a loss of six yards in the fourth quarter, giving him 5.5 for his career in the postseason, while also tallying one pass defensed.
2006 (16/16): Started all 16 games for the third time in four years…led the team in tackles with 154, including 104 solo…added four sacks, two forced fumbles and one fumble recovery…named co-captain of the defense…9/7 vs. Miami: Started at LILB and recorded seven tackles (six solo)…added one sack and one quarterback hurry/pressure…logged 60 snaps…9/18 at Jacksonville: Recorded game highs with 15 tackles and 11 solo tackles…started at LILB and recorded one pass defense, tipping a Byron Leftwich pass that was intercepted by teammate Clark Haggans…also added one quarterback hurry/pressure while logging 71 snaps…9/24 vs. Cincinnati: Recorded a game-high 10 tackles (eight solo) while logging 57 plays…also recorded one pass defense and a fumble recovery…10/8 at San Diego: Tied a team high with eight tackles (five solo)…logged 72 plays…10/15 vs. Kansas City: Recorded four tackles (two solo) and a pass defense while logging 54 plays…registered one pass defense…10/22 at Atlanta: Recorded seven tackles (five solo), one tackle for loss and one quarterback hurry/pressure…registered a pass defense and intercepted (ninth career) a Michael Vick pass to kill a potential scoring drive…logged 72 snaps…10/29 at Oakland: Had a game-high 10 tackles (eight solo) and a pass defense…recorded one sack for a loss of eight yards in 52 plays...stuffed Zach Crockett for a one-yard loss on fourth-and-one from the Steelers' 40-yard line…11/5 vs. Denver: Recorded a game-high 11 tackles (10 solo) while logging 54 plays…recorded one tackle for loss…11/12 vs. New Orleans: Started at LILB despite having an injured groin…recorded a game-high nine solo tackles (11 total) and forced a fumble…logged 56 snaps…11/19 at Cleveland: Recorded a game-high 12 tackles (four solo)…registered a quarterback hurry/pressure and one sack for a loss of loss of five yards…11/26 at Baltimore: Had a game-high eight solo tackles (nine total) and two quarterback hurries/pressures…logged 66 snaps…surpassed 100 tackles (104) for the fourth straight season (fifth time in his career)…12/3 vs. Tampa Bay: Collected a game-high 11 assisted tackles and 17 total tackles, including one tackle for loss…forced a fumble that was recovered by teammate Larry Foote…logged 57 plays and added one pass defense…12/7 vs. Cleveland: Logged 49 snaps and recorded seven tackles (four solo), one quarterback hurry/pressure and one pass defense…12/17 at Carolina: Logged 43 snaps…recorded a team-high nine tackles (seven solo) and one quarterback hurry/pressure…sacked Chris Weinke for a loss of eight yards…played in his 150th career game…12/24 vs. Baltimore: Posted a team-high (tied) eight tackles (four solo)…12/31 at Cincinnati: Logged 56 snaps and posted a team-high nine tackles (seven solo)…added three quarterback hurries/pressures and one pass defense…surpassed 700 solo tackles on his career…added one special teams tackle.
2005 (14-14/4-4): Started all 14 regular-season games and four postseason games that he played in…missed two games during the regular season with a knee injury (Weeks 10 and 11)…finished second on the team in tackles (113)…forced three fumbles and had two sacks…had 2.5 sacks in the postseason to go along with one interception and 22 total tackles…named co-captain of the Steelers defense…9/11 vs. Tennessee: Played 49 snaps at inside linebacker…recorded six tackles (five solo) and forced one fumble...9/18 at Houston: Played 58 defensive snaps and led team with 11 tackles (seven solo)…9/25 vs. New England: Was all over the field, recording a team-best 13 tackles (eight solo), a sack and a quarterback hurry/pressure while logging 74 defensive snaps…10/10 at San Diego: Started and registered nine tackles (seven solo) which ranked second on the team…played 63 snaps…10/16 vs. Jacksonville: Finished the game with nine tackles (five solo), two quarterback hurries/pressures and a pass defense…played 74 snaps…10/23 at Cincinnati: Started at LILB…registered seven solo tackles and two quarterback hurries/pressures while logging 57 snaps…also registered one tackle for a loss…10/31 vs. Baltimore: Logged 75 snaps and registered eight solo tackles (nine total)…11/6 at Green Bay: Logged 41 snaps and recorded four solo tackles before leaving the game early in the third quarter with a sprained knee…also registered a forced fumble…11/13 vs. Cleveland: Did not play due to knee injury…11/20 at Baltimore: Did not play due to knee injury…11/28 at Indianapolis: Returned to the starting lineup after missing the previous two games with a knee injury…recorded seven tackles (six solo) and one quarterback hurry/pressure on 62 snaps…12/4 vs. Cincinnati: Started at LILB and logged 65 snaps…tied for a game high with seven solo tackles…12/11 vs. Chicago: Recorded a team-high 11 tackles (seven solo) and one pass defense on 57 plays…12/18 at Minnesota: Started at LILB (his 100th career start) and had seven tackles (five solo)…also had two tackles for a loss while logging 53 plays…12/24 at Cleveland: Recorded five tackles (four solo) and one fumble recovery on 51 plays…1/1 vs. Detroit: Recorded eight tackles (four solo) and one sack…sack was his second of the season…defended one pass and forced one fumble while logging 60 plays…AFC Wild Card Game 1/8 at Cincinnati: Started at LILB and recorded four tackles (three solo) and his first career postseason interception, which he returned 22 yards to set up K Jeff Reed's 21-yard FG in the fourth quarter…also had one pass defense…AFC Divisional Game 1/15 at Indianapolis: Had team highs in tackles (10), solo tackles (8) and sacks (2.5)…teamed with Joey Porter to sack Peyton Manning on 4th-and-16 to end the Colts' second-to-last drive…AFC Championship Game 1/22 at Denver: Recorded two solo tackles and defensed one pass…Super Bowl XL 2/5 vs. Seattle: Had six tackles (four solo) and one pass defense.
2004 (16-16/2-2): Earned first-team All-Pro honors…was voted to his first Pro Bowl…led the team with 119 total tackles (82 solo)…topped the 100-tackle mark for the second consecutive season and the third time for his career…was selected as one of the defensive co-captains along with Joey Porter…signed a four-year contract extension through the 2008 season with the team July 22, 2004…9/12 vs. Oakland: Had a big day, including his fourth career interception—second as a Steeler…returned the interception 36 yards, the third-longest interception return of his career…finished with seven total tackles (five solo)…played all 65 defensive snaps...9/19 at Baltimore: Finished with eight total tackles (six solo)…also was credited with a quarterback hurry/pressure…played all 64 defensive snaps...9/26 at Miami: Delivered some big hits and recovered two fumbles…finished with seven total tackles (four solo)…also had two quarterback hurries/pressures and three tackles for losses…played all 61 defensive snaps...10/3 vs. Cincinnati: Recovered his third fumble of the season on a hit by Larry Foote…logged 66 plays…finished with eight total tackles (five solo)...10/10 vs. Cleveland: Led the team with eight total tackles (five solo)…also was credited two quarterback hurries/pressures...played 59 defensive snaps...10/17 at Dallas: Had another big game…was named the AFC Defensive Player of the Week for his performance…joined Ben Roethlisberger (Offensive Player) as Steelers become first team since 1994 to have both an AFC offensive and defensive player of the week at the same time…forced the fumble that was recovered by Kimo von Oelhoffen and returned 21 yards to set up the Steelers' game-winning TD…registered two sacks for 16 yards and forced three fumbles…led the team with nine total tackles (five solo)...logged all 63 defensive plays...10/31 vs. New England: Finished with six total tackles (five solo)…played all 55 defensive snaps...11/17 vs. Philadelphia: Collected his second interception of the season and returned it 41 yards, his longest interception return as a Steeler and the second longest of his career…finished with six total tackles (four solo)...logged all 38 defensive plays...11/14 at Cleveland: Had another strong performance, forcing his fourth fumble of the season on a crunching tackle of Browns' running back Lee Suggs…led the team with eight total tackles (three solo)…also was credited with one pass defense…played all 51 defensive snaps...11/21 at Cincinnati: Scored the first touchdown of his career on a 14-yard interception return, his third interception of the season...registered four solo tackles…also was credited with a quarterback hurry/pressure and two passes defensed…played all 46 defensive snaps...11/28 vs. Washington: Finished with eight tackles (five solo)…also had one quarterback hurry/pressure…played all 56 defensive snaps...12/5 at Jacksonville: Led the team with 14 total tackles (12 solo), his first double-digit total of the season…also was credited with one pass defense…played all 66 defensive snaps...12/12 vs. New York Jets: Led the team for the second consecutive week in tackles with 11 total (six solo), his second straight double-digit tackling performance……also collected his fourth interception of the season and returned it 22 yards…also had one pass defense...12/18 at New York Giants: Finished with four total tackles (three solo)…played all 48 defensive snaps...12/26 vs. Baltimore: Registered 10 total tackles (nine solo)…also was credited with one pass defense…played all 54 defensive snaps...1/2 at Buffalo: Recorded one solo tackle in his limited action…played just 12 defensive snaps...AFC Divisional Playoff Game 1/15 vs. New York Jets: Finished with nine total tackles (four solo)...AFC Championship Game 1/23 vs. New England: Led the team with 10 total tackles (five solo).
2003 (16-16): Led the team in tackles with 127 total stops, including a team-high 106 solo tackles…also was credited with one interception, seven passes defensed, a forced and recovered fumble, and five special teams stops…9/7 vs. Baltimore: Had a huge game, registering 11 total tackles (nine solo)…also had one pass defense...9/14 at Kansas City: Recorded his first interception as a Steeler that led to a Steelers' TD in the first quarter…returned it nine yards…finished with four solo tackles…also was credited with one solo special teams tackle...9/21 at Cincinnati: Led the team with six total tackles (five solo)…also had one special teams solo tackle…logged 44 defensive snaps...9/28 vs. Tennessee: Played 32 defensive snaps...recorded six solo tackles...10/5 vs. Cleveland: Played 52 defensive snaps…recorded eight tackles (seven solo)...10/12 at Denver: Led the team with nine total tackles (eight solo)…was credited with a caused fumble (recovered by Mike Logan) and a quarterback hurry/pressure…logged 47 defensive snaps...10/26 vs. St. Louis: Led the team for the second consecutive week with 12 total tackles (10 solo)…also had one pass defense…played 79 defensive snaps...11/9 vs. Arizona: Finished with six total tackles (five solo)…also was credited with a quarterback hurry/pressure and two passes defensed...11/17 at San Francisco: Led the team with 11 total tackles (nine solo)…11/23 at Cleveland: Led the team in tackles and also recovering a fumble…finished with 14 total tackles (10 solo)…also had two tackles for loss of one yard and one quarterback hurry/pressure…logged all 77 defensive snaps...12/28 at Baltimore: Led the team with nine total tackles (six solo)…also was credited with one special teams assist…logged all 63 defensive plays.
2002 (14-14/2-1): Finished fifth on the team with 81 total tackles, including 63 solo tackles, which ranked third on the team...also had three passes defensed and one fumble recovery...registered four solo stops on special teams...9/9 at New England: Made his Steelers' debut as a starting inside linebacker in season-opener...logged 48 defensive plays…finished with eight total tackles (seven solo)…also had one quarterback hit/pressure and a pass defense...9/29 vs. Cleveland: Finished the game with eight total tackles (seven solo)...10/6 at New Orleans: Played 43 defensive snaps…finished with seven total tackles (four solo)…also had one pass defense and two solo special teams tackles...10/13 at Cincinnati: Logged 28 defensive plays…finished with four total tackles (three solo), two for losses totaling five yards...10/21 vs. Indianapolis: Tied Aaron Smith for team lead with nine total tackles (eight solo)…logged 39 defensive plays...10/27 at Baltimore: Finished with nine total tackles (six solo)…also was credited with one pass defense...11/10 vs. Atlanta: Blocked the potential game-winning 56-yard field goal attempt by Jay Feely…finished with five total tackles (four solo)…also recovered a fumble forced by Dewayne Washington…logged 50 defensive plays...11/17 at Tennessee: Played 37 defensive snaps before suffering a knee injury…was credited with eight total tackles (six solo)...12/1 at Jacksonville: Returned to the starting lineup after missing one game with his knee injury…finished with six total tackles (five solo)…played 28 defensive snaps...12/8 vs. Houston: Had one of his most productive days as a Steeler, registering five solo tackles…was credited with 4.5 tackles for losses totaling six yards…played 36 defensive snaps...12/15 vs. Carolina: Finished with three tackles…played 34 defensive snaps...12/23 at Tampa Bay: Recorded one assist before leaving the game with a shoulder injury...12/29 at Baltimore: Was deactivated in the regular season-finale to rest his ailing sternum...AFC Wild Card Game 1/5 vs. Cleveland: Finished with three solo tackles…also was credited with a sack for five yards...AFC Divisional Playoff 1/11 at Tennessee: Finished with 10 total tackles (seven solo)…also was credited with two passes defensed.
2001 (16-16): Finished the season with 175 total tackles (116 solo)...started all 16 games for the first time in his career...also was credited with one sack for eight yards, nine pass defenses and three forced fumbles…also had two interceptions which he returned for 84 yards...9/9 vs. Indianapolis: Had 10 tackles (eight solo) in the season opener...9/23 at New England: Produced perhaps his finest day as a Jet when he tied Victor Green for the team lead in tackles (13)...added a tackle for a loss and recorded his second career interception…picked off a Drew Bledsoe pass intended for WR Charles Johnson in the Jets' end zone on a third-and-seven from the Jets' eight-yard line in the fourth quarter and with the Jets leading, 10-3...returned the ball from three yards deep in the end zone out to the NYJ 44-yard line…10/1 vs. San Francisco: Had a team-high 13 tackles and forced a fumble at the beginning of the third quarter when he stripped TE Eric Johnson of the ball at the 49ers' 41 that was recovered by Jets DT Tom Barndt…10/7 at Buffalo: Registered a team-high 16 tackles and two forced fumbles...the first forced fumble occurred in the third quarter when he tackled FB Larry Centers after a one-yard gain and the ball was picked up by Mo Lewis and returned 15 yards for a TD...also stripped RB Travis Henry of the ball at the Jets' 41 in the third quarter that was recovered by Buffalo...10/14 vs. Miami: Had 12 tackles and was instrumental in keeping RB Lamar Smith in check, holding him to 54 yards on 22 carries (2.3 avg.)…10/21 vs. St. Louis: Collected 10 tackles...11/4 at New Orleans: Was strong in all facets of the game, registering six tackles and a key third-down sack in the fourth quarter on a blitz...added another hit on the quarterback…was instrumental in the defense surrendering only 58 yards rushing on 19 carries to RB Ricky Williams…11/11 vs. Kansas City: Had a team-high 12 tackles (10 solo)…also was credited with one QB pressure…11/18 at Miami: Had 12 tackles and was a key member of a defense that created five takeaways and shut out the Dolphins in Miami for the first time since 1970…also credited with one pass defense...12/2 vs. New England: Registered 10 tackles and helped the Jets limit the Patriots to 264 yards of offense...12/9 at Pittsburgh: Had 10 tackles and two pass defenses, the second highest on the team...12/16 vs. Cincinnati: Led the team in tackles with 13 stops (eight solo) and made a huge play late in the fourth quarter with the Jets holding onto a 15-14 lead when he intercepted a Jon Kitna pass intended for WR Peter Warrick at the Jets 48 and returned it 37 yards…12/23 at Indianapolis: Was active in all phases of the game...tied for second on the team in tackles with fellow LB Mo Lewis (nine) and also registered one pass defense…12/30 vs. Buffalo: Had 11 tackles (eight solo)…1/6 at Oakland: Had a team-high 10 solo tackles (11 total).
2000 (16-5): Played in all 16 games, making five starts at ROLB, platooning with Roman Phifer…credited with 56 tackles (fifth on the team), five passes defensed, one forced fumble, one interception and one sack…9/11 vs. New England: Started and played one of his best games in a Jets uniform, registering five tackles and sacking Drew Bledsoe for a six-yard loss...11/5 vs. Denver: Started at ROLB and his nine tackles were second most on the team...recorded his first-career interception on a pass intended for TE Dwayne Carswell that he dove to catch…11/12 at Indianapolis: Was second on the team in tackles with seven solo stops and forced a Jim Finn fumble at the Jets' goal-line in the first half…11/19 at Miami: Helped the Jets limit the Dolphins to 200 yards of total offense (117 passing and 83 rushing)…made a big play when he tackled RB Lamar Smith for a six-yard loss on a third-and-one in the first quarter…11/26 vs. Chicago: Had four tackles on the afternoon as a starter...helped the defense limit the Bears to 233 yards of total offense.
1999 (16-4): Played in all 16 games, making four starts while splitting time at the ROLB spot…registered 38 tackles, two sacks, two passes defensed and one forced fumble…also had seven special teams tackles and played on numerous special teams units…started the first three games of the season at ROLB...9/26 vs. Washington: Had three tackles, one pass defense and one special teams…10/3 at Denver: Split time at ROLB and chipped in with two special teams stops…11/7 vs. Arizona: Recorded his first sack of the season, dropping Dave Brown for an eight-yard loss which came on the Cardinals' last possession of game and deep in their own territory…added two solo tackles and a forced fumble…12/12 vs. Miami: Had a season high five tackles and sacked Dan Marino for a nine-yard loss…12/19 at Dallas: Started at ROLB in the team's 22-21 win over the Cowboys and had four solo tackles…1/2 vs. Seattle: Had two tackles and generated pressure on Jon Kitna throughout the day in the team's 19-9 win over the Seahawks in the season finale.
1998 (12-2/2-0): Played in 12 games with two starts and registered 27 tackles and a fumble recovery...9/6 at San Francisco: Had six solo tackles and one pass defense in the opener…midway through the third quarter suffered a sprained right knee and did not return to action...was inactive for next four games...10/19 at New England: Returned to the starting lineup...11/8 vs. Buffalo: Had two solo tackles and even saw some time at SS in the dime package...11/15 at Indianapolis: Saw the most extensive action since his injury when he had four tackles...12/6 vs. Seattle: Had one fumble recovery and played on special teams...AFC Divisional Game 1/10 vs. Jacksonville: Had one special teams tackles...AFC Championship Game 1/17 at Denver: Posted two tackles, one sack and two special teams tackles.
1997 (16-15): Was the eighth player selected overall in the 1997 draft (first LB)...Jets traded their first-round pick (first overall) to St. Louis for its first (sixth overall), third, fourth and seventh-round picks...Jets then traded the No. 6 overall pick to Tampa Bay and obtained its first-round pick (No. 8 overall) and its fourth-round pick…enjoyed a steady, productive rookie campaign in the team's 3-4 defense...racked up 71 tackles, 1.5 sacks, one forced fumble and one pass defense...9/7 vs. Buffalo: Made his starting debut at ROLB (weak-side) in the Jets' 3-4 defense and had three tackles (two solo)…also tackled Buffalo P Chris Mohr for a nine-yard loss when he muffed the snap...9/14 at New England: Led the team with 10 tackles...11/2 vs. Baltimore: Had a big day...had eight tackles (five solo) and helped to keep RB Bam Morris in check...sliced through blocks and hauled down Morris on a crucial third-and-one situation for a two-yard loss...11/23 vs. Minnesota: Teamed with DB Corwin Brown to force his first career fumble and registered six solo tackles...12/14 vs. Tampa Bay: Was a big factor in all aspects of the defense...had four tackles (one solo) and teamed up with fellow LB Mo Lewis to sack Trent Dilfer.
COLLEGE: Was a three-year starter and four-year letterman for the Cavaliers...ranked third on Virginia's all-time tackle chart with 381 stops at the time of his departure. 1996: Earned All-Atlantic Coast Conference first-team honors as a senior while registering 107 tackles, 13 tackles for a loss, seven passes defensed, 6.5 sacks. 1995: As a junior he earned all-ACC second-team honors after he started every game at LOLB and led the team in tackles (122 stops)...also had half sack, nine passes defensed and an interception. 1994: Earned all-ACC honorable mention as a sophomore when he started every game at LOLB and finished second on the team in tackles (100), one sack, a blocked punt, four interceptions and six passes defensed. 1993: Appreared in 10 games as a freshman and had 52 tackles, placing him seventh on the team, despite not starting any games...earned ACC Newcomer of the Week honors when he came off the bench to register 18 tackles vs. Ohio...had seven tackles and a fumble recovery vs. Boston College in the Carquest Bowl...majored in psychology.
PERSONAL: Was a Parade All-America selection and named Virginia’s Group AA Co-Offensive Player of the Year as senior at Matoaca H.S. in his hometown and birthplace of Ettrick, Va....also selected first-team All-Conference at both FB and LB...also earned All-Metro and All-State honors...was The Richmond Times-Dispatch’s co Player of the Year after posting 78 tackles, 11 sacks, five blocked kicks, four forced fumbles and two interceptions...rushed the ball 105 times for 1,006 (9.6 avg.) and 22 TD...had 19 receptions for 340 yards (17.9 avg.) and four TDs receiving as a senior fullback... earned All-Metro, district and region honors as a junior... lettered three times in football, track and basketball...nicknamed “Potsie” by his parents, Rebecca and James Farrior, because he had a pot-belly as a child and because of the popularity of the sit-com “Happy Days”...Full name: James Farrior.