James Laurinaitis

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James Laurinaitis
James Laurinaitis.JPG
Laurinaitis in 2010
No. 55     St. Louis Rams
Linebacker
Personal information
Date of birth: (1986-12-03) December 3, 1986 (age 27)
Place of birth: Minneapolis, Minnesota
Height: 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)Weight: 248 lb (112 kg)
Career information
High school: Wayzata (MN)
College: Ohio State
NFL Draft: 2009 / Round: 2 / Pick: 35
Debuted in 2009 for the St. Louis Rams
Career history
Roster status: Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of Week 5, 2014
Tackles660
Sacks12.0
Interceptions9
Forced fumbles1
Pass deflections31
Stats at NFL.com
 
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James Laurinaitis
James Laurinaitis.JPG
Laurinaitis in 2010
No. 55     St. Louis Rams
Linebacker
Personal information
Date of birth: (1986-12-03) December 3, 1986 (age 27)
Place of birth: Minneapolis, Minnesota
Height: 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)Weight: 248 lb (112 kg)
Career information
High school: Wayzata (MN)
College: Ohio State
NFL Draft: 2009 / Round: 2 / Pick: 35
Debuted in 2009 for the St. Louis Rams
Career history
Roster status: Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of Week 5, 2014
Tackles660
Sacks12.0
Interceptions9
Forced fumbles1
Pass deflections31
Stats at NFL.com

James Richard Laurinaitis (born December 3, 1986) is an American football linebacker for the St. Louis Rams of the National Football League (NFL). He was drafted by the Rams in the second round of the 2009 NFL Draft. He played college football at Ohio State, where he was a three-time consensus All-American and recognized as the top college linebacker.

College career[edit]

Laurinaitis chases Brandon Minor during the 2008 Michigan–Ohio State rivalry game.

Laurinaitis attended Ohio State University, where he played for coach Jim Tressel's Ohio State Buckeyes football team from 2005 to 2008. As a true freshman in 2005, he played in all 12 games eventually reaching No. 2 on the depth chart at strong-side linebacker behind Bobby Carpenter. After Carpenter broke a leg on the first play from scrimmage in their rivalry game against Michigan, Laurinaitis played the rest of that game, and also started in their Fiesta Bowl victory over Notre Dame. At the end of the 2006 regular season, Laurinaitis led the team in tackles (115) and interceptions (5), and also had 8.5 tackles for loss and 4.0 sacks.[1]

In 2006 Laurinaitis won the Nagurski Award as the nation's best defensive player, and was also named a finalist for the Butkus and Bednarik awards. He was a first-team All-Big Ten selection, and was recognized as a consensus first-team All-American. Laurinaitis won the Butkus Award for most outstanding college linebacker in 2007. He was also recognized as a unanimous first-team All-American in 2007, having been named to the first teams of multiple selectors including the Associated Press (AP), the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA), FWAA, Sporting News, the Walter Camp Foundation, and Rivals.com. He was honored as the Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year.[2]

Career statistics[edit]

Year
Team
GP
GS
TT
Solo
Ast
TFL
Sack
PDef
INT
FF
FR
Hurr
BK
TD
2005OSU120936½00000100
2006OSU1313115536244531200
2007OSU13131215170851201000
2008OSU13131305278744210200
Career513936515920624139942500

Professional career[edit]

Pre-draft measureables[edit]

Pre-draft measurables
HtWt40-yd dash10-yd split20-yd split20-ss3-coneVertBroadBPWonderlic
6 ft 1⅞ in244 lb4.82 s1.79 s2.92 s4.78 s6.91 s31 in9 ft 7 in17 reps21
All values from NFL Combine, except 40-yd dash (and splits), 20-ss, and 3-cone, which are from Ohio State Pro Day[3][4]
Laurinaitis playing in Denver on 11-28-2010.

Career statistics[edit]

Year
Team
GP
GS
Comb
Solo
Ast
TFL
Sack
PDef
INT
FF
FR
Hurr
BK
TD
2009STL161612010713425211600
2010STL16161149816835101700
2011STL161614210537837201500
2012STL1616142117254.54201200
2013STL1616116853163.510201400
Career80806345121223112309152400

Personal life[edit]

James is one of two children born to Joseph and Julie Laurinaitis. He has Lithuanian roots on his father's side.[5] James has a half-brother, Joseph, Jr., from his father's first marriage, who is a veteran of the Iraq War and training to become a police officer. His younger sister, Jessica, played on her high school hockey team and graduated from high school in 2008.[6]

James' father Joe is a semi-retired World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) professional wrestler better known by his ring name Road Warrior Animal, one half of legendary wrestling tag-team The Road Warriors, while his uncles Marcus and John Laurinaitis are also former professional wrestlers.

On March 23, 2013, Laurinaitis married Shelly Williams whom he met while attending Ohio State University. [7][8] The couple welcomed their first child, a daughter born on September 15, 2014.[9][10]

Laurinaitis is a Christian. Laurinaitis has spoken about his faith saying, "To me, there’s nothing that trumps my faith in Christ—not even an NFL career. Everything I have on this earth is borrowed. All that really matters is eternity. God has blessed me with a platform and with an opportunity to do something that I love to do. Out of my gratefulness, I give all that I have as if He’s the only One watching.[11]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Overall Defensive Statistics". Ohio State Buckeyes Football. 2006-11-18. Retrieved 2007-01-18. 
  2. ^ "James Laurinaitis Biography". The Ohio State Buckeyes Official Athletics Site. 
  3. ^ "James Laurinaitis". NFL Draft Scout.com. March 25, 2009. Retrieved April 16, 2009. 
  4. ^ Nawrocki, Nolan (April 21, 2009). "The Way We Hear It — draft edition". Pro Football Weekly website. Retrieved April 25, 2009. 
  5. ^ http://bleacherreport.com/articles/1060782-football-junkie-is-whats-right-in-pro-sports
  6. ^ WMUR.com
  7. ^ "James Laurinaitis & Shelly Williams Wedding". Alivemag.com. 2013-11-01. 
  8. ^ "James Laurinaitis & Shelly Williams Wedding". mmjevents.com. 
  9. ^ "James Laurinaitis Welcomes Daughter - Rams on high alert for Cowboys' Murray". washingtontimes.com. 2014-09-19. 
  10. ^ "James Laurinaitis Welcomes Daughter". Twitter.com. 2014-09-15. 
  11. ^ "James Laurinaitis, St. Louis Rams". 

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