Mike Tolbert

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Mike (The Freight Train) Tolbert
No. 35     Carolina Panthers
Fullback
Personal information
Date of birth: (1985-11-23) November 23, 1985 (age 28)
Place of birth: Carrollton, Georgia
Height: 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)Weight: 245 lb (111 kg)
Career information
Undrafted in 2008
Debuted in 2008 for the San Diego Chargers
Career history
Roster status: Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of Week 17, 2013
Rushing yards1,954
Yards per rush3.9
Rushing TDs32
Receptions163
Receiving yards1,464
Receiving TDs8
Stats at NFL.com
 
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Mike (The Freight Train) Tolbert
No. 35     Carolina Panthers
Fullback
Personal information
Date of birth: (1985-11-23) November 23, 1985 (age 28)
Place of birth: Carrollton, Georgia
Height: 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)Weight: 245 lb (111 kg)
Career information
Undrafted in 2008
Debuted in 2008 for the San Diego Chargers
Career history
Roster status: Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of Week 17, 2013
Rushing yards1,954
Yards per rush3.9
Rushing TDs32
Receptions163
Receiving yards1,464
Receiving TDs8
Stats at NFL.com

William Michael Tolbert[1] or "The Freight Train", (born November 23, 1985) is an American football running back and fullback for the Carolina Panthers of the National Football League (NFL). He was signed by the San Diego Chargers as an undrafted free agent in 2008. He played college football for Coastal Carolina University.

College career[edit]

Tolbert had a four-year career at Coastal Carolina University and was named a second-team FCS All-American after leading the Chants in rushing with 748 yards on 111 carries and 9 touchdowns. In four years he had 303 touches without any fumbles. He followed in the footsteps of Quinton Teal who was undrafted in 2007, but went to Carolina Panthers training camp as an undrafted free agent and made the roster becoming the first CCU player to play in an NFL game. At Coastal Carolina, Tolbert also was teammates with quarterback Tyler Thigpen, now with the Buffalo Bills, and wide receiver Jerome Simpson, who now plays for the Minnesota Vikings.

College Career Statistics
RushingReceivingFumbles
YearAttYdsAvgLngTD 20RecYdsAvgLngTD 6FUMLST
2004472816.052122613.015000
2005492024.11643206.717000
2006704396.38071418713.445100
20071117486.78697588.314000

Professional career[edit]

San Diego Chargers[edit]

Tolbert was signed as an undrafted free agent by the San Diego Chargers on April 28, 2008.[2] Tolbert played in 13 games in the 2008 season (starting 7 at fullback) and rushed for only 37 yards on 13 carries.[2] In the 2009 season, Tolbert rushed for 148 yards with one touchdown, as well as catching 17 passes for 192 yards and three receiving touchdowns.[2] In 2010, Tolbert emerged as a co-starter along with Ryan Mathews, and broke out with 182 carries for 735 yards and 11 touchdowns.[2]

Carolina Panthers[edit]

On March 19, 2012, Tolbert signed a four-year, $10 million (4.2 guaranteed) contract with the Carolina Panthers. Utilized as a fullback, Tolbert earned his first Pro Bowl appearance in 2013. He was also named to the 2013 All-Pro Team, another first of his career.

YearTeamGPGSRushingReceivingFumbles
AttYdsAvgLongTDRecYdsAvgLongTDFumLost
2008SD13713372.81101317113.267100
2009SD163251485.93211719211.366310
2010SD1541827354.03611252168.628053
2011SD1511214904.0408544338.027221
2012CAR164541833.4137272689.926000
2013CAR16131013613.6225271846.818200
Career91324961,9543.640321631,4649.067884

Personal[edit]

Tolbert received his nickname, "Yogi", from his sister because Yogi Bear was his favorite television cartoon as a child. He is also known as "The Freight Train". Mike is married to California native, Shianette Tolbert (née Fernandez). Mike and Shianette have two children, their daughter, Mikeala Rae Tolbert, born on October 3, 2011 at UCSD Medical Center,[3] and their son Major De'on Tolbert, born on November 15, 2013 [4]

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