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16. Jessie Armstead

Jessie Armstead clawed his way to NFL stardom after he plummeted to the Eighth Round of the 1993 Draft.  Armstead was a two-time NCAA Champion at Miami, but a torn ACL as a sophomore was in the minds of many in the NFL, and he had to prove himself all over again.

Armstead was an All-Rookie player, but he was not a starter in his first three seasons, and the Linebacker did not see as much action as he would have liked.  In 1996, Armstead started at Left Linebacker, and the former Hurricane would see him pile up the tackling stats.  Armstead had five straight 100-Tackle years (1996-00) and was a Pro Bowler from '97 to '01.

In 1997, he was a First Team All-Pro, but he arguably had his best season in 1999, where he was a Second Team All-Pro.  That season, Armstead led the NFL in the new category of Tackles for Loss (21), and he had career-highs in Sacks (9.0) and Approximate Value (21).  

Armstead's last Pro Bowl year (2001) was his last in New York, as he signed with the Washington Redskins, where he played two more years.  With the Giants, Armstead had 30.5 Sacks and 778 Tackles.

The Bullet Points

  • Position: Linebacker
  • Acquired: Selected in the 8th Round, 207th Overall in the NFL Draft 4/26/93.
  • Departed: Signed with the Washington Redskins before the 2002 Season.
  • Games Played: 144
  • Notable Statistics:

    98 Games Started
    12 Interceptions
    175 Interception Return Yards
    2 Interception Return Touchdowns
    11 Forced Fumbles
    5 Fumble Recoveries
    30.5 Quarterback Sacks
    778 Combined Tackles
    565 Solo Tackles*
    182 Assisted Tackles*
    45 Tackles for Loss**
    89 Approximate Value

    *Solo Tackles and Assisted Tackles were not stats until 1994.
    **Tackles for Loss was not a stat until 1999.

  • Major Accolades and Awards:

    First Team All-Pro (1997)
    Second Team All-Pro (1999 & 2000)
    Pro Bowl (1997, 1998, 1999, 2000 & 2001)
    All-Rookie (1993)
    Most Tackles for Loss (1999)

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