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39. Levon Kirkland

Levon Kirkland played in all 16 Games in his 1992 rookie season, but he was mostly in Special Teams.  In his second year in the National Football League, he became a starter at Left Inside Linebacker for the Pittsburgh Steelers, and he held that job until he was surprisingly waived in 2000.

Kirkland protected the interior, netting six seasons of 100-plus Combined Tackles, with a career-high 126 in 1997.  That year, Kirkland was a First Team All-Pro, and it was also his second straight Pro Bowl Selection.  From 1996 to 2000, Kirkland cracked double-digits in Approximate Value.

As a Steeler, Kirkland had 18.5 Sacks, 11 Interceptions, and 849 Combined Tackles.

The Bullet Points

  • Position: Linebacker
  • Acquired: Selected in the 2nd Round, 38th Overall in the NFL Draft 4/26/92.
  • Departed: Waived after the 2000 Season.
  • Games Played: 144
  • Notable Statistics:

    124 Games Started
    11 Interceptions
    51 Interception Return Yards
    14 Forced Fumbles
    8 Fumble Recoveries
    24 Fumble Recovery Yards
    1 Fumble Recovery Touchdown
    18.5 Quarterback Sacks
    849 Combined Tackles
    531 Solo Tackles*
    210 Assisted Tackles*
    17 Tackles for Loss**
    84 Approximate Value

    *Solo Tackles & Assisted Tackles was not a stat until the 1994 Season.
    **Tackles for Loss was not a stat until the 1999 Season.

  • Major Accolades and Awards:

    First Team All-Pro (1997)
    Second Team All-Pro (1996)
    Pro Bowl (1996 & 1997)

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