|Date of birth:June 29, 1982|
|Place of birth: Shelby Charter Township, Michigan|
|College: Saginaw Valley State|
|Undrafted in 2006|
|Debuted in 2006 for the Buffalo Bills|
|Last played in 2008 for the Buffalo Bills|
|Roster status: Retired|
Career NFL statistics as of 2008
John DiGiorgio (born June 29, 1982 in Shelby Charter Township, Michigan) is a retiredAmerican football linebacker. He was signed by the Buffalo Bills as an undrafted free agent in 2006. He played college football at Saginaw Valley State.
DiGiorgio was signed by the Bills as an undrafted free agent in 2006. That year he was the only undrafted free agent to make the Bills' 53-man roster. He overcame a lot of adversity, and added depth to a (during the time) weak defense. As a rookie in 2006, DiGiorgio played in 12 games and made eight tackles. But when London Fletcher departed for Washington after the season, it gave DiGiorgio a chance to compete for the starting job.
DiGiorgio had a big year for the Bills in 2007. He played in all 16 games—the final 13 as a starter at middle linebacker—and was second on the team with 113 tackles. John took full advantage of Paul Posluszny's injury, and filled in as the middle linebacker in the 2007 season. As John filled in for the injured starting linebacker he did an exceptional job. His "blue-collar" work-ethics made him the 2007 Buffalo fan favorite. With Buffalo being a predominate blue-collared environment the fans took notice of John being a natural underdog in the NFL with a great work-ethic. The combination of hard-work and Buffalo natives recognizing his background, adversities, and doing an exceptional job as the backup MLB sparked the Buffalo fans support. He also had two fumble recoveries and an interception. The Bills were in the playoff hunt late in the season, but they lost their final three games to finish with a 7-9 record.
Among DiGiorgio's highlights was his sack of New England Patriots' quarterback Tom Brady in Week 3 for his first career sack. He also intercepted a pass from Tony Romo in a 25-24 loss to the Dallas Cowboys. However the following season, DiGiorgio appeared in six games primarily on special teams before tearing a ligament in his right knee while blocking on a punt return in the second quarter of a 23-14 win over San Diego in Week 7.
He was waived by the Buffalo Bills on July 25, 2009 for failing his physical after having season-ending surgery to repair bone damage in his right knee.
He retired on July 25, 2010.
DiGiorgio is an Italian-American.
DiGiorgio pursued his teaching certification at Saginaw Valley, stating that "(NFL) stands for 'Not For Long' -- instead of the National Football League -- because careers don't last long in the NFL. John DiGiorgio was a student teacher at Siebert Elementary School in Midland. DiGiorgio, a former All-American at Saginaw Valley State University, helped out Bob Wellman in his physical education classes. He also delivered big hits that drew fans to create catch phrase for his incredibly astonishing, punishing, blows delivered to opposing players: "It's not delivery, it's Digiorgio!" ". During the 2008 off-season, DiGiorgio began to student-teach physical education at Siebert Elementary in Midland, Michigan.
In July 2010 he accepted a job teaching Physical Education and coaching at Chippewa Valley High School in Clinton Township, Michigan.
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- "Bills' DiGiorgio waived after having knee surgery". Yahoo Sports!. July 25, 2009. Retrieved July 26, 2009.
- abc12.com: NFL player spends off season teaching 2/13/08