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Keith J. Bulluck (born April 4, 1977) is a former American Football linebacker who played for eleven seasons in the National Football League (NFL). After playing college football for Syracuse University, he was drafted by the Tennessee Titans in the first round in the 2000 NFL Draft. He had a ten-year career with the Titans, which included a Pro Bowl selection in 2003. He played for the New York Giants in 2010.

Keith Bulluck
No. 53
Position:Linebacker
Personal information
Born: (1977-04-04) April 4, 1977 (age 42)
Suffern, New York
Height:6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Weight:235 lb (107 kg)
Career information
High school:New City (NY) Clarkstown North
College:Syracuse
NFL Draft:2000 / Round: 1 / Pick: 30
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Total tackles:1,088
Sacks:18.0
Forced fumbles:15
Fumble recoveries:13
Interceptions:21
Defensive touchdowns:6
Player stats at NFL.com

Early yearsEdit

At Clarkstown High School North in New City, New York, Bulluck was named first-team All County, first-team All-State, Blue-Chip All-American, and both Prep Football Report and Super Prep All-Northeast. Like many children in the New York metropolitan area in the 1980s and early 1990s, he idolized Giants linebacker Lawrence Taylor while growing up.[1] He was also an All-County in basketball as a junior. On April 27, 2009, Bulluck's high school jersey, #1, was retired in a ceremony held at the high school. He also has a name plaque at Clarkstown High School North hung up on the "Hall of Fame".

College careerEdit

Bulluck attended Syracuse University, where he played for the Syracuse Orange football team from 1996 to 1999. He played strong safety, outside linebacker and middle linebacker. As a senior in 1999 he led the Big East in tackles with 138 and received the Bill Horr Award, which is given to Syracuse’s most valuable player. He finished his career with 375 tackles, six quarterback sacks, three interceptions, three forced fumbles and six fumble recoveries.

Professional careerEdit

Pre-draft measurables
Ht Wt 40-yard dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert jump Broad
6 ft 3 in
(1.91 m)
244 lb
(111 kg)
4.47 s 4.13 s 7.33 s 38 in
(0.97 m)
9 ft 11 in
(3.02 m)
All values from NFL Combine

Tennessee TitansEdit

The Tennessee Titans selected Bullock in the first round (30th overall) of the 2000 NFL Draft. Bullock was the fifth linebacker drafted in 2000 and was one of four Pro Bowl linebackers selected in the first round of the 2000 NFL Draft. The first round also included Pro Bowl linebackers LaVar Arrington (2nd overall), Brian Urlacher (9th overall), and Julian Peterson (16th overall).[2]

After spending his first two seasons as a backup and special teamer, he became a starter in 2002. After becoming a starter he made a Pro Bowl in 2003 and has led the Titans in tackles five times. In 2004, he led the NFL in tackles with 152.[3] In 2007, he recorded a Titans-record five interceptions for a linebacker.

New York GiantsEdit

On July 24, 2010, after a private workout with the team, he signed a one-year, $2.5 million contract with the Giants.[4] He became an unrestricted free agent following the season.

RetirementEdit

Bulluck did not play in the 2011 season after no teams signed him. After having the year off, he announced his retirement on January 25, 2012. On August 3, 2012, Bulluck formally retired from the National Football League with the team who drafted him, the Tennessee Titans. He became the first player in Titans franchise history to formally retire from their organization.

Bulluck joined the Titans broadcast team in Summer 2013. On August 25, 2013, Bulluck was arrested in Nashville, Tennessee for allegedly robbing a taxi driver, [5] although the claims by the taxi driver are disputed.[6]

NFL statisticsEdit

Year Team GP COMB TOTAL AST SACK FF FR FR YDS INT IR YDS AVG IR LNG TD PD
2000 TEN 16 18 10 8 0.0 1 0 0 1 8 8 8 1 1
2001 TEN 15 51 30 21 1.0 0 2 0 2 21 11 21 0 5
2002 TEN 16 125 99 26 1.0 3 2 0 1 5 5 5 0 7
2003 TEN 16 135 104 31 3.0 5 2 0 2 9 5 9 0 6
2004 TEN 16 152 100 52 5.0 1 1 0 2 25 13 25 0 13
2005 TEN 16 138 102 36 5.0 1 1 0 2 16 8 16 0 9
2006 TEN 16 144 100 44 2.5 2 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 7
2007 TEN 16 88 68 20 0.0 1 1 0 5 63 13 35 0 7
2008 TEN 16 98 75 23 0.5 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 6
2009 TEN 14 108 81 27 0.0 0 1 0 3 45 15 23 0 7
2010 NYG 13 31 21 10 0.0 0 1 10 2 7 4 6 0 2
Career 170 1,088 790 298 18.0 15 13 0 21 199 9 35 1 70

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CurlingEdit

Since retirement from professional football, Keith has picked up the sport of curling. In March 2018 Jared Allen formed a team of all retired NFL players, consisting of Bulluck, Marc Bulger and Michael Roos with the goal of representing the United States at the 2022 Winter Olympics.[8] They have since played together in the 2019 USA Men's Challenge Round (qualification event for the United States Men's Curling Championship)[9] and Ed Werenich Golden Wrench Classic (a World Curling Tour event)[10], going winless in both events.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Tom FriendArchive (July 25, 2010). "New York Giants sign free-agent linebacker Keith Bulluck - ESPN New York". Sports.espn.go.com. Retrieved October 30, 2012.
  2. ^ "2000 NFL Draft". pro-football-reference.com. Retrieved September 14, 2018.
  3. ^ "2004 NFL leaders". Nfl.com. Retrieved October 30, 2012.
  4. ^ NFL.com news: Veteran LB Bulluck strikes one-year, $2.5M deal with Giants Archived July 25, 2010, at the Wayback Machine
  5. ^ Keith Bulluck charged with robbery
  6. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on September 9, 2014. Retrieved September 8, 2014.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  7. ^ "Keith Bulluck Stats". ESPN Internet Ventures. Retrieved March 24, 2014.
  8. ^ "Ex-NFL Pro Bowl players try curling with 2022 Olympic goal". USA TODAY. Retrieved April 6, 2019.
  9. ^ "Team Allen - USA Men's Challenge Round". www.curlingzone.com. Retrieved April 6, 2019.
  10. ^ "Ed Werenich Golden Wrench Classic presented by The Lodge Sasquatch Kitchen: Team Allen - Blaine, MN". Retrieved April 7, 2019.

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