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LaMarr Dudley Woodley (born November 3, 1984) is a former American football outside linebacker. He played college football at Michigan, where he was recognized as a unanimous All-American, and was drafted by the Pittsburgh Steelers in the second round of the 2007 NFL Draft. He later beat the Arizona Cardinals in Super Bowl XLIII as a member of the Steelers. Woodley has also played for the Oakland Raiders.

LaMarr Woodley
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Woodley with the Pittsburgh Steelers
No. 56, 58
Position:Outside linebacker
Personal information
Born: (1984-11-03) November 3, 1984 (age 35)
Saginaw, Michigan
Height:6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Weight:265 lb (120 kg)
Career information
High school:Saginaw (MI)
NFL Draft:2007 / Round: 2 / Pick: 46
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Total tackles:314
Forced fumbles:9
Fumble recoveries:9
Defensive touchdowns:3
Player stats at
Player stats at PFR

Early yearsEdit

Woodley was born and raised in Saginaw, Michigan. While in high school, Woodley teamed with former Detroit Lions wide receiver Charles Rogers and former Chicago Bulls point guard Anthony Roberson on Saginaw High School's football team in 1999 to win Michigan's Division II state championship.

Considered a five-star recruit by, Woodley was listed as the third best inside linebacker in the nation in 2003.[1]

College careerEdit

Woodley enrolled at the University of Michigan, He predominantly played defensive end and sometimes linebacker, depending on the front seven's alignment. In 2006, Woodley was named the defensive captain of the Wolverines by his teammates.[2] He collected 12 sacks as a senior and won the Lombardi Award as the best lineman, offensive or defensive, in the country. T-shirts were created by Dave Peabody of the blog Michigan Against the World and sold in Ann Arbor with the slogan, "Guns don't kill people. LaMarr Woodley kills people."[3][4] His 12 sacks led the Big Ten conference,[5] and it ranked 8th in the nation.[6] Following his senior season in 2006, LaMarr was a first-team All-Big Ten selection, and was recognized as a unanimous first-team All-American. Woodley earned a master's degree in sport management studies through the Global Online program at California University of Pennsylvania, a public university about 35 miles from Pittsburgh.[7]

National awardsEdit

Conference honorsEdit

Professional careerEdit

2007 NFL CombineEdit

Pre-draft measurables
Ht Wt 40-yard dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert jump Broad BP
6 ft 2 in
(1.88 m)
266 lb
(121 kg)
4.74 s 1.65 s 2.72 s 4.42 s 6.82 s 38.5 in
(0.98 m)
9 ft 9 in
(2.97 m)
29 reps
All values from NFL Combine

Pittsburgh SteelersEdit

Woodley was drafted by the Pittsburgh Steelers in the second round with the 46th overall pick of the 2007 NFL Draft. He originally wore Joey Porter's old number, 55, throughout training camp, but after Steelers' center Chukky Okobi was cut, he took Okobi's old number, 56. He recorded his first sack in his second NFL game, as he sacked Buffalo Bills quarterback J. P. Losman in the fourth quarter of Pittsburgh's 26-3 win over Buffalo. He recorded his second sack in three games, against Alex Smith of the San Francisco 49ers, in the fourth quarter of the Steelers' Week 3 37-16 win against the 49ers. In the 2008 season he was expected to start at the outside linebacker position left vacant when the Steelers let former starter Clark Haggans sign with the Arizona Cardinals. In Week 1 of the 2008 NFL season, Woodley was named GMC Defensive Player of the Week. He recorded three tackles, a sack, an interception, a defended pass, and a fumble recovery in his first career start.[9] In week 4 of the 2008 NFL Season he recorded his first professional touchdown on a fumble recovery against the Baltimore Ravens. He finished the season with 11.5 sacks. In 2008, the Steelers won their division over the Baltimore Ravens by one game, with a 12-4 record sending them to the playoffs.

After defeating the San Diego Chargers 35-24 in the Divisional Round, they outlasted their division rivals, the Baltimore Ravens, 23-14 to advance to Super Bowl XLIII. With two sacks in both the Divisional Round and Conference Championship, Woodley became the first player in NFL history to record three consecutive multi-sack playoff games, dating back to the Steelers' 31-29 loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars in the Wild Card Round of the 2008 playoffs. In Super Bowl XLIII, Woodley extended this streak to four games when he sacked Kurt Warner twice, forcing the game-ending fumble on Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kurt Warner with 5 seconds remaining in the game to secure the win.

In 2009, he recorded 62 tackles, 13.5 sacks, and 1 forced fumble. He was named to his first Pro Bowl for his outstanding performance. He is a member of the Air Jordan brand.

In 2010, Woodley had 50 tackles, 10.0 sacks, an interception (which he ran back for a touchdown), two pass deflections, three forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries.

At the end of the 2010 season, Woodley and the Steelers appeared in Super Bowl XLV against the Green Bay Packers. He was a starter in the game and recorded three total tackles in the 31–25 loss.[10] After the lockout during the following offseason, Woodley signed a six-year, $61.5 million contract, the largest contract the Steelers ever gave to a defensive player.[11]

During the 2011 season, Woodley missed six games with a hamstring injury and accordingly only recorded 39 tackles and 9.0 sacks. However, during the four game period when James Harrison (his OLB partner and Steelers primary pass rusher) was injured, Woodley moved into Harrison's role and greatly improved his performance, recording 7.5 sacks during those four games. He was voted 63rd best player of the 2011 season by NFL players.

On December 15, 2013, the Pittsburgh Steelers placed Lamar Woodley on the season ending IR due to a calf injury. At the time, he had 5 sacks, and 36 tackles in 11 games played in the season.

Woodley was released by the team on March 11, 2014.[12]

Oakland RaidersEdit

On March 13, 2014, Woodley signed a two-year contract with the Oakland Raiders. [13] He was released by the Raiders after one season.

Arizona CardinalsEdit

On March 10, 2015, Woodley signed a one-year, $870,000 minimum contract with the Arizona Cardinals.[14] On November 25, 2015, during Week 11's matchup against the Cincinnati Bengals, Woodley suffered a torn pectoral muscle. On November 26, 2015, Woodley was placed on injured reserve.[15]

NFL statisticsEdit

2007 PIT 13 14 14 0 4.0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2008 PIT 15 60 41 19 11.5 2 4 0 1 6 6 6 0 2
2009 PIT 16 62 50 12 13.5 1 1 77 0 0 0 0 0 5
2010 PIT 16 50 35 15 10.0 3 2 19 2 22 11 14 1 5
2011 PIT 10 39 26 13 9.0 0 0 0 1 1 1 1 0 2
2012 PIT 13 38 27 11 4.0 1 1 0 1 11 11 11 0 1
2013 PIT 11 36 20 16 5.0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
2014 OAK 6 5 3 2 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Career 100 304 216 88 57.0 9 9 0 5 40 8 14 1 16



Since the start of his NFL career, Woodley has provided considerable amounts of free supplies to students in his hometown of Saginaw.[17] In January 2012, he donated 100 hooded sweatshirts to the Saginaw High band before its halftime performance at the Sugar Bowl between Michigan and Virginia Tech.[18] Later that year, he started a foundation to coordinate his charitable activities.[17] Shortly after the foundation was formed, Woodley found out that the Saginaw City School District would have to institute a $75-per-student participation fee for high school athletics in the 2012–13 school year due to budget cutbacks. Through his foundation, he donated $60,000 to cover the fees for all athletes in the district—at Saginaw High, Arthur Hill High School, and the city's junior high and middle schools.[17] In 2018, Woodley opened Woodley Leadership Academy, a tuition free K-8 charter school in Saginaw.[19]


  1. ^ LaMarr Woodley Recruiting Profile
  2. ^ "Woodley, Long Elected 2006 Football Team Captains". Regents of the University of Michigan. Retrieved August 21, 2006.
  3. ^ "Thorns aplenty". Retrieved August 18, 2007.
  4. ^ "LaMarr Shirts Have Arrived". Retrieved June 2, 2006.
  5. ^ "The Automated ScoreBook: 2006 Big Ten Conference Individual Statistics Through games of Jul 06, 2007". CBS Interactive. July 6, 2007. Retrieved November 25, 2009.
  6. ^ "Bowl Subdivision (FBS) National Player Report: Pass Sacks: Year: 2006 Thru: 01/08/07 Minimum Pct. of Games Played 75". National Collegiate Athletic Association. January 8, 2007. Retrieved November 25, 2009.
  7. ^ California University of Pennsylvania,
  8. ^ "Big Ten Places 30 Football Student-Athletes on Several National Award Watch Lists". Retrieved July 7, 2006.
  9. ^ Dulac, Gerry (September 5, 2008). "The Steelers in 2008: Lamarr Woodley". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Retrieved September 6, 2008.
  10. ^ "Super Bowl XLV - Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Green Bay Packers - February 6th, 2011". Retrieved December 15, 2017.
  11. ^ [1]
  12. ^ Dulac, Gerry. "Steelers to part ways with linebacker LaMarr Woodley". Retrieved March 11, 2014.
  13. ^ Raiders Sign LaMarr Woodley
  14. ^ Urban, Darren (March 10, 2015). "Cardinals Sign LaMarr Woodley".
  15. ^ "Cardinals bolster line with Red Bryant, put LaMarr Woodley on IR". Retrieved December 5, 2015.
  16. ^ "LaMarr Woodley Stats". ESPN Internet Ventures. Retrieved April 9, 2014.
  17. ^ a b c Bernreuter, Hugh (August 14, 2012). "Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker LaMarr Woodley pays participation fees for Saginaw Public Schools student-athletes". Retrieved August 17, 2012.
  18. ^ "LaMarr Woodley handles athletic fees". August 17, 2012. Retrieved August 17, 2012.
  19. ^ "Almost 200 enroll in LaMarr Woodley's charter school in Saginaw". Retrieved August 25, 2018.

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