Rocky Michael Boiman (born January 24, 1980) is a former American football linebacker in the National Football League for the Tennessee Titans, Indianapolis Colts, Kansas City Chiefs and Pittsburgh Steelers. He played college football at the University of Notre Dame. He was drafted by the Tennessee Titans in the fourth round of the 2002 NFL Draft. He currently works as a football color commentator.
|Born:||January 24, 1980|
|Height:||6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)|
|Weight:||236 lb (107 kg)|
|High school:||St. Xavier (Cincinnati, Ohio)|
|NFL Draft:||2002 / Round: 4 / Pick: 133|
|* Offseason and/or practice squad member only|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Career NFL statistics|
|Player stats at PFR|
- 1 Early years
- 2 College career
- 3 Professional career
- 4 Personal life
- 5 References
As a senior free safety in 1997, he tallied 164 tackles and 6 interceptions. He received All-League, All-State, Southwest Ohio Player of the Year, Greater Cincinnati League Player of the Year and All-City Player of the Year honors.
Boiman finished his high school career with 330 tackles, 11 interceptions and 15 passes defensed. He set school records for longest kickoff (95 yards) and most kickoff return yards.
Boiman accepted a football scholarship from the University of Notre Dame to play defensive back under head coach Bob Davie. As a sophomore, he was converted into an outside linebacker and had 39 tackles playing a backup role.
As a junior, he was named a starter at outside linebacker after Joe Ferrer left the school. He collected 58 tackles (8 for loss), 3.5 sacks and was also used as a pass rushing defensive end in some situations. He was a fan favorite for his intensity and tackling ability.
As a senior, he was a team co-captain and started 7 games, posting 42 tackles (11 for loss), 4 sacks and 2 fumble recoveries. He had 12 tackles against Oregon State University and 11 against Texas A&M University. He finished his college career with 21 starts out of 43 games, 144 tackles, 8.5 sacks, one pass defensed, 5 fumble recoveries and 2 forced fumbles.
Tennessee Titans (first stint)Edit
In 2003, he had his most productive season, when he played in all 16 games (starting 2), making 55 tackles (4 for loss), 18 assists, 2 interceptions (one returned for a touchdown), 16 special teams tackles, 1.5 sacks and one safety. He replaced an injured Peter Sirmon in the first quarter at outside linebacker against the Pittsburgh Steelers, collecting 8 tackles, a safety and a 60-yard interception return for a safety, while earning AFC Defensive Player of the Week honors.
In 2004, he entered the season as the starter at left outside linebacker after Sirmon suffered a season ending knee injury. He played in 7 games with 6 starts, but was limited with a left knee and a right quad injury, before being declared out of the season with a hamstring injury on December 5. He made 24 tackles (one for loss) and one pass defensed.
On March 20, 2006, he was signed as a free agent by the Dallas Cowboys, to improve the depth at linebacker and on special teams. During training camp he suffered a compound fracture of his right thumb, but only missed 10 days. On September 2, he was a surprise cut after receiving a $1,000,000 signing bonus.
On September 4, 2006, he signed with the Indianapolis Colts to play on special teams. He played in every game, totaling 21 tackles (16 solo) and one interception. In the postseason, he earned a Super Bowl ring as the Colts defeated the Chicago Bears 29-17 in Super Bowl XLI held on February 4, 2007.
On April 17, 2007, Boiman signed a one-year contract with the Colts. He appeared in 16 games (7 starts), totaling 55 tackles (34 solo), 2 interceptions and one fumble recovery.
Kansas City ChiefsEdit
Tennessee Titans (second stint)Edit
On August 30, 2010, he was signed as a free agent by the Detroit Lions, reuniting with Jim Schwartz who was his defensive coordinator with the Titans. On September 5, he was released to make room for linebacker Spencer Havner.
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Boiman works for Westwood One as a color analyst for college football games and as a sideline reporter for NFL games and co-hosting the 3:00 P.M. to 6:00 P.M. show with Eddie Fingers on WLW-AM in Cincinnati, Ohio. He also works as a color analyst for ESPN and BBC television and radio.
In the fall of 2011, he was appointed a trustee of Green Township, located on the west side of Cincinnati in Hamilton County, replacing a member who had stepped down to take another position in Hamilton County.
- "Varsity Football". St. Xavier High School. Archived from the original on September 28, 2007. Retrieved February 19, 2018.
- "Notre Dame football preview". Retrieved February 19, 2018.
- "Cowher wants more of the good Maddox, less of the bad". Retrieved February 19, 2018.
- "Cowboys beef up LB corps, add Boiman". Retrieved February 19, 2018.
- "16-game rookie starter Petitti, Boiman cut by Cowboys". Retrieved February 19, 2018.
- "Colts add defensive depth with Boiman, Schobel". Retrieved February 19, 2018.
- "Kansas City signs veteran linebacker". Retrieved February 19, 2018.
- "Titans: Cutdown analysis". Retrieved February 19, 2018.
- "Lions cut WR Dennis Northcutt and LB Rocky Boiman". Retrieved February 19, 2018.
- "Rocky Boiman Stats". ESPN Internet Ventures. Retrieved 26 March 2014.
- "Rocky Boiman College Football Analyst". Retrieved February 19, 2018.
- "Boiman and Ferguson earn U.K. studio analyst posts". Retrieved February 19, 2018.
- National Football League (June 23, 2011). "Boiman and Ferguson earn U.K. studio analyst posts". National Football League. Retrieved 2012-01-22.
- "Boiman to step down as Green Twp. trustee". Cincinnati.com. January 28, 2014. Retrieved February 19, 2018.