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Tracy O'Neil Porter (born August 11, 1986) is a former American football cornerback. He was drafted by the New Orleans Saints in the second round of the 2008 NFL Draft. With the Saints, he won Super Bowl XLIV against the Indianapolis Colts, sealing the game with a memorable interception returned for a touchdown. He played college football at Indiana.

Tracy Porter
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Porter with the Denver Broncos in 2012
No. 22, 23, 21
Position:Cornerback
Personal information
Born: (1986-08-11) August 11, 1986 (age 32)
Port Allen, Louisiana
Height:5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Weight:200 lb (91 kg)
Career information
High school:Port Allen (LA)
College:Indiana
NFL Draft:2008 / Round: 2 / Pick: 40
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Total tackles:370
Quarterback sacks:2.5
Pass deflections:72
Interceptions:13
Forced fumbles:6
Touchdowns:3
Player stats at NFL.com

Porter also played for the Denver Broncos, Oakland Raiders, Washington Redskins, and Chicago Bears.

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Early yearsEdit

Porter attended Port Allen High School, where he played quarterback, running back, wide receiver, and cornerback. He earned first team All-District 3A honors in his first year of organized football as a junior and second-team as a senior after recording 93 tackles, 11 interceptions (two returned for touchdowns) and 14 pass breakups. He also returned two punts and two kickoffs each for touchdowns, averaging 47.0 yards per kick return and 28.0 per punt return.

In addition to football, Porter was also a starter at point guard for the basketball team and a sprinter on the track & field, where he posted a personal-best time of 10.4 seconds in the 100-meter dash.

College careerEdit

Porter played college football for the Indiana University Hoosiers from 2004-2007. During his senior year, he earned All-Big Ten Conference first-team. He finished his career second in Indiana Hoosiers history with 16 career interceptions and first in interception yards with 413. He also became the first player in school history to return a punt, interception and fumble for touchdowns in his career. He finished his career with 212 tackles and 16 interceptions.

Professional careerEdit

Porter attended the NFL Combine in Indianapolis and completed all of the combine and positional drills. He impressed scouts with his 40-yard dash and tied for tenth among a players at the combine. He also had the fourth best time in the short shuttle and 60-yard shuttle.[1] On March 5, 2008, Porter participated at Indiana's pro day and chose to run the 40-yard dash (4.38s), 20-yard dash (2.51s), and 10-yard dash (1.46s). At the conclusion of the pre-draft process, Porter was projected to a third round pick by NFL draft experts and scouts. He ranked as the 12th best cornerback prospect in the draft by DraftScout.com.

Pre-draft measurables
Ht Wt 40-yard dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert jump Broad BP
5 ft 11 in
(1.80 m)
185 lb
(84 kg)
4.37 s 1.47 s 2.52 s 4.07 s 7.20 s 34 in
(0.86 m)
10 ft 3 in
(3.12 m)
18 reps
All values from NFL Combine

New Orleans SaintsEdit

Porter was drafted by the New Orleans Saints in the second round of the 2008 NFL Draft. On June 25, 2008, the New Orleans Saints signed Porter to a four-year, $4.20 million contract.[2]

He played in five games during his rookie season before being placed on injured reserve after dislocating his wrist.

Late in the fourth quarter of the Saints' come-from-behind win in Week 7 of their 2009 season, Porter intercepted Miami Dolphins quarterback Chad Henne on fourth and long; his 54-yard return resulted in a touchdown, sealing their win. Midway through the fourth quarter of the NFC Championship game on January 24, 2010, with the Minnesota Vikings already in the red zone and driving towards a score, Porter punched the ball out of the hands of Vikings wide receiver Bernard Berrian; the fumble was recovered by the Saints. Later, with less than a minute left in regulation, and the Vikings almost within range of a game-winning field goal, Porter intercepted a pass from Vikings quarterback Brett Favre, sending the game to overtime. The Saints later prevailed with a final score of 31-28.

Late in the fourth quarter of Super Bowl XLIV against the Indianapolis Colts with the Colts in Saints' territory, Porter jumped Colts wide receiver Reggie Wayne's route and intercepted Peyton Manning's pass, returning it 74-yards for a touchdown. The score ended the Colts' hopes of a comeback and sealed New Orleans' first Super Bowl victory. In interviews after the game, Porter credited his pick to film study of the Colts' season. "I'd seen it over and over -- third down," Porter said. "That was a big route for them to convert on. Through the numerous amounts of film study that we've done all week in preparing for the Super Bowl... it all happened just like I was watching it on film. I made the break on it, and here comes the end zone."[3]

In the aftermath of the Super Bowl win, Porter was honored by his home town, Port Allen, which first jokingly renamed the city "Porter Allen" for a day in his honor,[4][5] then later named a street after him.[6]

Denver BroncosEdit

On March 22, 2012, Porter signed a one-year, $4.00 million contract with the Denver Broncos.[2][7] In his first game as a Bronco, Porter returned an interception off Pittsburgh Steelers' quarterback Ben Roethlisberger for a touchdown to seal the Broncos' opening day victory.[8] He then won the AFC Defensive Player of the Week award for his performance. However, prior to the Broncos' Week 6 game at the San Diego Chargers, he experienced aftereffects from a seizure that he suffered during the preseason. Porter returned to practice on a limited basis over the next several weeks,[9] and later returned to game action late in the regular season, only to suffer a concussion and miss the playoffs.[10]

Oakland RaidersEdit

On April 1, 2013, the Oakland Raiders signed Porter to a one-year, $1.50 million contract.[2][11] In a game against the New York Giants on November 10, 2013, he became the first player in NFL history to return an interception for a touchdown against both Peyton and Eli Manning.[12]

Washington RedskinsEdit

On March 13, 2014, Porter was signed by the Washington Redskins to a two-year, $6.25 million contract.[2][13][14] he was placed on injured reserve on November 26, 2014.[15] On May 27, 2015, he was released.[16]

Chicago BearsEdit

On June 8, 2015, Porter signed a one-year, $870,000 free agent contract with the Chicago Bears.[2][17] In a Thanksgiving Day victory over the Green Bay Packers, Porter became the first player to break up four of Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers' passes in a game.[18] He also recorded his first interception as a Bear in the game.[19] Porter ended the season with 22 pass breakups, which led the Bears.[18]

On March 9, 2016, the Bears signed Porter to a three-year, $12.00 million contract with $4.25 million guaranteed and a signing bonus of $900,000.[2][20][21]

On April 10, 2017, Porter was released by the Bears after they had signed free agents Prince Amukamara and Marcus Cooper.[22]

NFL statisticsEdit

Year Team Games Tackles Fumbles Interceptions
G GS Comb Total Ast Sack FF FR Yds INT Yds Avg Lng TD PD
2008 NO 5 5 25 23 2 1.0 0 0 0 1 25 25.0 25 0 5
2009 NO 12 11 57 48 9 0.0 2 0 0 4 72 18.0 54 1 12
2010 NO 12 12 60 45 15 0.0 0 1 2 1 5 5.0 5 0 6
2011 NO 14 11 52 42 10 0.0 2 1 0 1 -7 -7.0 -7 0 9
2012 DEN 6 4 21 16 5 0.0 0 0 0 1 43 43.0 43 1 6
2013 OAK 16 16 67 53 14 1.5 0 0 0 2 44 22.0 43 1 12
2014 WAS 3 1 5 3 2 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 1
2015 CHI 14 13 35 34 1 0.0 1 0 0 1 2 2.0 2 0 12
2016 CHI 16 15 48 45 3 0.0 1 0 0 2 28 14.0 25 0 9
Career 98 88 370 309 61 2.5 6 2 0 13 212 9.4 54 3 72

[23]

Key

  • G: games played
  • GS: games started
  • Comb: combined tackles
  • Total: total tackles
  • Ast: assisted tackles
  • Sack: sacks
  • FF: forced fumbles
  • FR: fumble recoveries
  • Yds: yards
  • INT: interceptions
  • AVG IR: average interception return
  • Lng: longest interception return
  • TD: interceptions returned for touchdown
  • PD: passes defensed

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Combine Top Performers
  2. ^ a b c d e f "sportrac.com: Tracy Porter contracts". sportrac.com. Retrieved December 10, 2016.
  3. ^ Aron Angel, "Saints' Porter jumps Wayne's route, runs into Super Bowl history" Archived November 25, 2010, at the Wayback Machine, NFL.com, February 8, 2010.
  4. ^ Tyana Williams, "City changes its name to Porter Allen", WAFB, February 8, 2010.
  5. ^ Bradley Handwerger, "Saints CB Porter enjoying the moment, but ready to get back with teammates" Archived April 3, 2010, at the Wayback Machine, WWL-TV, March 31, 2010.
  6. ^ Koran Addo, "Port Allen renames street to honor Porter", The Advocate (Baton Rouge, La.), April 20, 2010.
  7. ^ Source: Broncos, Tracy Porter agree
  8. ^ Klis, Mike (September 9, 2012). "Peyton Manning leads Denver Broncos to strong first win over Steelers He got ill midway through the season". denverpost.com. Retrieved September 9, 2012.
  9. ^ Caldwell, Gray (October 25, 2012). "Porter Dealing with August Seizure". denverbroncos.com. Retrieved October 25, 2012.
  10. ^ Davis, Sam (December 23, 2012). "Injury Update". denverbroncos.com. Retrieved December 23, 2012.
  11. ^ Smith, Michael David (April 2, 2013). "Raiders sign Tracy Porter". ProFootballTalk.com. Retrieved April 2, 2013.
  12. ^ http://www.insidebayarea.com/raiders/ci_24496132/raiders-notebook-pryor-laments-teams-failure-first-and
  13. ^ Hanzus, Dan. "Tracy Porter, Washington Redskins agree to terms". NFL.com. Retrieved March 13, 2014.
  14. ^ Keim, John (March 17, 2014). "Contract breakdown: Tracy Porter". ESPN.com. Retrieved March 17, 2014.
  15. ^ Keim, John (November 26, 2014). "Tracy Porter to IR, Chase Minnifield promoted". ESPN.com. Retrieved December 7, 2014.
  16. ^ Jones, Mike. "Redskins release guard Chris Chester and cornerback Tracy Porter". Washington Post. Retrieved May 27, 2015.
  17. ^ Patra, Patra. "Chicago Bears sign CB Tracy Porter". NFL.com. Retrieved June 9, 2015.
  18. ^ a b Mayer, Larry (February 9, 2016). "Position focus on defensive backfield". Chicago Bears. Retrieved February 11, 2016.
  19. ^ Wiederer, Dan (November 30, 2015). "Bears' Thanksgiving hero Tracy Porter has history of success in big moments". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved April 3, 2018.
  20. ^ Tribune, Chicago. "Cornerback Tracy Porter re-signs with Bears". chicagotribune.com. Retrieved March 10, 2016.
  21. ^ Spotrac.com. "Tracy Porter". Spotrac.com. Retrieved March 21, 2016.
  22. ^ Patra, Kevin. "Tracy Porter waived by Chicago Bears". NFL.com. Retrieved April 10, 2017.
  23. ^ "Tracy Porter Stats". ESPN. ESPN Internet Ventures. Retrieved October 6, 2014.

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