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Players

Jerel Worthy
DE #99
Height:
6-2
Weight:
304
Age:
24
College:
Michigan State
Experience:
3

Quick Stats (2013):

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SeasonTeamGamesTacklesInterceptionsFumbles
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TOTAL 15 11 4 2.5 0 0 0 0 -- 0 0 1 0
2013 GB 2 0 1 0 1 0.0 -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
2012 GB 14 4 14 11 3 2.5 -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 1 --
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12 MIN L 26-26 1 0 1 -- -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
13 @DET L 10-40 0 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
14 ATL W 22-21 0 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
15 @DAL W 37-36 0 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
16 PIT L 31-38 0 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
17 @CHI W 33-28 0 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --

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Biography

  • Played extensively as a rookie in 2012, appearing in 14 games with four starts before suffering a season-ending knee injury in Week 17.
  • Defensive lineman whom General Manager Ted Thompson traded up to select in the second round of the 2012 NFL Draft, the first of three times he traded up in 2012 and the fourth time in five drafts he had moved up to take a defensive player.
  • A consensus All-American following his junior season at Michigan State, he earned first-team honors from The Associated Press, American Football Coaches Association, Walter Camp, Sporting News, CBSSports.com, NBCSports.com and Yahoo! Sports.
  • Became the first Spartan defensive tackle to earn first-team All-America honors since Ronald Curl in 1971 and the first to be named to the AP first team since Charles “Bubba” Smith in 1966.
  • Comes from an athletic family, with two uncles who played college football at Tennessee State and his mother, Stephanie, having played basketball at Central State University outside of Dayton, Ohio.


Pro Highlights:

  • Became a significant part of the defensive-line rotation early on in 2012, playing extensively in the sub-defenses and also contributing as a defensive end in the base 3-4.
  • Appeared in 14 games with four starts and made 23 tackles (11 solo), in addition to 2½ sacks and a forced fumble.
  • Suffered a significant knee injury late in the fourth quarter of the team’s Week 17 contest at Minnesota that ended his rookie campaign and could delay his return until after the start of the 2013 regular season. 
  • Drafted by the Packers in the second round with the 51st overall pick as General Manager Ted Thompson traded the team’s initial second-rounder (No. 59 overall), plus its fourth-round pick (No. 123 overall), to move up and select the talented big man.


2012 SEASON
: Appeared in 14 games, starting four and posting 23 tackles (11 solo), 2½ sacks and a forced fumble on the season…Suffered a significant knee injury in the fourth quarter of the team’s Week 17 game at Minnesota that ended his season…Was not placed on injured reserve, but was relegated to the inactive list for both postseason games…Also sat out the team’s Week 9 contest vs. Arizona after sustaining a concussion the week before and was sidelined by a hamstring injury in Week 16 vs. Tennessee…Vs. San Francisco (Sept. 9): Made his NFL debut in the season opener, appearing on both defense and on special teams. Contributed one assisted tackle on defense…Vs. Chicago (Sept. 13): Made his first career start at RDE in place of the injured C.J. Wilson (groin), and appeared on 37 defensive plays, making five tackles (three solo) and collecting his first career sack. Sack came on Chicago’s final drive of the game when he threw QB Jay Cutler for a 4-yard loss. Also participated on special teams, where he had a hand in one of the game’s most memorable plays as part of the placement protection unit. Lined up to the left side of the formation on what was a fake FG attempt late in the second quarter. At the snap, threw a block on S Craig Steltz while P Tim Masthay shoveled a pass to TE Tom Crabtree, who took it 27 yards for a TD to give Green Bay a 10-0 lead...At Houston (Oct. 14): Got the start at LDE in the absence of B.J. Raji (ankle). Led the defensive line by appearing on 55 plays and finished with five tackles (three solo), two QB hits and a sack. The sack came when he used an inside rush to beat G Antoine Caldwell into the pocket and dropped QB Matt Schaub for a 10-yard loss. Also showed up against the run where he was part of a unit that held RB Arian Foster to just 29 yards on 17 carries, a career-low 1.7-yard average (min. 15 att.)…At Chicago (Dec. 16): Started at RDE in the absence of Wilson and saw action on 32 plays. Posted three tackles (two solo), along with a half-sack and his first career forced fumble. Split a sack with fellow DE Mike Neal on the Bears’ final drive of the fourth quarter, a desperation series that began at their own 3-yard line. On the play, teamed with Neal to hit Cutler for a 9-yard loss, jarring the ball loose for the forced fumble...At Minnesota (Dec. 30): Appeared on 10 defensive plays, but did not record any statistics. Suffered a knee injury on a third-down play on the Vikings’ final drive of the fourth quarter and did not return.     

COLLEGE: Started for all three of his participating seasons…Appeared in 40 games with 38 starts and tallied 107 tackles (52 solo), including 27½ for loss, 12 sacks, six passes defensed, two fumble recoveries and two blocked field goals during his career…Spent four years on campus after redshirting in 2008 and is only 20 hours away from a degree in child development – family community services…Junior season (2011): Was named a consensus first-team All-American following the season after posting 30 tackles (19 solo), including 10½ for loss, 3½ sacks, a pass defensed and a fumble recovery. Earned the distinction from The Associated Press, American Football Coaches Association, Walter Camp, Sporting News, CBSSports.com, NBCSports.com and Yahoo! Sports…Was the first Michigan State defensive tackle to earn first-team All-American acclaim since Ronald Curl in 1971 and the first to be named to the AP first team since Charles “Bubba” Smith in 1966…Earned first-team All-Big Ten honors from both the league’s coaches and media for the first time in his career, becoming the first Spartan DT to land on the first team since Travis Davis in 1989…Started all 14 games at DT and helped key a defense that ranked No. 1 in the Big Ten Conference in both total defense (277.4 ypg.) and rushing defense (100.5 ypg.)…Posted four tackles and recovered the second fumble of his career at Notre Dame (Sept. 17)...Was named the Spartan Defensive Player of the Week after a win at Iowa (Nov. 12), helping to limit the Hawkeyes to just 87 yards rushing during the game, and also blocking a field goal attempt on the final play before halftime…Finished his collegiate career by equaling his career high with five tackles (four solo), including two for loss in the team’s 33-30 triple-overtime victory over the No. 18-ranked Georgia in the Outback Bowl (Jan. 2)...Sophomore season (2010): Was named to the second-team All-Sophomore squad by CollegeFootballNews.com…Was also named honorable mention All-Big Ten by both the coaches and media after starting all 13 games and finishing with 40 tackles (14 solo), eight tackles for loss, four sacks and three passes defensed…Tallied three tackles (two solo) and his first sack of the season vs. Michigan (Oct. 9)…Dropped dynamic QB Denard Robinson for a 9-yard loss on the sack and also blocked a FG attempt on the final play of the first half in a 34-17 defeat of the No. 18-ranked Wolverines…Tied his career high with five tackles (two solo), including one for loss at Penn State (Nov. 27). Tackle for loss was a 4-yard sack, his team-leading fourth of the season...Redshirt freshman season (2009): Assumed a starting role in his first participating season…Appeared in all 13 games with 11 starts and posted 37 tackles (19 solo), including nine for a loss, a career-best 4½ sacks, two passes defensed and a fumble recovery, earning Freshman All-American honors from the Football Writers Association of America, Rivals.com, CollegeFootballNews.com and Sporting News…Was also named to the Big Ten All-Freshman team by ESPN.com, Rivals.com, and Sporting News, and was a midseason All-Big Ten first-team selection by Phil Steele’s College Football…His tackle for loss and sack numbers ranked No. 2 on the team, as he recorded a tackle for loss in seven straight games at one point during the season…Made his collegiate debut and finished with four tackles (three solo) vs. Montana State (Sept. 5)…Recorded three tackles (two solo) and a career-high 1½ sacks vs. Central Michigan (Sept. 12).

PERSONAL: Given name Jerel Nicholas Worthy…First name is pronounced juh-RELL...Born in Dayton, Ohio…Single…Mother, Stephanie, played basketball at Central State University outside of Dayton and his two uncles, Charles Miller and Amzie Smith, played football at Tennessee State…High school: A four-year varsity letterman, splitting his prep career between two schools, first appearing as a freshman and sophomore at Chaminade-Julienne High School in Dayton, Ohio, before finishing his junior and senior seasons at Wayne High School in Huber Heights, Ohio…Was ranked as the No. 53 defensive tackle in the nation and the No. 30 overall player in the state of Ohio by Rivals.com…Was chosen to play in the 2008 Big 33 Football Classic, an all-star game featuring players from Ohio and Pennsylvania…Was named to the All-Midwest Team by both SuperPrep and PrepStar…Earned The Associated Press Division I All-Ohio and Southwest All-District first-team honors following a senior season that saw him rack up 50 tackles, 10½ sacks, 12 QB hurries, seven passes defensed and two fumble recoveries…Registered 54 tackles and four sacks as a junior…Also lettered twice in track and once in wrestling…Community involvement: Is active with the Athletes in Action sports ministry and was also a member of a multicultural student group at Michigan State...Grew up working at his local church, helping with cleaning and labor jobs, also serving in a similar capacity while in college, working at Demmer Corporation in Lansing, a defense and aerospace development firm…Hobbies/interests: Enjoys fishing, playing video games and collecting Air Jordan sneakers…Is a close friend of Tennessee Titans LB Greg Jones and Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green, who both also starred at Michigan State…Lists Kobe Bryant, Derek Jeter and DeMarcus Ware as his favorite athletes, Any Given Sunday as his favorite movie and Jay-Z as his favorite musical artist…Took a trip to Miami during spring break his junior year of college and named it as his favorite place to visit on vacation... Recently visited California, Las Vegas and New Orleans for the first time...Residence: Dayton, Ohio. 

  • Played extensively as a rookie in 2012, appearing in 14 games with four starts before suffering a season-ending knee injury in Week 17.
  • Defensive lineman whom General Manager Ted Thompson traded up to select in the second round of the 2012 NFL Draft, the first of three times he traded up in 2012 and the fourth time in five drafts he had moved up to take a defensive player.
  • A consensus All-American following his junior season at Michigan State, he earned first-team honors from The Associated Press, American Football Coaches Association, Walter Camp, Sporting News, CBSSports.com, NBCSports.com and Yahoo! Sports.
  • Became the first Spartan defensive tackle to earn first-team All-America honors since Ronald Curl in 1971 and the first to be named to the AP first team since Charles “Bubba” Smith in 1966.
  • Comes from an athletic family, with two uncles who played college football at Tennessee State and his mother, Stephanie, having played basketball at Central State University outside of Dayton, Ohio.


Pro Highlights:

  • Became a significant part of the defensive-line rotation early on in 2012, playing extensively in the sub-defenses and also contributing as a defensive end in the base 3-4.
  • Appeared in 14 games with four starts and made 23 tackles (11 solo), in addition to 2½ sacks and a forced fumble.
  • Suffered a significant knee injury late in the fourth quarter of the team’s Week 17 contest at Minnesota that ended his rookie campaign and could delay his return until after the start of the 2013 regular season. 
  • Drafted by the Packers in the second round with the 51st overall pick as General Manager Ted Thompson traded the team’s initial second-rounder (No. 59 overall), plus its fourth-round pick (No. 123 overall), to move up and select the talented big man.


2012 SEASON
: Appeared in 14 games, starting four and posting 23 tackles (11 solo), 2½ sacks and a forced fumble on the season…Suffered a significant knee injury in the fourth quarter of the team’s Week 17 game at Minnesota that ended his season…Was not placed on injured reserve, but was relegated to the inactive list for both postseason games…Also sat out the team’s Week 9 contest vs. Arizona after sustaining a concussion the week before and was sidelined by a hamstring injury in Week 16 vs. Tennessee…Vs. San Francisco (Sept. 9): Made his NFL debut in the season opener, appearing on both defense and on special teams. Contributed one assisted tackle on defense…Vs. Chicago (Sept. 13): Made his first career start at RDE in place of the injured C.J. Wilson (groin), and appeared on 37 defensive plays, making five tackles (three solo) and collecting his first career sack. Sack came on Chicago’s final drive of the game when he threw QB Jay Cutler for a 4-yard loss. Also participated on special teams, where he had a hand in one of the game’s most memorable plays as part of the placement protection unit. Lined up to the left side of the formation on what was a fake FG attempt late in the second quarter. At the snap, threw a block on S Craig Steltz while P Tim Masthay shoveled a pass to TE Tom Crabtree, who took it 27 yards for a TD to give Green Bay a 10-0 lead...At Houston (Oct. 14): Got the start at LDE in the absence of B.J. Raji (ankle). Led the defensive line by appearing on 55 plays and finished with five tackles (three solo), two QB hits and a sack. The sack came when he used an inside rush to beat G Antoine Caldwell into the pocket and dropped QB Matt Schaub for a 10-yard loss. Also showed up against the run where he was part of a unit that held RB Arian Foster to just 29 yards on 17 carries, a career-low 1.7-yard average (min. 15 att.)…At Chicago (Dec. 16): Started at RDE in the absence of Wilson and saw action on 32 plays. Posted three tackles (two solo), along with a half-sack and his first career forced fumble. Split a sack with fellow DE Mike Neal on the Bears’ final drive of the fourth quarter, a desperation series that began at their own 3-yard line. On the play, teamed with Neal to hit Cutler for a 9-yard loss, jarring the ball loose for the forced fumble...At Minnesota (Dec. 30): Appeared on 10 defensive plays, but did not record any statistics. Suffered a knee injury on a third-down play on the Vikings’ final drive of the fourth quarter and did not return.     

COLLEGE: Started for all three of his participating seasons…Appeared in 40 games with 38 starts and tallied 107 tackles (52 solo), including 27½ for loss, 12 sacks, six passes defensed, two fumble recoveries and two blocked field goals during his career…Spent four years on campus after redshirting in 2008 and is only 20 hours away from a degree in child development – family community services…Junior season (2011): Was named a consensus first-team All-American following the season after posting 30 tackles (19 solo), including 10½ for loss, 3½ sacks, a pass defensed and a fumble recovery. Earned the distinction from The Associated Press, American Football Coaches Association, Walter Camp, Sporting News, CBSSports.com, NBCSports.com and Yahoo! Sports…Was the first Michigan State defensive tackle to earn first-team All-American acclaim since Ronald Curl in 1971 and the first to be named to the AP first team since Charles “Bubba” Smith in 1966…Earned first-team All-Big Ten honors from both the league’s coaches and media for the first time in his career, becoming the first Spartan DT to land on the first team since Travis Davis in 1989…Started all 14 games at DT and helped key a defense that ranked No. 1 in the Big Ten Conference in both total defense (277.4 ypg.) and rushing defense (100.5 ypg.)…Posted four tackles and recovered the second fumble of his career at Notre Dame (Sept. 17)...Was named the Spartan Defensive Player of the Week after a win at Iowa (Nov. 12), helping to limit the Hawkeyes to just 87 yards rushing during the game, and also blocking a field goal attempt on the final play before halftime…Finished his collegiate career by equaling his career high with five tackles (four solo), including two for loss in the team’s 33-30 triple-overtime victory over the No. 18-ranked Georgia in the Outback Bowl (Jan. 2)...Sophomore season (2010): Was named to the second-team All-Sophomore squad by CollegeFootballNews.com…Was also named honorable mention All-Big Ten by both the coaches and media after starting all 13 games and finishing with 40 tackles (14 solo), eight tackles for loss, four sacks and three passes defensed…Tallied three tackles (two solo) and his first sack of the season vs. Michigan (Oct. 9)…Dropped dynamic QB Denard Robinson for a 9-yard loss on the sack and also blocked a FG attempt on the final play of the first half in a 34-17 defeat of the No. 18-ranked Wolverines…Tied his career high with five tackles (two solo), including one for loss at Penn State (Nov. 27). Tackle for loss was a 4-yard sack, his team-leading fourth of the season...Redshirt freshman season (2009): Assumed a starting role in his first participating season…Appeared in all 13 games with 11 starts and posted 37 tackles (19 solo), including nine for a loss, a career-best 4½ sacks, two passes defensed and a fumble recovery, earning Freshman All-American honors from the Football Writers Association of America, Rivals.com, CollegeFootballNews.com and Sporting News…Was also named to the Big Ten All-Freshman team by ESPN.com, Rivals.com, and Sporting News, and was a midseason All-Big Ten first-team selection by Phil Steele’s College Football…His tackle for loss and sack numbers ranked No. 2 on the team, as he recorded a tackle for loss in seven straight games at one point during the season…Made his collegiate debut and finished with four tackles (three solo) vs. Montana State (Sept. 5)…Recorded three tackles (two solo) and a career-high 1½ sacks vs. Central Michigan (Sept. 12).

PERSONAL: Given name Jerel Nicholas Worthy…First name is pronounced juh-RELL...Born in Dayton, Ohio…Single…Mother, Stephanie, played basketball at Central State University outside of Dayton and his two uncles, Charles Miller and Amzie Smith, played football at Tennessee State…High school: A four-year varsity letterman, splitting his prep career between two schools, first appearing as a freshman and sophomore at Chaminade-Julienne High School in Dayton, Ohio, before finishing his junior and senior seasons at Wayne High School in Huber Heights, Ohio…Was ranked as the No. 53 defensive tackle in the nation and the No. 30 overall player in the state of Ohio by Rivals.com…Was chosen to play in the 2008 Big 33 Football Classic, an all-star game featuring players from Ohio and Pennsylvania…Was named to the All-Midwest Team by both SuperPrep and PrepStar…Earned The Associated Press Division I All-Ohio and Southwest All-District first-team honors following a senior season that saw him rack up 50 tackles, 10½ sacks, 12 QB hurries, seven passes defensed and two fumble recoveries…Registered 54 tackles and four sacks as a junior…Also lettered twice in track and once in wrestling…Community involvement: Is active with the Athletes in Action sports ministry and was also a member of a multicultural student group at Michigan State...Grew up working at his local church, helping with cleaning and labor jobs, also serving in a similar capacity while in college, working at Demmer Corporation in Lansing, a defense and aerospace development firm…Hobbies/interests: Enjoys fishing, playing video games and collecting Air Jordan sneakers…Is a close friend of Tennessee Titans LB Greg Jones and Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green, who both also starred at Michigan State…Lists Kobe Bryant, Derek Jeter and DeMarcus Ware as his favorite athletes, Any Given Sunday as his favorite movie and Jay-Z as his favorite musical artist…Took a trip to Miami during spring break his junior year of college and named it as his favorite place to visit on vacation... Recently visited California, Las Vegas and New Orleans for the first time...Residence: Dayton, Ohio.