D’Brickashaw Ferguson is entering his ninth season with the New York Jets. Ferguson, who surrendered a career-worst eight sacks in 2013, has long been considered one of the best offensive linemen in football. He’s been selected to three Pro Bowls (2009, 2010, 2011) and has started every game at left tackle for the Jets since 2006. He restructured his contract prior to the 2014 season down to a base salary of $5.95 million. Some critics in the New York media feel as if the 30-year-old may be losing a step.
Early Years & College
Ferguson was born in New York City on Dec. 10, 1983. He attended Freeport High where he was a three-year starter on the offensive line and at defensive end. He recorded 55 tackles and six sacks as a senior. After graduating, Ferguson went to the University of Virginia and started at left tackle as a true freshman, playing all but 15 snaps. Ferguson was named All-America in 2005 and finished as an Outland Trophy candidate.
New York Jets
The Jets selected Ferguson in the first round of the 2006 NFL draft (fourth overall). He won the starting job at left tackle in training camp as a rookie and hasn’t relinquished it, starting in 128 straight games and missing only one snap in his career. Known more for his pass-blocking than run-blocking, Ferguson has been the Jets’ franchise player and anchor along the offensive line, helping guide the team to back-to-back AFC Championship Games in 2009 and 2010.
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