LaMarr Woodley is an outside linebacker/defensive end for the Oakland Raiders. He previously earned All-Pro honors once in seven seasons for the Pittsburgh Steelers and was an All-American selection at the University of Michigan.
Woodley was born in Saginaw, MI on November 3, 1984 and played football at Saginaw High School. As a sophomore in 2000, he teamed up with future Michigan State star, Charles Rogers, and eventual NBA guard, Anthony Roberson, to guide Saginaw to Michigan’s Division II state title. He was rated as the fourth best prospect in the entire country by Rivals.com and received scholarship offers from schools across the nation. He decided to stay close to home and signed a letter of intent to play at the University of Michigan.
University of Michigan
After enrolling at Michigan in 2003, Woodley played in 13 games as a true freshman and made 23 tackles. He became a starter at outside linebacker as a sophomore in 2004, leading the team with 16 tackles for loss and earning All-Big 10 second team recognition. An arm injury limited his production the following season, but he still made 48 tackles and led the team with 7.0 sacks while receiving All-Big 10 Honorable Mention honors. He had his best collegiate season as a senior in 2006 and was a unanimous First-Team All-American selection after racking up 12.0 sacks and 16.5 tackles for loss for the Wolverines.
After winning the Ted Hendricks Award as the nation’s top linebacker, Woodley was ranked as one of the top defensive prospects entering the 2007 NFL Draft. The Pittsburgh Steelers selected him with the 46th overall pick in the second round and he appeared primarily as a reserve linebacker, making 14 tackles and 4.0 sacks in 13 games. He took over as a starter the next season and became a breakout star for the Steelers with 60 tackles and 11.5 sacks. He made his only Pro Bowl appearance and was selected First-Team All-Pro after the 2009 season when he made 62 tackles and 13.5 sacks.
After another double-digit sack season in 2010, injuries prevented Woodley from producing as he had the previous three seasons. He missed six games in 2011, but managed to record 9.0 sacks that season. He would miss eight more games over the next two seasons and was released by the Steelers on March 11, 2014.
On March 13, 2014, only two days after being released by the Steelers, Woodley signed a two-year deal to join the Oakland Raiders.
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