Randy Starks is entering his seventh season with the Miami Dolphins after spending the previous four years with the Tennessee Titans. Starks, a 305-pound defensive tackle, is largely regarded as one of the most feared tackles in the NFL, but multiple off-the-field incidents have stained his reputation. Starks, a two-time Pro Bowl selection (2010, 2012), has 36.5 sacks and 356 tackles in his 10-year career.
Early Years & College
Starks was born in Petersburg, Va., on Dec. 14, 1983. He attended Westlake High where he was a three-year starter playing both offensive tackle and defensive tackle. Starks notched 194 tackles in his high school career, highlighted by 77 tackles and seven sacks in 2000. He was also a star on the basketball court and was named Southern Maryland’s Basketball Player of the Year by the Washington Post. After graduating, Starks went to the University of Maryland where he earned second-team All-ACC as a sophomore and first-team All-ACC as a junior. He finished his collegiate career with 201 tackles (34 for loss), 17.5 sacks and three forced fumbles.
The Titans selected Starks in the third round of the 2004 NFL draft (71st overall) following a draft-day trade with the Houston Texans. Starks appeared in 14 games as a rookie, including eight starts, and recorded a sack in his NFL debut. His impressive rookie campaign led to a starting role, at left defensive tackle, in 2005 and he never looked back. In four seasons in Tennessee, Starks tallied 10.5 sacks.
On Feb. 29, 2008, The Dolphins signed Starks to a five-year, $21 million contract. Following a slow start to his tenure in Miami – he recorded just three sacks in four starts in 2008 – Starks bounced back with a career-high seven sacks in 2009, making the Pro Bowl while splitting time at defensive end and nose tackle. In his first six seasons in Miami, he has collected 26 sacks and four interceptions.
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