Terrance Knighton, also known as “Pot Roast,” is a sixth year defensive tackle for the Denver Broncos. He played his first four seasons in the NFL as a member of the Jacksonville Jaguars before signing with Denver as a free agent in 2013.
Early Years & College
Knighton was born in Hartford, Connecticut on July 4, 1986 and starred as a two-sport star at Windsor High School in Windsor, Connecticut, earning All-State honors in football and All-CCC West League honors in basketball in 2003. After attending Milford Academy in New Berlin, New York in 2004, he received only two scholarship offers to play football at the collegiate level. He planned to attend the University of Central Florida, but after being denied admission by the school, he chose to enroll at Temple University.
He made an immediate impact for the Owls, playing in 11 games as a freshman and starting the season finale against Navy. He wrapped up the season with 17 tackles and became a full-time starter as a sophomore in 2006, recording 57 tackles and 3.5 sacks. He was voted team captain as a senior in 2008 and became the school’s first ever First-Team All-Mid-American Conference performer, racking up 54 tackles and recovering three fumbles.
Knighton had struggled with consistency during his college career, but strong pre-draft workouts caused his stock as a professional prospect to improve dramatically. The Jacksonville Jaguars picked the Temple graduate in the third round with the 72nd overall selection, and he signed a four-year contract on July 29, 2009. He made 45 tackles while playing in all 16 games for the Jaguars as a rookie, and he was selected to the All-NFL Rookie Team by Pro Football Weekly and the Pro Football Writers of America.
He managed to record a career-high 4.0 sacks in 2010, but his production dipped the next two seasons. On April 8, 2012, he suffered a career-threatening eye injury during a bar accident that led to temporary vision loss, but he bounced back and returned to action wearing a dark visor at all times.
The Jaguars opted not to re-sign Knighton when his rookie deal expired following the 2012 season, and he reunited with former head coach Jack Del Rio by signing a two-year contract with the Denver Broncos on March 13, 2013. He became a valuable asset to Denver’s defense, making 31 tackles and 3.0 sacks during the regular season and providing a pivotal sack of Tom Brady on a fourth down play during the 2013 AFC Championship game.
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