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Encyclopedia > Jonathan Vilma
Jonathan Vilma
New York Jets — No. 51
Linebacker
Date of Birth: April 16, 1982 (1982-04-16) (age 25)
Place of Birth: Coral Gables, Florida Flag of the United States
Height: 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) Weight: 230 lb (104 kg)
National Football League Debut
2004 for the New York Jets
Career Highlights and Awards
Career History
College: University of Miami
NFL Draft: 2004 / Round: 1 / Pick: 12
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Stats at CBS Sportsline.com

Jonathan Polynice Vilma (born April 16, 1982 in Coral Gables, Florida) is an American football player who currently plays middle linebacker for the New York Jets of the NFL. He is one of several NFL players of Haitian descent. City East Rutherford, New Jersey Other nicknames Gang Green, the Green and White Team colors Hunter green and white Head Coach Eric Mangini Owner Woody Johnson General manager Mike Tannenbaum League/Conference affiliations American Football League (1960-1969) Eastern Division (1960-1969) National Football League (1970–present) American Football Conference... In team sports, the squad number, shirt number, jersey number, sweater number, or uniform number is the number worn on a players uniform. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... is the 106th day of the year (107th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1982 (MCMLXXXII) was a common year starting on Friday (link displays the 1982 Gregorian calendar). ... The City Beautiful Location of Coral Gables in Miami-Dade County, Florida. ... Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... The 2004 NFL season was the 85th regular season of the National Football League. ... City East Rutherford, New Jersey Other nicknames Gang Green, the Green and White Team colors Hunter green and white Head Coach Eric Mangini Owner Woody Johnson General manager Mike Tannenbaum League/Conference affiliations American Football League (1960-1969) Eastern Division (1960-1969) National Football League (1970–present) American Football Conference... The 2006 AFC-NFC Pro Bowl was played on February 12, 2006 at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu, Hawaii. ... Since 1967 The Associated Press has given two annual Rookie of the Year Awards to NFL American football players: one for an offensive player and one for a defensive player. ... This is a list of athletic conferences of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA). ... Head Coach Randy Shannon 1st Year, 1-0 Home Stadium Miami Orange Bowl Capacity 72,319 - Grass Conference ACC - Coastal First Year 1926 Athletic Director Paul Dee Website HurricaneSports. ... The NFL Draft (officially the NFL Annual Player Selection Meeting[1]) is an annual sports draft in which National Football League (NFL) teams take turns selecting amateur college American football players and other first-time eligible players. ... The 2004 NFL Draft took place on April 24th and 25th of 2004. ... City East Rutherford, New Jersey Other nicknames Gang Green, the Green and White Team colors Hunter green and white Head Coach Eric Mangini Owner Woody Johnson General manager Mike Tannenbaum League/Conference affiliations American Football League (1960-1969) Eastern Division (1960-1969) National Football League (1970–present) American Football Conference... is the 106th day of the year (107th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1982 (MCMLXXXII) was a common year starting on Friday (link displays the 1982 Gregorian calendar). ... The City Beautiful Location of Coral Gables in Miami-Dade County, Florida. ... United States simply as football, is a competitive team sport that is both fast-paced and strategic. ... The defensive team or defense in American football or Canadian football, is the team that begins a play from scrimmage not in possession of the ball. ... City East Rutherford, New Jersey Other nicknames Gang Green, the Green and White Team colors Hunter green and white Head Coach Eric Mangini Owner Woody Johnson General manager Mike Tannenbaum League/Conference affiliations American Football League (1960-1969) Eastern Division (1960-1969) National Football League (1970–present) American Football Conference... NFL redirects here. ... NFL logo For other uses of the abbreviation NFL, see NFL (disambiguation). ...


He is known for his uncommonly fast speed for a linebacker, running the 40-yard dash in 4.5 seconds. Vilma is the defensive leader of the Jets and has begun to play a leadership role generally among NFL players. This article does not cite any references or sources. ... The 40 yard dash, also simply called the 40, is a sprint covering 40 yards. ...

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University of Miami

Jonathan Vilma was recruited by some of the top schools but eventually chose the University of Miami over Florida State, Florida, Pittsburgh and Iowa. The University of Miami (also known as UM or just The U) is a private university founded in 1925 with its main campus in the city of Coral Gables in metropolitan Miami, Florida, in the United States. ...


2000 season

In 2000, Vilma played in all 11 games as a reserve middle linebacker and compiled 38 tackles (29 solo) and a pass deflection


2001 season

After the Graduation of Dan Morgan, Vilma stepped up into the starting middle linebacker role and played an integral part of the Hurricanes' National Championship. He led the team in tackles with 79 (54 solos) and compiled 2 forced fumbles, 1 fumble recovery(36-yard touchdown), 3 pass deflections and an interception. He started 11 of 12 games during the regular season and was selected on the First-Team All-BIG EAST team. Many fans remember Vilma's two thunderous hits in the Rose Bowl win over Nebraska. For the Australian bushranger, see Dan Morgan (bushranger) Daniel Thomas Morgan, Jr. ...


2002 season

Vilma led the team in tackles with 133 (75 solo) and had two quarterback sacks, a forced fumble, recovered two fumbles, (returned one for a touchdown) and broke up five passes. He earned unanimous first-team All-BIG EAST selection for the second time in his career and was semi-finalist for the Dick Butkus Award, along with teammate D.J. Williams. The Dick Butkus Award, instituted in 1985, is given annually to the top linebacker in college football. ... D.J. Williams (born July 20, 1982 in Pittsburg, California) is an American football linebacker for the Denver Broncos of the NFL. He was selected with the 17th overall pick of the 2004 NFL Draft out of the University of Miami. ...


2003 season

In his final year, Vilma led the team in tackles for a second time with 127 (81 solo), notched a sack, forced one fumble, and recovered three fumbles. Vilma ended the year as a finalist for the Dick Butkus Award. The Dick Butkus Award, instituted in 1985, is given annually to the top linebacker in college football. ...


Along with his success on the field, Vilma was a three-time Academic All-Big East Conference. He received a degree in finance from the University of Miami's well-respected Business School. Vilma is viewed as being financially savvy and may seek a career in finance when his playing days are over. The University of Miami (also known as UM or just The U) is a private university founded in 1925 with its main campus in the city of Coral Gables in metropolitan Miami, Florida, in the United States. ...


NFL career

Vilma was drafted by the Jets with the 12th selection in the 2004 NFL Draft. The 2004 NFL Draft took place on April 24th and 25th of 2004. ...


2004 season

In 2004, Vilma was named as the NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year by the Associated Press. During his rookie campaign, he recorded 108 tackles, two sacks, and three interceptions, including one which was returned for his first NFL touchdown. Since 1967 The Associated Press has given two annual Rookie of the Year Awards to NFL American football players: one for an offensive player and one for a defensive player. ... The Associated Press, or AP, is an American news agency, the worlds largest such organization. ...


2005 season

In 2005, Vilma led the NFL in tackles with 173, forced four fumbles, notched one fumble recovery, half a sack, and one interception. Vilma also replaced Zach Thomas at the 2006 Pro Bowl. NFL logo For other uses of the abbreviation NFL, see NFL (disambiguation). ... Zachary Michael Thomas (born September 1, 1973, in Pampa, Texas) is an American football player for the Miami Dolphins of the National Football League; Thomas is a linebacker, and has been with Miami for the eleven seasons he has been in the NFL. He has been selected to the Pro... The 2006 AFC-NFC Pro Bowl was played on February 12, 2006 at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu, Hawaii. ...


2006 season

In 2006, Vilma put together another solid season. He compiled 114 tackles, one forced fumble, one fumble recovery, and one interception.


Career Statistics

Year Team G Tackles Sacks TFL INT INT YDS FF FR PD TD
2004 NY Jets 16 108 2 5.5 3 58 0 1 5 1
2005 NY Jets 16 173* 0.5 6 1 1 4 1 6 0
2006 NY Jets 16 114 0 1 1 0 1 1 4 0
Totals 48 392 2.5 12.5 5 59 5 3 15 1
 *NFL Leader[1] 

Trivia

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Sponsorships

  • Vilma is a spokesman for Under Armour, the first company with moisture-wicking fabric to take sweat away from your body. Vilma is in Under Armour ads in magazines and he also appears in some of the Under Armour football commercials.
  • Vilma signed with WaterBank of America USA Inc. on February 1, 2006, as a spokesman for Icerocks, secured spring water ice cubes.

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External links

Preceded by
Terrell Suggs
Defensive Rookie of the Year
2004
Succeeded by
Shawne Merriman

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Jonathan Vilma Accepts Play It Smart Leadership Role :: New York Jets Pro Bowl LB Joins Ronnie Lott on National ... (807 words)
While at the University of Miami, Vilma established himself as one of the nation's top student-athletes by becoming a three-time Academic All-Big East Conference and two-time Butkus Award nominee (semifinalist in 2002 and finalist in 2003).
On the field, Vilma was the unquestionable leader of the Hurricanes' defense.
Last year, Vilma led the NFL in tackles with 173, and he was named to the 2006 Pro Bowl as a member of the AFC squad.
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Jonathan Vilma, 24, is considered one of the hottest young stars in the National Football League.
Jonathan was named as a Board Member of the National Football Foundation's Play It Smart Program, launched in 1998 as an educational program designed to use football as a vehicle to foster the academic, personal and career development of at-risk student athletes.
At University, Jonathan was a three-time Academic All-Big East Conference and two-time Butkus Award nominee at the University of Miami.
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