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Brodney Pool

Brodney Pool
No. 21, 22
Position:Safety
Personal information
Born: (1984-05-24) May 24, 1984 (age 35)
Corpus Christi, Texas
Height:6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Weight:214 lb (97 kg)
Career information
High school:Houston (TX) Westbury
College:Oklahoma
NFL Draft:2005 / Round: 2 / Pick: 34
Career history
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Games played:100
Tackles:364
Sacks:5.5
Interceptions:13
Passes defended:49
Player stats at NFL.com
Player stats at PFR

Brodney Depaul Pool (born May 24, 1984) is a former American football safety in the National Football League (NFL) for the Cleveland Browns and New York Jets. He played college football at Oklahoma.

Early years

Pool attended Westbury High School, where he was a five star recruit. As a junior, he had 114 tackles and 4 interceptions. During his senior season, he tallied 75 tackles and 11 interceptions (school record) at free safety. As a running back, he had 40 carries for 159 yards (3.975-yard avg.), 2 rushing touchdowns, 3 receptions for 112 yards (37.3-yard avg.) and 2 receiving touchdowns.

He also lettered in track.

College career

Pool accepted a football scholarship from the University of Oklahoma. In 2002, as a true freshman he appeared in 12 games, playing mainly on special teams and making 11 tackles (7 solo).

As sophomore, he became a starter at free safety, registering 68 tackles (41 solo), 2 sacks, 6 passes defensed, one forced fumble, one blocked kick and 7 interceptions (fourth in school history).

As a junior, he was on the Thorpe and Nagurski Watchlists, posted 92 tackles (led the team), 65 solo tackles, 9 passes defensed (led the team) and 2 interceptions. He declared for the NFL Draft at the end of the season.[1]

He finished his college career with 171 tackles, 9 interceptions, 15 passes defensed, 2 sacks, 2 forced fumbles and one fumble recovery He was a part of two Big 12 championship teams (2002 and 2004).

Professional career

Cleveland Browns

Pool was selected by the Cleveland Browns in the second round (34th overall) of the 2005 NFL Draft. Although he did not start during his rookie season, he appeared in 13 games mostly as a safety, registering his first interception. He registered 25 tackles, one sack, one interceptions, 7 passes defensed, 10 special teams tackles and 2 fumble recoveries.

In 2006, he lost out the battle for the starting free safety position to Sean Jones, but started 3 games at cornerback due to injuries to Leigh Bodden, Daylon McCutcheon and Gary Baxter. He posted 54 tackles, one interception, 10 passes defensed, one sack, 20 special teams tackles and 2 fumble recoveries.

In 2007, he became the regular starter at free safety, making 72 tackles, 6 passes defensed and 2 interceptions, one of which was returned for a Browns' franchise record 100 yards against the Baltimore Ravens on November 18.[2]

In 2008, he started 15 games after missing the season opener. He recorded 65 tackles, 3 interceptions, 4 passes defensed, one sack, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery.

In 2009, he missed the last 5 games of the regular season after suffering a concussion and being placed on the injured reserve list, but still tied for the team lead with 4 interceptions.[3] He also had 48 tackles, 10 passes defensed, one sack and 2 special teams tackles. He wasn't given a contract offer as a restricted free agent at the end of the year because of his concussion history.[4]

New York Jets

On March 11, 2010, Pool signed a one-year deal as an unrestricted free agent with the New York Jets valued at $1.3 million. He finished the regular season with 63 tackles, one interception, 9 passes defensed, 2 special teams tackles, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery. He made his first career postseason start and his first career postseason appearance against Indianapolis Colts on Wild Card weekend, making 7 tackles (one for loss), as the Jets won 17-16. On January 23, he recorded his first career postseason interception in the AFC Championship Game against the Pittsburgh Steelers. However, the Jets lost 24-19, falling one game short of the Super Bowl for the second straight season.

On August 3, 2011, he signed a one-year deal with the Jets.[5] He appeared in 14 games (6 starts), posting 37 tackles, a half sack, one interception, 3 passes defensed and 6 special teams tackles. He missed 2 games with a knee injury.

Dallas Cowboys

On March 15, 2012, Pool signed as a free agent with the Dallas Cowboys, reuniting with former Browns defensive coordinator Rob Ryan.[6] He failed his conditioning test upon arriving at camp, before passing it on his second attempt.[7] On August 6, he was released one week into the start of training camp.

NFL statistics

Year Team GP COMB TOTAL AST SACK FF FR FR YDS INT IR YDS AVG IR LNG TD PD
2005 CLE 13 35 26 9 1.0 0 1 0 1 1 1 1 0 5
2006 CLE 16 68 55 13 1.0 1 2 0 1 0 0 0 0 8
2007 CLE 16 58 47 11 0.0 0 0 0 2 103 52 100 1 6
2008 CLE 15 65 60 5 1.0 1 1 0 3 45 15 24 0 6
2009 CLE 11 50 39 11 1.0 0 0 0 4 33 8 32 0 10
2010 NYJ 15 53 39 14 1.0 1 1 6 1 0 0 0 0 11
2011 NYJ 14 36 27 9 0.5 0 1 33 1 0 0 0 0 3
Career 100 365 293 72 5.5 3 6 0 13 182 14 100 1 49

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Key

  • GP: games played
  • COMB: combined tackles
  • TOTAL: total tackles
  • AST: assisted tackles
  • SACK: sacks
  • FF: forced fumbles
  • FR: fumble recoveries
  • FR YDS: fumble return yards
  • INT: interceptions
  • IR YDS: interception return yards
  • AVG IR: average interception return
  • LNG: longest interception return
  • TD: interceptions returned for touchdown
  • PD: passes defensed

Coaching career

On January 16, 2015, Pool accepted a quality control coaching position at Baylor University on the staff of Art Briles.

Personal life

His mother Rose, was the Westbury High School athletic director and an assistant track coach at the University of Texas.

References

  1. ^ "Pool prepares to turn pro early". Associated Press. January 19, 2005. Retrieved 2018.
  2. ^ "It's not over until the officials say it is: Browns 33, Ravens 30". Associated Press. November 19, 2007. Retrieved 2018.
  3. ^ "How a headache changed Brodney Pool's career". The Oklahoman. January 21, 2011. Retrieved 2018.
  4. ^ "Cleveland Browns tender six restricted free agents, but not Brodney Pool". Cleveland.com. March 5, 2010. Retrieved 2018.
  5. ^ "Source: Jets re-sign Brodney Pool". ESPN. August 3, 2011. Retrieved 2018.
  6. ^ Archer, Todd; Calvin Watkins (March 15, 2012). "Dan Connor, Brodney Pool sign". ESPN. Archived from the original on March 19, 2012. Retrieved 2018.
  7. ^ "Cowboys cut Brodney Pool". ESPN. August 6, 2012. Retrieved 2018.
  8. ^ "Brodney Pool Stats". ESPN. ESPN Internet Ventures. Retrieved 2018.

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