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Dwight Lowery

Dwight Lowery
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Lowery with the New York Jets in 2009
Free agent
Position:Safety
Personal information
Born: (1986-01-23) January 23, 1986 (age 33)
Santa Cruz, California
Height:5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Weight:212 lb (96 kg)
Career information
High school:Soquel (CA)
College:San José State
NFL Draft:2008 / Round: 4 / Pick: 113
Career history
Career NFL statistics as of 2016
Total tackles:395
Sacks:5.0
Pass deflections:67
Interceptions:17
Forced fumbles:8
Defensive touchdowns:3
Player stats at NFL.com

Dwight Larte Lowery (born January 23, 1986) is an American football safety who is currently a free agent. He was drafted by the New York Jets in the fourth round of the 2008 NFL Draft. He played college football at San Jose State.

Early years

Lowery attended Soquel High School in Soquel, California where he was an All Santa Cruz Coast Athletic League running back for the Knights during his senior year. Lowery broke the school's scoring record for a single season (25 touchdowns) and the County's single game scoring record (7 TD; 5 rushing, 1 receiving and a returned interception for the games final he earned All-League defensive back his junior and senior year having 20 interceptions in 20 games.

Lowery also played basketball and was a 3-year starter on the varsity squad. He earned league MVP honors his junior year, and lead his team into the Central Coast Section Playoffs.

College career

Cabrillo College

Lowery previously attended Cabrillo College in Aptos, California where he played Free Safety and special teams for the Seahawks. During Lowery's Freshman season at Cabrillo College, he received All State defensive back honors and lead California in INTs (9). His Sophomore season was cut short with a hand injury but he still managed four more interceptions in the games following the injury. He left Cabrillo with 13 picks in 15 games. He also led the state in return yards in 2004.

San Jose State

Lowery after San Jose State's 2006 victory over Stanford.

Lowery was a two-time All-America selection AFCA and FWAA All-America cornerback for San Jose State University. Lowery led the nation in 2006 with 9 interceptions. In his senior season at San Jose State University Lowery recorded 4 interceptions and was named to the all-WAC team in 2007. In the post-season 83rd East-West Shrine Game, Lowery had 2 interceptions.[1]

Lowery had applied for a draft grade from the NFL's advisory committee following the 2006 season but decided that he would return in 2007 for his Senior season at SJSU.[2]

Awards and honors

  • Named to the 2007 Playboy All-American Team.[3]
  • Named to the 2006 and 2007 AFCA All-America Team
  • Named to the 2007 Scout.com All-America Third Team
  • Earned All-WAC first-team Honors in 2007[4]
  • Became the first player in San Jose State University history to be named an All-American in back-to-back years.[5]
  • Named to 83rd East-West Shrine All-Star Game in 2008[6]

Professional career

Pre-draft measurables
Ht Wt 40-yard dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert jump Broad BP
5 ft 11 in
(1.80 m)
201 lb
(91 kg)
33.5 in
(0.85 m)
9 ft 8 in
(2.95 m)
Source:[7]

New York Jets

Impressed with Lowery's versatility and ball skills,[8][9] the New York Jets would draft him in the fourth round (113th overall) of the 2008 NFL Draft as a cornerback/safety.[10] An injury to cornerback Justin Miller would see Lowery debut in his first NFL game against the Miami Dolphins; Lowery performed modestly with four tackles and three passes defensed.[11] Lowery was named to the NFL's mid-season all-rookie team for his efforts on defense however in November, Lowery was benched in favor of veteran Ty Law.[12] In spite of the benching, Lowery continued to improve and contribute as a backup cornerback earning the praise of his head coach Eric Mangini and his teammates.[13]

In 2009, Lowery continued to contribute as a backup and would finish the season with 24 tackles, 9 passes defensed and 3 interceptions.

In 2010, Lowery would record his first career touchdown, intercepting Brett Favre on a play that would seal the Jets' victory over the Vikings.[14][15]

Jacksonville Jaguars

Lowery was traded to the Jacksonville Jaguars for an undisclosed draft pick on September 3, 2011. In his first game with Jacksonville, Lowery intercepted a Matt Hasselbeck pass to seal a Jaguar victory.[16]

On March 13, 2012, Lowery agreed to a four-year extension with the Jaguars. He was placed on season-ending injured reserve on December 22, 2012.

In week 2 of the 2012 season during the Jaguars home opener loss to the Houston Texans, Lowery tackled a fan who ran onto the field.[17]

Lowery's 2013 season ended when he was placed on injured reserve on October 8. He was released from injured reserve on November 4.

Atlanta Falcons

Lowery signed with the Atlanta Falcons on April 8, 2014.[18] Lowery helped contribute to a struggling Atlanta Falcons defense in 2014. Lowery replaced old Atlanta Falcons Free Safety Thomas Decoud and did an outstanding job.

Indianapolis Colts

Lowery signed with the Indianapolis Colts on April 3, 2015.[19][20]

San Diego Chargers

On March 9, 2016, Lowery signed a three-year contract with the San Diego Chargers.[21] Lowery was signed to fill any empty void previously filled by All-Pro safety Eric Weddle.[22]

On September 2, 2017, Lowery was released by the Chargers.[23]

NFL statistics

Year Team GP COMB TOTAL AST SACK FF FR FR YDS INT IR YDS AVG IR LNG TD PD
2008 NYJ 16 64 54 10 0.0 5 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 16
2009 NYJ 13 24 22 2 0.0 0 1 0 3 41 13.7 34 0 9
2010 NYJ 14 19 16 3 2.0 0 2 2 3 87 29.0 41 2 7
2011 JAX 13 36 28 8 1.0 0 1 23 2 26 13.0 30 0 8
2012 JAX 9 31 26 5 0.0 0 1 0 1 21 21.0 21 0 4
2013 JAX 3 6 4 2 0.0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
2014 ATL 16 79 60 19 1.0 2 1 0 2 21 10.5 21 0 5
2015 IND 16 76 56 20 1.0 0 0 0 4 96 24.0 69 1 8
2016 SD 16 60 49 11 0.0 1 1 36 1 25 25.0 25 0 9
Career 116 395 315 80 5.0 8 8 61 17 317 18.6 69 3 68

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Personal life

Lowery was born to Tracy Rivers who raised him as single mother.[8] Lowery has six other siblings, including a sister, Aujanae.[8][25] Lowery is married to his wife, Ashley Lowery.[25]

References

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  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on September 30, 2007. Retrieved 2007.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  3. ^ http://www.playboy.com/on-campus/allamerica/football/2007/all-america-team/defense.html
  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on July 16, 2011. Retrieved 2008.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  5. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on September 28, 2011. Retrieved 2008.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  6. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on September 28, 2011. Retrieved 2008.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  7. ^ "2008 CB Draft Prospects", CBS Sports, CBS, 2008, archived from the original on November 6, 2010, retrieved 2010
  8. ^ a b c Bishop, Greg (April 28, 2008), "Note Spells Out Dream for a Jets Draft Choice", The New York Times, New York Times Company, archived from the original on October 13, 2010, retrieved 2010
  9. ^ Allen, Eric (May 3, 2008), "Dwight Lowery Has First-Round Instincts", New York Jets, archived from the original on October 13, 2010, retrieved 2010
  10. ^ Lange, Randy (April 27, 2008), "Clinkscales Weighs In on First Three Picks", New York Jets, archived from the original on October 13, 2010, retrieved 2010
  11. ^ Allen, Eric (September 7, 2008), "Favre Era Lifts Off: Jets Down 'Fins, 20-14", New York Jets, archived from the original on October 13, 2010, retrieved 2010
  12. ^ Seimas, Jim (December 8, 2008), "Jim Seimas: New York Jets cornerback Dwight Lowery has chance to make NFL's All-Rookie team", Santa Cruz Sentinel, archived from the original on October 9, 2010, retrieved 2010
  13. ^ Carlson, Tim (December 26, 2008), "Lowery: Rookie Who's Found Second Wind", New York Jets, archived from the original on October 13, 2010, retrieved 2010
  14. ^ "Soquel grad Lowery lifts Jets with interception, touchdown", Santa Cruz Sentinel, Associated Press, October 12, 2010, archived from the original on October 13, 2010, retrieved 2010
  15. ^ Cimini, Rich (October 12, 2010), "Jets expected a gift from Brett Favre", ESPN, archived from the original on October 13, 2010, retrieved 2010
  16. ^ http://jacksonville.com/sports/football/jaguars/2011-09-15/story/ex-jets-lowery-coleman-out-prove-they-belong-new-team
  17. ^ http://nesn.com/2012/09/jaguars-player-forced-to-tackle-fan-on-field-during-game-because-security-guards-are-too-lazy/ T
  18. ^ FALCONS ADD S LOWERY, CB WILSON
  19. ^ Wilkening, Mike. "Colts reach deal with S Dwight Lowery". Pro Football Talk. Retrieved 2015.
  20. ^ Dragon, Tyler. "Lowery signs for the Colts". nfl.com. NFL.com. Retrieved 2015.
  21. ^ http://www.chargers.com/news/2016/03/09/chargers-land-veteran-safety-dwight-lowery
  22. ^ http://espn.go.com/nfl/story/_/id/14937655/san-diego-chargers-reach-deal-nose-tackle-brandon-mebane
  23. ^ Henne, Ricky (September 2, 2017). "Los Angeles Chargers Cut Down Roster to 53". Chargers.com.
  24. ^ http://espn.go.com/nfl/player/stats/_/id/11347/dwight-lowery
  25. ^ a b Zimmerman, Lisa (December 21, 2010), "Dwight Lowery: Introspective and Aware", TheJetsBlog, SNY, archived from the original on December 26, 2010, retrieved 2010

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