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Steven Means

Steven Means
No. 56 - Atlanta Falcons
Position:Defensive end
Personal information
Born: (1990-09-16) September 16, 1990 (age 29)
Buffalo, New York
Height:6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Weight:263 lb (119 kg)
Career information
High school:Grover Cleveland
(Buffalo, New York)
NFL Draft:2013 / Round: 5 / Pick: 147
Career history
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Roster status:Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of 2018

Steven Means (born September 16, 1990) is an American football defensive end for the Atlanta Falcons of the National Football League (NFL). He was drafted by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the fifth round of the 2013 NFL Draft. He played college football for the University at Buffalo.

Means has also played for the Baltimore Ravens, Houston Texans, and Philadelphia Eagles.

Early life

Means was born in Buffalo, New York. He attended Grover Cleveland High School, where he participated on the basketball, track and field, swimming and football teams.[1] Means' father, Steven Means, Sr., played football at Buffalo State College. Means has two younger brothers, Brandon and Cameron.[2]

College career

While attending the University at Buffalo, Means was a member of the Buffalo Bulls football team from 2009 to 2012. In four seasons as a defensive end, Means accumulated 186 total tackles, 30.5 tackles for loss, 19.5 sacks, three forced fumbles, two interceptions and five blocked kicks. He majored in human development and family studies.[3]

Professional career

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

On April 27, 2013, Steven Means was drafted by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the fifth round (147th overall) in the 2013 NFL Draft.[4] Means signed his contract on May 13, 2013, and also got a $191,752 signing bonus on a four-year deal worth $2,351,752. Means appeared in ten games for the Buccaneers during his rookie campaign in 2013. After appearing in the first game of the following season, Means was waived on September 9.[5] In eleven games with the Buccaneers over two seasons, Means accumulated six tackles and no sacks.

Baltimore Ravens

The Baltimore Ravens signed Means to their practice squad in October 2014. Means appeared in only one game in 2014 after an injury to offensive tackle Rick Wagner created a vacancy on the roster. On May 7, 2015, Means accepted a $510,000 exclusive-rights tender offer from the Ravens.[6] On September 2, 2015, after suffering a sports hernia,[7] Means was released by the Ravens with an injury settlement.[8]

Houston Texans

On October 20, 2015, the Houston Texans signed Means to their practice squad.[9]

Philadelphia Eagles

On December 8, 2015, Means was signed by the Philadelphia Eagles off the Texans' practice squad.[10]

In 2016, the Eagles chose to retain Means following a strong preseason showing.[11] Means was active for the first three weeks of the season and recorded his first solo tackle since his rookie year.[12] Following a Week 4 bye, Means was placed on the inactive list.[13] In a Week 7 game against the Minnesota Vikings, Means, active again due to an injury to Bennie Logan, recorded his first career sack, which also caused Sam Bradford to fumble.[14][15]

On August 30, 2017, Means signed a one-year contract extension with the Eagles.[16] Means won Super Bowl LII after the Eagles defeated the New England Patriots 41-33.[17]

On September 1, 2018, Means was released by the Eagles.[18]

Atlanta Falcons

On September 10, 2018, Means signed with the Atlanta Falcons.[19] He played in eight games with four starts, recording 14 combined tackles and one sack.

On February 13, 2019, Means signed a one-year contract extension with the Falcons.[20] On May 22, 2019, Means suffered a season-ending Achilles injury in OTAs and was ruled out for the season.[21]


  1. ^ "Steven Means - Buffalo". University at Buffalo Athletics. Retrieved 2015.
  2. ^ Smith, Joe (May 10, 2013). "Bucs rookie Means fulfills pledge". Tampa Bay Times. Retrieved 2015.
  3. ^ "Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Steven Means". Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Retrieved 2015.
  4. ^ UB's Steven Means drafted in fifth round by Tampa Bay Buccaneers
  5. ^ Philipse, Sander (September 9, 2014). "Buccaneers re-sign Larry English, waive Steven Means". Bucs Nation. SB Nation. Retrieved 2015.
  6. ^ Weiss, Yitzi (May 7, 2015). "Pass Rusher Steven Means Signs His Tender". Baltimore Beatdown. SB Nation. Retrieved 2015.
  7. ^ Zangaro, Dave (December 11, 2015). "Outside linebacker Steven Means plans to stick with Eagles". Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia. Retrieved 2015.
  8. ^ Zrebiec, Jeff (September 2, 2015). "Ravens release Chris Greenwood, Steven Means". The Baltimore Sun. Retrieved 2015.
  9. ^ Wilson, Aaron (October 20, 2015). "Texans sign defensive end Steven Means to practice squad". Houston Chronicle. Retrieved 2015.
  10. ^ McPherson, Chris (December 8, 2015). "LB Means Signed To Active Roster". Philadelphia Eagles. Retrieved 2015.
  11. ^ Berman, Zach (September 3, 2016). "After cuts, Birds have only four linebackers". Philadelphia Inquirer. Retrieved 2016.
  12. ^ Hermann, Adam (October 9, 2016). "Eagles Inactives: Bennie Logan active in Detroit". Bleeding Green Nation. SB Nation. Retrieved 2016.
  13. ^ Kempski, Jimmy (October 9, 2016). "Eagles-Lions Week 5 inactives, with analysis". Philly Voice. Retrieved 2016.
  14. ^ Bowen, Les (October 23, 2016). "Source: Eagles' Ron Brooks to require surgery". Philadelphia Inquirer. Retrieved 2016.
  15. ^ Davenport, Turron (October 23, 2016). "Four things learned in Eagles 21-10 win over the Vikings". USA Today. Retrieved 2016.
  16. ^ Gowton, Brandon Lee (August 30, 2017). "Steven Means, Eagles sign contract extension".
  17. ^ "Eagles dethrone Tom Brady, Patriots for first Super Bowl title in stunner". USA TODAY. Retrieved 2019.
  18. ^ McPherson, Chris (September 1, 2018). "Eagles Get To The 53-Player Limit".
  19. ^ McFadden, Will (September 10, 2018). "Falcons place Keanu Neal on IR, sign Steven Means to active roster".
  20. ^ McFadden, Will (February 13, 2019). "Falcons agree to terms with Steven Means on one-year extension".
  21. ^ McFadden, Will (May 22, 2019). "Falcons' Steven Means suffers season-ending injury".

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