Boykin with the Steelers in 2015
|No. 22 Chicago Bears|
|Date of birth:||July 13, 1990|
|Place of birth:||Atlanta, Georgia|
|Height:||5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)|
|Weight:||182 lb (83 kg)|
|High school:||Fayetteville (GA) Fayette County|
|NFL Draft:||2012 / Round: 4 / Pick: 112|
|* Offseason and/or practice squad member only|
|Roster status:||Injured reserve|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Career NFL statistics as of Week 17, 2015|
Brandon Boykin (born July 13, 1990) is an American football cornerback for the Chicago Bears of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Georgia and was drafted by the Philadelphia Eagles in the fourth round of the 2012 NFL Draft. He has also played for the Pittsburgh Steelers.
High school career
Boykin attended Fayette County High School (Georgia) and played for the varsity football team. In his senior year, he, along with fellow NFL Player Matthew Daniels, led the football team into its first undefeated season in over 20 years. Boykin also played for the school's basketball team where he averaged 18 points and five assists per game while helping lead his team to the State Championship.
Boykin attended the University of Georgia from 2008 to 2011. He finished his career with 159 tackles, nine interceptions and a sack. As a senior he was named the MVP of the 2012 Outback Bowl after tackling Keshawn Martin for a safety, and returning a punt 92 yards for a touchdown in a 33–30 triple overtime loss to the Michigan State Spartans. Boykin also won the Paul Hornung Award.
Going into the 2012 NFL Draft, Boykin was projected as one of the best cornerback prospects. He was drafted in the fourth round (123rd overall) of the 2012 NFL Draft by the Philadelphia Eagles. His first season he recorded 31 total tackles, 7 passes defended, and 1 forced fumble. He signed a four-year contract with the team on May 11, 2012. He saw little playing action on defense, but his 1,037 kick return yards was second in the NFC and seventh in the entire NFL.
Boykin started the 2013 season with his first interception, off Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III, helping the Eagles to win 33–27. He recorded his next interception in a week 5 win over the Giants where he picked off Eli Manning. In a week 10 game against the Green Bay Packers who were without quarterback Aaron Rodgers, Boykin intercepted quarterback Scott Tolzien's pass in the endzone and ran it back for 76 yards. He followed up again the next week, intercepting Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III. In a week 16 game against the Chicago Bears, Boykin intercepted Jay Cutler and ran it back 54 yards for the score. The week 17 showdown against division rival Dallas Cowboys was for the NFC East division title. Late in the fourth quarter the Cowboys marched down the field when back-up quarterback Kyle Orton threw behind his wide receiver, Miles Austin. Boykin intercepted the pass and kneed it after a short return. The interception led to the Eagles rushing the ball twice for a first down, then two kneel downs to run out the clock and seal the Eagles' divisional win at a final score of 24–22. Boykin enjoyed a breakout year in 2013 with 42 solo tackles, 5 assists, 2 forced fumbles, 16 passes defended, and 6 interceptions (second in the NFL). For the 2014 season, Boykin had 36 solo tackles, 5 assists, 9 passes defended, and an interception.
On August 1, 2015, Boykin was traded to the Pittsburgh Steelers in exchange for a conditional 2016 5th-round pick.
On March 28, 2016, Boykin signed a one-year contract with the Carolina Panthers. The Panthers released Boykin and two others to create roster space for six new rookie tryouts two months later.
- Boykin goes out with a bang
- Brandon Boykin claims Hornung Award
- "Eagles beat Cowboys to take NFC East title". CBSSports.com. 29 December 2013. Retrieved 30 December 2013.
- Lane, Mark (29 December 2013). "Postgame Recap: Eagles 24, Cowboys 22". TheLandryHat.com. Retrieved 30 December 2013.
- Patra, Kevin. "Eagles trade CB Brandon Boykin to Steelers". NFL.com. Retrieved 2 August 2015.
- Sessler, Marc (March 28, 2016). "Panthers sign Brandon Boykin to one-year deal". nfl.com. Retrieved March 28, 2016.
- Patra, Kevin (May 16, 2016). "Panthers release cornerback Brandon Boykin". NFL.com. Retrieved May 17, 2016.
- Bell, Allan. "Chicago Bears sign CB Brandon Boykin and WR BJ Daniels".
- Smith, Michael (August 3, 2016). "Bears put Brandon Boykin on injured reserve". NBCSports.com. Retrieved August 3, 2016.
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