Clint Sintim

Clint Sintim
No. 97, 52
Position: Linebacker
Personal information
Date of birth: (1986-02-21) February 21, 1986
Place of birth: Fairfax County, Virginia
Height: 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Weight: 256 lb (116 kg)
Career information
College: Virginia
NFL Draft: 2009 / Round: 2 / Pick: 45
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Tackles: 33
Sacks: 1.0
Interceptions: 0
Player stats at

Clint Kofi Sintim (born February 21, 1986) is a former American football linebacker who played in the National Football League. He was drafted by the New York Giants in the second round of the 2009 NFL Draft. He played college football at Virginia.

Early years

A native of Fairfax County, Virginia, Sintim attended Gar-Field Senior High School, where he made 35 tackles and had three quarterback sacks as a senior and earned first-team all-state and SuperPrep All-American honors. Sintim broke his left leg playing for Gar-Field's boys basketball team on January 13. He is of Ghanaian descent.

Considered a three-star recruit by, Sintim was listed as the No. 30 strongside defensive end prospect in the nation.[1] He picked Virginia over Tennessee and Virginia Tech on February 2, 2004.

College career

Sintim lined up as rush linebacker in Virginia's 3-4 defense and he's expected to play a similar role in the NFL.[2] He led the NCAA in sacks by a linebacker his senior year. He ranked third on the team with 70 tackles (38 solos) and had eleven sacks and thirteen stops for losses in 2008. Additionally he caused a fumble and recovered two others and deflected three passes

In 2007 he started all 13 games and had 78 tackles, with 44 being solo and nine going for a loss. He also had nine sacks and forced three fumbles and was second on the team behind Chris Long with 17 quarterback pressures. The previous season, 2006, he started all twelve games and had 45 tackles (22 solo) with 10 of them going for a loss. He also had four sacks and forced a fumble and recovered one and had five quarterback pressures.[3]

Professional career

2009 NFL Draft

Pre-draft measurables
Ht Wt 40-yd dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert Broad BPWonderlic
6 ft 2¾ in 256 lb 4.75 s 1.56 s 2.71 s 4.40 s 7.37 s 34½ in 9 ft 11 in 17
All values from NFL Combine[4][5]

New York Giants

Sintim was drafted in the second round of the 2009 NFL Draft by the New York Giants on April 25, 2009. On July 30, the Giants announced that they had signed Sintim to the roster. Eventually, he was expected to replace the Danny Clark/Bryan Kehl linebacker position.[6] Sintim made his debut on October 11, 2009 against the Oakland Raiders in Giants Stadium. He recorded 4 tackles in the game. Three were solo and one assist. Sintim ended his rookie season with a total of 20 Tackles (14 Solo, 6 Assisted) 1.0 sack and 1 tackle for a loss in 11 games. In 2010 he recorded a total of 13 tackles (7 Solo, 6 Assisted) and appeared in 13 games. Sintim tore his ACL twice and never played in 2011. In 2012 he entered training camp on the physically unable to perform list and was eventually waived on August 16, 2012 after failing a team physical.


On May 6, 2013, He announced his retirement.[7]


  1. Strongside defensive ends 2004
  2. Virginia's Sintim, Indiana's Thigpen generating interest; Top 32 shuffled
  3. NFL Draft Scout
  4. "Clint Sintim". NFL Draft March 25, 2009. Retrieved April 16, 2009.
  5. Nawrocki, Nolan (April 21, 2009). "The Way We Hear It — draft edition". Pro Football Weekly website. Retrieved April 25, 2009.
  6. Vacchiano, Ralph (July 30, 2009). "Giants ink two second-round picks". New York Daily News.
  7. "Giants' Clint Sintim announces retirement". Retrieved May 6, 2013.
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