Desmond Bishop

Desmond Bishop

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Bishop with the Packers in 2011
No. --Free agent
Position: Linebacker
Personal information
Date of birth: (1984-07-24) July 24, 1984
Place of birth: San Francisco, California
Height: 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Weight: 244 lb (111 kg)
Career information
High school: Fairfield (CA)
College: California
NFL Draft: 2007 / Round: 6 / Pick: 192
Career history
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of 2014
Tackles: 299
Sacks: 9.0
Interceptions: 1
Player stats at
Player stats at PFR

Desmond Lamont Bishop[1] (born July 24, 1984) is an American football linebacker that is currently a free agent. He played college football for the University of California, Berkeley, and was drafted by the Green Bay Packers in the sixth round of the 2007 NFL Draft and later won Super Bowl XLV with the team over the Pittsburgh Steelers. Bishop has also played for the Minnesota Vikings and Arizona Cardinals.

Early years

Bishop attended Fairfield High School in Fairfield, California. While at Fairfield he earned Second-Team All-State from He played in the California North-South Shrine All-Star Game as a senior in 2002. He also lettered in basketball.

College career

City College of San Francisco

Bishop attended City College of San Francisco from 2003 to 2004. While there he was a two time letterman. In 2003 Bishop was on the team that won the national championship game that went 13-0. He was ranked by SuperPrep as the fourth-best community college player in the nation and was voted California's 2004 Junior College Defensive Player of the Year by the JC Athletic Bureau/California Community College Football Coaches Association. He was named the Northern California Conference Defensive Most Valuable Player and was a First-team JC Gridwire All-American. He finished the season with 118 tackles 10 regular games. In California's state championship game he had 14 tackles, one sack and two tackles for loss against the College of the Canyons.

University of California


Bishop immediately won a starting job upon his arrival at Cal and picked up Second-Team All-Pac-10 honors. He started all 12 games at middle linebacker and led the team with 89 tackles, one forced fumble, and two pass deflections. He made his Cal debut with seven solo tackles against Sacramento State. He ended the season with eight tackles, a pass break-up and a tackle for loss against BYU in the 2005 Las Vegas Bowl.


In 2006, Bishop started all 13 games and was a Third-team All-American choice by, earning honorable mention from The NFL Draft Report, and being placed on the Butkus Award watchlist.[2] He won All-Pac-10 First-Team accolades, leading the conference in tackles and leading his team for the second straight year with 126. Bishop became the first Cal player to lead the Pac-10 in tackles since Jerrott Willard posted 147 in 1993. He also had three sacks, a team-high 15 tackles for loss (fourth in Pac-10), two pass break-ups, three interceptions, two forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries. He had at least seven tackles in 11 of 13 games, and was in double digits five times. Bishop ended his career with 12 tackles, with one for loss, in 45-10 win over Texas A&M in 2006 Holiday Bowl.

Career statistics

Career Defensive Statistics
Year Team GP GS Tack Solo Ast TFL Sack FF FR Int Yds Lng TD Pass Def.
2005 Cal Golden Bears 12 12 89 62 27 6 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 2
2006 Cal Golden Bears 13 13 126 63 63 15 3 2 2 3 79 79 0 2
Total 25 25 215 125 90 21 3 3 2 3 79 79 0 4

Professional career

Green Bay Packers

Bishop was drafted by the Green Bay Packers in the sixth round of the 2007 NFL Draft.

Bishop played in ten games for the Packers during his rookie season, making 10 tackles. During his second season Bishop made his first career start in a week 14 game against the Houston Texans, recording 12 tackles and a sack. He finished the season with 35 tackles.

After starting middle linebacker Nick Barnett went down with a season-ending wrist injury in Week 4 of the 2010 season, Bishop was quickly named Barnett's replacement and exceeded expectations. He started the remaining 12 games and finished the season with 103 tackles, 3 sacks, 2 forced fumble and 1 interception, which was returned for a touchdown.[3] He also recovered a crucial fumble in Super Bowl XLV, after Clay Matthews knocked the ball lose from Rashard Mendenhall, in which was a key play in the Packers' 31-25 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers.

On January 4, 2011, the Packers re-signed Bishop to a 4-year, $19 million deal.[4]

On August 9, 2012, in a preseason game against the San Diego Chargers, Bishop sustained a significant injury to his hamstring which required surgical repair.

On August 27, 2012, the Green Bay Packers placed Bishop on injured reserve after the hamstring injury he sustained in the preseason game against the San Diego Chargers. On June 17, 2013, he was released.

Minnesota Vikings

On June 24, 2013, Bishop agreed to terms on a one-year contract with the Minnesota Vikings.[5] On October 13, Bishop tore his ACL in his right knee and was subsequently placed on season ending injured reserve.[6]

Arizona Cardinals

On August 14, 2014, Bishop was signed by the Arizona Cardinals.[7] He was released by the Cardinals on September 6, 2014, re-signed with them on October 1, 2014, and was released again on December 1, 2014.

San Francisco 49ers

Bishop signed with the San Francisco 49ers on December 16, 2014.[8]

The 49ers re-signed him to a one-year contract on March 31, 2015.[9] He was placed on the team's injured reserve on August 31.[10] On September 6, the 49ers released Bishop with an injury settlement.[11]

Washington Redskins

The Washington Redskins signed Bishop to a futures contract on January 4, 2016.[12] He was released on May 2.[13]


Bishop's father Dennis played college football at Illinois. and professionally in the USFL. His younger brother Devin followed in his footsteps, also playing at San Francisco City College and transferring to Cal, where he was also linebacker on the football team, wearing his brother's former jersey number, 10.[14]

In high school, Bishop played against future Packers teammate Jarrett Bush, as the two were from rival schools.

During the Packers' visit to the White House, Bishop was denied entrance by White House officials after he left his I.D. on the team plane.[15]


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