Joey Bosa

Joey Bosa

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Bosa with the San Diego Chargers in 2016
No. 99San Diego Chargers
Position: Defensive end
Personal information
Date of birth: (1995-07-11) July 11, 1995
Place of birth: Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Height: 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)
Weight: 280 lb (127 kg)
Career information
High school: Fort Lauderdale (FL) Aquinas
College: Ohio State
NFL Draft: 2016 / Round: 1 / Pick: 3
Career history
Roster status: Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of Week 12, 2016
Tackles: 19
Sacks: 4.5
Forced fumbles: 1
Fumble recoveries: 0
Player stats at

Joey Bosa (born July 11, 1995) is an American football defensive end for the San Diego Chargers of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Ohio State, and was selected by the Chargers third overall in the 2016 NFL Draft.

High school career

Bosa attended St. Thomas Aquinas High School in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.[1] He was rated by as a four-star recruit and was ranked as the fourth best defensive end in his class.[2] Bosa committed to play college football at Ohio State University in April 2012.[3]

College career

As a true freshman in 2013, Bosa started 10 of 14 games, recording 44 tackles and 7.5 sacks.[4] He was named a freshman All-American by the Sporting News and College Football News.[5] In 2014, Bosa was named a Unanimous First Team All-American, the 27th Buckeye in 84 years to do so.[6] He finished his sophomore year with 13.5 sacks on 55 tackles.

On July 30, 2015, it was announced that Bosa would be suspended from the first game of the 2015 season with three other Ohio State football players for undisclosed reasons. During his junior year, Bosa finished with 5 sacks and an interception on 47 tackles. On December 31, 2015, he announced his intentions to enter the 2016 NFL Draft.

During the 2016 Fiesta Bowl against Notre Dame on January 1, 2016, Bosa was ejected in the first quarter for a targeting penalty when he made a hit on quarterback DeShone Kizer. Ohio State won the Bowl game 44–28.[7] After his junior season he entered the 2016 NFL Draft.[8]

Bosa was a highly decorated Buckeye receiving National and Conference honors beginning his Freshman year. In 2013, Bosa was named a First Team Freshman All-American [9] as well as selected to the Freshman All-Big Ten First Team.[10] In 2014, his Sophomore year, he was named Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year, Big Ten Lineman of the Year, First Team All-American and All-Big Ten, as well as a Lombardi Award Finalist. He repeated most of the honors his Junior year, falling short of claiming the Nagurski-Woodson Defensive Player of the Year for the second time.

Professional career

In early March 2016 Bosa was predicted to be a top 10 pick in the 2016 NFL draft.[11][12][13]

Pre-draft measurables
Ht WtArm lengthHand size 40-yd dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert Broad BP
6 ft 5 in 269 lb33 38 in10 14 in 4.84 s 4.21 s 6.89 s 32 in 10 ft 1 in 28 reps
Values from NFL Combine,[14] Bench Press, 40 time, and Broad Jump from Pro Day[15]

On April 28, 2016, Bosa was drafted 3rd overall by the San Diego Chargers.[16] He was the first of 5 Ohio State players to be drafted in the first round of the 2016 NFL Draft, followed by Ezekiel Elliott, Eli Apple, Taylor Decker, and Darron Lee.

Shortly after being drafted, the Chargers announced that he would be playing defensive end in their 3-4 defensive scheme. When he remained the last unsigned draft pick of his class due to contractual disputes with the team, Bosa's mother stated "I wish we pulled an Eli Manning on draft day", referring to the 2004 NFL Draft in which Manning, a highly-touted prospect who was projected to get selected first overall by the Chargers, refused to play for San Diego and forced a draft-day trade to the New York Giants.[17]

On August 24, 2016, the Chargers issued a press release stating that they had offered Bosa an initial signing bonus payment that was larger than any rookie has received in the last two NFL drafts, which was more money in 2016 than any rookie in his draft class except Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz.[18] On August 29, 2016, Bosa signed a four-year contract with the team, ending the dispute.[19]

He missed the first four weeks of the season due to a hamstring injury.[20] On October 9, Bosa made his regular season debut against the Oakland Raiders. Although he only played 27 snaps he finished the game with 2 sacks, a hit, and 4 hurries. The following game against the Denver Broncos, he had one quarterback hit, 5 hurries, and a stop while also drawing double teams throughout the game.[21] He was named Defensive Rookie of the Month for October.[22]


Bosa's father, John Bosa, played in the National Football League from 1987 to 1989.[23] His brother Nick Bosa currently plays defensive end for Ohio State University and also wears 97. Bosa's great-grandfather was Chicago mob boss Tony Accardo.[24][25][26]


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  16. "NFL draft: Results, analysis for every Round 1 pick". 29 April 2016. Retrieved 29 April 2016.
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  21. Dieter Kurtenbach. "Joey Boss was worth the wait". Retrieved October 14, 2016.
  22. Ortega, Mark E. (November 3, 2016). "Tom Brady, David Johnson are Players of the Month".
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