Michael Boley

Michael Boley

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Boley entering the field for Super Bowl XLVI.
No. 59, 52, 53
Position: Linebacker
Personal information
Date of birth: (1982-08-24) August 24, 1982
Place of birth: Gadsden, Alabama
Height: 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Weight: 230 lb (104 kg)
Career information
College: Southern Miss
NFL Draft: 2005 / Round: 5 / Pick: 160
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Tackles: 695
Sacks: 9.5
INT: 8
Player stats at NFL.com
Player stats at PFR

Michael Jerome Boley[1] (born August 24, 1982) is a former American football linebacker who played in the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Southern Miss and was drafted by the Atlanta Falcons in the fifth round of the 2005 NFL draft.

Boley was also a member of the New York Giants and Cincinnati Bengals.

Early years

Boley played high school football for Elkmont High School. While there he played as a safety, wide receiver and running back.

College career

Boley played college football for Southern Mississippi. In 2004 he won the Conerly Trophy, which is awarded to the best college football player in the state of Mississippi. During his entire career he finished with 423 tackles, 28.5 sacks, nine forced fumbles and was a three-time First-team All-Conference USA selection. In Boley's last season at Southern Miss he was voted as the conference's defensive most valuable player. He was also a finalist for several national defensive awards, including the Butkus Award, the Bednarik Award and the Lott Impact Trophy. He made 125 tackles as a senior and forced five fumbles, picked off two passes and recorded nine sacks.

Professional career

Atlanta Falcons

Boley was drafted by the Atlanta Falcons in the fifth round of the 2005 NFL draft. He took over as a starter in his rookie year after Edgerton Hartwell went down with an Achilles tendon injury. In four years with the Falcons he started 52 of 64 games, recording 330 tackles, six sacks, and five interceptions. He became a free agent after the 2008 season.

New York Giants

On February 27, 2009, Boley signed a five-year, $25 million deal with the New York Giants. He won his first championship ring with the Giants in Super Bowl XLVI against the New England Patriots.

On February 5, 2013, Boley was released by the New York Giants.

Michael Boley and Deon Grant

Cincinnati Bengals

On October 1, 2013, Boley signed with the Cincinnati Bengals.

Personal life

In February 2013, Boley was arrested for child abuse.[2]


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