The NFL officially kicks off the 2015 regular season.
Selected by Pittsburgh Steelers in the second round (46th overall) of the 2007 NFL Draft, April 28, 2007…Designated franchise player by Steelers, February 18, 2011…Signed contract extension with Steelers, Aug. 5, 2011…Released by Steelers, March 11, 2014…Signed by Oakland Raiders as a free agent, March 13, 2014.
AT A GLANCE
CAREER: Veteran pass rusher enters his first season with the Raiders after signing with the team in the offseason…Was named to the Pro Bowl and was selected All-Pro by the Associated Press in 2009…Helped the Steelers capture Super Bowl XLIII in 2008 and reach Super Bowl XLV…Has recorded at least nine sacks in four of the past six seasons…Was named the AFC Defensive Player of the Month in October 2011… Reached 50 sacks in just 73 games played, which was 22 games fast than any other Steelers in franchise history… Became the first player in NFL history to post at least one sack in six straight postseason games in 2010...Career totals include 94 games played with 81 starts, 356 tackles (258 solo), 57 sacks, nine forced fumbles, nine fumble recoveries, five interceptions and two passes defensed…Postseason totals include eight games played with seven starts, 36 tackles (27 solo), 11 sacks, one forced fumble, two fumble recoveries and two passes defensed.
2013 (with Pit.): Started 11 games at OLB before being hampered by injuries…Moved into fifth place
on the team’s all-time sack list…Became just the third Steeler to record at least five sacks in the team’s first six games of a season three times…Was placed on the reserve/injured list on Dec. 17…(9/8) vs. Ten.: Recorded three tackles sacked Jake Locker for an 8-yard loss…(9/22) vs. Chi.: Recorded a 6-yard sack, his second of the season…(9/29) vs. Min.: Recorded one sack and one forced fumble…Marked his third sack of the season, the second-most sacks he has recorded in the first four games of a season in his career (3.5 in 2008)…(10/13) at NYJ: Recorded a sack of Geno Smith for a loss of five yards…(10/20) vs. Bal.: Recorded his fifth sack of the season…Marked the third time in his career that he recorded at least 5.0 sacks in the team’s first six games…(11/3) at NE: Recovered his ninth career fumble that S Troy Polamalu forced…Led the linebackers with a season-high 11 tackles.
2012 (with Pit.): Started 13 games at LOLB...(9/9) at Den.: Recovered a Willis McGahee fumble in the first quarter...Marked his first fumble recovery in the regular season since 2010...(9/16) vs. NYJ: Started at LOLB for the fifth consecutive home opener...Sacked Mark Sanchez early in the third quarter for a 6-yard loss, forcing a Jets’ punt...(9/23) at Oak.: Recorded a 7-yard sack of Carson Palmer in the first quarter...Became the sixth Steeler to record 50 sacks and fastest to record 50 sacks (73 games)…(10/21) at Cin.: Recorded an INT late in the second quarter on a deflected pass and returned it 16 yards…Marked his fifth career INT and third straight season he has recorded at least one INT...(11/4) at NYG: Recorded one sack and one forced fumble of Eli Manning on third down with just over three minutes left in the game, forcing a Giants punt…(11/12) vs. KC: Collected a season-high eight stops...Recorded his 300th career tackle...(11/18) vs. Bal.: Registered an 8-yard sack of Joe Flacco on the first play of the fourth quarter, forcing a punt.
2011 (with Pit.): Started 10 games at LOLB, including one postseason contest...Missed six of the final eight regular season games with a hamstring injury...Named a Pro Bowl alternate...Named to Pro Football Weekly’s Midseason All-Pro Team...Named AFC Defensive Player of the Month for his efforts in the month of October, when he posted 43 tackles and one INT...Tied for the team-high with nine sacks...Became the first player in team history to record at least 1.5 sacks in four consecutive regular-season games...(9/11) at Bal.: Registered the team’s only sack, a 9-yarder…(9/18) vs. Sea.: Posted five tackles and added a 0.5 sacks...Was part of a defense that held the Seahawks to 164 total yards and had five sacks...(9/25) at Ind.: Made his 50th career start at LOLB...Made seven tackles and two passes defensed...(10/90 vs. Ten.: Recorded four tackles and 1.5 sacks...Posted the teams’ first INT of the season and the fourth of his career...Registered at least one INT and one sack in the same game for the fourth time in his career...(10/16) vs. Jac.: Registered eight tackles and two sacks…Recorded multiple sacks in back-to-back weeks for the first time since 2009…(10/23) at Ari.: Tallied two sacks, marking the 15th multi-sack game of his career…Marked the second time in his career that he registered multiple sacks in three consecutive regular-season games (2008)...(10/30) vs. NE: Recorded two sacks, marking the 16th game of his career with at least 1.5 sacks…Postseason: (1/8) at Den.: Started at LOLB...Made three tackles and recovered his second career fumble in the postseason.
2010 (with Pit.): Started all 16 games at LB...Was second on the team in sacks with 10...Added two INTs, one of which was returned for a 14-yard TD against Cincinnati in Week 14...Was part of a defense that held its opponents to an NFL-best 62.8 rushing yards per game...(9/19) at Ten.: Finished with three tackles, one forced fumble, one INT and one sack...Marked the 10th straight game he posted at least a 0.5 sacks, which extended his team record...(10/17) vs. Cle. Made four tackles, one and had two passes defensed...Posted a 9-yard sack in the first quarter...(10/31) at NO: Had four tackles and recovered his first fumble of the year...(11/8) at Cin.: Posted six tackles, two sacks and one forced fumble...Was part of a defense that held the Bengals to 54 yards rushing and had four sacks...(11/21) vs. Oak. Had three tackles, posted a 5-yard sack and forced his third fumble of the season…Was part of a defense that had six sacks and forced three turnovers...(12/5) at Bal.: Collected three tackles and recovered his second fumble of the season and returned it 19 yards to set up Pittsburgh’s game-winning TD...Was part of a defense that held the Ravens to less than 50 yards rushing...(12/12) vs. Cin.: Posted two sacks and had a 14-yard INT return for a TD, the third of his career...Postseason: (1/15/11) vs. Bal.: Finished with three tackles and posted a 5-yard sack in the first quarter, giving him nine sacks in his first five career postseason games...Recovered his first career fumble in the postseason...(1/23/11) vs. NYJ: Had five tackles and a 7-yard sack and now has 10 career postseason sacks, including at least one in each of his first six games...Became the first player in NFL history to post at least one sack in six straight postseason games...(2/6/11) vs. GB: Finished with three tackles and a 6-yard sack, giving him three career sacks in the Super Bowl, which ties him for second place all-time on career sacks in the Super Bowl.
2009 (with Pit.): Started all 16 games at OLB...Led the team with 13.5 sacks, also a career high…Named AFC Defensive Player of the Week for Week 16...Was selected to his first Pro Bowl...(9/27) at Cin.: Finished with three tackles (one solo), one pass defensed...Surpassed 100 career tackles (101)...(10/11) at Det.: Finished with five solo tackles and two sacks...(10/25) vs. Min.: Tallied five tackles (two solo) and one fumble recovery, which he returned for a 77-yard TD...Marked the second fumble return for a TD in his career...(11/15) vs. Cin.: Registered five tackles (four) and one sack...(11/22) at KC: Made his 17th consecutive start at OLB...Recorded five tackles (four) and two sacks...Marked as his fifth career game with multiple sacks...(11/29) at Bal.: Recorded seven tackles (six) and one sack...(12/6) vs. Oak.: Tallied eight tackles (six solo), including three for loss and two sacks...Marked his sixth career game with at least two sacks and his third on the season...(12/10) at Cle.: Finished with eight solo tackles and one sack...Marked his fifth consecutive game with a sack...(12/20) vs. GB: Recorded four tackles (three solo), one pass defensed and 0.5 sacks…(12/27) vs. Bal.: Registered 10 tackles (seven), two sacks, one pass defensed and one forced fumble...(1/30) at Mia.: Recorded five tackles (four solo), one pass defensed and two sacks.
2008 (with Pit.): Started 15 regular-season games at OLB in his first season as a starter... Finished second on the team in the postseason with 19 tackles (13)...Led NFL with six postseason sacks…(9/7) vs. Hou.: Earned GMC Sierra Defensive Player of the Week honors during his first NFL start against the Texans in Week 1 when he made six tackles (four solo), had one sack, one INT and one fumble recovery…Made his first career start at OLB...Posted six tackles (four) and had a sack...Registered his first career INT in the second quarter when he picked off Matt Schaub...Recovered a Schaub fumble in the fourth quarter…(9/21) at Phi.: Recorded three tackles (two solo) and one sack…(9/29) vs. Bal.: Finished with a then career-high eight tackles (six solo) and added 1.5 sacks and forced one fumble...Recovered a Joe Flacco fumble and returned it seven yards for his first career TD...(10/5) at Jac.: Finished with seven tackles (six)...Recorded his second multiple sack game of the season with two sacks totaling 19 yards…(10/19) at Cin.: Won GMC Sierra Defensive Player of the Week again in a Week 7 victory over the Bengals when he recorded five tackles (four), had two sacks, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery…On the Bengals next-to-last defensive possession he sacked Fitzpatrick, causing his second forced fumble of the season, which he recovered for his team-leading third recovery of the season...(11/3) at Was.: Recorded five tackles (three) and tied his career high with two sacks...(11/20) vs. Cin.: Finished with three tackles (two)...Recorded one sack…(11/30) at NE: Had four solo tackles, one sack and one fumble recovery...Postseason: (1/11/09) vs. SD: Made his first career postseason start at OLB...Finished with six tackles (five) and two sacks, his second consecutive multiple-sack postseason performance...(1/18) vs. Bal.: Finished with a team-high nine tackles (five) and posted a 4-yard sack in the third quarter and a 5-yard sack in the fourth quarter...Became the first player in NFL history to record three consecutive multiple-sack playoff games...(2/1) vs. Ari.: Made his third consecutive postseason start...Recorded four tackles (three), had one pass defensed and one forced fumble...Recorded two sacks, extending his NFL record for consecutive multiple-sack playoff games to four…His forced fumble of Kurt Warner late in Super Bowl XLIII clinched the Steelers’ victory.
2007 (with Pit.): Appeared in 13 games and one postseason game as a reserve OLB and special teams contributor...(9/9) at Cle.: Played in his first NFL game at OLB...Logged his first career tackle...(9/16) vs. Buf.: Saw extensive action after James Harrison went down with an injury at the end of the first half...Registered two tackles (one) while also posting his first career sack for a loss of eight yards...(9/23) vs. SF: Logged a sack for the second consecutive week for a loss of three yards...(10/21) at Den.: Registered his third career sack for a loss of 11 yards...Also forced his first career fumble when he sacked Jay Cutler...Postseason: (1/5/08) vs. Jac.: Saw extensive action on defense, while playing in his first career postseason game and finished with three solo tackles...Posted his first postseason sack in the second quarter for a loss of 13 yards...Added another sack in the fourth quarter for a loss of six yards.
COLLEGE: Played in 57 career games at the University of Michigan…Became the first ever Michigan player to capture the prestigious Lombardi Trophy as the nation’s top college football lineman, and he is the ninth player from the Big Ten Conference to receive the honor...Was also the first player in school annals to win the Ted Hendricks Award (nation’s premier defensive end)…His 50.5 stops behind the line of scrimmage rank second in school history...Holds the Michigan career record with 10 forced fumbles...Helped the Wolverines lead the nation in rush defense his senior season, allowing just 43.38 yards per game…Consensus All-American first-team selection...Named Chevy Defensive Player of the Year...Unanimous All-Big Ten Conference first-team choice...Also chosen Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year by the league’s coaches and media...Recipient of the Richard Katcher Award, given to U-M’s top defensive lineman/outside linebacker, for the second time in his career...Elected team co-captain, starting all 13 games at “rush” defensive end...Recorded 36 tackles (28 solos) and led the team for the second straight year with 12 sacks and 16.5 tackles for a loss...Also recovered four fumbles, returning one 54 yards for a TD...Tied the school season record with four forced fumbles…Earned All-Big Ten Conference honorable mention as a junior from the league’s coaches and media...Started eight games and played in 11 contests at “rush” linebacker…Finished fifth on the team with 48 tackles (28 solos)...Led the squad with seven sacks and 14 tackles for a loss...All-Big Ten Conference second-team selection as a sophomore by the league’s coaches, earning honorable mention from the media...Recipient of the Richard Katcher Award, as Michigan’s top outside linebacker...Played in all 12 games and started 10 contests at right outside linebacker...Was named Rose Bowl Defensive Player of the Game after collecting a game-high 11 tackles (9) and four tackles for a loss...Was named College Football News and Rivals.com Freshman All-American honorable mention...The Sporting News Freshman All-Big Ten Conference pick...Played in all 13 games and made two starts at defensive end (Illinois and Purdue)...registered 23 tackles (15) and two sacks…Majored in general studies.
PERSONAL: Attended Saginaw (Mich.) High School...USA Today, Parade, CNN/Sports Illustrated, G&W Recruiting Report and Super Prep All-American first-team choice and named Michigan’s Gatorade Player of the Year...Prep Football Report, Super Prep and Max Emfinger’s Blue Chip Recruiting rated him the nation’s second-best linebacker...Super Prep rated him the second-best player in the Midwest...G&W Recruiting Report ranked Woodley the fourth-best defensive player in the country, while both Rivals.com and College Football News rated him the nation’s third-best inside linebacker...Member of Prep Star’s Dream Team Top 100 list and listed as the best player in Michigan on The Detroit News Blue Chip list and by the Detroit Free Press...A four-year starter on defense and three-year starter on offense, collected 192 career tackles at linebacker and recovered six career fumbles...Recorded 80 tackles and 10 sacks as a senior and also blocked one punt that he returned 30 yards for a score...Made 120 tackles, 12 sacks, eight pass break-ups and five fumble recoveries in his junior season...Also lettered three years in basketball, averaging 13 points and 13 rebounds as a senior, in addition to participating in track, finishing third in the state in the shot put during his junior season.