Björn Werner

Björn Werner (German pronunciation: [bjœɐ̯n ˈvɛɐ̯nɐ]) (born August 30, 1990) is a German-born former American football defensive end. He played college football at Florida State, where he earned All-American recognition, and was drafted by the Indianapolis Colts of the National Football League (NFL) in the first round of the 2013 NFL draft.

Björn Werner
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Werner with the Colts in 2014
No. 92, 45
Position:Defensive end
Personal information
Born:August 30, 1990 (age 28)
Berlin, Germany
Height:6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Weight:255 lb (116 kg)
Career information
High school:Salisbury School
(Salisbury, Connecticut)
College:Florida State
NFL Draft:2013 / Round: 1 / Pick: 24
Career history
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Total tackles:81
Forced fumbles:1
Fumble recoveries:2
Player stats at

Early years

Werner grew up in the Berlin neighborhoods of Wedding and Reinickendorf.[1] He originally played for the Berlin Adler, before attending Salisbury School in Salisbury, Connecticut, as an exchange student in 2007, as part of an exchange program organized by Pat Steenberge.[2] He had 54 tackles, including 24 for losses, 12 sacks and two fumble recoveries in just eight games, but returned to Germany for his junior year. In 2008, he played in Będzin in U-19 Germany national team against Poland U-19, won 67–0. In 2009, Werner returned to Salisbury, and logged 57 tackles in seven games with three sacks, four forced fumbles and two blocked field goals as a senior.

Despite having played high school football for only two years, Werner was regarded a three-star recruit and ranked the fifth overall prospect in the state of Connecticut by[3] Werner chose FSU over Oregon, University of Miami, and California, during a National Signing Day telecast on ESPN.[4]

Over spring break 2010, Werner married his girlfriend Denise, whom he had met in tenth grade in Berlin.[5]

College career

Werner enrolled in Florida State University in Tallahassee, Florida, where he was a member of coach Jimbo Fisher's Florida State Seminoles football team from 2010 through 2012. He appeared in all 14 games as a true freshman, registering 20 tackles, including 6.0 tackles for loss and 3.5 sacks, as a backup of senior defensive end Markus White. In his sophomore season, he took over as starter at left defensive end, registered 37 tackles, including 25 solo stops, 11 tackles for loss and 7 sacks for a Florida State defense that ranked second in rushing defense, fourth in scoring defense and sixth in total defense. In his junior season, he had his best collegiate season. He registered 42 tackles, 30 solo stops, 18 tackles for loss and 13 sacks. He was voted the 2012 Defensive Player of the Year.

Professional career

2013 NFL Draft

In preseason mock drafts from May 2012, Werner was listed as a late first-rounder for the 2013 NFL Draft.[6] By mid-season, he had moved up to a top-3 spot.[7] The Seminoles had not seen one of their players selected in the top-3 since Andre Wadsworth in 1998.[8] On January 3, 2013, Werner announced his decision to enter the 2013 NFL Draft.[9] He signed with agent Jimmy Sexton of Creative Artists Agency.[10]

Pre-draft measurables
Ht Wt Arm length Hand size 40-yard dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert jump Broad BP
6 ft 3 14 in
(1.91 m)
266 lb
(121 kg)
33 14 in
(0.84 m)
9 58 in
(0.24 m)
4.81 s 1.67 s 2.78 s 4.40 s 7.30 s 31 in
(0.79 m)
9 ft 3 in
(2.82 m)
25 reps
All values from NFL Combine[11]

In the 2013 NFL Draft, the Indianapolis Colts selected him in the first round, 24th overall.

Indianapolis Colts

2013 season

On July 24, 2013, Werner signed a four-year contract worth $7.9 million featuring a $4.12 million signing bonus. On September 8, 2013, Werner played his first NFL game. During a 21-17 win over the Oakland Raiders, Werner made also his first tackle. In week 15, Werner had his first sack in the NFL against the Houston Texans. During the season, Werner played in 13 games making 18 tackles with 4 passes defended and 2.5 sacks. Werner entered the playoffs with the Colts and played in both of the Colts' playoff games: their Wild Card win over the Kansas City Chiefs and their Divisional Round loss to the New England Patriots.

2014 season

Werner had 3 tackles in a Week 1 loss against the Denver Broncos. He had his first career two-sack game against the Baltimore Ravens in Week 5. After Week 7, however, his only stat other than tackles was a pass defensed in Week 16 against the Dallas Cowboys.[12] Although he was active for the Colts' playoff wins over the Cincinnati Bengals and Denver Broncos, he was inactive for their AFC Championship Game loss to the New England Patriots.

2015 season

Werner appeared in 10 games during the 2015 season, making 13 combined tackles. On March 8, 2016, he was waived by the Colts.[13]

Jacksonville Jaguars

2016 season

Werner signed with the Jacksonville Jaguars on May 11, 2016.[14] He was released on August 30, 2016.[15]


On January 15, 2017, during the divisional playoff game between the Seattle Seahawks and the Atlanta Falcons, Werner, as a color commentator for German broadcaster Sat.1, announced his retirement from professional football, citing ongoing problems from injuries as his reason. Werner will continue his work on supporting young European talents to become players in America and the NFL.[16]


  1. ^ Gustke, Axel (December 31, 2012). "Berliner Mauer vor dem Durchbruch". Der Tagesspiegel (in German).
  2. ^ "Football-Talent Björn Werner: Superheld made in Germany". Spiegel. April 26, 2013.
  3. ^ Connecticut Postseason Top 10 2010
  4. ^ From Germany To Florida State Archived November 11, 2012, at the Wayback Machine
  5. ^ "Der Plattmacher: Björn Werner haut Amerika um". Bild Zeitung. January 12, 2013.
  6. ^ Prisco, Pete (April 30, 2012). "Top 32 for 2013: Barkley headlines a class that already looks deep". CBS Sports.
  7. ^ Pauline, Tony (November 8, 2012). "Barkevious Mingo, Bjoern Werner, Star Lotulelei in top 50".
  8. ^ The German All-American
  9. ^ "Florida State defensive end Bjoern Werner will enter NFL Draft". Orlando Sentinel. January 3, 2013.
  10. ^ Harvey, Coley (January 4, 2013). "Bjoern Werner's 'ultimate dream' comes true with decision to leave FSU for NFL". Orlando Sentinel.
  11. ^
  12. ^ "Bjoern Werner 2014 game logs". Retrieved March 16, 2015.
  13. ^ "Indianapolis Colts make roster move". March 8, 2016. Retrieved March 8, 2016.
  14. ^ Oehser, John. "Jaguars sign DE Bjoern Werner". Retrieved May 12, 2016.
  15. ^ DiRocco, Mike. "Jaguars release DE Bjoern Werner". Retrieved August 30, 2016.
  16. ^ "Exklusiv in SAT.1: Björn Werner gibt Karriere-Ende bekannt". (in German). Retrieved January 15, 2017.

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2010 Florida State Seminoles football team

The 2010 Florida State Seminoles football team represented Florida State University in the 2010 NCAA Division I FBS college football season. The Seminoles were led by first-year head coach Jimbo Fisher and played their home games at Bobby Bowden Field at Doak Campbell Stadium. They were members of the Atlantic Coast Conference, playing in the Atlantic Division.

They finished the season 10–4, 6–2 in ACC play, and won the Atlantic Division to earn a spot in the ACC Championship Game where they were defeated by Virginia Tech. They were invited to the Chick-fil-A Bowl where they defeated South Carolina.

The 2010 season marked the Seminoles' first ten win season since 2003 and their first appearance in the ACC title game since 2005.

2011 Florida State Seminoles football team

The 2011 Florida State Seminoles football team represented Florida State University in the 2011 NCAA Division I FBS college football season. The Seminoles were led by second-year head coach Jimbo Fisher and played their home games at Doak Campbell Stadium. They were members of the Atlantic Coast Conference, playing in the Atlantic Division.

Despite starting the season with a 2–3 record, the Seminoles finished the season 9–4, 5–3 in ACC play, to finish in a tie for second place in the Atlantic Division. They were invited to the Champs Sports Bowl where they defeated Notre Dame.

2012 College Football All-America Team

The 2012 College Football All-America Team includes those players of American college football who have been honored by various selector organizations as the best players at their respective positions. The selector organizations award the "All-America" honor annually following the conclusion of the fall college football season. The original All-America team was the 1889 College Football All-America Team selected by Caspar Whitney and Walter Camp. In 1950, the National Collegiate Athletic Bureau, which is the National Collegiate Athletic Association's (NCAA) service bureau, compiled the first list of All-Americans including first-team selections on teams created for a national audience that received national circulation with the intent of recognizing selections made from viewpoints that were nationwide. Since 1952, College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) has bestowed Academic All-American recognition on male and female athletes in Divisions I, II, and III of the NCAA as well as National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics athletes, covering all NCAA championship sports.

The 2012 College Football All-America Team is composed of the following College Football All-American first teams chosen by the following selector organizations: Associated Press (AP), Football Writers Association of America (FWAA), American Football Coaches Association (AFCA), Walter Camp Foundation (WCFF), The Sporting News (TSN), Sports Illustrated (SI), Pro Football Weekly (PFW), ESPN, CBS Sports (CBS), College Football News (CFN),, and Yahoo! Sports (Yahoo!).

Currently, the NCAA compiles consensus all-America teams in the sports of Division I-FBS football and Division I men's basketball using a point system computed from All-America teams named by coaches associations or media sources. The system consists of three points for a first-team honor, two points for second-team honor, and one point for third-team honor. Honorable mention and fourth team or lower recognitions are not accorded any points. Football consensus teams are compiled by position and the player accumulating the most points at each position is named first team consensus all-American. Currently, the NCAA recognizes All-Americans selected by the AP, AFCA, FWAA, TSN, and the WCFF to determine Consensus All-Americans.In 2012, there were 13 unanimous All-Americans.

2012 Florida State Seminoles football team

The 2012 Florida State Seminoles football team, variously Florida State or FSU, represented Florida State University in the sport of American football during the 2012 NCAA Division I FBS football season. The Seminoles were led by third-year head coach Jimbo Fisher, and played their home games at Bobby Bowden Field at Doak Campbell Stadium in Tallahassee, Florida. They were members of the Atlantic Coast Conference, playing in the Atlantic Division. 2012 marked the Seminoles' 21st season as a member of the ACC and their eighth in the ACC's Atlantic Division.

During the 2012 season, Florida State won its first ACC title since 2005, advancing to their first BCS bowl since that season as well, and won ten regular season games for the first time since the 2003 season. The Seminoles also won their first BCS game since the 2000 Sugar Bowl. The team also tied the school record for most games won in a single season set during that same season and also finished in the top ten of both major polls for the first time since the 2000 season.

2012 NCAA Division I FBS football season

The 2012 NCAA Division I FBS football season was the highest level of college football competition in the United States organized by the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA).

The regular season began on August 30, 2012 and ended on December 8, 2012. The postseason concluded on January 7, 2013 with the BCS National Championship Game, where Alabama repeated as national champions by defeating Notre Dame.

Although Ohio State finished the regular season as the only undefeated team from an automatic-qualifying ("Power 5") BCS conference, they were ineligible to play in the postseason due to sanctions imposed earlier in the year.

2013 Indianapolis Colts season

The 2013 Indianapolis Colts season was the franchise's 61st season in the National Football League, the 30th in Indianapolis and the second season under head coach Chuck Pagano, who missed most of the 2012 season due to treatment for leukemia. The Colts matched their 2012 record of 11–5, and went undefeated within the division during the season. The Colts hoped to advance further than the Wild Card round in the playoffs than in 2012, where they lost to the Ravens. They did so after falling behind by 28 points against the Chiefs, but came back and won 45–44. However, the Colts were defeated by the New England Patriots in the Divisional round, by a score of 43–22.

On March 7, 2013, Jeff Saturday signed a one-day contract in order to retire as a member of the Indianapolis Colts.

For the second consecutive season, the Colts held the final pick in the NFL Draft, number 254, which is famously known as Mr. Irrelevant. In 2012, the final player selected was Chandler Harnish. The 2013 season's Mr. Irrelevant was Justice Cunningham.

Throughout the season, the Colts wore a patch to recognize the 30th season since their move to Indianapolis.

On October 20, 2013, Peyton Manning made his first return to Indianapolis since being released by the Indianapolis Colts and signed by the Denver Broncos, a game in which commentator Al Michaels dubbed "the War of 1812" (referring to Peyton Manning's number of 18 and Colts quarterback Andrew Luck's number of 12). The Colts won the game 39-33.

While losing their Week 14 match-up against the Cincinnati Bengals, the Colts overall record as well as a 4–0 record within the division was enough to earn them their 15th division title after the Denver Broncos defeated the Tennessee Titans. The Colts became the first team of the 2013 season to win their division, securing a home playoff game.With the Titans' loss to the Cardinals in Week 15, the Colts were the only AFC South team to make the playoffs.

In the AFC Wild Card Game against the Kansas City Chiefs, the Colts rallied to turn a 38–10 Chiefs' lead into a 45–44 victory for the second largest comeback in NFL playoff history. It is behind only the Bills who rallied from a 32-point deficit in the 1993 AFC Wild Card Game.

2014 Indianapolis Colts season

The 2014 Indianapolis Colts season was the franchise's 62nd season in the National Football League and the 31st in Indianapolis. It also marked the third season under head coach Chuck Pagano, general manager Ryan Grigson, and quarterback Andrew Luck.

The Colts entered the 2014 season as the defending AFC South champions, after compiling an 11–5 record during the previous season and falling to the New England Patriots in the divisional round of the playoffs. They clinched their second straight division title with a 17–10 win over the Houston Texans in Week 15. They also went 6–0 in their division for the second straight year. In the postseason, the Colts would defeat both the Cincinnati Bengals and Denver Broncos before losing to the eventual Super Bowl Champion New England Patriots in the AFC Championship Game. The 2014 Colts failed to join the 2010 New York Jets and 2012 Baltimore Ravens as the only teams to beat both Tom Brady and Peyton Manning in the playoffs.

As of 2018, this is the only time in the post-Peyton Manning era in which the Colts made the AFC Championship Game.

Behind former first overall draft pick Andrew Luck, the Colts became the first team since the 1970 AFL-NFL Merger to pass for 300 or more yards in eight consecutive games.

2015 Indianapolis Colts season

The 2015 Indianapolis Colts season was the franchise's 63rd season in the National Football League and the 32nd in Indianapolis. It was also the fourth season under the trio of head coach Chuck Pagano, general manager Ryan Grigson and quarterback Andrew Luck. The Colts entered the 2015 season as the defending AFC South champions after compiling an 11–5 record before falling to the New England Patriots in the AFC Championship Game.

After a week 8 loss to the Carolina Panthers, the Colts fired offensive coordinator Pep Hamilton and elevated associate head coach Rob Chudzinski to replace him. The Colts failed to improve from their 3 consecutive 11–5 records and finished the season at 8–8 and lost the division to the Houston Texans and failed to make the playoffs for the first time since 2011 and only the 4th time since 1998. Also this was their first time to lose to the Houston Texans at home since the Texans broke into the NFL in 2002.

Atlantic Coast Conference football individual awards

The Atlantic Coast Conference honors players and coaches upon the conclusion of each college football season with the following individual honors as voted on by the Atlantic Coast Sports Media Association.

Florida State Seminoles football

The Florida State Seminoles football team represents Florida State University (variously Florida State or FSU) in the sport of American football. The Seminoles compete in the NCAA Division I Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and the Atlantic Division of the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC). The team is known for its storied history, distinctive helmet, fight song and colors as well as the many traditions associated with the school.

Florida State has won three national championships, eighteen conference titles and six division titles along with a playoff appearance. The Seminoles have achieved three undefeated seasons, finished ranked in the top four of the AP Poll for 14 straight years from 1987 through 2000 and completed 41 straight winning seasons from 1977 through 2017. The 1999 team received votes from ESPN as one of the top teams in college football history.The team has produced three Heisman Trophy winners: quarterbacks Charlie Ward in 1993, Chris Weinke in 2000 and Jameis Winston in 2013. The Biletnikoff Award, presented annually to the top receiver in college football, is named for Florida State hall of famer Fred Biletnikoff. Other awards won by Florida State players include the Walter Camp Award, the Maxwell Award, the Davey O'Brien Award, the Lombardi Award, the Dick Butkus Award, the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award, the Lou Groza Award, the Dave Rimington Trophy and the Bobby Bowden Award. Florida State coaches have been honored with the Bobby Dodd Coach of the Year Award, the Walter Camp Coach of the Year Award, the Home Depot Coach of the Year Award, the Broyles Award, and the Paul "Bear" Bryant Award. Many former Seminoles have gone on to have successful careers in the NFL.

The program has produced 219 All-Americans (45 consensus and 15 unanimous) and 250 professional players. Florida State has had six members inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame, two members inducted into the College Football Coaches Hall of Fame and four members inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

The Seminoles have the tenth-highest winning percentage among all college football programs in Division I FBS history with over 500 victories. Florida State has appeared in forty-eight postseason bowl games and rank ninth nationally for bowl winning percentage and fourth for bowl wins. The Seminoles' archrivals are Florida, whom they meet annually in the last game of the regular season, and Miami; both games are considered among the greatest rivalries in college football. A rivalry with Clemson has developed and grown due to both teams competing yearly for the ACC Atlantic division.

The team is coached by Willie Taggart and plays its home games at Bobby Bowden Field at Doak Campbell Stadium, currently the 18th largest stadium in college football and the 2nd largest in the ACC, located on-campus in Tallahassee, Florida.

Florida State Seminoles football statistical leaders

The Florida State Seminoles football statistical leaders are individual statistical leaders of the Florida State Seminoles football program in various categories, including passing, rushing, receiving, total offense, defensive stats, and kicking. Within those areas, the lists identify single-game, single-season, and career leaders. The Seminoles represent Florida State University in the NCAA's Atlantic Coast Conference.

Florida State began competing in intercollegiate football in 1947. This relatively recent start date means that, unlike many other teams, the Seminoles do not divide statistics into a "modern" era and a "pre-modern" era in which complete statistics are unavailable. Thus, all of the lists below potentially include players from as far back as 1947.

These lists are dominated by more recent players for several reasons:

Since 1947, seasons have increased from 10 games to 11 and then 12 games in length.

The NCAA didn't allow freshmen to play varsity football until 1972 (with the exception of the World War II years), allowing players to have four-year careers.

Bowl games only began counting toward single-season and career statistics in 2002. The Seminoles have played in a bowl game every year since the decision, giving players an extra game to accumulate statistics each year since 2002.

Similarly, the Seminoles have played in the ACC Championship Game five times since it first occurred in 2005, giving players in those seasons an additional game to accumulate statistics.These lists are updated through the end of the 2017 season.

Indianapolis Colts draft history

This is a list of NFL Draft selections by the Indianapolis Colts. The first draft that the current incarnation of the Colts franchise participated in was 1953, in which they made halfback Billy Vessels of Oklahoma their first ever selection.

List of Florida State Seminoles in the NFL Draft

This is a list of Florida State Seminoles in the NFL Draft. Florida State has had a draft pick in thirty-five consecutive drafts.

List of Indianapolis Colts first-round draft picks

The Baltimore Colts joined the National Football League (NFL) in 1953 where they participated in their first NFL Draft and selected Billy Vessels, a halfback from the University of Oklahoma. The team's most recent first round selection was Malik Hooker, a safety from Ohio State in the 2017 NFL Draft.

Every year during April, each NFL franchise seeks to add new players to its roster through a collegiate draft officially known as the NFL Annual Player Selection Meeting but more commonly known as the NFL Draft. Teams are ranked in inverse order based on the previous season's record, with the worst record picking first, and the second worst picking second and so on. The two exceptions to this order are made for teams that appeared in the previous Super Bowl; the Super Bowl champion always picks last, and the Super Bowl loser always picks second last. Teams have the option of trading away their picks to other teams for different picks, players, cash, or a combination thereof. Thus, it is not uncommon for a team's actual draft pick to differ from their assigned draft pick, or for a team to have extra or no draft picks in any round due to these trades.The Colts have selected the number one overall pick in the draft on seven separate occasions, one of which was used to select Super Bowl XLI MVP Peyton Manning. They have also selected the second overall pick five times and the third overall pick twice. The team's five selections from Ohio State University are the most chosen by the Colts from one university.

List of people from Connecticut

The following is a list of notable people born, raised, or resident in Connecticut, with place of birth or residence when known.

List of unanimous All-Americans in college football

The College Football All-America Team is an honorific college football all-star team compiled after each NCAA Division I Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) season to recognize that season's most outstanding performers at their respective positions. There are several organizations that select their own All-America teams. Since 1924, the NCAA has designated selectors whose teams are used to determine "consensus" and "unanimous" All-Americans. Any player who is named to the first team by at least half the official selectors for a given season is recognized as being a consensus All-American. A player on the first team of every official selector is recognized as being a unanimous All-American. Since 2002, the five selectors designated by the NCAA for this purpose are the Associated Press (AP), the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA), the Football Writers Association of America (FWAA), Sporting News, and the Walter Camp Football Foundation (WCFF).Unanimous All-Americans are considered "elite, the cream of the crop from any particular season." Many are later inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame, and many also go on to have successful professional football careers. From 1924 to 2000, 364 players were unanimous selections at least once. Thus, only a handful of players—if any—each season receive the honor. The first player to do so was Red Grange, star halfback for the Illinois Fighting Illini, who received first-team honors from all six major selectors in 1924.As of the end of 2018 Division I FBS season, Oklahoma has had the most unanimous All-America selections of any school, with 35, followed by Alabama and Notre Dame with 34 each. Eighty-four schools have had at least one unanimous All-America selection. The most recent All-America team, the 2018 team, consisted of eight unanimous selections.

Salisbury School

Salisbury School is an all-boys, private college-preparatory boarding school founded in 1901 and located in Salisbury, Connecticut. Its school newspaper is The Cupola. Its mascot is the Crimson Knight. The school's motto is Esse quam videri, which translates as To be rather than to seem to be.

In 2015, Business Insider ranked it the most expensive private high school in the United States, overtaking the Lawrenceville School.

Werner (name)

Werner is a name of Germanic origins. It is common both as a given name and a surname. There are alternate spellings, such as the Scandinavian Verner.

The oldest known usage of the name was in the Habsburg family.

Werner I (Bishop of Strasbourg) (c. 980 – 1028)

Werner I, Count of Habsburg (c. 1025 – 1096)

Werner II, Count of Habsburg (d. 1167)

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