Desmond Bishop

Desmond Lamont Bishop[1] (born July 24, 1984) is a former American football linebacker that is currently the defensive coordinator at Edison High School in Stockton, California. 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.

Desmond Bishop
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Bishop with the Packers in 2011
No. 55, 59, 44
Personal information
Born:July 24, 1984 (age 34)
San Francisco, California
Height:6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Weight:244 lb (111 kg)
Career information
High school:Fairfield (CA)
NFL Draft:2007 / Round: 6 / Pick: 192
Career history
As player:
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
As coach:
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of 2014
Player stats at
Player stats at PFR

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 California Golden Bears 12 12 89 62 27 6 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 2
2006 California 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

Pre-draft measurables
Ht Wt 40-yard dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert jump Broad BP
6 ft 2 in
(1.88 m)
239 lb
(108 kg)
4.81 s 1.60 s 2.78 s 4.65 s 7.14 s 32 12 in
(0.83 m)
9 ft 4 in
(2.84 m)
20 reps
All values from California's Pro Day[3]

Green Bay Packers

The Green Bay Packers selected Bishop in the sixth round (192nd overall) 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.[4] He was a starter and also recovered a crucial fumble in Super Bowl XLV, after Clay Matthews knocked the ball loose from Rashard Mendenhall, in which was a key play in the Packers' 31–25 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers.[5]

On January 4, 2011, the Packers re-signed Bishop to a 4-year, $19 million deal.[6]

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.[7] On October 13, Bishop tore his ACL in his right knee and was subsequently placed on season ending injured reserve.[8]

Arizona Cardinals

On August 14, 2014, Bishop was signed by the Arizona Cardinals.[9] 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.[10]

The 49ers re-signed him to a one-year contract on March 31, 2015.[11] He was placed on the team's injured reserve on August 31.[12] On September 6, the 49ers released Bishop with an injury settlement.[13]

Washington Redskins

The Washington Redskins signed Bishop to a futures contract on January 4, 2016.[14] He was released on May 2.[15]

Coaching career

In 2017, Bishop was hired by first-year coach Justin Wilcox to return to the California Golden Bears as an assistant coach for defensive quality control.[16]

Personal life

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.[17]

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.[18]


  1. ^ "Pro Football Reference Profile".
  2. ^ Cal's Desmond Bishop Selected For Butkus Award Watch List
  3. ^ "Desmond Bishop, DS #12 OLB, California". Retrieved August 16, 2018.
  4. ^ "Desmond Bishop, LB for the Green Bay Packers".
  5. ^ "Super Bowl XLV - Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Green Bay Packers - February 6th, 2011". Retrieved December 15, 2017.
  6. ^ "Packers linebacker Desmond Bishop cashes in".
  7. ^ Vikings Formally Announce The Signing Of Ex-Packer Desmond Bishop
  8. ^ Vikings place LB Desmond Bishop on IR
  9. ^ Patra, Kevin. "Desmond Bishop signed by Arizona Cardinals". Retrieved August 14, 2014.
  10. ^ Gantt, Darin (December 16, 2014). "49ers add veteran linebacker Desmond Bishop". Retrieved December 16, 2014.
  11. ^ "49ers Re-sign LB Desmond Bishop to One-year Deal". March 31, 2015. Retrieved January 5, 2016.
  12. ^ "San Francisco 49ers Announce Roster Moves". August 31, 2015. Retrieved January 5, 2016.
  13. ^ 49ers reach injury settlement with Desmond Bishop, would Kendall Hunter be next?
  14. ^ "Redskins Sign Three To Reserve/Future Contracts". January 4, 2016. Retrieved January 4, 2016.
  15. ^ "05/02: Redskins Make Roster Moves". May 2, 2016. Retrieved May 2, 2016.
  16. ^ Kunnath, Avinash. "Desmond Bishop joins the Cal coaching staff as a defensive quality control assistant".
  17. ^ Cal bio - Devin Bishop
  18. ^ "Packers' Desmond Bishop forgets ID, misses White House visit". Retrieved August 13, 2011.

External links

2005 All-Pacific-10 Conference football team

The 2005 All-Pacific-10 Conference football team consists of American football players chosen by various organizations for All-Pacific-10 Conference teams for the 2005 college football season. The USC Trojans won the conference, posting an undefeated 8–0 conference record (though this was later vacated).. USC then lost to the Texas Longhorns in the Rose Bowl BCS National Championship Game 41 to 38. USC running back Reggie Bush was voted Pac-10 Offensive Player of the Year. Oregon defensive tackle Haloti Ngata and Arizona State linebacker Dale Robinson were voted Pat Tillman Pac-10 Co-Defensive Players of the Year.

2006 All-Pacific-10 Conference football team

The 2006 All-Pacific-10 Conference football team consists of American football players chosen by various organizations for All-Pacific-10 Conference teams for the 2006 college football season. The USC Trojans and California Golden Bears won the conference, posting 7–2 conference records. USC then beat the Michigan Wolverines in the Rose Bowl 32 to 18. California running back Marshawn Lynch was voted Pac-10 Offensive Player of the Year. California cornerback Daymeion Hughes was voted Pat Tillman Pac-10 Defensive Player of the Year.

2006 California Golden Bears football team

The 2006 California Golden Bears football team represented the University of California, Berkeley in the 2006 NCAA Division I FBS football season. They played their home games at California Memorial Stadium in Berkeley, California, and were coached by Jeff Tedford.

The Bears began the season with a number 12 ranking. After sustaining an upset by then number 23-ranked Tennessee in their opening game, the Bears won their next eight games before suffering another upset to unranked Arizona followed by a subsequent loss to then number 4 USC. All of these defeats came in away games. The Bears qualified for a share of the Pac-10 title after USC was upset by rival UCLA the following week. The team made its second Holiday Bowl in three years, blowing out #21 Texas A&M and finishing the season ranked #14.

2006 Holiday Bowl

The 2006 Pacific Life Holiday Bowl was a college football bowl game played December 28, 2006 in San Diego, California. It was part of the 2006 NCAA Division I FBS football season and one of 32 games in the 2006-2007 bowl season. It featured the Texas A&M Aggies representing the Big 12 against the California Golden Bears from the Pac-10. In the Golden Bears' second trip to the Holiday Bowl in three years, they routed the Aggies, 45-10. Each conference received $2.2 million for the teams playing.

2007 NFL Draft

The 2007 National Football League draft took place at Radio City Music Hall in New York City, New York, on April 28 and April 29, 2007. The draft was televised for the 28th consecutive year on ESPN and ESPN2. The NFL Network also broadcast coverage of the event, its second year doing so. There were 255 draft selections: 223 regular selections (instead of the typical 224) and 32 compensatory selections. A supplemental draft was also held after the regular draft and before the regular season. This was the first draft presided over by new NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell.

The first round was the longest in the history of the NFL draft, lasting six hours, eight minutes. One of the big stories of the draft was the fall of Notre Dame quarterback Brady Quinn. Quinn had been projected as a potential first overall pick in early mock drafts and had been invited to attend the draft in person, but he wasn't selected until the 22nd pick in the first round by the Cleveland Browns, who acquired the pick in a trade with the Dallas Cowboys. Louisiana State University quarterback JaMarcus Russell was selected first overall by the Oakland Raiders after he had replaced Quinn as the projected first selection among most analysts following his performance in the 2007 Sugar Bowl against Quinn and Notre Dame. Russell is considered by many as one of the biggest draft busts in NFL history, and Quinn also had a largely unsuccessful pro career.Those selections notwithstanding, Bleacher Report named the 2007 draft class the "greatest draft class in the last 25 years" in 2012 due to the heavy volume of reliable starters, as well as players selected that are now widely regarded as future Hall of Famers, such as Patrick Willis, Darrelle Revis, and Marshal Yanda; first round selections Calvin Johnson, Joe Thomas, and Adrian Peterson are widely regarded as being among the greatest to ever play at their respective positions.

2010 Green Bay Packers season

The 2010 Green Bay Packers season was the 92nd season overall and their 90th season in the National Football League. Although they finished with only a respectable 10–6 record, good for a second-place finish in the NFC North, the Packers never lost a game by more than four points, and never trailed by more than seven the entire season, becoming the only team since the AFL-NFL merger in 1970 to accomplish this. All six of their regular season losses were by a combined 20 points. They entered the playoffs as the NFC's sixth seed. After defeating the Philadelphia Eagles 21–16 in the Wild Card round, the Atlanta Falcons 48–21 in the Divisional round and long time rivals, Chicago Bears 21–14 in the NFC Championship, the team advanced to Super Bowl XLV in which they faced the AFC's 2nd seed Pittsburgh Steelers. The Packers defeated the Steelers 31–25 to win their fourth Super Bowl and 13th NFL championship. The Packers became the second overall team after the 2005 Pittsburgh Steelers, and the first NFC team, to win the Super Bowl as a sixth seed, as well as becoming the second NFC team to win three straight road playoff games (the 2007 New York Giants won three straight road games as a five seed).

The Packers offense ranked ninth in yards per game, tenth in total points, & fifth in passing yards. The defense ranked fifth in yards allowed and finished second in fewest points allowed (240, second best in team history), sacks (47), and interceptions (24), while also limiting quarterbacks to a 67.2 passer rating, first in the league.

2011 Green Bay Packers season

The 2011 Green Bay Packers season was the franchise's 93rd season overall and their 91st in the National Football League, and the sixth under head coach Mike McCarthy. The team not only improved on their 10–6 record from a season earlier, they became just the sixth team in NFL history to win 15 games during the regular season. As of 2017, the 15–1 record stands as the best in team history. The Packers won their first 13 games of the season to extend their winning streak from the previous season to 19, the second-longest in NFL history behind the 21-game winning streak of the New England Patriots in 2003 and 2004, and also tied the record for the best start to a season in NFC history that the New Orleans Saints had set in 2009. The only loss for the Packers during the regular season was a Week 15 defeat in Arrowhead Stadium against the Kansas City Chiefs. They also became the first NFC North team to go undefeated in the division since the 1987 Chicago Bears.

Statistics site Football Outsiders calculated that the Packers were, play for play, the best team in the NFL in 2011 (though they received the second-lowest rating for a number-1 team since the 1993 San Francisco 49ers). According to the site, the Packers' offense was historically prolific, ranking as the second-best pass offense and third-best total offense since they began calculating. Furthermore, quarterback Aaron Rodgers had the fourth-most-prolific season, play by play, since calculations began and some have called it one of the most efficient seasons ever by a quarterback by setting the NFL record for highest passer rating in a season (122.5). The 2011 Packers are one of only five teams in NFL history to score 35 points or more nine times in a single season and one of only two teams to score 42 points or more in at least six games, the other being the 2013 Broncos. The Packers' 70 total touchdowns are tied with the 1984 Dolphins for the third-most touchdowns scored in a season, and their 51 total touchdown passes are tied with the 2004 Colts for second-most touchdown passes in a season. The defense was ranked last, 32nd, in the league in yards allowed and surrendered an NFL record 4,796 passing yards despite leading the league in interceptions, with 31.

With their record-setting offense, their 15–1 record, and their having home-field advantage throughout the NFC playoffs, the Packers were aiming to repeat as Super Bowl champions, and become the first team to win back-to-back titles since the Patriots in 2003 and 2004. However, the Packers instead became the first team to finish with at least 15 victories and not win a playoff game, as they were beaten in a shocking upset by the eventual Super Bowl champion New York Giants 37–20 at Lambeau Field. The Packers became just the sixth team to win 15 games in the regular season, joining the 1984 49ers, 1985 Bears, 1998 Vikings, 2004 Steelers and the 2007 Patriots, who finished the regular season undefeated at 16–0. The Packers became the fourth consecutive team with at least fifteen victories to fail to win the Super Bowl.

2013 Minnesota Vikings season

The 2013 season was the Minnesota Vikings' 53rd in the National Football League. It also marked the Vikings' final season playing their home games at the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome; the team played their home games at TCF Bank Stadium for the 2014 and 2015 seasons while construction of U.S. Bank Stadium, which opened in 2016, took place on the site of the Metrodome. Following a Week 9 loss to the Dallas Cowboys, the Vikings were no longer able to match their 10–6 record from 2012, and their loss to the Baltimore Ravens five weeks later sealed their elimination from playoff contention.

The Vikings failed to win a road game (0–7–1) for the first time since 2001. Much like in 2001, the Vikings did moderately well (13th) on offensive yardage (344.2 yards per game) despite a quarterback carousel not present in 2001, but ranked among the worst in defensive yardage (397.6 yards per game); only the Dallas Cowboys gave up more yards on defense with 415.3 per game. The Vikings' defense also allowed the most points in the NFL in 2013 at 480 (30.0 points per game), four points shy of matching the most points the team ever allowed in a single season.

It took until Week 10 for the Vikings to record their first win on American soil, their only other victory up to that point having come in the NFL International Series game against the Pittsburgh Steelers at London's Wembley Stadium in Week 4. Despite winning their last four home games to finish with an overall record of 5–10–1, the Vikings fired head coach Leslie Frazier after just over three seasons with the team.

2015 San Francisco 49ers season

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