Josh Sitton

Josh James Sitton (/ˈsɪtən/ SIT-ən; born June 16, 1986) is an American football guard who is currently a free agent. He played college football at the University of Central Florida and was drafted by the Green Bay Packers in the fourth round of the 2008 NFL Draft. He has made four Pro Bowls and won Super Bowl XLV with the Packers, and also played two seasons with the Chicago Bears and one season with the Miami Dolphins.

Josh Sitton
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Sitton with the Packers in 2015
Free agent
Position:Guard
Personal information
Born:June 16, 1986 (age 32)
Jacksonville, Florida
Height:6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Weight:320 lb (145 kg)
Career information
High school:Pensacola (FL) Catholic
College:UCF
NFL Draft:2008 / Round: 4 / Pick: 135
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of 2018
Games played:148
Games started:142
Player stats at NFL.com

High school career

Sitton attended Catholic High School in Pensacola, Florida, where he lettered four times in football and twice in basketball. A two-way lineman, Sitton allowed just three quarterback sacks over two seasons on the offensive side, while adding 50 tackles and six sacks as a defensive lineman as a senior. He earned second-team all-state and first-team all-area honors as an offensive lineman as a senior.

Regarded as only a two-star recruit by both Rivals.com and Scout.com,[1][2] Sitton was not listed among the best offensive lineman prospects in the class of 2004. He chose UCF over offers from Nicholls State University and the University of Alabama at Birmingham.

College career

In his true freshman season at UCF, Sitton played in all 11 games with four starts at right guard. He was moved to right tackle for his sophomore season, where he started all 13 games for the Knights. He remained a starter at right tackle for the rest of his college career, blocking the way for Kevin Smith, as he rushed for 2,567 yards in 2007, just 62 yards short of breaking Barry Sanders's NCAA single-season rushing record (2,628) set in 1988.

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 3 12 in
(1.92 m)
319 lb
(145 kg)
5.20 s 1.76 s 2.96 s 4.50 s 7.55 s 9 ft 0 in
(2.74 m)
28 reps
All values from UCF Pro Day (March 20, 2008)[3]

Green Bay Packers

Packers' linemen Josh Sitton (71) and Mark Tauscher (65)
Sitton (left) playing for the Packers in 2009.

Sitton was drafted by the Green Bay Packers in the 4th round of the 2008 NFL Draft. In 2010, he was named Offensive Lineman of the Year by the NFL Alumni Association and was selected as a Pro Bowl alternate.[4] Sitton was a key part of the Packers offensive line. Sitton started every game at right guard during the 2009 and 2010 seasons, including all the team's playoff games.[5]

At the end of the 2010 season, Sitton and the Packers appeared in Super Bowl XLV. He was a starter in the 31–25 victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers.[6]

Following the 2012 season, Sitton was moved to left guard. He had spent the first five years of his career at right guard.[7]

On September 2, 2011, the Packers signed Sitton to a five-year contract extension.[8] On January 21, 2013, Sitton was chosen to replace Mike Iupati in the Pro Bowl, his first selection.[9] On January 3, 2016, Sitton started his first career game at left tackle in place of the injured David Bakhtiari as the Packers played the Minnesota Vikings in the regular season finale that decided the NFC North champion.

On September 3, 2016, Sitton was released by the Green Bay Packers, in an unexpected move.[10] Packers head coach Mike McCarthy later said that Sitton's release "isn't just one thing." Sitton was entering the final year of his contract, and had criticized McCarthy's offensive game plan following a 2015 game against Arizona.[11]

"I really don't want to talk, man," Sitton told ESPN following his release. "I'm thankful to the organization. It's a tough business." From 2009-2015, Sitton started 110 of 112 regular season games and 13 playoff games.[12]

Chicago Bears

On September 4, 2016, Sitton signed a three-year contract with the Chicago Bears worth $21.75 million with $10 million guaranteed.[13]

Sitton revealed that his reasons for signing with the Bears included: how quickly the deal got done, the weather in the midwest compared to "too damn hot" in the south and close proximity to where he had lived in the Green Bay area. He denied that the signing had anything to do with wanting "revenge" by playing Green Bay twice a year.[14]

Sitton was forced to miss the team's first meeting against the Packers, a game at Green Bay on October 20. Sitton had suffered an ankle injury on one of the final plays of Chicago's prior game against Jacksonville.[15] Sitton did play in the game at home against Green Bay on December 18, though he noted that "it was just another game."

"I don't think too much about that. I'm not really that type of person in general. I don't get too emotional or too high or low about anything. So it's just the next game for us, a division opponent," Sitton said.[16] The Bears narrowly lost to Green Bay in one of the coldest games ever played at Soldier Field.

Despite missing three games due to an ankle injury, and the Bears' worst record in a 16-game season in franchise history, Sitton was named to the Pro Bowl replacing former teammate T.J. Lang. Sitton's presence on the offensive line helped rookie running back Jordan Howard finish second in the league in rushing, and helped Bears quarterbacks pass for the third-most yards in team history.[17]

It was Sitton's third Pro Bowl selection in a row and fourth overall. "The older you get, the more you appreciate them," Sitton said. "You can't play at a high level in this game forever. I don't know if I'll ever get back. The whole age thing makes it even more special. I'm still young, though, damn it."[17]

In March 2017, Sitton revealed that he felt like he was hitting a milestone achievement entering his 10th NFL season. "I have been lucky. A lot of guys are not lucky. They get the injury bug and things like that. I have been blessed to avoid that. And really, that is the difference maker in this business is being able to stay healthy. and I have been able," Sitton said.[18]

In 2017, Sitton started 13 games at right guard for the Bears. On February 20, 2018, the Bears declined an option on Sitton's contract, making him a free agent.[19]

Miami Dolphins

On March 16, 2018, Sitton signed a two-year contract with the Miami Dolphins.[20][21]

On September 14, 2018, Sitton was placed on season-ending injured reserve after suffering a torn rotator cuff.[22]

On March 13, 2019, Sitton was released by the Dolphins. ESPN reports that Sitton will most likely sign with the New York Jets reuniting him with coach Adam Gase.[23]

Personal life

Sitton went to high school with Roman Reigns and played football together.

Sitton and his wife have been married since July 2016. They were married in Pensacola.[24] In late July 2017, the couple's first daughter was born.[25]

Since 2014, Sitton has returned to his high school to host the Josh Sitton Football ProCamp for youth in the area.[18]

References

  1. ^ "Josh Sitton Recruiting Profile". Rivals.com. Retrieved October 25, 2010.
  2. ^ "Josh Sitton Recruiting Profile". Scout.com. Retrieved October 25, 2010.
  3. ^ "Josh Sitton Draft Profile". NFLDraftScout.com. Retrieved October 25, 2010.
  4. ^ "Green Bay Packers: Josh Sitton". packers.com.
  5. ^ "Josh Sitton Stats". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved January 2, 2019.
  6. ^ "Super Bowl XLV - Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Green Bay Packers - February 6th, 2011". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved December 15, 2017.
  7. ^ "Packers' Offensive Line Changes: Bulaga Moving to Left Tackle, Sitton to Left Guard". AcmePackingCompany.com. May 3, 2013.
  8. ^ "Packers and Sitton agree on five-year contract extension". Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
  9. ^ "Sitton will replace Mike Iupati in Pro Bowl". Profootballtalk.
  10. ^ "Packers release G Josh Sitton". Packers.com. September 3, 2016. Retrieved September 3, 2016.
  11. ^ Demovsky, Rob (September 5, 2016). "'This wasn't just one thing': Several layers to Packers cutting Josh Sitton". ESPN.com.
  12. ^ Demovsky, Rob (September 3, 2016). "Packers release three-time Pro Bowler Josh Sitton". ESPN.com.
  13. ^ Biggs, Brad (September 4, 2016). "Bears strike quickly, sign All-Pro guard Josh Sitton after Packers cut him". ChicagoTribune.com. Retrieved September 5, 2016.
  14. ^ "Ex-Packer Josh Sitton says signing with Bears wasn't about revenge". SportingNews.com. September 5, 2016.
  15. ^ "Bears to play Packers without Josh Sitton and probably Pernell McPhee". ChicagoTribune.com. October 18, 2016.
  16. ^ Mayer, Larry (December 15, 2016). "Facing Packers not special for Sitton". ChicagoBears.com.
  17. ^ a b "Bears guard Josh Sitton added to Pro Bowl". ChicagoTribune.com. January 23, 2017.
  18. ^ a b "NFL pro bowler Josh Sitton inspires at youth camp". USAToday.com. March 4, 2017.
  19. ^ Knoblauch, Austin (February 20, 2018). "Bears declining to pick up Josh Sitton's contract option". NFL.com.
  20. ^ Patra, Kevin (March 15, 2018). "Dolphins set to release Mike Pouncey, sign Josh Sitton". NFL.com.
  21. ^ "Miami Dolphins Sign 4-Time Pro Bowl Guard Sitton, Re-sign Fales". MiamiDolphins.com. March 16, 2018.
  22. ^ Patra, Kevin (September 14, 2018). "Dolphins guard Josh Sitton to miss rest of 2018". NFL.com.
  23. ^ "Dolphins Release G Josh Sitton". MiamiDolphins.com. March 13, 2019.
  24. ^ "Josh Sitton made Kristen Hewitt an honest woman". TotalPackers.com. July 10, 2016.
  25. ^ Jeff Joniak [@JeffJoniak] (July 31, 2017). "Josh Sitton expected to be on the practice field by Wednesday. Today is his report day after the birth of his child recently" (Tweet) – via Twitter.

External links

2007 UCF Knights football team

The 2007 UCF Knights football team represented the University of Central Florida in the 2007 NCAA Division I FBS football season. Their head coach was George O'Leary. The 2007 season was the first year the Knights played all of their home games at Bright House Networks Stadium, which they had just opened on the main campus of UCF in Orlando, Florida. In addition, the team changed its nickname from "Golden Knights" back to simply "Knights." From 1979 to 1992, the team had been known as the Knights, then changed to "Golden Knights" from 1993 until 2006.

The Knights were led on offense by quarterback Kyle Israel and Consensus All-American running back Kevin Smith. UCF sought to prove they belonged on the big stage, and got their first chance by hosting the Texas Longhorns, ultimately losing by only a field goal.

UCF ultimately went 9-3 in the regular season and 7-1 in C-USA, with their only conference loss being at East Carolina, and won the Eastern Division. They would go on to host the Conference USA Championship Game for the second time. Taking revenge on Tulsa for beating them two years before, UCF won the game 44-25, to claim their first Conference USA title.

They went on to their first Liberty Bowl berth against Mississippi State. Their defense held it close, but the offense was unable to re-fire, and UCF lost the game, 10-3.

Kevin Smith ultimately left before his senior year and went to the 2008 NFL Draft, where he was selected with the first pick of the third round by the Detroit Lions.

2008 Green Bay Packers season

The 2008 Green Bay Packers season was the 90th season overall and 88th in the National Football League. They looked to continue success after posting a 13–3 record in 2007, but they failed to do so and finished the season with a losing 6–10 record. Until the 2017 season, this was the last season in which the Packers did not qualify for the playoffs.

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.

2012 Green Bay Packers season

The 2012 Green Bay Packers season was the franchise's 94th season overall and their 92nd in the National Football League, and the seventh under head coach Mike McCarthy. The Packers won the NFC North division title for the second year in a row with an 11–5 record. The Packers lost in the divisional round of the playoffs to the eventual NFC Champion San Francisco 49ers by the score of 45-31, finishing with a postseason record of 1-1.

The Packers offense finished the season fifth in points and eleventh in yards per game. The defense finished eleventh in points allowed and twenty-second in yards allowed per game.

2013 All-Pro Team

The 2013 All-Pro Teams were named by the Associated Press (AP) the Pro Football Writers of America (PFWA), and the Sporting News (SN) for performance in the 2013 NFL season. While none of the All-Pro teams have the official imprimatur of the NFL (whose official recognition is nomination to the 2014 Pro Bowl), they are included in the NFL Record and Fact Book. Any player selected to any of the teams can be described as an "All-Pro". The AP team, with first-team and second-team selections, was chosen by a national panel of fifty NFL writers. The Sporting News All-NFL team is voted on by NFL players and executives and was released January 28, 2014. The PFWA team is selected by its more than 300 national members who are accredited media members covering the NFL.

2014 All-Pro Team

The 2014 All-Pro Teams were named by the Associated Press (AP), the Pro Football Writers of America (PFWA), and the Sporting News (SN) for performance in the 2014 NFL season. While none of the All-Pro teams have the official imprimatur of the NFL (whose official recognition is nomination to the 2015 Pro Bowl), they are included in the NFL Record and Fact Book and also part of the language of the 2011 NFLPA Collective Bargaining Agreement. Any player selected to the first-team of any of the teams can be described as an "All-Pro." The AP team, with first-team and second-team selections, was chosen by a national panel of fifty NFL writers and broadcasters. The Sporting News All-NFL team is voted on by NFL players and executives and was released January 20, 2015. The PFWA team is selected by its more than 300 national members who are accredited media members covering the NFL.

2014 Green Bay Packers season

The 2014 Green Bay Packers season was the franchise's 96th season overall, the 94th in the National Football League, and the ninth under head coach Mike McCarthy. The team tied with four other teams for a league-best 12 wins and 4 losses, while also adding a fourth consecutive NFC North division title. The club went undefeated at home for the first time since 2011. They also led the league in scoring, with 486 points, the second-most in franchise history. It marked the first time since the 2009 season that the team had a 4,000-yard passer, two 1,000-yard receivers, and a 1,000-yard rusher. They won the divisional round playoff game against the Cowboys, but then lost the conference championship game against the Seattle Seahawks in one of the biggest collapses in NFL playoff history. Quarterback Aaron Rodgers was named the league's Most Valuable Player.The Packers made the playoffs for the sixth straight season, tying the record set between 1993–98.

2015 All-Pro Team

The 2015 All-Pro Teams were named by the Associated Press (AP), the Pro Football Writers of America (PFWA), the Sporting News (SN), for performance in the 2015 NFL season. While none of the All-Pro teams have the official imprimatur of the NFL (whose official recognition is nomination to the 2016 Pro Bowl), they are included in the NFL Record and Fact Book and also part of the language of the 2011 NFLPA Collective Bargaining Agreement. Any player selected to the first-team of any of the teams can be described as an "All-Pro." The AP team, with first-team and second-team selections, was chosen by a national panel of fifty NFL writers and broadcasters. The Sporting News All-NFL team is voted on by NFL players and executives and was released January 12, 2016. The PFWA team is selected by its more than 300 national members who are accredited media members covering the NFL.

2015 Green Bay Packers season

The 2015 Green Bay Packers season was the franchise's 97th season overall, 95th in the National Football League, and the tenth under head coach Mike McCarthy. With a Week 15 win over the Oakland Raiders, the Packers clinched a playoff spot for the seventh consecutive season, but they failed to win their fifth consecutive NFC North title after a Week 17 loss to the Minnesota Vikings as does matching their 12-4 record from last season. As a result, the fifth-seeded Packers traveled to Washington to face the fourth-seeded Redskins in the Wild Card round. They beat the Redskins 35–18, and then traveled to Arizona for a rematch against the second-seeded Arizona Cardinals, where the Packers' season ended as they lost to the Cardinals in overtime, 20–26.

2016 Chicago Bears season

The 2016 Chicago Bears season was the franchise's 97th season in the National Football League and the second under head coach John Fox.

The Bears looked to improve upon their 6–10 record from 2015; however, they suffered a second consecutive 0–3 start and were plagued by injuries with an NFL-high 19 players on the injured reserve list by the end of the season. Multiple injuries to quarterback Jay Cutler resulted in backups Brian Hoyer and Matt Barkley playing much of the season. They finished with a 3–13 record, the worst record for the team since the NFL's move to 16-game seasons in 1978. The Bears also went 0–8 on the road for the first time in franchise history. After the season, Cutler was released, and initially announced his retirement from the NFL, but he later signed with the Miami Dolphins.

2016 Pro Bowl

The 2016 Pro Bowl (branded as the 2016 Pro Bowl presented by USAA for sponsorship reasons) was the National Football League's all-star game for the 2015 season, which was played at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu, Hawaii on January 31, 2016.

Andy Reid of the Kansas City Chiefs and Mike McCarthy of the Green Bay Packers were selected to coach the teams due to their teams being the highest seeded teams from each conference to lose in the Divisional Round of 2015–16 NFL playoffs, which has been the convention since the 2010 Pro Bowl. On January 27, Mike McCarthy announced that he would not be coaching the Pro Bowl due to an illness and also announced that assistant head coach Winston Moss would take over head coaching duties. This was also the sixth consecutive year that the Pro Bowl took place prior to the Super Bowl. At the Pro Bowl Draft, the Chiefs' coaching staff was assigned to Team Rice, and the Packers' coaching staff was assigned to Team Irvin.The game continued the fantasy draft format that debuted with the 2014 Pro Bowl. The two teams were to be drafted and captained by two Hall of Famers, Jerry Rice (winning 2014 Pro Bowl captain) and Michael Irvin (winning 2015 Pro Bowl captain). Darren Woodson and Eric Davis served as defensive co-captains for Irvin and Rice respectively, in both cases reuniting two former teammates (Irvin and Woodson were teammates on the Dallas Cowboys from 1992 to 1999, while Rice and Davis played together with the San Francisco 49ers from 1990 to 1995). The Fantasy draft was held January 27 at 7:30 P.M. EST on ESPN2 at Wheeler Army Airfield in Wahiawa, Hawaii as part of an extension to the NFL's military appreciation campaign.

2017 Pro Bowl

The 2017 Pro Bowl (branded as the 2017 Pro Bowl presented by Aquafina for sponsorship reasons) was the National Football League's all-star game for the 2016 season, which was played at Camping World Stadium in Orlando, Florida on January 29, 2017. The game was the first in a three-year deal to host the Pro Bowl in Orlando, which also included cross-promotional events (such as a newly-established skills competition) held at the Walt Disney World Resort (which is owned by the primary parent company of the game's broadcaster, ESPN).

After three years of using a draft format, the 2017 Pro Bowl returned to the previous conference-based format, played between all-star teams representing the American Football Conference and National Football Conference. The AFC all-stars were coached by Andy Reid, and the NFC all-stars were coached by Jason Garrett.

2018 Miami Dolphins season

The 2018 season was the Miami Dolphins' 49th in the National Football League, their 53rd overall and their third and last under head coach Adam Gase. During the offseason, the Dolphins tweaked their uniforms and shade of orange to better align with their classical past and history. For the second straight season, they also brought back their throwback uniforms from the Shula/Marino eras and wore them for three games.

With quarterback Ryan Tannehill playing for the first time since 2016, the highlight of Dolphins' season came during a memorable Week 14 win against division rival and defending back-to-back AFC champion New England Patriots, which prevented the Patriots from clinching the AFC East that week. However, the Dolphins would lose all of their remaining games and missed the playoffs for the second consecutive year. The 7–9 finish was their first since 2012 and also the team's second consecutive losing season, with all 7 wins decided by one possession scores.

Cody Whitehair

Cody Michael Whitehair (born July 11, 1992) is an American football center for the Chicago Bears of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Kansas State.

List of Green Bay Packers Pro Bowl selections

The Green Bay Packers are a professional American football team based in Green Bay, Wisconsin. They are currently members of the North Division of the National Football Conference (NFC) in the National Football League (NFL), and are the third-oldest franchise in the NFL. The team has had representatives to the Pro Bowl every year since 1950 except for nine seasons. Below is a list of the Pro Bowl selections for each season.

List of UCF Knights football seasons

The UCF Knights college football team competes as part of the NCAA Division I Football Bowl Subdivision, representing the University of Central Florida in the American Athletic Conference. Since the program's first season in 1979 under Don Jonas, the Knights have played over 465 regular-season games, earning 256 official victories. UCF has won six division championships (2005, 2007, 2010, 2012, 2017, 2018), six conference championships (2007, 2010, 2013, 2014, 2017, 2018), and has made ten postseason appearances since joining FBS, including three BCS/NY6 bowl games. The Knights also claim a National Championship for the 2017 season, as recognized by the Colley Matrix. The Knights current head coach is Josh Heupel. The Knights have played their home games at Spectrum Stadium located on the main campus of UCF in Orlando, Florida since 2007.

UCF began as a Division III program, and subsequently completed their ascension to Division I-A, now known as the Division I Football Subdivision (FBS), in 1996. As a Division I–AA program, the Knights made the 1990 and 1993 playoffs.After George O'Leary took over the program, the Knights gained national prominence as members of C-USA and later the AAC. O'Leary guided UCF to their first division title (2005), first conference championship (2007), first bowl game (2005), first bowl victory (2010), first appearance/victory in a New Year's Six game (2014), first national rankings,, and numerous other milestones and superlatives.

The Knights' main rivals are the South Florida Bulls; other historic rivals include East Carolina and Marshall. UCF has played one Consensus All-American, Kevin Smith in 2007, and produced three Heisman Trophy candidates, Daunte Culpepper in 1998, Kevin Smith in 2007, and McKenzie Milton in 2017 and 2018. The program has also produced a long-line of NFL players. Playing in fourteen Super Bowls and including four pro-bowlers, the list most notably includes Blake Bortles, Brandon Marshall, Bruce Miller, Daunte Culpepper, Matt Prater, Asante Samuel, and Josh Sitton.

List of UCF Knights in the NFL Draft

The University of Central Florida first fielded a varsity football team in 1979, and ascended to Division I–A, now known as the Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS), in 1996. The Knights entered an Automatic Qualifying conference in 2013, and won the program's first major bowl game. In 1987, Ted Wilson became the first Knight to be selected in an NFL Draft when he was selected in the tenth round by the Washington Redskins. Since Wilson's selection, thirty-four Knights have been drafted into the National Football League, including four first round selections. The highest a UCF player has been drafted is third overall in 2014, when quarterback Blake Bortles was selected by the Jacksonville Jaguars.

List of people from Pensacola, Florida

This list of people from Pensacola, Florida includes people who were born or lived there for a nontrivial amount of time. Note that Pensacola natives are referred to as Pensacolans/Pensacolians.

Add: Derrick Gainer

Sitton

Sitton may refer to:

Carl Sitton (1881–1931), Major League Baseball pitcher

Charlie Sitton (born 1962), retired American basketball player

Claude Sitton (1925–2015), American newspaper reporter, winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Commentary

John Sitton (born 1959), English former professional footballer, former manager of Leyton Orient

Josh Sitton (born 1986), American football offensive guard in the National Football League

Ray B. Sitton (1923–2013), American lieutenant general, command pilot and navigator

Ryan Sitton (born 1975), Texas politician

Ted Sitton (born 1932), former American football coach in the United States

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