Matt Wilhelm

Matthew Wilhelm (born February 2, 1981) is a former American college and professional football player and a current radio/TV football analyst.

He was a linebacker in the National Football League (NFL) for eight seasons during the early 2000s. He played college football for Ohio State University, and earned All-American honors. He was drafted by the San Diego Chargers in the fourth round of the 2003 NFL Draft, also played for the San Francisco 49ers and Green Bay Packers of the NFL, and was a member of the Packers' Super Bowl XLV championship team that beat the Pittsburgh Steelers. He is currently a football analyst/show host for WKNR AM 850 and WEWS-TV 5 in Cleveland.

Matt Wilhelm
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Wilhelm at 49ers training camp in August 2010
No. 56, 57, 50
Position:Linebacker
Personal information
Born:February 2, 1981 (age 38)
Oberlin, Ohio
Height:6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Weight:245 lb (111 kg)
Career information
High school:Elyria (OH) Catholic
College:Ohio State
NFL Draft:2003 / Round: 4 / Pick: 112
Career history
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Total tackles:243
Sacks:2.0
Forced fumbles:1
Fumble recoveries:1
Interceptions:6
Player stats at NFL.com
Player stats at PFR

Early years

Wilhelm was born in Oberlin, Ohio, and grew up in Lorain, Ohio. He attended Elyria Catholic High School in Elyria, Ohio. He amassed 100 tackles, 26 for loss, and 11 sacks as a senior, and was named a first-team All-Ohio selection. He also played tight end and running back.[1] In 2002, his high school retired his No. 34 jersey.

College career

Wilhelm attended Ohio State University, and played for coach John Cooper and coach Jim Tressel's Ohio State Buckeyes football teams from 1999 to 2002. Wilhelm was moved to middle linebacker before his sophomore season and started every game. In his first game as a starter against Fresno State, Wilhelm intercepted a David Carr pass and ran it 25 yards for a touchdown.[2] The following year, he earned the Randy Gradishar Award as the team's top linebacker and made all of the defensive calls. As a senior in 2002, Wilhelm was recognized as a consensus first-team All-American,[3] and helped his team win a BCS National Championship with a team-leading 11 tackles in a 31–24 Fiesta Bowl victory over the Miami Hurricanes. Wilhelm ended the year with a career-high 121 tackles and ended his career with the 6th most career tackles for loss for Ohio State all-time.[4]

Professional career

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 Wonderlic
6 ft 4 in
(1.93 m)
245 lb
(111 kg)
33 in
(0.84 m)
10 14 in
(0.26 m)
4.79 s 35 in
(0.89 m)
9 ft 5 in
(2.87 m)
27
Wonderlic and arm and hand spans were taken at the NFL Scouting Combine; all other measurables were taken at Pro Day.[5]

San Diego Chargers

Wilhelm was drafted by the San Diego Chargers in the fourth round of the 2003 NFL Draft. He spent the first four years of his career mostly on special teams and as a backup. In 2007, he became a full-time starter after Donnie Edwards signed with the Kansas City Chiefs. He was released by the Chargers on July 24, 2009.

Philadelphia Eagles

Wilhelm was signed by the Philadelphia Eagles on August 4, 2009 after starting middle linebacker Stewart Bradley suffered a season-ending knee injury. He was waived on September 5, 2009.

San Francisco 49ers

Wilhelm was signed by the San Francisco 49ers on October 19, 2009 after reserve linebacker Jeff Ulbrich was placed on injured reserve. He was re-signed to a one-year contract on March 4, 2010. He was cut on September 3, 2010.

Green Bay Packers

Wilhelm was signed by the Green Bay Packers on October 26, 2010.

Retirement

After winning Super Bowl XLV as a member of the Packers, Wilhelm decided to retire from the NFL. In 2013, he was hired by Cleveland radio station WKNR AM 850 to be a football analyst, co-host of Cleveland Browns Daily, and serve as a co-host for the station's Ohio State Buckeyes pregame show. He also appears on Cleveland ABC affiliate WEWS-TV 5 as a Buckeyes and Browns analyst.[6][7]

In 2016, Wilhelm's hometown paper, The Morning Journal, changed the name of its annual high school football Player of the Year award to The Matt Wilhelm Award in recognition of Wilhelm's lifetime of football achievements.[8]

In 2017, Wilhelm was announced as a member of the 2017 Lorain Sports Hall of Fame class.[9]

Awards and honors

High school

  • 1998 All-Ohio First Team

College

  • 2002 All-Big Ten First Team
  • 2002 Consensus All-American
  • 2002 National Championship (as a member of the Ohio State Buckeyes)

NFL

References

  1. ^ CSTV.com: #1 in College Sports Archived 2007-02-17 at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ NCAA Football - Fresno State vs. Ohio State
  3. ^ 2011 NCAA Football Records Book, Award Winners, National Collegiate Athletic Association, Indianapolis, Indiana, p. 11 (2011). Retrieved June 23, 2012.
  4. ^ Chargers.com - Team » Roster » #57 Matt Wilhelm | LB Archived 2007-06-08 at the Wayback Machine
  5. ^ "Matt Wilhelm prospect profile". NFL. Archived from the original on June 18, 2003.
  6. ^ Wilhelm's post playing career - Lake County News Herald
  7. ^ Wilhelm on WEWS - Twitter.com
  8. ^ Behm, Jon. "High school football: Introducing the Matt Wilhelm award". Retrieved 3 May 2017.
  9. ^ "Lorain Sports Hall of Fame announces 2017 class". Retrieved 3 May 2017.

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2000 All-Big Ten Conference football team

The 2000 All-Big Ten Conference football team consists of American football players chosen as All-Big Ten Conference players for the 2000 NCAA Division I-A football season. The conference recognizes two official All-Big Ten selectors: (1) the Big Ten conference coaches selected separate offensive and defensive units and named first- and second-team players (the "Coaches" team); and (2) a panel of sports writers and broadcasters covering the Big Ten also selected offensive and defensive units and named first- and second-team players (the "Media" team).

2001 Ohio State Buckeyes football team

The 2001 Ohio State Buckeyes football team represented the Ohio State University in the 2001 NCAA Division I-A football season. It marked their first season under new head coach Jim Tressel. The Buckeyes compiled a 7–5 record, capped by a 26–20 victory over their rival the Michigan Wolverines in Ann Arbor in the regular season finale. The Buckeyes went on to play in the 2002 Outback Bowl in Tampa, Florida, where they lost, 31–28, to the South Carolina Gamecocks.

2002 All-Big Ten Conference football team

The 2002 All-Big Ten Conference football team consists of American football players chosen as All-Big Ten Conference players for the 2002 NCAA Division I-A football season. The conference recognizes two official All-Big Ten selectors: (1) the Big Ten conference coaches selected separate offensive and defensive units and named first- and second-team players (the "Coaches" team); and (2) a panel of sports writers and broadcasters covering the Big Ten also selected offensive and defensive units and named first- and second-team players (the "Media" team).

2002 Ohio State Buckeyes football team

The 2002 Ohio State Buckeyes football team was the national champion of the 2002 NCAA Division I-A football season. The team was the first in Division I-A (now Division I FBS) history to finish its season at 14–0, and the second to win 14 games, following BYU's 14–1 season in 1996. The Buckeyes' record-tying 14 wins has since been matched by multiple teams, including the 2014 national championship team, which went 14–1. Led by co-MVPs junior quarterback Craig Krenzel and sophomore wide receiver/cornerback Chris Gamble, freshman standout tailback Maurice Clarett, and senior safety Mike Doss, the Buckeyes won the Big Ten, then won the 2003 Fiesta Bowl, which was also the 2003 BCS National Championship Game to finish as college football's national champions for the first time since 1968.

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