Patrick Kerney

Patrick Manning Kerney[1] (born December 30, 1976) is a former American football defensive end who played in the National Football League (NFL) for eleven seasons. He played college football for the University of Virginia in Charlottesville and was selected by the Atlanta Falcons in the first round of the 1999 NFL Draft, the thirtieth overall pick.

Patrick Kerney
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Sacking Aaron Rodgers in 2009
No. 97
Position:Defensive end
Personal information
Born:December 30, 1976 (age 42)
Trenton, New Jersey
Height:6 ft 6 in (1.98 m)
Weight:271 lb (123 kg)
Career information
High school:Watertown (CT) Taft
NFL Draft:1999 / Round: 1 / Pick: 30
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Quarterback sacks:82.5
Forced fumbles:19
Player stats at

Early years

A native of Trenton, New Jersey, Kerney enrolled in the Taft School (CT) his sophomore, junior, and senior years after attending Princeton Day School. At Taft, Kerney was a starter in football and a two-year letterman in wrestling. Initially viewed by his coach to be too scrawny to play football, Kerney eventually became team captain and was selected Most Valuable Player while recording three sacks, one blocked punt, one interception and 84 tackles in just eight games as a junior. He had seven sacks as a sophomore defensive end. In wrestling, he placed second at the All-New England tournament as a senior. Princeton Day School named their new fitness center in honor of Kerney. The center has his signed uniform and features his number on the floor. The "Patrick Kerney '94 Fitness Center" opened in 2007.

College career

Kerney received an athletic scholarship to attend the University of Virginia, where he played for coach George Welsh's Virginia Cavaliers football team from 1997 to 1999. He amassed 127 tackles and 24 sacks in his three-year college career. His 24 career sacks ranks third in Virginia history. As a junior in 1997, he made 45 tackles and registered eight sacks. In his senior year in 1998, he recorded 62 tackles and 15 sacks and helped lead the 1998 Cavaliers to a 9-3 overall record, a trip to the Peach Bowl, and a final ranking of 18th in both the Associated Press and USA Today/CNN polls. The 15 sacks led the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC), ranked second in the nation, and tied the Virginia record set by Chris Slade in 1992. Football News and the Football Writers Association named him a first-team All-American at defensive end. He also earned first-team All-ACC honors. The Associated Press and The Sporting News selected him as a second-team All-American. Kerney finished second in balloting for the 1998 ACC Defensive Player of the Year by one vote to fellow Cavalier All-American Anthony Poindexter. He was also one of five finalists for the Bronko Nagurski Award, given annually by the Football Writers Association to the nation's best defensive player. He finished second in the ACC and 10th nationally with 21 tackles for loss.

Kerney was originally recruited to play lacrosse[2] and he was a defenseman on the Virginia lacrosse team in 1996 and 1997. He was a member of the 1996 Cavalier squad that advanced to the NCAA championship game and lost to Princeton 13-12 in overtime. Kerney was also a member of the 1997 team that made it to the NCAA playoffs and lost to Maryland in the quarterfinals 10-9. He did not participate in 1996 spring football practice in order to compete on the lacrosse team.[3]

On November 13, 2010, Kerney had his #58 jersey retired by the University of Virginia.

Professional career


Pre-draft measurables
Ht Wt 40-yard dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert jump Broad BP Wonderlic
6 ft 5 58 in
(1.97 m)
266 lb
(121 kg)
4.72 s 1.69 s 2.77 s 4.42 s 7.45 s 31 in
(0.79 m)
9 ft 3 in
(2.82 m)
21 reps 32
All vales from the NFL Combine[4][5]

Atlanta Falcons

Kerney was drafted as the thirtieth overall pick in the 1999 NFL Draft by the Atlanta Falcons, wearing the number 97 jersey. The Falcons signed Kerney to a 5-year $5.6 million contract.[6] As a rookie, Kerney started two games (one at left defensive end and one a left defensive tackle) and recorded 25 tackles and 2.5 sacks. In 2000, Kerney was the starting left defensive end and again recorded 2.5 sacks.

In 2001, Kerney recorded 12 sacks. Early in the 2002 season, the Falcons agreed to a seven-year contract extension with Kerney. The deal, which could be voided after five seasons, included a team-record $8.5 million signing bonus. It could have been worth up to $40 million if all incentives were met.[7] He finished the 2002 season with 10.5 sacks while playing left defensive end in a 3-4 defense. He remained at that position in 2003 and recorded 6.5 sacks.

In 2004 the Falcons returned to a 4-3 defense and Kerney responded with his best season up until that time, playing the Pro Bowl for the first time and recording career-highs in tackles (66), sacks (13) and passes defensed (9). He was also voted second-team All-Pro by the Associated Press.

In 2006 Kerney moved to right defensive end as a starter and moved to left defensive end in passing situations (newly acquired free agent John Abraham played right defensive end in those situations). In Week 9 Kerney's 105-game starting streak came to an end with a torn right pectoral muscle that required surgery. (Kerney was injured while tackling Cleveland Browns tight end Steve Heiden.) The seven games he missed were the only games he has missed in his career. In Kerney's absence, Abraham was the starter at right defensive end.

Seattle Seahawks

On February 23, 2007, Kerney opted out the last two years of his contract with the Atlanta Falcons to become an unrestricted free agent. On March 5, he signed a six-year, $39.5 million contract with the Seahawks that included $19.5 million in guaranteed money.

With the Seahawks in 2007 he was voted as a starter in the Pro Bowl and led the NFC in sacks with 14.5 (which set a new career-high for Kerney). Kerney also had a career-high 5 forced fumbles and recorded 62 tackles. He missed the Pro Bowl due to shoulder surgery.

On April 13, 2010, Kerney announced his retirement.

NFL statistics

Year Team Games Combined Tackles Tackles Assisted Tackles Sacks Forced Fumbles Fumble Recoveries
1999 ATL 16 25 18 7 2.5 0 0
2000 ATL 16 45 30 15 2.5 0 0
2001 ATL 16 48 38 10 12.0 2 1
2002 ATL 16 58 45 13 10.5 0 2
2003 ATL 16 45 33 12 6.5 2 3
2004 ATL 16 66 54 12 13.0 2 1
2005 ATL 16 53 38 15 6.5 3 3
2006 ATL 9 16 14 2 4.5 2 0
2007 SEA 16 60 49 11 14.5 5 0
2008 SEA 7 21 15 6 5.0 2 1
2009 SEA 15 34 23 11 5.0 2 0
Career 159 471 357 114 82.5 20 11


Personal life

Patrick is one of six children. He has four sisters and had a brother who died when Patrick was a child. When he first entered the NFL, he set up a foundation in name of his brother called the Lt. Thomas L. Kerney Endowment Fund.[9][10] The fund provides college scholarships and financial assistance to children of fallen police officers. Kerney donates $1000 per sack he records to the foundation. He is married to former Sportscenter anchor Lisa Kerney and has been accepted to Columbia Business School's MBA program beginning in the fall of 2010.[11]


  1. ^ "Kerney on Pro-Football-Reference". Retrieved January 31, 2008.
  2. ^ Lacrosse launched Kerney's NFL path
  3. ^ 2005 Atlanta Falcons Media Guide
  4. ^ Philadelphia Inquirer, April 18, 1999
  5. ^
  6. ^ Atlanta Journal-Constitution, June 26, 1999
  7. ^ Sports Network, October 11, 2002
  8. ^ "Patrick Kerney Stats". ESPN. ESPN Internet Ventures. Retrieved June 13, 2014.
  9. ^ Lt. Thomas L. Kerney Endowment Fund
  10. ^ Seattle
  11. ^

External links

1996 Virginia Cavaliers football team

The 1996 Virginia Cavaliers football team represented the University of Virginia in the 1996 NCAA Division I-A football season. The team's head coach was George Welsh. They played their home games at Scott Stadium in Charlottesville, Virginia.

1998 College Football All-America Team

The 1998 College Football All-America Team is composed of the following All-American Teams: Associated Press, Football Writers Association of America, American Football Coaches Association, Walter Camp Foundation, The Sporting News and Football News.

The College Football All-America Team is an honor given annually to the best American college football players at their respective positions. The original usage of the term All-America seems to have been to such a list selected by football pioneer Walter Camp in the 1890s. The NCAA officially recognizes All-Americans selected by the AP, AFCA, FWAA, TSN, and the WCFF to determine Consensus All-Americans.

1999 Atlanta Falcons season

The 1999 Atlanta Falcons season was the franchise’s 34th in the National Football League (NFL). The Falcons were unable to match their previous season’s output of 14–2, failed to reach the playoffs and therefore would not be the first team to host and play in the Super Bowl.. The Falcons and Broncos had a 11-21 record between them which is the worst record between the 2 superbowl teams the next year until the Raiders and Buccaneers in 2003 matched that with 4-12 and 7-9 records.

The season saw star running back Jamal Anderson hurt his knee in Week 2 and be subsequently placed on IR, ending his season and any hope of the Falcons matching the 1998 form. The injury that Anderson suffered was career-threatening.

2000 Atlanta Falcons season

The 2000 Atlanta Falcons season was the franchise’s 35th season in the National Football League (NFL). The Falcons offense scored 252 points while the defense gave up 413 points. It was Jessie Tuggle’s 14th and final season with the Falcons, before being waived in the 2001 off-season. He subsequently retired. As for the rest of the team, Atlanta failed to improve upon its 5–11 record from 1999; instead they finished the season 4–12 and missed the playoffs for the second consecutive season after reaching Super Bowl XXXIII in 1998.

2001 Atlanta Falcons season

The 2001 Atlanta Falcons season was the franchise’s 36th season in the National Football League (NFL). The Falcons obtained the first pick overall in the 2001 NFL Draft. With the pick, the Falcons drafted Michael Vick.This was Jamal Anderson’s final season as he re-aggravated his surgically repaired knee in Week 3, and this time, it ended his career. The Falcons improved on their 9–23 record from the previous two seasons, but still failed to qualify for the postseason for the third consecutive campaign.

This was the final season under the Falcons' founding ownership, the Rankin M. Smith Sr. family, as the franchise was sold to The Home Depot co-founder Arthur Blank in March 2002.

2003 Atlanta Falcons season

The 2003 Atlanta Falcons season was the franchise's 38th season in the National Football League (NFL). It is best remembered for the third preseason game, in which quarterback Michael Vick broke his leg and was done for most of the season. Atlanta had two other quarterbacks take over for a combined 2–10 record (Doug Johnson and Kurt Kittner). Vick returned in week 14 and ended the season with a 3–1 record.

After losing seven straight games, Dan Reeves was let go by Falcons management, and Wade Phillps took over for the rest of the season.

For the season, the Falcons sported a new logo and uniforms, which remains in use today. Although they still wore black tops, they would be switched to red the following season.

2004 All-Pro Team

The 2004 All-Pro Team was composed of the National Football League players that were named to the Associated Press, Pro Football Writers Association, and The Sporting News All-Pro Teams in 2004. Both first and second teams are listed for the AP team. These are the three teams that are included in Total Football II: The Official Encyclopedia of the National Football League. In 2004, the Pro Football Writers Association and Pro Football Weekly combined their All-Pro teams, a practice with continues through 2008. In 2004, the AP reinstated the “Fullback” position.

2004 Atlanta Falcons season

The 2004 Atlanta Falcons season was the franchise's 39th in the National Football League (NFL). It was the first year under head coach Jim Mora. Under Mora, the team went 11–5, advancing to the playoffs. After easily handling the 8–8 St. Louis Rams in the Divisional round, the Falcons advanced to the NFC Championship game for the first time since 1998, but lost to the Philadelphia Eagles. The Falcons did not make the postseason again until 2008 and would not appear in the NFC Championship again until 2012.

The team led the NFL in rushing in 2004, with 2,672 yards.

2005 Atlanta Falcons season

The 2005 Atlanta Falcons season was the franchise’s 40th in the National Football League (NFL). It began with the team trying to defend their NFC South division title and 11–5 record in 2004. The Falcons started 6–2, but injuries on defense caused them to finish the second half 2–6 to finish the season 8–8. Bright spots included the Falcons ending their Monday Night Football jinx by going 3–0, and on Thursday, November 24, the Falcons played on Thanksgiving Day for the first time in franchise history with a 27–7 victory over the Detroit Lions. On the next-to-last game of the regular season, the Falcons were eliminated from postseason contention with a 27–24 overtime loss against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The Falcons failed to improve over their 11–5 season, therefore finishing with a .500 record and once again failed to attain back-to-back winning seasons.

2005 Pro Bowl

The 2005 Pro Bowl was the NFL's all-star game for the 2004 season. The game was played February 13, 2005, at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu, Hawaii. The final score was AFC 38 – NFC 27. The most valuable player was Peyton Manning of the Colts. The game holds the record as the latest Pro Bowl played during the calendar year, and the latest NFL game.

2007 All-Pro Team

The 2007 All-Pro Team is composed of the National Football League players that were named to the Associated Press, Pro Football Writers Association and Sporting News All-Pro Teams in 2007. Both first and second teams are listed for the Associated Press.

These are the current teams that historically appear in Total Football: The Official Encyclopedia of the NFL. Although the NFL has no official awards according to the NFL spokesman Greg Aiello the NFL Record and Fact Book has historically listed All-Pro teams from major news sources such as the Associated Press, Sporting News, Pro Football Writers Association, as well as teams from organizations that no longer release All-Pro teams such as Newspaper Enterprise Association and United Press International.

The AP teams are selected by a national panel of 50 NFL writers. The Pro Football Writers Association team is from a poll of its more than 300 members and the editors and writers for Pro Football Weekly. The Sporting News's All-Pro team was determined through voting by professional NFL personnel directors.

Lawrence Jackson

Lawrence Christopher Jackson (born August 30, 1985) is a former American football defensive end who played in the National Football League (NFL). He was drafted by the Seattle Seahawks in the first round of the 2008 NFL Draft. He played college football at USC.

He is referred to as LJ or LoJack.

Lisa Kerney

Lisa Diane Gangel Kerney (born July 8, 1981) is an American sportscaster, Kerney worked for ESPN until April 2018.

List of Virginia Cavaliers in the NFL Draft

This is a list of Virginia Cavaliers football players in the NFL Draft.

Max Starks

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Patrick Kearney (disambiguation)

Patrick Kearney (born 1940) is an American serial killer who preyed on young men in California during the 1970s.

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Quarterback sack

In American football and Canadian football, a sack occurs when the quarterback (or another offensive player acting as a passer) is tackled behind the line of scrimmage before he can throw a forward pass, when the quarterback is tackled behind the line of scrimmage in the "pocket" and his intent is unclear, or when a passer runs out of bounds behind the line of scrimmage due to defensive pressure. This often occurs if the opposing team's defensive line, linebackers or defensive backs are able to apply pass pressure (also called a pass rush) to quickly get past blocking players of the offensive team (the quarterback's protection), or if the quarterback is unable to find a back to hand the ball off to or an available eligible receiver (including wide receivers, running backs and tight ends) to catch the ball, allowing the defense a longer opportunity to tackle the quarterback.

Performing a sack is advantageous for the defending team as the offense loses a down, and the line of scrimmage retreats several yards. Even better for the defense is a sack causing the quarterback to fumble the ball at or behind the line of scrimmage; this is also known as a strip sack and can result in a turnover if the defense manages to obtain the ball. A quarterback that is pressured but avoids a sack can still be adversely affected by being forced to hurry.

In the National Football League (NFL), it is possible to record a sack for zero yards. The QB must pass the statistical line of scrimmage to avoid the sack. If a passer is sacked in his own end zone, the result is a safety and the defending team is awarded two points, unless the football is fumbled and either recovered in the end zone by the defense for a touchdown or recovered by either team outside the end zone.

Virginia Cavaliers football

The Virginia Cavaliers football team represents the University of Virginia in the sport of American football. The Cavaliers compete in the Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) of the National Collegiate Athletic Association and the Coastal Division of the Atlantic Coast Conference. Established in 1888, playing local YMCA teams and other state teams without pads, the Virginia football program has evolved into a multimillion-dollar operation that plays in front of a crowd of 61,500 at Scott Stadium in Charlottesville, Virginia. Starting in the early 1900s, the program has played an outsized role in the shaping of the modern game's ethics and eligibility rules.Former Virginia head coach George Welsh ranks second for most wins in ACC history behind Bobby Bowden of Florida State and is a member of the College Football Hall of Fame. The current coach of the Cavaliers is Bronco Mendenhall, hired on December 4, 2015.

Three traditional rivals—North Carolina, Virginia Tech, and Maryland—have all played the Cavaliers more times than any other rival. The game between Virginia and North Carolina is called the South's Oldest Rivalry and is the second-most played rivalry in major conference football after Wisconsin versus Minnesota (for Paul Bunyan's Axe). The Cavaliers also compete for the Commonwealth Cup against in-state rival Virginia Tech. Both of these rivalries take place within the Coastal division of the ACC. When Maryland left the conference in 2014, the game was replaced with an official ACC rivalry game against the Louisville Cardinals.

Virginia Cavaliers football statistical leaders

The Virginia Cavaliers football statistical leaders are individual statistical leaders of the Virginia Cavaliers 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 Cavaliers represent the University of Virginia in the NCAA's Atlantic Coast Conference.

Although Virginia began competing in intercollegiate football in 1888, the school's official record book considers the "modern era" to have begun in 1946. Records from before this year are often incomplete and inconsistent, and they are generally not included in these lists.

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

Since 1946, 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 Cavaliers have played in 6 bowl games since this decision, giving many recent players an extra game to accumulate statistics.These lists are updated through the end of the 2016 season.

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