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Position:Jonathan Vilma_header_cell_0_1_0 LinebackerJonathan Vilma_cell_0_1_1
Personal informationJonathan Vilma_header_cell_0_2_0
Born:Jonathan Vilma_header_cell_0_3_0 (1982-04-16) April 16, 1982 (age 38)

Coral Gables, FloridaJonathan Vilma_cell_0_3_1

Height:Jonathan Vilma_header_cell_0_4_0 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)Jonathan Vilma_cell_0_4_1
Weight:Jonathan Vilma_header_cell_0_5_0 230 lb (104 kg)Jonathan Vilma_cell_0_5_1
Career informationJonathan Vilma_header_cell_0_6_0
High school:Jonathan Vilma_header_cell_0_7_0 Coral Gables Senior

(Coral Gables, Florida)Jonathan Vilma_cell_0_7_1

College:Jonathan Vilma_header_cell_0_8_0 Miami (FL)Jonathan Vilma_cell_0_8_1
NFL Draft:Jonathan Vilma_header_cell_0_9_0 2004 / Round: 1 / Pick: 12Jonathan Vilma_cell_0_9_1
Career historyJonathan Vilma_header_cell_0_10_0
Career highlights and awardsJonathan Vilma_header_cell_0_12_0
Career NFL statisticsJonathan Vilma_header_cell_0_14_0
Tackles:871Quarterback sacks:10.5Interceptions:12Forced fumbles:11Player stats atJonathan Vilma_cell_0_15_0
Tackles:Jonathan Vilma_header_cell_0_16_0 871Jonathan Vilma_cell_0_16_1
Quarterback sacks:Jonathan Vilma_header_cell_0_17_0 10.5Jonathan Vilma_cell_0_17_1
Interceptions:Jonathan Vilma_header_cell_0_18_0 12Jonathan Vilma_cell_0_18_1
Forced fumbles:Jonathan Vilma_header_cell_0_19_0 11Jonathan Vilma_cell_0_19_1

Jonathan Polynice Vilma (born April 16, 1982) is a former American football linebacker and current Fox NFL analyst. Jonathan Vilma_sentence_0

He played college football at the University of Miami, winning a National Championship in 2001. Jonathan Vilma_sentence_1

He would go on to be drafted by the New York Jets in the first round of the 2004 NFL Draft. Jonathan Vilma_sentence_2

Vilma won a Super Bowl championship with the New Orleans Saints. Jonathan Vilma_sentence_3

In July 2016 he joined ESPN as a college football commentator and studio analyst. Jonathan Vilma_sentence_4

Vilma was elected as a member of the Orange Bowl Committee in 2018. Jonathan Vilma_sentence_5

Early years Jonathan Vilma_section_0

Vilma was born in Coral Gables, Florida to Haitian immigrant parents. Jonathan Vilma_sentence_6

He attended G.W. Jonathan Vilma_sentence_7 Carver Middle School and later Coral Gables High School, where he was a teammate of Pro Bowl running back Frank Gore. Jonathan Vilma_sentence_8

College career Jonathan Vilma_section_1

Vilma received an athletic scholarship to attend the University of Miami, and played for coach Butch Davis and coach Larry Coker's Miami Hurricanes football teams from 2000 to 2003. Jonathan Vilma_sentence_9

2000 season Jonathan Vilma_section_2

In 2000, Vilma played in all 11 games as a reserve middle linebacker and compiled 38 tackles (29 solo) and a pass deflection. Jonathan Vilma_sentence_10

2001 season Jonathan Vilma_section_3

After the graduation of Dan Morgan, Vilma stepped into the starting middle linebacker role and played an integral role on the Hurricanes' National Championship team. Jonathan Vilma_sentence_11

He led the team in tackles with 79 (54 solo) and compiled two forced fumbles, one fumble recovery for a 36-yard touchdown, three pass deflections and an interception. Jonathan Vilma_sentence_12

He started 11 of 12 games during the regular season and was selected on the First-Team All-Big East team. Jonathan Vilma_sentence_13

2002 season Jonathan Vilma_section_4

Vilma led the team in tackles with 133 (75 solo), and had two quarterback sacks, a forced fumble, recovered two fumbles, (returning one for a touchdown) and broke up five passes. Jonathan Vilma_sentence_14

He earned unanimous first-team All-Big East selection for the second time in his career and was a semi-finalist for the Dick Butkus Award, along with teammate D.J. Jonathan Vilma_sentence_15 Williams. Jonathan Vilma_sentence_16

2003 season Jonathan Vilma_section_5

In his final year, Vilma led the team in tackles for a third time with 127 (81 solo), with one sack, forced one fumble, and recovered three fumbles. Jonathan Vilma_sentence_17

Vilma ended the year as a finalist for the Butkus Award. Jonathan Vilma_sentence_18

Along with his success on the field, Vilma was a three-time Academic All-Big East Conference. Jonathan Vilma_sentence_19

He received a bachelor's degree in finance from the University of Miami's School of Business Administration. Jonathan Vilma_sentence_20

Vilma was interviewed about his time at the University of Miami for the documentary The U, which premiered December 12, 2009 on ESPN. Jonathan Vilma_sentence_21

Professional career Jonathan Vilma_section_6

Combine Jonathan Vilma_section_7

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  • 4.43 40 Yard DashJonathan Vilma_item_0_0
  • 37 Inch VerticalJonathan Vilma_item_0_1
  • 23 Bench RepsJonathan Vilma_item_0_2
  • 6.67 Three-Cone DrillJonathan Vilma_item_0_3
  • 4.20 Short ShuttleJonathan Vilma_item_0_4
  • 10-foot-1 Broad JumpJonathan Vilma_item_0_5

New York Jets Jonathan Vilma_section_8

Vilma was drafted by the Jets with the 12th selection in the 2004 NFL Draft. Jonathan Vilma_sentence_22

2004 Jonathan Vilma_section_9

In 2004, Vilma was named as the NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year by the Associated Press. Jonathan Vilma_sentence_23

During his rookie campaign, he recorded 107 tackles, two sacks, and three interceptions, one of which was returned for his first NFL touchdown. Jonathan Vilma_sentence_24

2005 Jonathan Vilma_section_10

In 2005, Vilma led the NFL in tackles with 169, forced four fumbles, notched one fumble recovery, half a sack, and one interception. Jonathan Vilma_sentence_25

Vilma also replaced Zach Thomas at the 2006 Pro Bowl. Jonathan Vilma_sentence_26

2006 Jonathan Vilma_section_11

In 2006, Vilma put together another solid season. Jonathan Vilma_sentence_27

He compiled 114 tackles, one forced fumble, one fumble recovery, and one interception. Jonathan Vilma_sentence_28

2007 Jonathan Vilma_section_12

On October 27, 2007, Vilma was placed on injured reserve. Jonathan Vilma_sentence_29

He suffered a season ending knee injury during the New York Jets week 7 game against the Cincinnati Bengals. Jonathan Vilma_sentence_30

New Orleans Saints Jonathan Vilma_section_13

2008 Jonathan Vilma_section_14

On February 29, 2008, the Jets traded Vilma to the New Orleans Saints for a fourth-round draft pick in the 2008 NFL Draft and a conditional pick in the 2009 NFL Draft (ultimately a third-round pick). Jonathan Vilma_sentence_31

Jets then-head coach Eric Mangini elected to start linebackers Eric Barton and David Harris in his place. Jonathan Vilma_sentence_32

In his first season with the Saints, Vilma was a bright spot on a weak defensive unit. Jonathan Vilma_sentence_33

Vilma played in all 16 games, and recorded 132 tackles with one sack. Jonathan Vilma_sentence_34

2009: Super Bowl year Jonathan Vilma_section_15

On February 27, 2009, Vilma signed a five-year, $34 million contract with the Saints. Jonathan Vilma_sentence_35

Vilma was elected one of the defensive captains, led the team in tackles, had three interceptions, and was chosen for his second Pro Bowl. Jonathan Vilma_sentence_36

In Super Bowl XLIV on February 7, 2010, Vilma made several important plays, including making a key defensive audible and deflecting a pass on 3rd and 11 in the fourth quarter. Jonathan Vilma_sentence_37

The Saints beat the Indianapolis Colts 31-17. Jonathan Vilma_sentence_38

2010–2011 Jonathan Vilma_section_16

Vilma again led the team in tackles in 2010, started every game, and was selected to the Pro Bowl. Jonathan Vilma_sentence_39

In 2011, he started and played in 11 games but was inactive for six others with a knee injury. Jonathan Vilma_sentence_40

2012: Bounty scandal Jonathan Vilma_section_17

Vilma was a central figure in the New Orleans Saints bounty scandal. Jonathan Vilma_sentence_41

The NFL alleged that defensive coordinator Gregg Williams operated an incentive program, which paid out "bounties" for deliberately putting opposing players out of games. Jonathan Vilma_sentence_42

The league alleged that Vilma offered $10,000 cash to anyone who knocked Brett Favre out of the 2009 NFC Championship Game. Jonathan Vilma_sentence_43

Most notably, Favre was forced out of the game for one play with an ankle injury. Jonathan Vilma_sentence_44

Although up to 27 players were accused of involvement, Vilma was the only player initially singled out by the league for his role. Jonathan Vilma_sentence_45

The NFL suspended Vilma for the entire 2012 season on May 2, 2012. Jonathan Vilma_sentence_46

The suspension was reported to be the longest suspension related to in-game misconduct in modern NFL history, dwarfing the previous record of five games handed to Albert Haynesworth for stomping on Andre Gurode's head in 2006. Jonathan Vilma_sentence_47

The league contended that Vilma and defensive end Will Smith aided Williams in starting the alleged program in 2009. Jonathan Vilma_sentence_48

Vilma found out about the suspension when it was announced on SportsCenter, immediately announced his intent to appeal and adamantly denied that he was involved in any sort of bounty scheme. Jonathan Vilma_sentence_49

Vilma filed a personal slander suit against Roger Goodell. Jonathan Vilma_sentence_50

Opinions about the suspensions were divided, as alleged targets like Favre and Kurt Warner claimed that incentive programs were part of the game, which was corroborated by former players interviewed by Sports Illustrated. Jonathan Vilma_sentence_51

On July 26, Vilma and seven witnesses from the Saints (along with a sworn affidavit from Drew Brees) testified to a federal judge in New Orleans that NFL commissioner Roger Goodell misrepresented the facts in the league's investigation. Jonathan Vilma_sentence_52

Vilma's suspension was overturned on September 7, and he was reinstated for the 2012 season. Jonathan Vilma_sentence_53

The Associated Press reported Roger Goodell's disappointment in the determination of the arbitration board's ruling. Jonathan Vilma_sentence_54

On October 9, 2012, the league again suspended Vilma, Browns linebacker Scott Fujita, Saints defensive end Will Smith and free-agent defensive end Anthony Hargrove. Jonathan Vilma_sentence_55

Vilma's suspension lasted throughout the entire 2012 season, but he was allowed to retain his paychecks (when he was on the Physically Unable to Perform list) for the first six weeks of the season. Jonathan Vilma_sentence_56

The suspensions were then reviewed by former NFL Commissioner Paul Tagliabue, who overruled Roger Goodell and vacated the suspensions on December 11, 2012. Jonathan Vilma_sentence_57

Vilma continued his defamation lawsuit against commissioner Goodell, but it was ultimately dismissed in January 2013. Jonathan Vilma_sentence_58

In total, Vilma played in 11 games during the 2012 season. Jonathan Vilma_sentence_59

2013 Jonathan Vilma_section_18

Vilma underwent knee surgery during the preseason and was placed on the Reserve/Injured Designated for Return list, with the hope that he would recover in time to play during the season. Jonathan Vilma_sentence_60

He was reactivated for the Saints' eighth game, a 26-20 loss to his former team, the New York Jets, and was in the game for only 12 defensive snaps. Jonathan Vilma_sentence_61

The following week, he was again placed on injured reserve, ending his 2013 season. Jonathan Vilma_sentence_62

2014 Jonathan Vilma_section_19

On February 12, 2014 Vilma's contract was not renewed with the New Orleans Saints. Jonathan Vilma_sentence_63

He is a guest analyst on Bleacher Report. Jonathan Vilma_sentence_64

Vilma officially retired from football, and was honored by the Saints before their home game on December 6, 2015. Jonathan Vilma_sentence_65

2017 Jonathan Vilma_section_20

He was inducted into the New Orleans Saints Hall of Fame on October 29, 2017. Jonathan Vilma_sentence_66

Career statistics Jonathan Vilma_section_21

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YearJonathan Vilma_header_cell_1_0_0 TeamJonathan Vilma_header_cell_1_0_1 GJonathan Vilma_header_cell_1_0_2 TacklesJonathan Vilma_header_cell_1_0_3 SoloJonathan Vilma_header_cell_1_0_4 AstJonathan Vilma_header_cell_1_0_5 SacksJonathan Vilma_header_cell_1_0_6 INTJonathan Vilma_header_cell_1_0_7 INT YDSJonathan Vilma_header_cell_1_0_8 FFJonathan Vilma_header_cell_1_0_9 FRJonathan Vilma_header_cell_1_0_10 PDJonathan Vilma_header_cell_1_0_11 TDJonathan Vilma_header_cell_1_0_12
2004Jonathan Vilma_header_cell_1_1_0 New York JetsJonathan Vilma_cell_1_1_1 16Jonathan Vilma_cell_1_1_2 107Jonathan Vilma_cell_1_1_3 77Jonathan Vilma_cell_1_1_4 30Jonathan Vilma_cell_1_1_5 2Jonathan Vilma_cell_1_1_6 3Jonathan Vilma_cell_1_1_7 58Jonathan Vilma_cell_1_1_8 0Jonathan Vilma_cell_1_1_9 1Jonathan Vilma_cell_1_1_10 2Jonathan Vilma_cell_1_1_11 1Jonathan Vilma_cell_1_1_12
2005Jonathan Vilma_header_cell_1_2_0 New York JetsJonathan Vilma_cell_1_2_1 16Jonathan Vilma_cell_1_2_2 169Jonathan Vilma_cell_1_2_3 124Jonathan Vilma_cell_1_2_4 45Jonathan Vilma_cell_1_2_5 0.5Jonathan Vilma_cell_1_2_6 1Jonathan Vilma_cell_1_2_7 1Jonathan Vilma_cell_1_2_8 4Jonathan Vilma_cell_1_2_9 1Jonathan Vilma_cell_1_2_10 5Jonathan Vilma_cell_1_2_11 0Jonathan Vilma_cell_1_2_12
2006Jonathan Vilma_header_cell_1_3_0 New York JetsJonathan Vilma_cell_1_3_1 16Jonathan Vilma_cell_1_3_2 114Jonathan Vilma_cell_1_3_3 67Jonathan Vilma_cell_1_3_4 47Jonathan Vilma_cell_1_3_5 0Jonathan Vilma_cell_1_3_6 1Jonathan Vilma_cell_1_3_7 0Jonathan Vilma_cell_1_3_8 1Jonathan Vilma_cell_1_3_9 1Jonathan Vilma_cell_1_3_10 4Jonathan Vilma_cell_1_3_11 0Jonathan Vilma_cell_1_3_12
2007Jonathan Vilma_header_cell_1_4_0 New York JetsJonathan Vilma_cell_1_4_1 7Jonathan Vilma_cell_1_4_2 43Jonathan Vilma_cell_1_4_3 32Jonathan Vilma_cell_1_4_4 11Jonathan Vilma_cell_1_4_5 0Jonathan Vilma_cell_1_4_6 1Jonathan Vilma_cell_1_4_7 1Jonathan Vilma_cell_1_4_8 0Jonathan Vilma_cell_1_4_9 0Jonathan Vilma_cell_1_4_10 3Jonathan Vilma_cell_1_4_11 0Jonathan Vilma_cell_1_4_12
2008Jonathan Vilma_header_cell_1_5_0 New Orleans SaintsJonathan Vilma_cell_1_5_1 16Jonathan Vilma_cell_1_5_2 132Jonathan Vilma_cell_1_5_3 98Jonathan Vilma_cell_1_5_4 34Jonathan Vilma_cell_1_5_5 1Jonathan Vilma_cell_1_5_6 1Jonathan Vilma_cell_1_5_7 8Jonathan Vilma_cell_1_5_8 2Jonathan Vilma_cell_1_5_9 3Jonathan Vilma_cell_1_5_10 6Jonathan Vilma_cell_1_5_11 0Jonathan Vilma_cell_1_5_12
2009Jonathan Vilma_header_cell_1_6_0 New Orleans SaintsJonathan Vilma_cell_1_6_1 15Jonathan Vilma_cell_1_6_2 110Jonathan Vilma_cell_1_6_3 87Jonathan Vilma_cell_1_6_4 23Jonathan Vilma_cell_1_6_5 2Jonathan Vilma_cell_1_6_6 3Jonathan Vilma_cell_1_6_7 25Jonathan Vilma_cell_1_6_8 0Jonathan Vilma_cell_1_6_9 0Jonathan Vilma_cell_1_6_10 8Jonathan Vilma_cell_1_6_11 0Jonathan Vilma_cell_1_6_12
2010Jonathan Vilma_header_cell_1_7_0 New Orleans SaintsJonathan Vilma_cell_1_7_1 16Jonathan Vilma_cell_1_7_2 105Jonathan Vilma_cell_1_7_3 71Jonathan Vilma_cell_1_7_4 34Jonathan Vilma_cell_1_7_5 4Jonathan Vilma_cell_1_7_6 1Jonathan Vilma_cell_1_7_7 5Jonathan Vilma_cell_1_7_8 3Jonathan Vilma_cell_1_7_9 1Jonathan Vilma_cell_1_7_10 3Jonathan Vilma_cell_1_7_11 0Jonathan Vilma_cell_1_7_12
2011Jonathan Vilma_header_cell_1_8_0 New Orleans SaintsJonathan Vilma_cell_1_8_1 11Jonathan Vilma_cell_1_8_2 54Jonathan Vilma_cell_1_8_3 36Jonathan Vilma_cell_1_8_4 18Jonathan Vilma_cell_1_8_5 0Jonathan Vilma_cell_1_8_6 0Jonathan Vilma_cell_1_8_7 0Jonathan Vilma_cell_1_8_8 1Jonathan Vilma_cell_1_8_9 3Jonathan Vilma_cell_1_8_10 2Jonathan Vilma_cell_1_8_11 1Jonathan Vilma_cell_1_8_12
2012Jonathan Vilma_header_cell_1_9_0 New Orleans SaintsJonathan Vilma_cell_1_9_1 11Jonathan Vilma_cell_1_9_2 37Jonathan Vilma_cell_1_9_3 20Jonathan Vilma_cell_1_9_4 17Jonathan Vilma_cell_1_9_5 1Jonathan Vilma_cell_1_9_6 1Jonathan Vilma_cell_1_9_7 18Jonathan Vilma_cell_1_9_8 0Jonathan Vilma_cell_1_9_9 0Jonathan Vilma_cell_1_9_10 2Jonathan Vilma_cell_1_9_11 1Jonathan Vilma_cell_1_9_12
TotalsJonathan Vilma_header_cell_1_10_0 124Jonathan Vilma_header_cell_1_10_2 870Jonathan Vilma_header_cell_1_10_3 611Jonathan Vilma_header_cell_1_10_4 259Jonathan Vilma_header_cell_1_10_5 10.5Jonathan Vilma_header_cell_1_10_6 12Jonathan Vilma_header_cell_1_10_7 116Jonathan Vilma_header_cell_1_10_8 11Jonathan Vilma_header_cell_1_10_9 10Jonathan Vilma_header_cell_1_10_10 35Jonathan Vilma_header_cell_1_10_11 3Jonathan Vilma_header_cell_1_10_12

NFL Leader (2005) Jonathan Vilma_sentence_67

Personal life Jonathan Vilma_section_22

Vilma is a spokesman for Under Armour and WaterBank of America USA Inc. Jonathan Vilma_sentence_68

His parents, Fritz Vilma and Nelly Banatte, immigrated to the United States from Haiti in the 1970s. Jonathan Vilma_sentence_69

After the 2010 earthquake, he was active in relief efforts. Jonathan Vilma_sentence_70

Vilma started the Jonathan Vilma Foundation after the 2010 Haiti earthquake to help with the rebuilding efforts in Haiti, in particular a charter school to educate students from elementary school to high school. Jonathan Vilma_sentence_71


Credits to the contents of this page go to the authors of the corresponding Wikipedia page: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jonathan Vilma.