Paul Posluszny

Known to his teammates as “Poz,” Paul Posluszny excelled on both sides of the ball, as both a running back and a linebacker, during his high school career. At Hopewell High School in Pennsylvania, he led his team to an AAA State title. Opting to stay in state for college, Posluszny signed with Penn State to play linebacker.

Joe Paterno and his staff quickly realized that Poz would live up to the hype. Even though he did not see action until the fifth game of the year, Posluszny made 36 tackles, a pick-six, and was named to the Big Ten All-Freshman team. From there his career only blossomed.

In 2005, with two years of experience under his belt, Posluszny exploded onto the scene. After being named a captain as a junior, he made 116 tackles, 14 for a loss including four that were sacks. His showcase game came against Northwestern where he made 22 tackles and was on his way to being named back-to-back-to-back Big Ten Defensive Player of the week. The voters thought that his junior year was impressive enough to win his first Chuck Bednarik Award. Posluszny decided one was not enough and came back for his senior year.

Although his teammate would break the record just a year later, he amassed 372 tackles following his senior year, good enough for number one all-time at Penn State. In addition to the 116 tackles in his senior year, 9.5 came for a loss along with three sacks and a pair of forced fumbles. Somehow, he had enough time to post a 3.57 GPA on his way to back-to-back Chuck Bednarik Awards.

After a more than successful college career, Paul Posluszny slipped to the second round in the 2007 draft to the Buffalo Bills. Although he battled injuries, the Jaguars decided in 2011 he was good enough to pay $42 million over six years. Poz has now had five consecutive seasons with 100 or more total tackles.

Award Profile

Winner: Chuck Bednarik Award - 2006

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