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James Laurinaitis
MLB #55
Height:
6-2
Weight:
248
Age:
28
College:
Ohio State
Hometown:
Minneapolis, MN
Experience:
7

Quick Stats (2015 PRE):

TCKL
7
SCK
0.0
FF
0
INT
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Career Stats
SeasonTeamGamesTacklesInterceptionsFumbles
GGSTotalSoloAstSckSFTYPDefIntYdsAvgLngTDsFFFR
TOTAL 743 593 150 15.5 0 33 9 74 -- 21 0 1 8
2014 STL 16 16 109 81 28 3.5 -- 2 -- -- -- -- -- 0 2
2013 STL 16 16 116 85 31 3.5 -- 9 2 9 4.5 9 0 0 2
2012 STL 16 16 142 117 25 0.5 -- 5 2 18 9 18 0 0 1
2011 STL 16 16 142 105 37 3.0 -- 7 2 15 7.5 15 0 0 1
2010 STL 16 16 114 98 16 3.0 -- 5 1 4 4 4 0 0 1
2009 STL 16 16 120 107 13 2.0 -- 5 2 28 14 21 0 1 1

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Biography

TRANSACTIONS: Signed contract extension with St. Louis (9/8/12)...selected by St. Louis in the second round (35th overall) of the 2009 NFL Draft (4/25/09).

PRO: Seventh-year linebacker has started every game of his professional career...led his team in tackles in his first four seasons, finished second in 2013 and 2014...registered 100-plus tackle seasons each year...has been solid in defending the pass, logging 15.5 sacks, nine interceptions, and 36 passes defended in his career.

2014 SEASON: Finished second on the team in tackles with 168, his second-highest career mark...started all 16 games at middle linebacker...at Tampa Bay (9/14): Split the team lead in tackles with S T.J. McDonald, each with nine tackles a piece...added two pressures and one hit on the quarterback...vs. Dallas (9/21): Led the team in tackles with 14 (eight solo)...vs. San Francisco (10/13): Started at linebacker...recovered a fumble and returned it 17 yards...registered 12 tackles (six solo)...at Kansas City (10/26): Split the team lead in tackles with LB Alec Ogletree each with 11 (six solo)...added a quarterback pressure...at San Francisco (11/2): Recovered a 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick fumble at the goal line to seal the win...marked his second fumble recovery of the season and seventh career...also tallied a sack on Kaepernick...added 10 tackles (five solo)...vs. Denver (11/16): Sacked QB Peyton Manning for a loss of eight yards...marked Manning’s 10th sack of the season...made 11 tackles (nine solo)... at San Diego (11/23): Led the team in tackles with a season-high 15 (seven solo)...at Washington (12/7): Sacked Redskins’ QB Colt McCoy for a loss of six yards...also split a sack on McCoy with DE Robert Quinn...registered six tackles (three solo) and one pass defensed...vs. New York Giants (12/21): Notched 11 tackles (eight solo)...vs. Arizona (12/11): Garnered 12 tackles (four solo)...at Seattle (12/28): Garnered 11 tackles (six solo) and one quarterback hit.

2013 SEASON: Voted defensive team captain by his teammates...finished the season with 144 tackles (104 solo), a career- high 3.5 sacks, two interceptions, eight passes defensed and two fumble recoveries...Carl Ekern Spirit of the Game Award recipient, Rams’ team award voted on by his teammates...at Dallas (9/22): Tied for a team-high 10 tackles (six solo)...vs. San Francisco (9/26): Led the team with a season-high 13 tackles (11 solo)...added one tackle for loss and two passes defensed... vs. Jacksonville (10/6): Led with a team-high 10 tackles (seven solo), including one tackle for loss...picked off Jaguars QB Blaine Gabbert in the end zone on a fourth-and-goal from St. Louis’ own 2-yard line...marks his first interception of the season and the eighth of his career...at Houston (10/13): Recorded eight tackles (five solo)...recovered a fumble and returned it 43 yards to set up a K Greg Zuerlein field goal...at Carolina (10/20): Tallied a team-high 12 tackles (nine solo), including one tackle for loss... dropped QB Cam Newton for a 13-yard loss and his first sack of the season (10th career)...also finished with one quarterback pressure and one hit on the quarterback...vs. Tennessee (11/3): Sacked QB Jake Locker for his second sack of the season and 11th career...recorded a team-high nine tackles (eight solo), including one for loss...at Indianapolis (11/10): Picked off Colts QB Andrew Luck for his second interception of the season and ninth career...led the team with nine tackles (five solo)...added one pass defensed...vs. Chicago (11/24): Recorded 10 tackles (eight solo)...added one pass defensed and recovered one fumble that helped set up the second touchdown of the game...also recorded one quarterback hit...at San Francisco (12/1): Recorded a season-high 16 tackles (10 solo), including one for loss...eclipsed 100 tackles in a single-season for the fifth consecutive year... vs. Tampa Bay (12/22): Started at middle linebacker...recorded seven tackles (four solo)...posted 1.5 sacks for the first multi-sack game of his career...at Seattle (12/29): Started at middle linebacker...recorded 10 tackles (six solo).

2012 SEASON: Led Rams with 174 tackles, which established a new career high...also had two interceptions, eight passes defensed and one fumble recovery...reached 100 tackles in each of first four NFL seasons...at Detroit (9/9): Led the team in tackles with 15 (seven solo)...vs. Washington (9/16): Started the 50th game of his career...led the team in tackles with 14 (10 solo)..at Chicago (9/23): Led the team in tackles with 14 (nine solo)...vs. Seattle (9/30): Led the team in tackles with 13 (seven solo)...vs. Arizona (10/4): Amassed 11 tackles (nine solo)...recorded his first sack of the season...vs. Green Bay (10/21): Led the team in tackles with 14...tied a career high with 13 solo tackles...vs. New York Jets (11/18): Led the team in tackles with 15 (11 solo)...at Arizona (11/25): Registered 16 tackles, establishing a new career-high with 14 solo...intercepted his first pass of the season and sixth of his career...added one pass defensed...at Buffalo (12/9): Recovered his first fumble of the season...added three solo tackles and one pass defensed...at Tampa Bay (12/23): Totaled 13 tackles (11 solo)...added his second interception of the season, seventh of his career...tied his career high with two passes defensed...Week 17 at Seattle (12/30): Recorded eight tackles (four solo)...finshed the season with the team lead in tackles for the fourth consecutive season, recording 174 (132 solo).

2011 SEASON: Led the team in tackles for third consecutive season, bringing in 142 (101 solo)...marks third consecutive sea- son with 100 or more tackles...played a team-high 1,052 snaps...vs. Philadelphia (9/11): Tallied a fumble recovery to extend the Rams’ streak of consecutive games with at least one takeaway to seven...collected six tackles (five solo) and two passes defensed...at New York Giants (9/19): Lead the team in tackles with 11 (seven solo)...vs. Washington (10/2): Notched his fourth career interception when he picked off Rex Grossman...posted five tackles (four solo)...added a pass defensed...vs. New Orleans (10/30): Tallied his first sack of the season, sixth career...led the team in tackles with 11 (seven solo)...added two passes defensed...helped limit New Orleans to 283 total yards Sunday, the lowest total allowed by the Rams’ defense this season...at Cleveland (11/13): Posted 10 tackles (seven solo), splitting the team lead with Justin King...sacked Colt McCoy for an 8-yard loss in the fourth quarter, his second this season, seventh career...also recorded one pass defensed...vs. Seattle (11/20): Split the team lead and collected a season-high 12 tackles (10 solo)...vs. Arizona (11/27): Delivered second interception of the season, fifth career when DT Gary Gibson hit QB John Skelton as he was throwing and forced an errant throw...also notched eight tackles (seven solo) and a pass defensed...at San Francisco (12/4): Sacked QB Alex Smith for an 8-yard loss, marks his second sack of the season, seventh (7) career...tallied 11 tackles (10 solo)...at Seattle (12/12): Led the team in tackles with 12 (nine solo)... added one pass defensed...at Pittsburgh (12/24): Led the team with 13 tackles (nine solo)...vs. San Francisco (1/1/12): Led the team in tackles with 11 (six solo).

2010 SEASON: Led the team in tackles for the second consecutive season after finishing with 129 (90 solo) while starting all 16 games...contributed a career-high 3.0 sacks and added an interception and seven passes defensed...at Oakland (9/19): Tied for the team lead in tackles with 10 (eight solo)...recorded his first sack of the season...vs. Carolina (10/31): Intercepted QB Matt Moore’s first pass attempt of the game...also sacked Moore later in the game, his second sack of the season...added 10 tackles (eight solo)...vs. Atlanta (11/21): Led the team with a season-high 15 tackles (eight solo)...vs. Kansas City (12/19): Led the team with 12 tackles (eight solo) and added one pass defensed...at Seattle (1/2/2011): Recorded 10 tackles (seven solo) and one fumble recovery.

2009 SEASON: Started 16 games at middle linebacker...finished the season leading the team in tackles with 144 (96 solo)...only the second rookie in team history to the lead the team in tackles...his 144 tackles are the most by a rookie in Rams’ history... led or tied for the team lead in tackles in 7 of 16 contests and recorded double digit tackles in seven games...tallied five tackles for losses on the season, second most on the team...at Seattle (9/13): Made NFL debut...recorded a team-leading 14 tackles (nine solo)...tackle total tied Quinton Culberson’s 14 tackles at Arizona (12/30/07) as the most tackles by a rookie since LB Pisa Tinoisamoa registered 18 tackles (11 solo) at Detroit (12/28/03)...added a forced fumble and fumble recovery...vs. Minnesota (10/11): Made first career interception when he snagged a pass by Minnesota QB Brett Favre and returned the ball seven yards to the Minnesota 25-yard line to help set up a Rams’ 29-yard field goal by K Josh Brown...finished the game with a team-leading 11 tackles (eight solo)...at Jacksonville (10/18): Recorded an interception in his second consecutive game, returning it for 21 yards...tied for second on the team in tackles, recording 10 tackles (four solo)...added one quarterback pressure and one quarter- back hit...vs. Arizona (11/22): Lead the team with a career-high 17 tackles (13 solo), the most by a Ram since Pisa Tinoisamoa tallied 18 (11 solo) at Detroit (12/28/03)...also recorded one quarterback pressure...vs. Seattle (11/29): Recorded the first sack of his career when he took down Seattle QB Matt Hasselbeck for a seven-yard loss on the game’s first play from scrimmage... registered nine tackles (seven solo)...added two quarterback pressures...vs. San Francisco (1/3/2010): Registered his second sack of the season with an eight-yard takedown of 49ers QB Alex Smith in the first quarter...logged six tackles (four solo)...added a pass defended.

COLLEGE: Started the last 39 of 51 career games at Ohio State...375 career tackles ranks seventh in school history...only the 14th player in school history to record over 300 tackles in his career...led the team in tackles in three seasons (2006-08), becoming only the fourth player in school history to accomplish the feat...two-time team captain (2007-08) and is only the seventh Buckeye to be elected captain twice in a career...earned first-team All-America and All-Big 10 Conference honors as a senior, junior and sophomore...winner of Ronnie Lott Trophy, awarded to college football’s defensive impact player of the year...recipient of Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award...registered a career-high 130 tackles in senior campaign...ranked second in the Big Ten and 14th nationally with an average of 10.0 tackles per game...as a junior, received Big 10 Defensive Player of the Year...named Academic All-Big 10...recipient of the Butkus Award, given to the nation’s top linebacker, joining Andy Katzenmoyer (1997) as the only Buckeyes ever to win the award...named Big 10 Defensive Player of the Week after recording career-high 19 total tackles including 1.0 sack against Wisconsin (11/3/2008)...earned First-team All-America selection by multiple outlets as a sophomore... received first-team All-Big 10 honors and was the recipient of the Nagurski Award, given to the nation’s best defensive player... finalist for the Butkus and Bednarik Awards.

PERSONAL: Named Minnesota’s “Defensive Mr. Football” as a senior at Plymouth Wayzata (Minn.) High...recorded 193 tackles during senior season, helping his team to the Minnesota Class 5A state championship game...earned All-State and All- Conference honors as a junior...excelled in hockey and was considered a possible second- or third-round pick in the NHL Draft after high school...father was a popular professional wrestler known as “the Animal” of the Legion of Doom...graduated with a degree in communications...participated in numerous community initiatives including serving as the honorary chair for the Make- A-Wish Celebrity Server dinner, Athletes for Animals, St. Patrick Center Sports Trivia, Love Your Melon at Mercy and the St. Patrick Center Irish Open...is also partnering with Aim High St. Louis, a tuition-free personal and academic enrichment program for motivated middle school students, most of whom come from challenging circumstances or environments.

TRANSACTIONS: Signed contract extension with St. Louis (9/8/12)...selected by St. Louis in the second round (35th overall) of the 2009 NFL Draft (4/25/09).

PRO: Seventh-year linebacker has started every game of his professional career...led his team in tackles in his first four seasons, finished second in 2013 and 2014...registered 100-plus tackle seasons each year...has been solid in defending the pass, logging 15.5 sacks, nine interceptions, and 36 passes defended in his career.

2014 SEASON: Finished second on the team in tackles with 168, his second-highest career mark...started all 16 games at middle linebacker...at Tampa Bay (9/14): Split the team lead in tackles with S T.J. McDonald, each with nine tackles a piece...added two pressures and one hit on the quarterback...vs. Dallas (9/21): Led the team in tackles with 14 (eight solo)...vs. San Francisco (10/13): Started at linebacker...recovered a fumble and returned it 17 yards...registered 12 tackles (six solo)...at Kansas City (10/26): Split the team lead in tackles with LB Alec Ogletree each with 11 (six solo)...added a quarterback pressure...at San Francisco (11/2): Recovered a 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick fumble at the goal line to seal the win...marked his second fumble recovery of the season and seventh career...also tallied a sack on Kaepernick...added 10 tackles (five solo)...vs. Denver (11/16): Sacked QB Peyton Manning for a loss of eight yards...marked Manning’s 10th sack of the season...made 11 tackles (nine solo)... at San Diego (11/23): Led the team in tackles with a season-high 15 (seven solo)...at Washington (12/7): Sacked Redskins’ QB Colt McCoy for a loss of six yards...also split a sack on McCoy with DE Robert Quinn...registered six tackles (three solo) and one pass defensed...vs. New York Giants (12/21): Notched 11 tackles (eight solo)...vs. Arizona (12/11): Garnered 12 tackles (four solo)...at Seattle (12/28): Garnered 11 tackles (six solo) and one quarterback hit.

2013 SEASON: Voted defensive team captain by his teammates...finished the season with 144 tackles (104 solo), a career- high 3.5 sacks, two interceptions, eight passes defensed and two fumble recoveries...Carl Ekern Spirit of the Game Award recipient, Rams’ team award voted on by his teammates...at Dallas (9/22): Tied for a team-high 10 tackles (six solo)...vs. San Francisco (9/26): Led the team with a season-high 13 tackles (11 solo)...added one tackle for loss and two passes defensed... vs. Jacksonville (10/6): Led with a team-high 10 tackles (seven solo), including one tackle for loss...picked off Jaguars QB Blaine Gabbert in the end zone on a fourth-and-goal from St. Louis’ own 2-yard line...marks his first interception of the season and the eighth of his career...at Houston (10/13): Recorded eight tackles (five solo)...recovered a fumble and returned it 43 yards to set up a K Greg Zuerlein field goal...at Carolina (10/20): Tallied a team-high 12 tackles (nine solo), including one tackle for loss... dropped QB Cam Newton for a 13-yard loss and his first sack of the season (10th career)...also finished with one quarterback pressure and one hit on the quarterback...vs. Tennessee (11/3): Sacked QB Jake Locker for his second sack of the season and 11th career...recorded a team-high nine tackles (eight solo), including one for loss...at Indianapolis (11/10): Picked off Colts QB Andrew Luck for his second interception of the season and ninth career...led the team with nine tackles (five solo)...added one pass defensed...vs. Chicago (11/24): Recorded 10 tackles (eight solo)...added one pass defensed and recovered one fumble that helped set up the second touchdown of the game...also recorded one quarterback hit...at San Francisco (12/1): Recorded a season-high 16 tackles (10 solo), including one for loss...eclipsed 100 tackles in a single-season for the fifth consecutive year... vs. Tampa Bay (12/22): Started at middle linebacker...recorded seven tackles (four solo)...posted 1.5 sacks for the first multi-sack game of his career...at Seattle (12/29): Started at middle linebacker...recorded 10 tackles (six solo).

2012 SEASON: Led Rams with 174 tackles, which established a new career high...also had two interceptions, eight passes defensed and one fumble recovery...reached 100 tackles in each of first four NFL seasons...at Detroit (9/9): Led the team in tackles with 15 (seven solo)...vs. Washington (9/16): Started the 50th game of his career...led the team in tackles with 14 (10 solo)..at Chicago (9/23): Led the team in tackles with 14 (nine solo)...vs. Seattle (9/30): Led the team in tackles with 13 (seven solo)...vs. Arizona (10/4): Amassed 11 tackles (nine solo)...recorded his first sack of the season...vs. Green Bay (10/21): Led the team in tackles with 14...tied a career high with 13 solo tackles...vs. New York Jets (11/18): Led the team in tackles with 15 (11 solo)...at Arizona (11/25): Registered 16 tackles, establishing a new career-high with 14 solo...intercepted his first pass of the season and sixth of his career...added one pass defensed...at Buffalo (12/9): Recovered his first fumble of the season...added three solo tackles and one pass defensed...at Tampa Bay (12/23): Totaled 13 tackles (11 solo)...added his second interception of the season, seventh of his career...tied his career high with two passes defensed...Week 17 at Seattle (12/30): Recorded eight tackles (four solo)...finshed the season with the team lead in tackles for the fourth consecutive season, recording 174 (132 solo).

2011 SEASON: Led the team in tackles for third consecutive season, bringing in 142 (101 solo)...marks third consecutive sea- son with 100 or more tackles...played a team-high 1,052 snaps...vs. Philadelphia (9/11): Tallied a fumble recovery to extend the Rams’ streak of consecutive games with at least one takeaway to seven...collected six tackles (five solo) and two passes defensed...at New York Giants (9/19): Lead the team in tackles with 11 (seven solo)...vs. Washington (10/2): Notched his fourth career interception when he picked off Rex Grossman...posted five tackles (four solo)...added a pass defensed...vs. New Orleans (10/30): Tallied his first sack of the season, sixth career...led the team in tackles with 11 (seven solo)...added two passes defensed...helped limit New Orleans to 283 total yards Sunday, the lowest total allowed by the Rams’ defense this season...at Cleveland (11/13): Posted 10 tackles (seven solo), splitting the team lead with Justin King...sacked Colt McCoy for an 8-yard loss in the fourth quarter, his second this season, seventh career...also recorded one pass defensed...vs. Seattle (11/20): Split the team lead and collected a season-high 12 tackles (10 solo)...vs. Arizona (11/27): Delivered second interception of the season, fifth career when DT Gary Gibson hit QB John Skelton as he was throwing and forced an errant throw...also notched eight tackles (seven solo) and a pass defensed...at San Francisco (12/4): Sacked QB Alex Smith for an 8-yard loss, marks his second sack of the season, seventh (7) career...tallied 11 tackles (10 solo)...at Seattle (12/12): Led the team in tackles with 12 (nine solo)... added one pass defensed...at Pittsburgh (12/24): Led the team with 13 tackles (nine solo)...vs. San Francisco (1/1/12): Led the team in tackles with 11 (six solo).

2010 SEASON: Led the team in tackles for the second consecutive season after finishing with 129 (90 solo) while starting all 16 games...contributed a career-high 3.0 sacks and added an interception and seven passes defensed...at Oakland (9/19): Tied for the team lead in tackles with 10 (eight solo)...recorded his first sack of the season...vs. Carolina (10/31): Intercepted QB Matt Moore’s first pass attempt of the game...also sacked Moore later in the game, his second sack of the season...added 10 tackles (eight solo)...vs. Atlanta (11/21): Led the team with a season-high 15 tackles (eight solo)...vs. Kansas City (12/19): Led the team with 12 tackles (eight solo) and added one pass defensed...at Seattle (1/2/2011): Recorded 10 tackles (seven solo) and one fumble recovery.

2009 SEASON: Started 16 games at middle linebacker...finished the season leading the team in tackles with 144 (96 solo)...only the second rookie in team history to the lead the team in tackles...his 144 tackles are the most by a rookie in Rams’ history... led or tied for the team lead in tackles in 7 of 16 contests and recorded double digit tackles in seven games...tallied five tackles for losses on the season, second most on the team...at Seattle (9/13): Made NFL debut...recorded a team-leading 14 tackles (nine solo)...tackle total tied Quinton Culberson’s 14 tackles at Arizona (12/30/07) as the most tackles by a rookie since LB Pisa Tinoisamoa registered 18 tackles (11 solo) at Detroit (12/28/03)...added a forced fumble and fumble recovery...vs. Minnesota (10/11): Made first career interception when he snagged a pass by Minnesota QB Brett Favre and returned the ball seven yards to the Minnesota 25-yard line to help set up a Rams’ 29-yard field goal by K Josh Brown...finished the game with a team-leading 11 tackles (eight solo)...at Jacksonville (10/18): Recorded an interception in his second consecutive game, returning it for 21 yards...tied for second on the team in tackles, recording 10 tackles (four solo)...added one quarterback pressure and one quarter- back hit...vs. Arizona (11/22): Lead the team with a career-high 17 tackles (13 solo), the most by a Ram since Pisa Tinoisamoa tallied 18 (11 solo) at Detroit (12/28/03)...also recorded one quarterback pressure...vs. Seattle (11/29): Recorded the first sack of his career when he took down Seattle QB Matt Hasselbeck for a seven-yard loss on the game’s first play from scrimmage... registered nine tackles (seven solo)...added two quarterback pressures...vs. San Francisco (1/3/2010): Registered his second sack of the season with an eight-yard takedown of 49ers QB Alex Smith in the first quarter...logged six tackles (four solo)...added a pass defended.

COLLEGE: Started the last 39 of 51 career games at Ohio State...375 career tackles ranks seventh in school history...only the 14th player in school history to record over 300 tackles in his career...led the team in tackles in three seasons (2006-08), becoming only the fourth player in school history to accomplish the feat...two-time team captain (2007-08) and is only the seventh Buckeye to be elected captain twice in a career...earned first-team All-America and All-Big 10 Conference honors as a senior, junior and sophomore...winner of Ronnie Lott Trophy, awarded to college football’s defensive impact player of the year...recipient of Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award...registered a career-high 130 tackles in senior campaign...ranked second in the Big Ten and 14th nationally with an average of 10.0 tackles per game...as a junior, received Big 10 Defensive Player of the Year...named Academic All-Big 10...recipient of the Butkus Award, given to the nation’s top linebacker, joining Andy Katzenmoyer (1997) as the only Buckeyes ever to win the award...named Big 10 Defensive Player of the Week after recording career-high 19 total tackles including 1.0 sack against Wisconsin (11/3/2008)...earned First-team All-America selection by multiple outlets as a sophomore... received first-team All-Big 10 honors and was the recipient of the Nagurski Award, given to the nation’s best defensive player... finalist for the Butkus and Bednarik Awards.

PERSONAL: Named Minnesota’s “Defensive Mr. Football” as a senior at Plymouth Wayzata (Minn.) High...recorded 193 tackles during senior season, helping his team to the Minnesota Class 5A state championship game...earned All-State and All- Conference honors as a junior...excelled in hockey and was considered a possible second- or third-round pick in the NHL Draft after high school...father was a popular professional wrestler known as “the Animal” of the Legion of Doom...graduated with a degree in communications...participated in numerous community initiatives including serving as the honorary chair for the Make- A-Wish Celebrity Server dinner, Athletes for Animals, St. Patrick Center Sports Trivia, Love Your Melon at Mercy and the St. Patrick Center Irish Open...is also partnering with Aim High St. Louis, a tuition-free personal and academic enrichment program for motivated middle school students, most of whom come from challenging circumstances or environments.

 

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