Jeremiah Ratliff Celebrity Life
A former American football player, Jeremiah Jerome Ratliff played football in the defensive lineman position.
In his professional career, he played for the Dallas Cowboys from 2005 to 2013 and Chicago Bears from 2013 to 2015.
Early Life and Personal Information
Jeremiah Ratliff joined Lowndes High School located in Valdosta, Georgia. In his high school career, he was popular as a letterman within the field of basketball as well as football.
His birthplace is St. Petersburg, Florida and his birth date is 29th August 1981.
From 2000 to 2004, Ratliff played football for the Auburn Tiger Football team after joining Auburn University. When he started to play as a sophomore, he played for the position of the defensive end.
He made 7 tackles with one for a loss while he played the defensive end of junior reserve in 9 games.
In his senior season, he moved from defensive end to defensive tackle. He played in 13 games with 37 tackles.
He supported the Auburn Tiger Football team to become the winner of the SEC (Southeastern Conference) and also to defeat Virginia Tech by finishing 13-0 in the Sugar Bowl.
On 22nd January 2013, Ratliff was arrested with the charge of drunk driving based on suspicion. The police arrested him 20 miles north-west of Dallas after sideswiping a semi-truck.
He had to spend one night in jail after the positive result of the sobriety test. He was released on bond the next morning.
Professional Career Information
Jeremiah Ratliff failed to be selected in the 5th round under the 2005 NFL Draft due to an undersized defensive tackle.
Dallas Cowboys selected him in the 7th round as they wanted him for playing at the defensive end. Ratliff played his first game at Oakland under NFL sharing with Scott Shanle, linebacker.
He played for Cowboys against Philadelphia Eagles after opening their nickel package.
The team leads including seven quarterback pressures due to his relentless and prompt dive. He gained 10 tackles, 1 pass break up, 4 sacks, and 1 forced fumble.
In early 2007season, Jason Ferguson was injured due to his starting nose tackle. He began to dominate by resisting offensive lineman even though he was undersized as peer his position.
On 14th December 2007, he signed an extended five years contract of $20.5 million including an $8 million signing bonus so that he can play football for the Cowboys through the 2012 season.
He got the Ed Block Courage Award, an annual award of the team in 2007.
In 2008, he gained 51 tackles with 7.5 sacks and he received his 1st invitation of Pro Bowl. He also established one of the best 3-4 nose tackles of the league.
He was selected for the All-NFC team under the Pro Football Writers Association. He achieved the honor of the All-Pro when he gained 40tackles with 6 sacks.
He extended the contract worth $40 million for playing through 2017 after signing a new contract by 2011.
Then, his health and performance started to decline. He was selected to appear in the Pro Bowl.
In 2012, he was kept on injured reserve when he missed the games due to his high ankle sprain and groin injury. The Cowboys assigned him to PUP (Physically Unable to Perform) list during his rehabilitation period.
On 16th October 2013, the Cowboys terminated the contract as they failed to keep him in the PUP list. He gained a total of 317 tackles with 27 sacks and 16 passes during his career period with the Cowboys.
On 16th October 2013, Ratliff declared that he had a severe pelvic injury. The controversy was created when he cleared medically for playing with others under NFL on 23rd October 2013.
The NFL suspended him for the 1st three weeks of the regular season of 2015 due to violation of the league’s policy and program for substance abuse.
It was a result of his drunk driving. He was released on 22nd October 2015 with the help of Ryan Pace.
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