Corey Linsley
Linsley with the Green Bay Packers in 2015
No. 63 – Los Angeles Chargers
Position:Center
Personal information
Born: (1991-07-27) July 27, 1991 (age 30)
Youngstown, Ohio
Height:6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Weight:301 lb (137 kg)
Career information
High school:Boardman (Boardman, Ohio)
College:Ohio State
NFL Draft:2014 / Round: 5 / Pick: 161
Career history
Roster status:Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of Week 18, 2021
Games played:115
Games started:115
Player stats at NFL.com · PFR

Corey Michael Linsley (born July 27, 1991) is an American football center for the Los Angeles Chargers of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Ohio State. Linsley was drafted by the Green Bay Packers in the fifth round of the 2014 NFL Draft.

High school career

A native of Boardman, Ohio, Linsley attended Boardman High School, where he earned first-team All-Federal League, All-Northeast Ohio and second-team All-Ohio honors. He served as a team captain as a senior. He was named to SuperPrep's Midwest Top 30.

As a standout athlete, he lettered all four years in track & field, where he was the regional and league champion and a state medalist in the shot put (top throw of 19.24 meters as a senior). He also threw the discus, with a top throw of 58.27 meters as a senior.[1] At Ohio State, he considered switching to track and field and quit football entirely.

Regarded as a four-star recruit by Rivals.com, Linsley was listed as the No. 6 offensive guard prospect of his class.[2]

College career

"Linsley's gone from nobody to the apex of the offense."

Urban Meyer.[3]

After redshirting his initial year at Ohio State, Linsley saw limited action in six games in 2010, mostly as a reserve right guard or tackle. As a sophomore, he appeared in ten games, still as a reserve. He did see significant action on the PAT and field goal teams as a blocker, though.

After playing two seasons at guard, he was designated to succeed All-American center Mike Brewster at center. He started all 12 games at center and help the Buckeyes to post a Big Ten-best 37.2 points per game while ranking second in rushing with an average of 242.2 yards per game on the ground.[4]

Linsley was viewed as an integral part of the Buckeyes' offense.[5]

Professional career

Pre-draft measurables
Height Weight Arm length Hand span 40-yard dash 10-yard split 20-yard split 20-yard shuttle Three-cone drill Vertical jump Broad jump Bench press Wonderlic
6 ft 3 in
(1.91 m)
296 lb
(134 kg)
32 in
(0.81 m)
9+78 in
(0.25 m)
5.03 s 1.78 s 2.82 s 4.53 s 7.46 s 27 in
(0.69 m)
8 ft 11 in
(2.72 m)
36 reps 33[6]
All values are from Pro Day, except arm length, hand size, vertical, and bench press from NFL Combine[7][8]
Linsley in a game against the Washington Redskins
Linsley in a game against the Washington Redskins

Green Bay Packers

Linsley was selected in the fifth round (161st overall) by the Green Bay Packers in the 2014 NFL Draft.[9] On May 15, 2014, he signed a contract with the Packers.[10]

In 2014, Linsley was initially supposed to be the Packers' back-up center, but an injury to expected starter J. C. Tretter late in the preseason made Linsley the surprise starting center for the regular season. After Tretter came back from his injury, Linsley remained as starting center and ended up starting every game during the regular season as well as the 2 playoff games.

On September 3, 2016, Linsley was placed on Reserve/PUP to start the season after a lingering hamstring injury.[11] He was activated off PUP on November 5, 2016.[12]

On December 30, 2017, Linsley signed a three-year, $25.5 million contract extension with the Packers after starting all 16 games at center in 2017.[13]

On December 5, 2020, Linsley was placed on injured reserve after suffering a knee injury in Week 12.[14] On December 26, 2020, Linsley was activated off of injured reserve.[15]

Los Angeles Chargers

On March 17, 2021, Linsley signed a five-year, $62.5 million contract with the Los Angeles Chargers, making him the highest-paid center in the league.[16][17]

Personal life

Linsley is married to Anna Linsley. They have two sons together.[18]

References

  1. ^ "Corey Linsley – Stats". Ohio MileSplit. Retrieved August 23, 2018.
  2. ^ "Rivals.com". Yahoo!. Retrieved August 23, 2018.
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on October 14, 2012. Retrieved April 11, 2013.((cite web)): CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  4. ^ "Spring Spotlight: Corey Linsley". April 9, 2013. Retrieved August 23, 2018.
  5. ^ "Corey Linsley consistent at center for Ohio State Buckeyes". ESPN. November 14, 2012.
  6. ^ "2014 Green Bay Packers draft picks". JSOnline.com. May 10, 2014. Archived from the original on April 22, 2018. Retrieved April 22, 2018.
  7. ^ "NFL Events: Combine Player Profiles – Corey Linsley". National Football League. Retrieved September 29, 2016.
  8. ^ "Corey Linsley – Ohio State, C : 2014 NFL Draft Scout Player Profile". NFLDraftScout.com. Retrieved September 29, 2016.
  9. ^ "Corey Linsley NFL Draft Profile". National Football League. Retrieved October 14, 2016.
  10. ^ "Packers sign WR Abbrederis, C Linsley". Packers.com. May 15, 2014. Archived from the original on October 18, 2016. Retrieved October 14, 2016.
  11. ^ "Packers keep six undrafted rookies, including QB Joe Callahan". Packers.com. September 3, 2016. Archived from the original on April 2, 2018. Retrieved October 19, 2016.
  12. ^ "Packers activate C Corey Linsley". Packers.com. November 5, 2016. Archived from the original on November 6, 2016. Retrieved November 5, 2016.
  13. ^ Shook, Nick (December 30, 2017). "Packers sign Corey Linsley to 3-year, $25.5M extension". National Football League.
  14. ^ Demovsky, Rob (December 5, 2020). "Green Bay Packers place C Corey Linsley on IR with knee injury". ESPN.
  15. ^ "Packers activate C Corey Linsley from reserve/injured". packers.com. December 26, 2020.
  16. ^ "Source: Chargers land Linsley with 5-year deal". ESPN. March 15, 2021. Retrieved March 16, 2021.
  17. ^ "Corey Linsley and Matt Feiler Agree to Terms with Bolts". chargers.com. Retrieved March 17, 2021.
  18. ^ Wilde, Jason. "Packers watch All-Pro center Corey Linsley depart for 5-year, $62.5 million deal with Chargers". Retrieved May 1, 2021.