Fletcher Cox
Fletcher Cox
Cox with the Eagles in 2013
No. 91 – Philadelphia Eagles
Position:Defensive tackle
Personal information
Born: (1990-12-13) December 13, 1990 (age 33)
Yazoo City, Mississippi, U.S.
Height:6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Weight:310 lb (141 kg)
Career information
High school:Yazoo City
College:Mississippi State (2009–2011)
NFL Draft:2012 / Round: 1 / Pick: 12
Career history
Roster status:Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of 2023
Total tackles:519
Sacks:70.0
Forced fumbles:16
Fumble recoveries:14
Pass deflections:16
Defensive touchdowns:3
Player stats at NFL.com · PFR

Fletcher Cox (born December 13, 1990) is an American football defensive tackle for the Philadelphia Eagles of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Mississippi State, and was drafted by the Eagles in the first round of the 2012 NFL Draft. Cox is a Super Bowl champion and has been selected to the Pro Bowl six times.

College career

Cox attended Yazoo City High School in Yazoo City, Mississippi, where he played football and basketball and ran track.[1][2] Cox played three seasons at Mississippi State University. In football, Cox was named an All-American by Pro Football Weekly as a junior in 2011, after totaling 103 total tackles, including 11 quarterback sacks and two interceptions, one of which he returned for a touchdown.[3] As a senior, he had 104 total tackles, including 10 quarterback sacks, and also added one interception and a fumble recovery. He was selected to play in the Mississippi-Alabama High School All-Star game.[4]

He was also on the Yazoo High track and field team, where he competed in the high jump and in the relays. At the 2009 Division 3-4A Meet, he placed eighth in the high jump event, with a leap of 1.74 meters.[5] In relays, he had personal-best times of 44.32 seconds in the 4 × 100m relay and 1:32.63 minutes in the 4 × 200m relay.[6] He was also credited with a 4.47 time in the 40-yard dash, and benched 300 lb.

Regarded as a four-star recruit by national recruiting website Rivals.com,[7] Cox was rated as the fifth-best weak side defensive end in the country, the second-best prospect in the state of Mississippi, and the 17th-best defensive end prospect in the country by Scout.com. He chose to attend Mississippi State over scholarship offers from LSU, Alabama, Auburn and Ole Miss.[8]

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
6 ft 4 in
(1.93 m)
298 lb
(135 kg)
34+12 in
(0.88 m)
10+38 in
(0.26 m)
4.79 s 1.65 s 2.65 s 4.53 s 7.07 s 26.0 in
(0.66 m)
9 ft 0 in
(2.74 m)
30 reps
All values from NFL Combine

2012 season

The Philadelphia Eagles traded up from the 15th selection to select Cox with the 12th overall pick in the first round of the 2012 NFL Draft.[9] He is the highest selected Mississippi State Bulldog since Michael Haddix in 1983, and the highest selected Bulldog defensive lineman since Jimmy Webb in 1975.[10] Cox was signed to a four-year contract on June 18, 2012.[11]

On October 14, 2012, Cox was ejected after throwing punches at Detroit Lions players, and was fined $21,000.[12] During his rookie year in 2012, Cox played 15 games and finished with 39 tackles, 5.5 sacks, four passes defended, and one forced fumble.[13]

2013 season

With the Eagles switching to a 3–4 type defense in 2013, Cox played defensive end. In 2013, Cox started all 16 games and finished with 44 tackles, three sacks, three passes defended, and one fumble recovery.[14]

2014 season

In the 2014 regular season opener for the Eagles, Cox had a 17-yard defensive fumble return for a touchdown in the 34–17 victory over the Jacksonville Jaguars.[15] The 2014 season was a breakout year for Cox, acquiring 61 tackles, four sacks, one forced fumble, and three fumble recoveries in 16 games.[16] His presence along the Eagles defensive line led to league-wide recognition and Second-team All-Pro honors.[17]

2015 season

On April 27, 2015, the Eagles picked up his 5th year option, keeping him with the team through the 2016 season.[18] In a matchup against the New Orleans Saints in Week 5 of the 2015 season, Cox recorded three sacks and two forced fumbles.[19] For his game against the Saints, he earned National Football Conference (NFC) Defensive Player of the Week.[20]

Cox finished the 2015 season with 71 tackles, 9.5 sacks, two passes defended, and three forced fumbles.[21] For his efforts, Cox received Second-team All-Pro honors and was selected to the Pro Bowl for the first time in his career.[22][23] He received the Ed Block Courage Award.[24] He was ranked 49th on the NFL Top 100 Players of 2016.[25]

2016 season

In 2016, the Eagles reverted to a 4–3 scheme, leading to Cox switching back to defensive tackle.[26] On June 13, 2016, Cox signed a six-year, $103 million extension with the Eagles with $63 million guaranteed.[27] He finished the 2016 season with 6.5 sacks, 43 total tackles, two passes defended, and one forced fumble.[28] As a result of a successful 2016 season, Cox was named to his second consecutive Pro Bowl.[29] He was ranked 38th by his peers on the NFL Top 100 Players of 2017.[30]

2017 season

Cox returning a fumble for a touchdown against the Washington Redskins at Lincoln Financial Field on September 10, 2017

On September 10, 2017, in the season opening 30–17 victory over the Redskins, Cox recovered a fumble from quarterback Kirk Cousins and returned it for a touchdown late in the fourth quarter to help put the game away.[31] On December 19, 2017, Cox was named to his third straight Pro Bowl.[32] Cox could not play in the Pro Bowl because of his team advancing to the Super Bowl. The Eagles defeated the New England Patriots in Super Bowl LII 41–33 to give Cox his first Super Bowl ring.[33] Cox recorded one tackle and two quarterback hits in the game.[34] He was ranked 69th by his peers on the NFL Top 100 Players of 2018.[35]

2018 season

In Week 17, Cox recorded three sacks, four tackles for loss, and a forced fumble in a 24–0 win over the Redskins, earning him NFC Defensive Player of the Week.[36][37] In the 2018 season, Cox recorded 10.5 sacks, 46 total tackles, and one forced fumble.[38] In addition to being named to his fourth Pro Bowl, he was selected as a first team All-Pro for the first time in his career.[39][40] He was ranked 28th by his peers on the NFL Top 100 Players of 2019.[41]

2019 season

Cox in 2019

In Week 7 against the Dallas Cowboys, Cox recorded his first sack and forced fumble of the season on Dak Prescott in the 37–10 loss.[42] In Week 8 against the Buffalo Bills, Cox recorded 1.5 sacks on Josh Allen in the 31–13 win.[43] He finished the 2019 season with 3.5 sacks, 40 total tackles, two passes defended, and three forced fumbles.[44] He was named to his fifth Pro Bowl and was ranked 73rd by his peers on the NFL Top 100 Players of 2020.[45][46] Following the season, Cox was selected as one of the four defensive tackles on the National Football League 2010s All-Decade Team.[47]

2020 season

During the 2020 season, Cox registered 6.5 sacks and 41 tackles to go along with a forced fumble in 15 games and starts. With the Eagles already eliminated from the playoffs, he was inactive in Week 17 against the Washington Football Team.[48] Cox was named to the Pro Bowl[49] for the sixth time in his career and was ranked 63rd by fellow players in the NFL Top 100 Players of 2021.[50]

2021 season

In Week 3, against the Cowboys, Cox had a fumble recovery for a touchdown.[51] In Week 15, Cox recorded two sacks and four quarterback hits against the NFC East rival Washington Football Team.[52] On January 3, 2022, Cox was placed on the COVID list.[53] He was activated one week later on January 10, missing just one game where the Eagles did not play their starters.[54] In the 2021 season, Cox recorded 3.5 sacks, 35 total tackles, and two forced fumbles.[55]

2022 season

On March 17, 2022, Cox was released by the Eagles at the start of the new league year,[56] but was re-signed two days later on a one-year contract.[57] In the 2022 season, Cox recorded seven sacks, 43 total tackles, and one forced fumble in 17 games and starts.[58] Cox and the Eagles reached Super Bowl LVII, Cox’s second Super Bowl. Cox had one tackle in the game, which the Eagles lost 38–35 to the Kansas City Chiefs.[59]

2023 season

On March 16, 2023, Cox re-signed with the Eagles on a one-year, $10 million contract.[60][61]

NFL career statistics

Legend
Won the Super Bowl
Led the league
Bold Career high
Year Team Games Tackles Interceptions Fumbles
GP GS Comb Solo Ast Sack Int Yards Avg Lng TD PD FF FR Yards TD
2012 PHI 15 9 39 32 7 5.5 0 0 0.0 0 0 4 1 0 0 0
2013 PHI 16 16 44 32 12 3.0 0 0 0.0 0 0 3 0 1 3 0
2014 PHI 16 16 61 48 13 4.0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 1 3 21 1
2015 PHI 16 16 71 50 21 9.5 0 0 0.0 0 0 2 3 2 0 0
2016 PHI 16 16 43 27 16 6.5 0 0 0.0 0 0 2 1 1 0 0
2017 PHI 14 14 26 15 11 5.5 0 0 0.0 0 0 1 1 2 20 1
2018 PHI 16 16 46 33 13 10.5 0 0 0.0 0 0 1 1 1 3 0
2019 PHI 16 16 40 26 14 3.5 0 0 0.0 0 0 2 3 1 1 0
2020 PHI 15 15 41 28 13 6.5 0 0 0.0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0
2021 PHI 16 16 35 25 10 3.5 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 2 1 0 1
2022 PHI 17 17 43 23 20 7.0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0
2023 PHI 15 15 33 15 18 5.0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 1 8 0
Career 188 182 519 351 168 70.0 0 0 0.0 0 0 16 16 14 56 3

Awards

Personal life

Cox is the cousin of fellow Eagles player Kenneth Gainwell.[62]

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