Forrest Rhyne
Personal information
Born: (1999-05-29) May 29, 1999 (age 24)
Waynesboro, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Height:6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Weight:233 lb (106 kg)
Career information
High school:Waynesboro Area
(Waynesboro, Pennsylvania)
Career history
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Career highlights and awards
  • First-team FCS All-American (2021)
  • CAA Defensive Player of the Year (2021)
  • 3× First-team All-CAA (2019–2021)
Career NFL statistics as of 2022
Total tackles:1
Player stats at · PFR

Forrest Rhyne (born May 29, 1999) is an American football linebacker who is a free agent. He played college football at Villanova.

Early life and high school

Rhyne grew up in Waynesboro, Pennsylvania and attended Waynesboro Area Senior High School. He was named All-State the Defensive Most Valuable Player of the Mid-Penn Colonial Conference as a junior after making 151 total tackles.[1] Rhyne repeated as an All-State selection as a senior after recording 112 tackles with 21 tackles for loss and 2.5 sacks.[2] He was rated a two-star recruit and committed to play college football at Villanova over offers from Columbia, Holy Cross, Richmond, and Robert Morris.[3][4]

College career

Rhyne played college football for the Villanova Wildcats for five seasons. He became a starter at linebacker entering his junior season.[5] Rhyne finished the season with 116 tackles, 14.5 tackles for loss, and 6.5 sacks and was named first-team All-Colonial Athletic Conference (CAA).[6] He repeated as a first-team All-CAA selection during his senior season, which was shortened and played in the spring of 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic in the United States. Rhyne opted to use the extra year of eligibility granted to college athletes in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.[7] In his final season, he made 153 tackles with 5.5 tackles for loss, three sacks, and one fumble recovery and was named the CAA Defensive Player of the Year and an FCS All-American.[8][9] Rhyne finished his college career with 310 tackles, 22.5 tackles for loss, 11.5 sacks, one forced fumble, and one fumble recovery.[10]

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 1+38 in
(1.86 m)
233 lb
(106 kg)
30 in
(0.76 m)
8+38 in
(0.21 m)
4.69 s 1.58 s 2.74 s 4.20 s 7.26 s 32.5 in
(0.83 m)
9 ft 10 in
(3.00 m)
26 reps
All values from Pro Day[11]

Indianapolis Colts

Rhyne signed with the Indianapolis Colts as an undrafted free agent on May 13, 2022.[12] He was waived during final roster cuts on August 30, 2022, but was signed to the team's practice squad the next day.[13] Rhyne was waived on September 27, 2022, but was re-signed to the practice squad on October 25.[14] He was elevated to the active roster on November 28, 2022, for the team's Week 12 game against the Pittsburgh Steelers and made his NFL debut in the game.[15] He signed a reserve/future contract on January 9, 2023.[16] He was waived on May 4, 2023.[17]

Pittsburgh Steelers

On August 13, 2023, Rhyne signed with the Pittsburgh Steelers.[18] On August 26, 2023, Rhyne was released.[19]


  1. ^ Goodwin, Lee (November 21, 2015). "HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL: Waynesboro's Forrest Rhyne named Colonial Division Defensive MVP". The Record Herald. Retrieved November 29, 2022.
  2. ^ "Waynesboro's Forrest Rhyne officially signs with Villanova, ready to shine". The Patriot-News. February 1, 2017. Retrieved November 29, 2022.
  3. ^ Epler, Eric F. (July 8, 2016). "Waynesboro all-state linebacker Forrest Rhyne makes pledge to Villanova". The Patriot-News. Retrieved November 29, 2022.
  4. ^ Lane, Chris (June 30, 2016). "Forrest Rhyne commits to Villanova Football". SB Nation. Retrieved November 29, 2022.
  5. ^ Cole, Damichael (November 14, 2019). "Villanova's Drew Wiley and Forrest Rhyne forming one of the best linebacker duos in CAA". The Philadelphia Inquirer. Retrieved November 29, 2022.
  6. ^ Madia, Greg (July 2, 2020). "Ferrante: Wildcats 'Got To Finish' In 2020". The Page News and Courier. Retrieved November 29, 2022.
  7. ^ Toohey, Terry (August 23, 2021). "Villanova Football: Linebacker Forrest Rhyne exited to be back for fifth year". The Mercury. Retrieved November 29, 2022.
  8. ^ Jensen, Mike (December 5, 2021). "Villanova's Forrest Rhyne is a maniac (in the film room)". The Philadelphia Inquirer. Retrieved November 29, 2022.
  9. ^ Toohey, Terry (December 24, 2021). "Forrest Rhyne continues to pile up honors, tops list of Villanova All- Americans". Delaware County Daily Times. Retrieved November 29, 2022.
  10. ^ Linder, Brian (August 30, 2022). "Former Waynesboro standout Forrest Rhyne is being released by Indianapolis Colts: reports". The Patriot-News. Retrieved November 29, 2022.
  11. ^ "2022 Draft Scout Forrest Rhyne, Villanova NFL Draft Scout College Football Profile". Retrieved March 26, 2023.
  12. ^ Linder, Brian (April 30, 2022). "Former Waynesboro, Villanova LB Forrest Rhyne headed to Indianapolis Colts as rookie free agent". The Patriot-News. Retrieved November 29, 2022.
  13. ^ Jacobs, Dylan (September 1, 2022). "Former Waynesboro LB Forrest Rhyne joins Indianapolis Colts' practice squad". Chambersburg Public Opinion. Retrieved November 29, 2022.
  14. ^ Arthur, Jake (October 25, 2022). "New Signing: Colts Bring Back Linebacker". Retrieved November 29, 2022.
  15. ^ Sostek, Dan (November 28, 2022). "Waynesboro grad Forrest Rhyne set to make NFL debut Monday against Pittsburgh Steelers". The Patriot-News. Retrieved November 29, 2022.
  16. ^ "Colts Sign 12 To Reserve/Future Contracts, 2 To One-Year Contract Extensions". January 9, 2023. Retrieved March 4, 2023.
  17. ^ "Colts waive DE Kameron Cline, TE Nikola Kalinic, LB Forrest Rhyne, DT Chris Williams, TE Jalen Wydermyer". May 4, 2023.
  18. ^ "Steelers Sign ILB Forrest Rhyne, ILB Chapelle Russell Waived/Injured". August 13, 2023.
  19. ^ "Steelers make initial roster cuts". Retrieved August 26, 2023.