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Greg Lloyd
No. 95
Position:Linebacker
Personal information
Born: (1965-05-26) May 26, 1965 (age 59)
Miami, Florida, U.S.
Height:6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Weight:228 lb (103 kg)
Career information
High school:Peach County (Fort Valley, Georgia)
College:Fort Valley State
NFL draft:1987 / Round: 6 / Pick: 150
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Total tackles:791
Sacks:54.5
Forced fumbles:35
Fumble recoveries:16
Interceptions:11
Player stats at PFR

Gregory Lenard Lloyd Sr. (born May 26, 1965) is an American former professional football player who was a linebacker in the National Football League (NFL), primarily with the Pittsburgh Steelers. He was named to five Pro Bowls and three All-Pro teams.

College career

Lloyd attended Fort Valley State University, where he was a three-time All-Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SIAC) selection, a three-time team Defensive MVP, and as a senior, he was the SIAC Player of the Year, and a first-team Sheridan All-American selection. He was also a member of Kappa Alpha Psi fraternity.

Professional career

Lloyd did not receive an invitation to the NFL Scouting Combine, but did play in the Heritage Bowl. Pittsburgh Steelers' scouts viewed a videotape of Lloyd in the historically black college All-Star Game and were impressed by his ability to play sideline-to-sideline as he exhibited a bit of a mean streak. Steelers' scout, Tom Donahoe, flew to Atlanta and drove 2+12 hours to Fort Valley State to work out Lloyd and was further impressed.[1] The Pittsburgh Steelers selected Lloyd in the sixth round (150th overall) of the 1987 NFL Draft.[2] Lloyd was the 28th linebacker drafted in 1987 by then Steelers coach Chuck Noll.

On July 28, 1987, it was reported that Lloyd had suffered a sprained left knee in training camp, which sidelined him for his entire rookie season in 1987 and most of the 1988 season. He was a starter during the 1989 season as an outside linebacker and he excelled. He became the emotional and fiery leader of the Steelers defense after the retirement of inside linebacker David Little. Lloyd teamed with cornerback Rod Woodson, whom he got drafted with, to give the Steelers two of the most dynamic and dominating defensive players in the game.

Later career

Lloyd once again missed the entire 1996 season due to another knee injury. He then returned as a starter in the 1997 season but missed several games due to a staph infection. He was named to five Pro Bowls and three NFL All-Pro teams during this time. Lloyd left the Steelers in 1998 and played for the Carolina Panthers before retiring. A true leader and student of the game, Lloyd continued to impact the Steelers defense while injured from the sideline by teaching young linebackers Chad Brown and Jason Gildon the finer points of Steelers linebacking tradition.

In 2020, the Steelers inducted him into their Hall of Honor.

NFL career statistics

Legend
Led the league
Bold Career high

Regular season

Year Team Games Tackles Interceptions Fumbles
GP GS Cmb Solo Ast Sck Int Yds TD FF FR
1988 PIT 9 4 33 0.5 0 0 0 2 1
1989 PIT 16 16 92 7.0 3 49 0 1 3
1990 PIT 15 14 62 4.5 1 9 0 1 0
1991 PIT 16 16 76 8.0 1 0 0 6 2
1992 PIT 16 16 96 6.5 1 35 0 5 4
1993 PIT 15 15 111 6.0 0 0 0 5 1
1994 PIT 15 15 87 69 18 10.0 1 8 0 5 1
1995 PIT 16 16 116 88 28 6.5 3 85 0 6 0
1996 PIT 1 1 2 2 0 1.0 0 0 0 0 0
1997 PIT 12 12 52 30 22 3.5 0 0 0 3 3
1998 CAR 16 14 64 48 16 1.0 1 3 0 1 1
Career 147 139 791 237 84 54.5 11 189 0 35 16

Personal life

Lloyd was born in Miami, Florida, and was raised by his mother there until the age of two. In 1967, Lloyd's mother drove him and five of his eight siblings to Fort Valley, Georgia, and left them with his Aunt Bertha Mae. He has never met his father and was raised in a two-bedroom apartment along with nine other children. Lloyd grew up in poverty and had two outfits to wear throughout the week. He began playing football at the age of six and played fullback and linebacker in high school.[1]

Lloyd has a black belt in Tae Kwon Do, which he currently teaches.[3] He is also well known for using an expletive in a nationally televised interview with NBC's Jim Gray after Pittsburgh defeated the Indianapolis Colts in the 1995 AFC Championship.

Lloyd's son Greg Lloyd Jr. was a linebacker for the University of Connecticut football team, and he wears #95 like his father.[4]

References

  1. ^ a b Murphy, Austin (January 29, 1996). "Spittin' Venom When Steelers Linebacker Greg Lloyd Isn't Leveling his Foes with Direct Hits, He's Flooring Somebody With His Tongue". SI.com. Retrieved November 22, 2018.
  2. ^ "1987 NFL Draft Listing". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved October 1, 2023.
  3. ^ Official site of the Pittsburgh Steelers – Article Archived December 3, 2007, at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ "95 Greg Lloyd". Archived from the original on August 19, 2011. Retrieved December 31, 2009.