Joey Bosa
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Bosa with the Los Angeles Chargers in 2021
No. 97 – Los Angeles Chargers
Position:Outside linebacker
Personal information
Born: (1995-07-11) July 11, 1995 (age 27)
Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Height:6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)
Weight:280 lb (127 kg)
Career information
High school:St. Thomas Aquinas
(Fort Lauderdale, Florida)
College:Ohio State (2013–2015)
NFL Draft:2016 / Round: 1 / Pick: 3
Career history
Roster status:Injured reserve
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of Week 7, 2022
Total tackles:298
Sacks:59.5
Forced fumbles:14
Fumble recoveries:3
Pass deflections:2
Player stats at NFL.com · PFR

Joseph Anthony Bosa (born July 11, 1995) is an American football outside linebacker for the Los Angeles Chargers of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Ohio State and was selected third overall by the (then San Diego) Chargers in the 2016 NFL Draft, where he was named NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year. Bosa has since been cited as among the best pass rushers in the NFL. He is the son of former NFL player John Bosa and the older brother of current NFL player Nick Bosa.

High school career

Bosa attended St. Thomas Aquinas High School in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, where he played high school football and basketball for the Raiders.[1] He was rated by Rivals.com as a four-star recruit and was ranked as the fourth best defensive end in his class.[2] Bosa committed to play college football at Ohio State University in April 2012.[3]

College career

As a true freshman in 2013, Bosa started 10 of 14 games, recording 44 tackles and 7.5 sacks.[4] He was named a freshman All-American by the Sporting News and College Football News.[5] In 2014, Bosa was named a Unanimous First-team All-American, becoming the 27th Buckeye in 84 years to do so.[6] He finished his sophomore year with 13.5 sacks on 55 tackles.[7] He earned Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year.[8]

On July 30, 2015, it was announced that Bosa would be suspended from the first game of the 2015 season with three other Ohio State football players for undisclosed reasons.[9] During his junior year, Bosa finished with five sacks and an interception on 47 tackles.[10] On December 31, 2015, he announced his intentions to enter the 2016 NFL Draft. During the 2016 Fiesta Bowl against Notre Dame on January 1, 2016, Bosa was ejected in the first quarter for a targeting penalty when he made a hit on quarterback DeShone Kizer. Ohio State won the Bowl game by a score of 44–28.[11] After his junior season, he entered the 2016 NFL Draft.[12]

Bosa was a highly decorated Buckeye receiving National and Conference honors beginning his Freshman year. In 2013, Bosa was named a First-team Freshman All-American [13] as well as selected to the Freshman All-Big Ten First-team.[14] In 2014, his sophomore year, he was named Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year, Big Ten Lineman of the Year, First-team All-American, and All-Big Ten, as well as a Lombardi Award Finalist. He repeated most of the honors his Junior year, falling short of claiming the Nagurski-Woodson Defensive Player of the Year for the second time.

College statistics

NCAA career statistics
Ohio State Buckeyes
Season GP Defense
Tckl TfL Sck Int FF
2013 11 42 13.5 7.5 0 0
2014 15 55 21.5 13.5 0 4
2015 12 51 16 5 1 1
Total 38 148 51 26 1 5

Professional career

In March 2016, Bosa was projected to be a top 10 pick in the 2016 NFL Draft by NFL analyst Daniel Jeremiah.[15][16][17] Bosa received an invitation to the NFL combine as a top prospect in the upcoming draft. He completed all of the required combine drills and also participated in positional drills. Bosa met and interviewed with 13 NFL teams at the combine, including the Baltimore Ravens, New Orleans Saints, Dallas Cowboys, Cleveland Browns, and Tennessee Titans. His overall performance at the combine was thought by scouts to be impressive.[18]

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 5+14 in
(1.96 m)
269 lb
(122 kg)
33+38 in
(0.85 m)
10+14 in
(0.26 m)
4.77 s 1.68 s 2.83 s 4.21 s 6.89 s 32 in
(0.81 m)
10 ft 1 in
(3.07 m)
28 reps 37
Values from NFL Combine,[19][20] Bench Press, 40 time, and Broad Jump from Pro Day[21]

Bosa was drafted in the first round with the third overall selection by the San Diego Chargers.[22] He was the first of five Ohio State players to be drafted in the first round of the 2016 NFL Draft, followed by Ezekiel Elliott, Eli Apple, Taylor Decker, and Darron Lee.[23]

For the National Football League My Cause My Cleats program, Bosa has worn cleats in support of pediatric cancer research.[24][25][26][27][28] The cleats include #MoreThan4 to advocate that more than 4 percent of funding from the National Cancer Institute total annual budget should be allocated to pediatric cancer research.[29]

In May 2021, as part of a Mental Health Awareness Month campaign for the National Football League, Bosa spoke about how he learned to focus on physical and mental well-being.[30]

2016 season

Bosa in 2016
Bosa in 2016

Bosa missed the first four weeks of the season due to a hamstring injury.[31] On 9 October, Bosa made his regular season debut against AFC West rival Oakland Raiders. Although Bosa only played 27 snaps, he finished the game with two sacks, a hit, and four hurries.[32] The following game against the Denver Broncos, he had one quarterback hit, five hurries, and a stop while also drawing double teams throughout the game.[33] Bosa was named Defensive Rookie of the Month for October.[34] Despite being limited to 12 games, Bosa finished his rookie year with 41 tackles, 10.5 sacks, and a forced fumble. He was named the NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year.[35][36] He was named to the NFL All-Rookie Team.[37] He was ranked as the 100th best player in the league by his peers on the NFL Top 100 Players of 2017.[38]

2017 season

Bosa followed his impressive rookie season with a solid second season, which began with the Chargers' move from San Diego to Los Angeles.[39] He and Melvin Ingram formed one of the best pass rushing duos in the league, with Bosa totaling 70 tackles and 12.5 sacks - seventh in the NFL.[40][41] On 19 December 2017, Bosa was named to his first Pro Bowl.[42] He was ranked #37 by his fellow players on the NFL Top 100 Players of 2018.[43]

2018 season

Bosa suffered a foot injury, which sidelined him until Week 11 of the 2018 season.[44] In seven games, he recorded 5.5 sacks, 23 combined tackles, nine quarterback hits, and one fumble recovery.[45] He made his playoff debut in the Wild Card Round against the Baltimore Ravens. In the 23-17 win, he had one sack, two tackles, and one quarterback hit.[46] In the Divisional Round against the New England Patriots, he had one tackle in the 41-28 loss.[47] He was ranked 56th by his fellow players on the NFL Top 100 Players of 2019.[48]

2019 season

On 12 April 2019, Bosa switched his jersey number from 99 to 97. He wore 97 during his tenure with Ohio State.[49] On 23 April 2019, the Chargers picked up the fifth-year option on Bosa's contract.[50] In Week 7 against the Tennessee Titans, Bosa sacked Ryan Tannehill twice in the 23–20 loss.[51] In Week 8 against the Chicago Bears, Bosa recorded another two sacks on Mitch Trubisky in the 17–16 win.[52] He was named the AFC Defensive Player of the Week for his performance while his brother, Nick Bosa, won the award for the NFC.[53] In Week 14 against the Jacksonville Jaguars, Bosa sacked rookie quarterback Gardner Minshew twice in the 45–10 blowout win.[54] Bosa made the Pro Bowl after accumulating 11.5 sacks and 67 tackles in total for the 2019 season.[55][56] He was ranked 34th by his fellow players on the NFL Top 100 Players of 2020.[57]

2020 season

On 28 July 2020, Bosa signed a five-year, $135 million contract extension with the Chargers, making him the highest-paid defensive player in the league.[58] In Week 12 against the Buffalo Bills, Bosa recorded three sacks on Josh Allen and recovered a fumble lost by Allen during the 27–17 loss.[59] He earned his third Pro Bowl nomination.[60] He was ranked 32nd by his fellow players on the NFL Top 100 Players of 2021.[61]

2021 season

Bosa (#97) playing against the Baltimore Ravens in 2021.
Bosa (#97) playing against the Baltimore Ravens in 2021.

The 2021 season saw Bosa record a career-high 7 forced fumbles. Bosa's best single game for solo tackles in the 2021 season was the 17 October 2021 loss to the Baltimore Ravens. Bosa made 5 solo tackles in the Chargers loss to the Ravens.[62]

Bosa earned his fourth trip to the Pro Bowl but did not play after pulling out of the game with an undisclosed injury.[63] Hall of Fame linebacker Junior Seau and Bosa are the only Chargers defensive players selected to four Pro Bowls over the first five seasons of a career.[64] He was ranked 30th by his fellow players on the NFL Top 100 Players of 2022 list.[65]

2022 season

During Week 3 against the Jacksonville Jaguars, Bosa left the game with a groin injury. It was later revealed that he needed surgery to repair the core muscle area of the groin. He was placed on injured reserve on September 28, 2022.[66]

NFL career statistics

Legend
Bold Career high
Year Team Games Tackles Interceptions Fumbles
GP GS Cmb Solo Ast Sck Sfty PD Int Yds Avg Lng TD FF FR
2016 SD 12 11 41 29 12 10.5 0 0.0 0 0
2017 LAC 16 16 70 54 16 12.5 1 0.0 4 1
2018 LAC 7 6 23 18 5 5.5 0 0.0 0 1
2019 LAC 16 16 67 47 20 11.5 0 0.0 1 0
2020 LAC 12 10 39 29 10 7.5 1 0.0 0 1
2021 LAC 16 16 51 36 15 10.5 0 0.0 7 0
Career 79 75 291 213 78 58.0 0 2 0 0 0 0 12 3

Personal life

Joey (right) with his brother Nick in 2019
Joey (right) with his brother Nick in 2019

Bosa's father, John Bosa, played in the NFL from 1987 to 1989.[67] His brother, Nick Bosa, also played defensive end at Ohio State, and was drafted by the San Francisco 49ers with the second overall pick in 2019. His cousin Jake Kumerow is also an NFL player. Bosa's grandfather Palmer Pyle, uncle Eric Kumerow, and grand-uncle Mike Pyle all played in the NFL as well, while his great-grandfather was Chicago Outfit boss Tony Accardo.[68][69][70][71]

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