Kevin Pierre-Louis
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Pierre-Louis with the Washington Football Team in 2020
No. 57 – Houston Texans
Position:Linebacker
Personal information
Born: (1991-10-07) October 7, 1991 (age 30)
Bridgeport, Connecticut
Height:6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Weight:230 lb (104 kg)
Career information
High school:King Low Heywood Thomas (Stamford, Connecticut)
College:Boston College
NFL Draft:2014 / Round: 4 / Pick: 132
Career history
Roster status:Active
Career highlights and awards
  • First-team All-ACC (2013)
Career NFL statistics as of Week 18, 2021
Total tackles:194
Sacks:2.0
Forced fumbles:2
Fumble recoveries:2
Interceptions:1
Pass deflections:8
Player stats at NFL.com

Kevin Pierre-Louis (born October 7, 1991) is an American football linebacker for the Houston Texans of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Boston College and was drafted by the Seattle Seahawks in the fourth round of the 2014 NFL Draft. He has also played for the Kansas City Chiefs, New York Jets, Chicago Bears, and Washington Football Team.

High school career

Pierre-Louis attended King Low Heywood Thomas, which is a private, co-educational day school in Stamford, Connecticut, where he played middle linebacker and fullback. In 2009, he recorded 159 tackles in nine games. He also registered three interceptions, returning two for touchdowns, two sacks, two forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries. Offensively, he rushed for 914 yards and 13 touchdowns on 77 carries. He was selected as the 2009-10 Gatorade Football Player of the Year for the state of Connecticut.[1]

Considered a four-star recruit by Rivals.com, he was rated as the 10th best outside linebacker prospect of his class.[2] He committed to Boston College over offers from Duke, Stanford, and Virginia.[3]

College career

Pierre-Louis attended Boston College from 2010 to 2013, where he played for the Boston College Eagles football team. As a true freshman, he started all 13 games, finishing second on the team with 93 tackles. In 2011, he started the first nine games before missing the last three due to an injury. He still finished second on the team in tackles with 74, added seven tackles for loss, and returned a fumble 96 yards for a touchdown against UMass. In 2012, he started nine games for the Eagles, finishing the season ranked fourth on the team with 85 tackles, including four for loss, two sacks and three pass-break ups. As a senior, he started all 13 games, setting new career highs in tackles (108), tackles for loss (10.5) and sacks (six). He also intercepted his first career pass, returning it 33 yards for a touchdown against Virginia Tech. After the season, he was named a first-team All-ACC.[4]

Professional career

Pierre-Louis during his time with the Kansas City Chiefs in 2017 (left) and Chicago Bears in 2019 (right)
Pre-draft measurables
Height Weight Arm length Hand span 40-yard dash 20-yard shuttle Three-cone drill Vertical jump Broad jump Bench press
6 ft 0+12 in
(1.84 m)
232 lb
(105 kg)
32+14 in
(0.82 m)
10+18 in
(0.26 m)
4.51 s 4.02 s 6.92 s 39.0 in
(0.99 m)
10 ft 8 in
(3.25 m)
28 reps
All values from NFL Combine[5]

Seattle Seahawks

Pierre-Louis was drafted by the Seattle Seahawks in the fourth round (132nd overall) of the 2014 NFL Draft.[6] Pierre-Louis made his NFL debut on September 21, 2014 in an overtime win against the Denver Broncos, he recorded one tackle in the game. Pierre-Louis was placed on season-ending injured reserve for a shoulder injury. He finished the season with 10 tackles in seven games.[7]

Kansas City Chiefs

On July 28, 2017, Pierre-Louis was traded to the Kansas City Chiefs in exchange for D. J. Alexander.[8]

New York Jets

On March 17, 2018, Pierre-Louis signed a two-year contract with the New York Jets.[9] On August 11, 2018, Pierre-Louis was suspended the first game of the 2018 season for violating the NFL's Policy and Program for Substances of Abuse.[10] He played in nine games before being placed on injured reserve on December 29, 2018.[11] On February 19, 2019, the Jets declined the option on Pierre-Louis' contract, making him a free agent.[12]

Chicago Bears

On May 8, 2019, Pierre-Louis signed a one-year contract with the Chicago Bears.[13] In week 16 against the Kansas City Chiefs, Pierre-Louis recorded a team high 12 tackles during the 26–3 loss.[14] The following week against the Minnesota Vikings, Pierre-Louis recorded his first career interception off a pass thrown by Sean Mannion during a 21–19 win.[15]

Washington Football Team

Pierre-Louis signed a one-year contract with the Washington Football Team on March 31, 2020, then known as the Redskins prior to a name change later that offseason.[16]

Houston Texans

In March 2021, Pierre-Louis signed a two-year contract worth up to $8 million with the Houston Texans.[17][18] He was placed on injured reserve on September 16, 2021 with a hamstring injury. He was activated on October 23.[19]

Personal life

Pierre-Louis is of Haitian descent; his father is from Léogâne and his mother's family lives in Port-au-Prince. His family in Haiti run sugarcane plantations, ice factories, and rent out property.[20]

References

  1. ^ KLHT standout named Gatorade state player of year
  2. ^ Kevin Pierre-Louis – Yahoo Sports
  3. ^ https://n.rivals.com/content/prospects/2010/kevin-pierre-louis-25214#school-interests
  4. ^ Nine Boston College Players Named To All-ACC Teams
  5. ^ "Kevin Pierre-Louis Combine Profile". NFL.com. Retrieved May 2, 2020.
  6. ^ BC Linebacker Kevin Pierre-Louis Drafted In Fourth Round By Seahawks
  7. ^ "Seahawks place LB Kevin Pierre-Louis on injured reserve, claim DB Loucheiz Purifoy". Seahawks.com. November 28, 2014. Archived from the original on July 29, 2017.
  8. ^ "Kansas City and Seattle agree to trade linebackers". NFL.com. July 28, 2017.
  9. ^ "Jets Sign LB Kevin Pierre-Louis". GangGreenNation.com. March 17, 2018.
  10. ^ Shook, Nick (August 11, 2018). "Jets LB Kevin Pierre-Louis suspended one game". NFL.com.
  11. ^ Allen, Eric; Greenberg, Ethan (December 29, 2018). "Jets Place CB Morris Claiborne, WR Quincy Enunwa and LB Kevin Pierre-Louis on Injured Reserve". NewYorkJets.com.
  12. ^ Allen, Eric (February 19, 2019). "Jets Decline Options on LB Pierre-Louis, DT Pennel and S Brooks". NewYorkJets.com.
  13. ^ Mayer, Larry (May 8, 2019). "Roster moves: Bears ink linebacker Pierre-Louis". ChicagoBears.com.
  14. ^ "Mahomes throws 2 TDs, runs for 1 as Chiefs beat Bears 26-3". www.espn.com. Associated Press. December 22, 2019. Retrieved December 22, 2019.
  15. ^ "Bears edge Vikings 21-19 on Piñeiro FG with 10 seconds left". www.espn.com. Associated Press. December 29, 2019. Retrieved December 29, 2019.
  16. ^ "Redskins Sign LB Kevin Pierre-Louis". Redskins.com. Retrieved March 31, 2020.
  17. ^ Wilson, Aaron (March 16, 2021). "Texans to sign LB Kevin Pierre-Louis to 2-year contract". HoustonChronical. Retrieved March 24, 2021.
  18. ^ "Houston Texans Transactions (3-24-2021)". HoustonTexans.com. March 24, 2021. Retrieved March 24, 2021.
  19. ^ "Houston Texans Transactions (10-23-2021)". HoustonTexans.com. October 23, 2021.
  20. ^ "Pierre-Louis a good catch for BC". ESPN. February 3, 2010. Retrieved February 1, 2015.