Larry Izzo
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Izzo in August 2007.
Seattle Seahawks
Position:Special teams coordinator
Personal information
Born: (1974-09-26) September 26, 1974 (age 47)
Fort Belvoir, Virginia
Height:5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Weight:228 lb (103 kg)
Career information
High school:McCullough
(The Woodlands, Texas)
Career history
As a player:
As a coach:
Career highlights and awards
As player
As coach
Career NFL statistics
Forced fumbles:2
Player stats at · PFR

Lawrence Alexander Izzo (/ˈɪz/; born September 26, 1974) is a former American football linebacker and special teamer and is currently the special teams coordinator for the Seattle Seahawks of the National Football League (NFL). He was signed by the Miami Dolphins as an undrafted free agent in 1996. He played college football at Rice. A three-time Pro Bowl selection and three-time All-Pro selection, Izzo has also played for the New England Patriots. He won three Super Bowls during his time with the Patriots and one as an assistant special teams coordinator for the New York Giants.

Early years

Izzo attended Broad Run High School in Ashburn, Virginia and then McCullough High School in The Woodlands, Texas, and won varsity letters in football where he was coached by Weldon Willig as a running back/safety, and in baseball. Following his senior year, Izzo was selected as the Houston Chronicle's Two-Way Player of the Year, and was a finalist for the Houston Touchdown Club's Player of the Year.

College career

Izzo attended Rice University, where he wore the number 26, and was a four-year letterman and standout and finished fourth on the school's all-time tackles list with 301 tackles, setting a school-record 46 tackles for losses, and a season record of 18 tackles for losses in 1995.[1]

In 1994 an underdog Rice beat top 10 ranked Texas on national television by the score 19-17, as Izzo was selected player of the game with two key sacks (sharing the honor with teammate N. D. Kalu). It was the first time in over 30 years that Rice had beaten its in-state rival, and would help Rice win a share of the Southwest Conference title for the first time in 37 years.

As a senior, Izzo was voted defensive team captain and earned consensus All-Southwest Conference honors after registering 121 tackles, he won the George Martin Award as the team's MVP and won the Jess Neely Defense Award as the team's top linebacker. Izzo was also selected as an Honorable Mention All-American.

Professional career

Miami Dolphins

Izzo went undrafted in the 1996 NFL Draft and was later signed by the Miami Dolphins as a free agent in April 1996. He first came to local notoriety based on a sound byte that circulated during the pre-season of Izzo's rookie year, where Miami coach Jimmy Johnson told the team that only two players were guaranteed to make the team: one was Dan Marino and the other the then-unknown Izzo.[2] He spent most of his time on special teams, and was rewarded with his first trip to the Pro Bowl in 2000.

New England Patriots

Izzo signed with Miami's divisional rival New England Patriots in 2001, and played on three of the six Patriots' Super Bowl championship teams (2001, 2003 and 2004), defeating the St. Louis Rams, Carolina Panthers, and Philadelphia Eagles, respectively. Izzo was also part of the 2007 Patriots, who were the only undefeated team in the regular season since the NFL expanded to a 16-game schedule; they lost Super Bowl XLII 17-14 to the New York Giants. He also had two more trips to Hawaii as the AFC special team representative in 2002, and 2004. Izzo gained notoriety in 2002 in the Patriots Super Bowl parade by leading the crowd in a "Yankees suck!" chant, in reference to the Yankees-Red Sox rivalry.[3][4][5]

In 2008, Izzo hosted an interview segment on the NESN dating show Sox Appeal.[6]

New York Jets

Izzo joined his third AFC East team, the New York Jets on March 11, 2009. On December 10, 2009, the Jets placed Izzo on IR after tests revealed a spine injury.[7]

Coaching career

New York Giants (2011-2015)

On June 24, 2011, Izzo joined the New York Giants as assistant special teams coach.[8] Izzo was credited with helping turn around the Giants special teams during their Super Bowl run in 2011-12. In the pivotal 2011-12 NFC Championship game, the Giant's special teams changed the momentum of the game when rookie linebacker Jacquian Williams caused a fumble on a punt return to set up Lawrence Tynes' game-winning field goal in overtime against the 49ers. The Giants went on to win the Super Bowl, and Izzo received his fourth Super Bowl ring.[9]

Houston Texans (2016-2017)

On January 15, 2016, the Houston Texans hired Izzo as special teams coordinator.[10] During Izzo's tenure with Houston the Special Teams unit improved its DVOA ranking from dead last (ranked 32 in 2015) to 26 in 2017, including finishing in the top 10 in two critical statistical areas related to coverage teams (Opponent Kickoff Return Average and Net Punt Average, which was 41.3 yds). On January 2, 2018 Texans reached a mutual parting of the ways with Izzo.[11]

Seattle Seahawks (2018-present)

On February 1, 2018, the Seattle Seahawks hired Izzo as assistant special teams coach.[12]

On September 11, 2020, Izzo became the interim special teams coordinator for the Seahawks after their coordinator Brian Schneider left the team indefinitely due to personal reasons.[13] He was promoted to full-time special teams coordinator on March 3, 2021.[14]


Community activism

Personal life

Izzo and his wife Mara were married on February 21, 2004.[23]


  1. ^ The Thresher Online: Izzo gets along with Dolphins swimmingly (August 30, 1996) Archived September 12, 2007, at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ Boston Herald: Larry Izzo Fish Tale Beats Them All (November 23, 2008)
  3. ^ 2002: Diary of a Season
  4. ^ "These Little Town Blues". Archived from the original on June 22, 2006. Retrieved March 13, 2012.
  5. ^ Stone, Larry (April 18, 2004). "The rivalry marches on: A history of Red Sox vs. Yankees". The Seattle Times.
  6. ^[dead link]
  7. ^ "Neck injury ends Jets LB Izzo's season, possibly his career".
  8. ^ Garafalo, Mike (June 24, 2011). "Giants to hire former Jet, Patriot Larry Izzo as assistant special teams coach". The Star-Ledger. Archived from the original on August 26, 2011.
  9. ^ Former Patriot Larry Izzo Now Coaching for Giants
  10. ^ Wilson, Aaron (January 15, 2016). "Texans hire Larry Izzo as special-teams coordinator". The Houston Chronicle Online.
  11. ^ "Texans move on from assistants Larry Izzo, John Butler, Charles London". January 2, 2018. Retrieved January 2, 2018.
  12. ^ Marvez, Alex (February 1, 2018). "Seahawks hiring Larry Izzo as new assistant ST coach". Retrieved February 1, 2018.
  13. ^ Shook, Nick (September 11, 2020). "Seahawks special teams coordinator Brian Schneider leaves team for personal reasons". Retrieved September 11, 2020.
  14. ^ Boyle, John (March 3, 2021). "Seahawks Hire Three Additional Coaches, Including Former DB DeShawn Shead & Longtime Assistant Carl Smith". Retrieved March 3, 2021.
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  16. ^ Sports Illustrated: Inside the NFL [January 11, 1999)
  17. ^ ESPN - Talented roster includes 21 Pro Bowlers - NFL
  18. ^ "Larry Izzo once gave "going for two" new meaning on the Patriots sideline". May 4, 2012.
  19. ^ "Izzo receives Ron Burton Community Service Award". Archived from the original on May 19, 2011. Retrieved August 28, 2008.
  20. ^ DefenseLink News Article: Pat Tillman USO Center Opens in Afghanistan
  21. ^ Larry Izzo Salute to the Troops
  22. ^ USO | MediaRoom - Press Releases Archived May 7, 2008, at the Wayback Machine
  23. ^ New England Patriots bio Archived October 9, 2007, at the Wayback Machine