Mario Haggan life and biography

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Mario Haggan biography

Date of birth : 1980-03-03
Date of death : -
Birthplace : Clarksdale, Mississippi
Nationality : American
Category : Sports
Last modified : 2010-10-11
Credited as : Football player NFL, offensive linebacker for the Broncos, Super Bowl/NFL Draft player

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• An eighth-year linebacker who started all 16 games for the first time in his career in 2009, registering a personal-best 55 tackles (45 solo), one sack and three forced fumbles as a team captain for the Broncos.
• Became the first player in the NFL in 24 seasons to start all 16 games in a season after previously playing at least 73 games without a start with his effort for the Broncos in 2009.
• Established himself as one of the top special-teams players in the NFL during his first five professional seasons with Buffalo (2003-07) and in two years with Denver (2008-09), registering 70 career special-teams tackles.
• Posted the seventh-most special-teams stops (49) in the league from 2004-06.
• Saw time in all 16 games during four consecutive seasons (2004-07) with the Bills as one of just five Buffalo players to accomplish that feat.
• Helped Buffalo rank first in the overall NFL special teams rankings compiled by The Dallas Morning News in 2004 and ‘05.
• Received first-team All-Southeastern Conference honors as a senior at Mississippi State University, where he was a three-year starter.
• Joined the Broncos as a free agent on Nov. 4, 2008.
• Selected by Buffalo in the seventh round (228th overall) of the 2003 NFL Draft.

CAREER TRANSACTIONS:
Signed by Buffalo as a draft choice 7/22/03; Waived by Buffalo 9/4/03; Signed by Buffalo (practice squad) 9/8/03; Signed by Buffalo (active roster) 11/14/03; Placed on reserve/suspended list by Commissioner 4/8/08; Suspension lifted by Commissioner 9/30/08; Signed by Denver 11/4/08.

QUICKLY: Haggan, a 2009 team captain, started all 16 games for the first time in his career in 2009… Registered a personal-best 55 tackles (45 solo), one sack and three forced fumbles in 2009… Became the first player in the NFL in 24 seasons to start all 16 games in a season
after previously playing at least 73 games without a start.

2010: Haggan broke up Matt Hasselbeck's pass intended for TE John Carlson in the third quarter against Seattle (9/19) for his second career pass breakup. He also combined with Brian Dawkins to tackle Seahawks running back Justin Forsett for a 1-yard loss in the second quarter. Against Indianapolis (9/26), Haggan tied a career high with seven tackles. Haggan forced his fourth career fumble that was recovered at the Denver 26-yard line by Ryan McBean in the first quarter at Tennessee (10/3). In the same game, he teamed up with Justin Bannan to tackle running back Chris Johnson after just a two-yard gain on a third-and-6 attempt in the fourth quarter.

2009: Haggan, a Broncos team captain, became the first player in the NFL since 1985 (Patriots defensive back Ivory Sully) to start all 16 games after previously playing at least 73 games without a start... Registered a career-high 55 tackles (45 solo), one sack (10 yds.), one pass breakup and three forced fumbles... Tied for fourth on the team with nine special-teams stops... Forced a fumble at K.C. (12/6) that was recovered by cornerback André Goodman for a 30-yard touchdown.

2008: Haggan totaled 20 tackles (16 solo), one sack (1 yd.) and four special-teams stops in eight games (0 starts) with Denver... Joined the club as a free agent on Nov. 4 and played in the final eight games of the year.

2007: Haggan played all 16 games (0 starts) for the fourth consecutive season with Buffalo and had 13 tackles (10 solo) and one sack (2 yds.)... Contributed seven special-teams stops.

2006: Haggan appeared in all 16 games (0 starts) and served as one of the Bills’ special-teams captains... Had a team-high 15 special-teams tackles and one defensive tackle.

2005: Haggan played all 16 games (0 starts) for Buffalo, totaling five tackles (3 solo) and 17 special-teams stops... Helped the Bills rank first in the NFL in The Dallas Morning News’ comprehensive special-teams rankings.

2004: Haggan saw time in all 16 games (0 starts) with Buffalo, registering two tackles (1 solo) and two fumble recoveries... Posted 17 tackles on special teams to help the Bills rank first in the NFL in The Dallas Morning News’ comprehensive special-teams rankings.

2003: Selected by Buffalo in the seventh round (228th overall) of the 2003 NFL Draft, Haggan appeared in one game for the Bills as a rookie, posting one special-teams tackle in his NFL debut vs. Ind. (11/23)... Began the year on the Bills’ practice squad before he was signed to their active roster on Nov. 14.

COLLEGE:
Haggan was a three-year starter at Mississippi State University, totaling 359 career tackles (202 solo), 10 sacks, five forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries, four pass breakups and one interception in 40 games (31 starts)... Led the Bulldogs in tackles during each of his three seasons as a starter... Received first-team All-Southeastern Conference honors as a senior after posting a team-high 119 tackles (66 solo)... Named a second-team All-SEC selection as a junior defensive end and as a sophomore linebacker.

PERSONAL:
Haggan was a USA Today honorable mention All-American at Clarksdale High School in Clarksdale, Miss.... Named first-team all-state (Jackson Clarion-Ledger) and was chosen to play in the Mississippi/Alabama All-Star Game... Led his team to the state Class 4A championship in 1997... Recorded 158 tackles with three fumble recoveries as a senior... Hosted a radio show on FM 103.3 The Edge called “The Specialists” with teammate Josh Stamer during the 2006 season in Buffalo... Majored in sports communication at Mississippi State... Mario Marcell Haggan was born on March 3, 1980, in Clarksdale, Miss.

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