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Michael Boley biography

Date of birth : 1982-08-24
Date of death : -
Birthplace : Gadsden, Alabama
Nationality : American
Category : Sports
Last modified : 2010-09-22
Credited as : Football player NFL, linebacker for the New York Giants, Pro Bowl/NFL Draft player

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Michael Boley (born August 24, 1982 in Gadsden, Alabama) is an American football linebacker for the New York Giants of the National Football League. He was drafted by the Atlanta Falcons in the fifth round of the 2005 NFL Draft. He played college football at Southern Miss.

* Originally a 5th round (160th pick overall) draft choice by the Atlanta Falcons in 2005….Signed by the Giants as an unrestricted free agent on February 28, 2009.

GIANTS NOTES


* Boley became the Giants' weakside linebacker after playing on the strong side for four seasons with the Atlanta Falcons.
* Boley was named the NFC Defensive Player of the Week after recording a team-high 9 tackles (8 solo), 1 sack, 2 tackles for losses and 2 quarterback hits last season vs. Atlanta.

CAREER NOTES


* Has played in 75 games with 63 starts…Career totals include 431 tackles (310 solo), 7.0 sacks, 5 forced fumbles, 3 fumble recoveries, 33 passes defensed and 5 interceptions.
* In 2009, started in all 11 games in which he played at weakside linebacker…Missed training camp while recuperating from arthroscopic surgery to repair a torn labrum in his hip…Did not play in season opener vs. Washington (9/13) because of NFL suspension…Missed games 5-8 after undergoing surgery to repair torn meniscus in his knee…Finished season with 66 tackles (50 solo), a sack and 5 passes defensed…Made Giants debut at Dallas (9/2) and led the team with 10 solo tackles…Contributed 4 solo tackles, 3 for losses, a QB hit and knocked down a pass at Kansas City (1/4)…Knee began to hurt on the flight home and an examination revealed a torn meniscus, which was surgically repaired…Returned to action vs. San Diego (11/8) and had 3 solo tackles and a pass defensed…Was named NFC Defensive Player of the Week for his work vs. Atlanta (11/22), when he had a team-high 9 tackles (8 solo), 1 sack, 2 tackles for losses and 2 quarterback hits. Sacked Matt Ryan for a 5-yard loss…Had 10 tackles (5 solo) in win over Dallas (12/6)
* In 2008 for the Falcons, played in 16 games with 12 starts in the regular season and started the NFC Wild Card Game…Finished the season with 90 tackles (65 solo), 1 interception and 9 passes defensed… Tallied 4 tackles and an interception at Green Bay (10/5)…Posted 9 tackles and 1 pass defensed vs. Chicago (10/12)…Recorded 9 tackles and 2 passes defensed vs. New Orleans (11/9)…Had a season-high and team-high 13 tackles vs. St. Louis (12/28).
* In 2007, started all 16 games and set career highs in tackles (125), solo tackles (88) and forced fumbles (3)…Logged a team-high 13 tackles and a forced fumble vs. Houston (9/30)…Registered a career-high 17 tackles, plus an interception, at Tennessee (10/7)…Tallied a career-high 3 sacks vs. Indianapolis (11/22) in addition to posting 9 tackles and 1 forced fumble. His 3 sacks in the 1st half marked the 1st time in Falcons history a player had accomplished the feat.
* In 2006, played in 16 games with 13 starts and ranked 3rd on the team with 90 tackles in addition to posting 3 sacks, 3 fumble recoveries, 2 interceptions, 1 forced fumble and 6 passes defensed, while adding 3 tackles on special teams…Led the team with a season-high 13 tackles at New Orleans (9/25)…Posted 7 tackles, 1 sack, 1 interception, 2 passes defensed and a forced fumble vs. Arizona (10/1).
* In 2005, played in all 16 games with 11 starts…Recorded 60 tackles, 5 passes defensed and a forced fumble, plus 9 tackles and a blocked field goal on special teams…Made 1st career start at outside linebacker at New Orleans (10/16) and accounted for 5 tackles and a forced fumble, which was recovered by DeAngelo Hall and returned 66 yards for the Falcons' 1st touchdown of the game. On the Saints' next possession, Boley blocked a 39-yard field goal attempt by John Carney with 4 seconds left in the 1st half. The ball was recovered by Demorrio Williams and returned 59 yards for a touchdown as time expired.

COLLEGE


* Played in 47 games with 38 starts for Southern Mississippi and had 423 tackles, 28.5 sacks and 9 forced fumbles…The sack total is 2nd in school history.
* Became the first 3-time All Conference USA first-team selection.
As a senior, was named Conference USA's Defensive Player of the Year and was a finalist for the Lott, Butkus and Bednarik awards after totaling 125 tackles, 9 sacks, 5 forced fumbles and 2 interceptions as a senior…Awarded the Conerly Trophy, presented annually to the best college football player in Mississippi.

OFF FIELD ACTIVITY


* Adopted Nutley Public Schools in spring 2010 for the Giants' Play 60 Challenge, making multiple visits to encourage the kids to play 60 minutes every day.
* Attended the Champions for Children fundraiser gala benefitting the Tom Coughlin Jay Fund Foundation.
* Attended the Taste of the Giants fundraiser event benefitting local food banks, featuring chefs from the area preparing their signature dishes.
* Attended the annual Meet the Giants fundraiser benefitting the Ronald McDonald House of New York City, a home away from home for kids fighting cancer and blood disorders.
* Participated in the Celebrity Bowl-a-Thon benefitting Mt. Sinai Medical Center.
* Attended the Muscular Dystrophy Association's Muscle Team Kickoff Event.
* Visited local firefighters in Englewood Cliffs, N.J., along with employees from Degree to enjoy lunch and thank them for their service, while making a financial donation to their house and inviting them to an upcoming game.
* Joined teammate Justin Tuck to host an annual book and toy drive during the holidays with all items being donated to The Boys and Girls Club.
* Joined the NFL to host local NYC youth for a "Play 60" youth football clinic in Central Park during the week of the NFL Draft.
* Hosted Giants fans and season ticket holders during the team's Draft Day Party at New Meadowlands Stadium.
* Attended the Giants Kickoff Luncheon benefitting St. Vincent's Medical Center. .

PERSONAL


* Competed at free safety, wide receiver and running back at Elkmont (Ala.) High School. Rushed for 1,015 yards on 126 carries and gained another 746 yards receiving as a senior.
* Graduated in May 2005 with a degree in coaching and sports administration.
* Was heavily involved in the Atlanta community as a mentor to young children.
* Born Michael Jerome Boley on Aug. 24, 1982 in Gadsen, Alabama.
* Has 6 children, sons Michael Jr., McKale, Josh, Tyler, Donovan and daughter Tiana.

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