Randy Starks life and biography

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Randy Starks biography

Date of birth : 1983-12-14
Date of death : -
Birthplace : Petersburg, Va.
Nationality : American
Category : Sports
Last modified : 2010-11-15
Credited as : Football player NFL, nose tackle for the Miami Dolphins, Pro Bowl/NFL Draft player

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Randy chose to attend the University of Maryland over Penn State because he thought that going to Maryland would improve the chances that his father, Randolph, Sr., and his mother, Beverly, would be able to attend all of his games. In his three years with the Terps, they did not miss a single game he played. During his first two seasons, they drove to most of his road games, sometimes leaving on Thursdays to make it in time to see their only son play. In his final season, they flew to all of the Terps’ road games. In Starks’ first four NFL seasons, his parents did not miss a Titans home game.

Signed a five-year contract as an unrestricted free agent from Tennessee on March 1, 2008 ... Originally was the first of two third-round draft choices of the Titans (71st overall) in 2004, with a selection obtained from Houston in a draft-day trade.

2010 - Started eight times this season, once at nose tackle and seven times at defensive end ... Ranks tied for third on the team this season with two sacks for 14 yards in losses ... On Oct. 17th at Green Bay had three tackles including one sack, tackling Packer quarterback Aaron Rodgers for a five-yard loss ... On Sept. 19th at Minnesota had two tackles including one sack, tackling Viking quarterback Brett Favre for a nine-yard loss ... For the preseason finished with five tackles including one sack for ten yards in losses.

2009 - Started all 16 games at right end ... Posted 56 tackles (42 solo) including a career-high seven sacks which accounted for 36.5 yards in losses ... Registered two tackles, including one sack, vs. Buffalo (10/4) ... Had four tackles, including one sack vs. N.Y. Jets (10/12), tackling Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez for a one-yard loss ... Posted season-high seven tackles and a half-sack for two yards in losses vs. New Orleans (10/25) ... Matched season high with seven stops and one sack at N.Y. Jets (11/1) ... The sack of Sanchez came on a third-and-six on the Dolphins’ eight-yard line with 1:42 left in the contest for a seven-yard loss to help preserve Miami’s 30-25 win ... Recorded fifth straight game with at least a half-sack, with one sack, while also recording two tackles, at New England (11/8) ... Registered five tackles, including one sack, at Carolina (11/19), tackling Panthers quarterback Jake Delhomme for a seven-yard loss ... Posted five tackles plus a half-sack at Buffalo (11/29) ... Had four tackles at Jacksonville (12/13) highlighted by a key stop on fourth-and-three at the Dolphins’ 46-yard line with 1:26 left in the game, tackling Jaguars quarterback David Garrard for a four-yard loss on a QB draw to preserve the Dolphins’ 14-10 win ... Registered four tackles, including one sack, in the season finale vs. Pittsburgh (1/3/10), tackling Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger for a ten-yard loss.

2008 - Played in all 16 games with four starts ... Totaled 29 tackles, one interception he returned for eight yards and three sacks for 12.5 yards in losses ... Had four tackles and one sack at Arizona (9/14), tackling Cardinals’ quarterback Kurt Warner for a seven-yard loss ... Had two tackles and first career interception at New England (9/21), picking off a Matt Cassel pass and returning it eight yards ... Had five tackles vs. Baltimore (10/19) ... Notched a half-sack vs. Seattle (11/9), combining with Vonnie Holliday to tackle Seahawks quarterback Seneca Wallace for a two-yard loss ... Recorded two tackles, including a half-sack for a 4.5-yard loss at Buffalo (12/7), combining with Reggie Torbor on a nine-yard sack of Bills quarterback J.P. Losman ... Tallied one sack at Kansas City (12/21), tackling Chiefs quarterback Tyler Thigpen for no gain ... Was inactive for AFC Wildcard playoff game vs. Baltimore (1/4/09).

2007 - Played in 14 games with four starts for the Titans ... Was inactive for two games ... Totaled 39 tackles and a fumble recovery ... In Monday night game at New Orleans (9/24), recovered a Drew Brees fumble at the Titans’ 49 in the fourth quarter that was forced by Travis LaBoy ... The turnover resulted in a Tennessee touchdown 10 plays later, giving them a 24-14 lead as they went on for a 31-14 win ... Notched a career-high 10 tackles vs. Jacksonville (11/11) as he tied for the team lead that day ... Saw action as a reserve in First-Round playoff game at San Diego (1/6/07) ... Recorded two tackles.

2006 - Appeared in all 16 games including eight starts ... Collected 56 tackles, three sacks and two fumble recoveries ... Posted a season-high six tackles in opener vs. N.Y. Jets (9/10) ... In addition, recovered a Chad Pennington fumble at the Jets’ 1 in the fourth quarter that led to a touchdown on the next play from scrimmage, and along with the two-point conversion tied the game at 16 apiece ... Matched that tackle total the following week at San Diego (9/17) ... In game at Philadelphia (11/19) recovered a Jeff Garcia fumble and returned it 26 yards before lateraling to Keith Bulluck, who went the final 16 yards for a touchdown in the Titans’ 31-16 victory ... Registered first full sack of the season at Houston (12/10), his first of 2.5 sacks over a three-week span.

2005 - Started all 16 games for the Titans ... Accounted for 78 tackles and three sacks ... Had eight tackles and a half sack vs. Baltimore (9/18) as the Titans held the Ravens to just 14 yards rushing on 13 attempts in a 25-10 win ... First full sack of the season came the following week at St. Louis (9/25) ... Matched his season-high total for tackles with eight in a 13-10 victory over Houston (12/11) as the Titans limited the Texans to 234 yards of total offense ... In Christmas Eve game at Miami (12/24), registered seven tackles and 1.5 sacks, the second time in his career he accounted for more than one sack in a game.

2004 - Played in 14 games with eight starts as a rookie ... Was inactive for two contests ... Totaled 53 tackles, 4.5 sacks, a forced fumble, two fumble recoveries and a pass defensed ... Also blocked a field goal on special teams ... Sack total led all NFL rookie defensive tackles while the figure ranked second overall among AFC rookies, trailing only Kansas City DE Jared Allen (9.0) ... The total also was good for fourth on the team ... Made NFL debut, in a reserve role, in opener at Miami (9/11) when he was credited with three tackles, including a 7-yard sack of A.J. Feeley in the Titans’ 17-7 win as they held the Dolphins to 263 yards of total offense ... Was then inactive for each of the next two games ... Made first start of NFL career vs. Cincinnati (10/31) when he tallied five tackles and a half-sack in the Titans’ 27-20 victory as they held the Bengals to 274 yards of total offense ... Had five tackles, a sack and a forced fumble vs. Chicago (11/14) ... Accounted for six tackles, including a career-high two sacks, at Houston (11/28) when he dropped David Carr twice for 16 yards ... In addition, blocked a Kris Brown 41-yard field goal attempt as time expired in the first half ... The following week at Indianapolis (12/5), established a season high with seven tackles, while also recovering a Peyton Manning fumble ... Matched that season-high tackle total the week afterwards vs. Kansas City (12/13) when he also recovered a Trent Green fumble at the Chiefs’ 17 in the fourth quarter which led to a Titans field goal four plays later.


Was a three-year letterman at Maryland (2001-03) who played in 38 games with 28 starts in his career for the Terps ... Amassed 201 tackles, 17.5 sacks and 34 stops for loss during that time ... Also forced three fumbles, recovered two fumbles and knocked down nine passes ... Was a first-team All-Atlantic Coast Conference pick in his final season of 2003 when he started every game and posted 73 tackles, 14.5 stops for loss and 7.5 sacks ... Also opened every contest as a sophomore in ’02 when he tallied 93 tackles, 12.5 stops for loss and 6.5 sacks as he was a second-team All-ACC selection ... Left school with one year of eligibility still remaining ... Majored in family studies.


Has a son, Trey ... Attended Westlake High School in Waldforf, Md. ... Played both offensive and defensive tackle, and was regarded as one of the top lineman coming out of high school his senior year ... Earned three letters in basketball and finished his prep career with 1,011 points and 682 rebounds ... Was named Southern Maryland’s Basketball Player of the Year by Washington Post as a senior, helping the team to finish with a 23-3 record as they played in the state championship game ... Also was the leading scorer and rebounder in Southern Maryland as junior ... Spent most of the first five years of his life in Germany ... His father, Randolph, served more than 20 years in the U.S. Army and was stationed in Germany before being re-deployed to Ft. Belvoir, Va. ... Would like to teach in elementary school after football career ... In April 2007, hosted his first football camp at Suitland (Md.) High School, which is not far from the University of Maryland and his home of Waldorf ... Lists “Friday After Next” as favorite movie, “Martin” as favorite television show, “The Diplomats” as favorite recording artist, Denzel Washington as favorite actor and his mother’s meatloaf as favorite food ... Shopped with children in need from local schools as part of the Kids and Fins Publix Shopping Spree ... Full name is Randolph Starks, Jr.,­ born on December 14, 1983 in Petersburg, Va.

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