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Sean Gilbert

Sean Gilbert
No. 90, 94
Defensive tackle
Personal information
Date of birth: (1970-04-10) April 10, 1970
Place of birth: Aliquippa, Pennsylvania
Height: 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) Weight: 318 lb (144 kg)
Career information
High school: Aliquippa (PA)
College: Pittsburgh
NFL Draft: 1992 / Round: 1 / Pick: 3
Debuted in 1992
Last played in 2003
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Games 146
Sacks 42.5
Tackles 473
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Sean Gilbert (born April 10, 1970 in Aliquippa, Pennsylvania) is a former professional American football defensive tackle who was selected by the Los Angeles Rams as the third overall pick of the 1992 NFL Draft. He played college football at University of Pittsburgh.

Early life

Gilbert played football for the Aliquippa Quips. As a senior Gilbert was a Parade Magazine All-America and the USA Today Prep Defensive Player of the Year and the Associated Press named him to its First-team All-state after leading the "Quips" to a 14–1 record and a Western Pennsylvania AAA championship. He made 91 tackles as a senior and recovered two fumbles for touchdowns. He also played guard on offense for Aliquippa.

College career

As a defensive tackle Gilbert was an All-America choice in 1991. He had 99 tackles (21 for a loss) and 6 sacks in his final two seasons at Pitt. In 1991 against Penn State, Gilbert totaled 11 tackles (6 for a loss) and 1 sack. One observer said Gilbert "played like a man possessed.".As a senior Gilbert had 17 tackles for a loss and 4 sacks. Gilbert played in 6 games, missing almost half of the season with a knee injury. He did not play as a freshman due to the NCAA "Prop 48 rule."[1] While playing at the University of Pittsburgh, he played with a stellar list of teammates and coaches. On the coaching staff while he was there were Jon Gruden, Mike McCarthy and Marvin Lewis, all of whom later became NFL head coaches. His teammates included NFL standouts Curtis Martin, Billy Davis, Keith Hamilton, Anthony Dorsett and WWE wrestler Matt Bloom.

Professional career


Height: 6-4½ Weight:315
40-yard time: 4.6
Bench Press: 440 lbs.[2]
Gilbert entered the 1992 NFL Draft as a junior after only two collegiate seasons.


On April 27, 1992, Gilbert signed a five-year $7.5 million contract, including a $3 million signing bonus.

Gilbert started as a rookie, recorded 5 sacks, and was named All-rookie by Pro Football Writers Association. In 1993 Gilbert was voted to his first Pro Bowl and recorded 10.5 sacks. He was also an All-NFC choice by UPI and Pro Football Weekly. In addition he was named All-Madden and was the NFC Defensive Player of the Week after a 4 sack performance against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

In 1995 Gilbert moved to right defensive end (RDE) and was a Pro Bowl alternate, recording 5.5 sacks. The signing of Pro Bowl RDE Leslie O'Neal made Gilbert expendable. "We've got Kevin Carter, D'Marco Farr, Jimmie Jones, and Leslie O'Neal," Rams vice president and director of football operations Steve Ortmayer said.


On April 8, 1996, he was traded to the Washington Redskins for a first-round pick (the sixth overall) in the 1996 NFL Draft.

With the Redskins, Gilbert was again an alternate to the Pro Bowl.[3] He had 113 tackles and 3 sacks and was a force against the run.[4] As Rams quarterback Steve Walsh said, "Sean Gilbert is playing like a monster." [5] He also helped the defense by drawing double-team blocking.[6] He sprained his knee against the Dallas Cowboys on Thanksgiving Day.

The Redskins made Gilbert their franchise player, but rather than sign the one-year $3.4 million tender offer, Gilbert sat out the 1997 season. After the 1997 season the Redskins again made Gilbert a franchise player, this time offering a one-year contract for $2.97 million (the average of the 5 highest paid DTs). Gilbert objected and asked for arbitration saying the Redskins did not have the right to place their franchise player tag on him for a second straight year. On March 17, 1998, the NFLPA and the NFL had an all-day hearing to resolve the case.[7]


The Redskins traded Gilbert to the Carolina Panthers in 1998 for the Panthers' first round picks in 1999 and 2000. On April 21, 1998, the trade became final when he signed an offer sheet for a seven-year contract worth $46.5 million. Gilbert returned to RDE in 1998 and recorded 81 tackles, 25 quarterback pressures, and 6 sacks, starting all 16 games. In 1999 and 2000 Gilbert moved to his preferred right defensive tackle position and averaged 50 tackles and 3 sacks during those two seasons. In 2001 Gilbert switched to left defensive tackle and recorded 25 tackles and 2 sacks. He was injured and played in only nine games (starting all of them).

Gilbert broke his right hip on October 27, 2002 during a game versus the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and missed the last eight games of the season. Gilbert totaled 5 tackles during the injury-shortened season.

On March 10, 2003, the Panthers released Gilbert.[8]


The Raiders signed him on October 29, 2003. He ended the year with 7 tackles. After the 2003 season Gilbert was an unrestricted free agent and decided to retire.

After football

Gilbert is the founder of Sean Gilbert Associates. He is also President and CEO of I GOT Records whose "mission is to bring new and exciting music right to the consumers." [9] Gilbert now resides in Charlotte with his wife, Nicole, and their four children, Deshaun, A’lexus, Zaccheaus and A’lea.

Gilbert is the uncle of New England Patriots cornerback Darrelle Revis.[10]

Gilbert is now an assistant coach at South Mecklenburg High School.[11]


  1. ^ St. Louis Rams Media Guide, 1992
  2. ^ ibid
  3. ^ Wichita Eagle, November 5, 1998
  4. ^ St. Louis Post-Dispatch, December 23, 1996
  5. ^ Washington Post, September 22, 1996
  6. ^ Virginian-Pilot, October 30, 1996
  7. ^ Washington Post, April 17, 1997
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  9. ^ I Got
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Preceded by
Todd Lyght
Rams Rookie of the Year Award
Succeeded by
Jerome Bettis
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