This week The Jet Press looks back at John Abrahan, former Jet and current Atlanta Falcons DE.
Recruited to play at the University of South Carolina, where he amassed 23.5 sacks, Abraham was selected by the New York Jets with the 13th pick in the first round of the 2000 NFL Draft. Abraham tied a franchise record set by Joe Klecko and Mark Gastineau with four sacks in a game on November 4, 2001 against the New Orleans Saints. (The Jets had 4 picks in the first round in 2000; Shaun Ellis at 12, Abraham at 13, Chad Pennington at 18 and Anthony Becht at 27). Issues regarding Abraham’s health were always a concern during his stay in NY.
Designated as a franchise player by the Jets in 2006, Abraham was traded to the Falcons in exchange for Atlanta’s 2006 NFL Draft first round pick (No. 29), which was acquired from the Denver Broncos.
The Jets used that pick to select Nick Mangold.
Abraham is entering his 5th season with the Falcons, and in case you were wondering, he has been relatively healthy.
Here are the number of games that Abraham has played each season in his 10 years in the NFL, including 2000-2005 with the New York Jets. Games played are in Paratheses:
2000(5), 2001 (16), 2002(16), 2003(7), 2004(12), 2005(16), 2006(8), 2007(16), 2008(16), 2009(16), 2010(9)
With the exception of 8 games in 2006, Abraham has played in every single game for the Falcons, accumulating 44 sacks in 65 games, including 16.5 in 2008.
With the Jets, Abraham had 53.5 sacks in 73 games.
Abraham currently has 8 sacks this season, including 2 last week against the Baltimore Ravens and Michael Oher.