Wolfe playing for the Denver Broncos in 2014
|No. 95 Denver Broncos|
|Date of birth:||February 24, 1990|
|Place of birth:||Lisbon, Ohio|
|Height:||6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)|
|Weight:||285 lb (129 kg)|
|High school:||East Liverpool (OH) Beaver Local|
|NFL Draft:||2012 / Round: 2 / Pick: 36|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Career NFL statistics as of Week 16, 2016|
Derek Wolfe (born February 24, 1990) is an American football defensive end for the Denver Broncos of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at the University of Cincinnati. He was selected 36th overall by the Broncos in the 2012 NFL Draft.
Wolfe played four years (2008-2011) at Cincinnati. He accumulated 162 total tackles, 37 tackles for loss, and 19.5 sacks during his tenure.
He was named Co-Big East Defensive Player of the Year as a senior.
He was the first Beaver Local High School graduate to get drafted and the first Mahoning Valley native selected.
|Ht||Wt||Arm length||Hand size||40-yd dash||10-yd split||20-yd split||20-ss||3-cone||Vert||Broad||BP||Wonderlic|
|6 ft 5 in||295 lb||33¼ in||10¾ in||5.01 s||N/A s||N/A s||4.44 s||7.26 s||33½ in||9 ft 0 in||33 reps||N/A|
|All values from NFL Combine|
Wolfe was selected 36th overall in the 2012 NFL Draft by the Denver Broncos. In his professional debut, a preseason game against the Chicago Bears on 9 August 2012, he finished with 2 sacks and 3 tackles.
In his first NFL game in the regular season against the Pittsburgh Steelers, he came out with 3 tackles and a sack for a loss of 9 yards.
Wolfe had a tough sophomore season. In a preseason game against the Seattle Seahawks, Wolfe suffered a spinal cord injury and was carted off the field. That, along with two bouts of food poisoning, led to him losing 20 pounds, and he was therefore not as productive on the field. On November 29, Wolfe suffered a seizure on the bus ride to the airport for their Kansas City Chiefs matchup. (After the season, it was reported that the seizure was related to the spinal cord injury.) Despite hopes that he might return to the field, he was eventually placed on Injured Reserve. Without Wolfe, the Broncos reached Super Bowl XLVIII where they lost to the Seattle Seahawks.
2015 was a career year for Wolfe. After serving a four-game suspension for a PED violation, Wolfe returned to establish himself as one of the best run stuffers in the game, which eventually led to him being named AFC Defensive Player of the Week after the Broncos defense completely neutralized the undefeated Packers offense in week 8.
On January 15, 2016, Wolfe signed a four-year extension with the Broncos worth $36.7 million.
In 2016, Wolfe posted a career high in tackles with 51, and in passes defended with 4.
The Broncos finished the 2016 season with a 9-7 record and missed the playoffs for the first time in Wolfe's career.
|Year||Team||Games||Combine Tackles||Total Tackles||Assisted Tackles||Sacks||Pass Defended|