Calvin Pace

Calvin Pace

Infobox NFLactive

currentteam=New York Jets
birthdate=birth date and age|1980|10|28
birthplace=Detroit, Michigan
debutteam=Arizona Cardinals
college=Wake Forest
* Arizona Cardinals (2003-2007)
* New York Jets (2008-present)

Calvin Pace (born October 28, 1980 in Detroit, Michigan) is an American football linebacker for the New York Jets of the National Football League. He was drafted by Arizona Cardinals in the first round (18th overall) in the 2003 NFL Draft. He played college football at Wake Forest.

Early years

Pace attended Lithia Springs High School in Lithia Springs, Georgia from 1994 to 1998.

College career

Freshman (1999)

In 1999, Pace played in seven games, and ranked 27th on the team in defense. For the season he recorded four tackles, two for a loss, two sacks and one pass deflected. [ [ 1999-00 Final Stats] ]

ophomore (2000)

In 2000, Pace finished fifth on the team on defense, with 50 tackles (33 solo), 12 tackles for a loss, with nine sacks. [ [ 2000-01 Final Statistics] ]

Junior (2001)

In 2001, Pace finished sixth on the team on defense, recording 62 tackles (36 solo), 18 tackles for a loss, 10 sacks, one pass deflected and 11 quarterback hurries. [ [ 2001-02 Final Statistics] ]

enior (2002)

In 2002, Pace finished third on the team on defense, recording 73 tackles (43 solo), 22 tackles for a loss, eight sacks, six passes deflected, and four quarterback hurries. [ [ Wake Forest Cumulative Season Statistics 2002-03] ]

While at Wake Forest, Pace was a two-time Second-team All-ACC selection and finished his college career with 189 tackles, 29 sacks, five forced fumbles, and a fumble recovery.

Professional career

Arizona Cardinals

Pace was selected by Arizona Cardinals in the first round (18th overall) in the 2003 NFL Draft.

In 2003, as a rookie, Pace started all 16 games. He recorded a total of 32 tackles and one sack. In 2004, he played in 14 games, recording 12 tackles and 4.5 sacks. In 2005, Pace played in only five games with one start. His season was ended when he suffered a laceration of his arm during the Cardinals bye week. Before Pace was placed on injured reserve he recorded 11 tackles and one sack. In 2006, Pace played in all 16 games, starting five of them. He recorded 29 tackles and one sack. In 2007, Pace was switched to outside linebacker and started all 16 games. He led the team with 106 tackles. Pace also recorded a career-high 6.5 sacks and one fumble.

In his five seasons with the Cardinals, Pace played in 67 games with 38 starts recording 186 tackles, 14 sacks and 11 passes deflected. While with the Cardinals he also set career highs in tackles, sacks, interceptions, passes deflected and fumble recoveries in 2007 with 106 tackles, 6.5 sacks, six passes deflected, two fumble recoveries, one forced fumble and one interception.

New York Jets


On March 3, 2008, Pace and the New York Jets came to terms on a six-year, $42 million deal that includes $22 million in guaranteed money. [ [ Pace agrees to six-year, $42 million deal with Jets] ] He had turned down a previous offer with the Miami Dolphins prior to signing with the Jets.


* 4.65 40 Yard Dash
* 31 Inch Vertical
* 19 Bench Reps
* 4.62 Short Shuttle
* 9-foot-7 Broad Jump

[ [ Pace's Pro Day] ]


Pace has admitted to having a "small" fear of heights. [ [ Calvin Pace Already Hitting Some High Notes Published 03-19-08 by Eric Allen Senior Managing Editor] ]


* [ Football Archive]


External links

* [ New York Jets bio]
* [ New York Jets Player card] at
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