Matt Wilhelm

Matt Wilhelm
Matt Wilhelm

Wilhelm at 49ers training camp in August 2010
Free Agent
Personal information
Date of birth: February 2, 1981 (1981-02-02) (age 30)
Place of birth: Oberlin, Ohio
Height: 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) Weight: 245 lb (111 kg)
Career information
College: Ohio State
NFL Draft: 2003 / Round: 4 / Pick: 112
Debuted in 2003 for the San Diego Chargers
Career history
*Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Roster status: Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of Week 17, 2010
Tackles     243
Sacks     2.0
Interceptions     6
Forced fumbles     1
Stats at

Matthew Wilhelm (born February 2, 1981 in Oberlin, Ohio) is an American football linebacker who's currently a free agent in the National Football League. He was drafted by the San Diego Chargers in the fourth round of the 2003 NFL Draft. He played college football at Ohio State.

Wilhelm has also been a member of the Philadelphia Eagles, San Francisco 49ers and Green Bay Packers.


Early years

Wilhelm is a native of Lorain, Ohio and attended nearby Elyria Catholic High School. He amassed 100 tackles, 26 for loss, and 11 sacks as a senior and was named a 1st Team All-Ohio selection. He also played tight end and running back.[1] In 2002, he had his #34 jersey retired.

College career

Wilhelm played college football at Ohio State from 1999 to 2002. Wilhelm was moved to middle linebacker before his sophomore season and started every game. In his first game as a starter against Fresno State, Wilhelm intercepted a David Carr pass and ran it 25 yards for a touchdown.[2] The following year, he earned the coveted Randy Gradishar Award as the team’s top linebacker and made all of the defensive calls. As a senior, Wilhelm helped his team to a national championship with a team-leading 11 tackles in one of the most memorable games in college history against the University of Miami. Wilhelm ended the year with a career high 121 tackles and ended his career with the 6th most career tackles for loss for Ohio State all-time.[3]

Professional career

San Diego Chargers

Wilhelm was drafted by the San Diego Chargers in the fourth round of the 2003 NFL Draft. He spent the first four years of his career mostly on special teams and as a backup. In 2007, he became a full-time starter after Donnie Edwards signed with the Kansas City Chiefs. He was released by the Chargers on July 24, 2009.

Philadelphia Eagles

Wilhelm was signed by the Philadelphia Eagles on August 4, 2009 after starting middle linebacker Stewart Bradley suffered a season-ending knee injury. He was waived on September 5, 2009.

San Francisco 49ers

Wilhelm was signed by the San Francisco 49ers on October 19, 2009 after reserve linebacker Jeff Ulbrich was placed on injured reserve. He was re-signed to a one-year contract on March 4, 2010. He was cut on September 3, 2010.

Green Bay Packers

Wilhelm was signed by the Green Bay Packers on October 26, 2010


External links

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