Ben Leber Speaker Profile
Ben Leber Biography
Ben Leber was born December 7, 1978 and is a retired American football linebacker. He was drafted by the San Diego Chargers in the third round of the 2002 NFL Draft. He played college football at Kansas State University.
He has also played for the Minnesota Vikings.
San Diego Chargers
Leber was drafted by the San Diego Chargers in the third round of the 2002 NFL Draft. He was an immediate-impact rookie, playing in all 16 games and starting 14 of them. He was selected to both the Pro Football Weekly and Football Digest All-Rookie teams, finishing the year with 49 tackles, 5 sacks (third on the team), and 3 forced fumbles (first on the team).
In his second season, Leber started every game at strong side linebacker for the Chargers, notching 75 tackles, 3 sacks, 1 pass defensed, and 1 forced fumble. In his third year, he was an every-game starter for the Chargers, finishing the season with 58 tackles, 2 sacks, and 1 fumble recovery. The next season, Leber was injured during training camp and again during the season. This led to him losing his starting position to future Pro-Bowler Shawne Merriman. He finished 2005 with 22 tackles, 2 sacks and 1 fumble recovery.
Although he never played in a Super Bowl, he did go to some Super Bowl parties as a member of the San Diego Chargers when it was hosted in San Diego.
As an unrestricted free agent, Leber was signed by the Minnesota Vikings on March 11, 2006. Playing in 15 games, he finished his first season with the team with 46 tackles, 3 sacks, 1 interception, 3 forced fumbles, 2 fumble recoveries and 1 fumble recovery touchdown. The next year was even betterplaying in all 16 games, Leber notched 67 tackles, 5 sacks, 2 forced fumbles, and 1 interception. In 2008, Leber again played the full season, recording 64 tackles, a career-low 1.5 sacks, and 2 interceptions.
St. Louis Rams
On August 9, 2011, Leber signed with the St. Louis Rams. On December 3, 2011, Leber was waived by the Rams.
Despite having worked out for the Philadelphia Eagles in March 2012, he was unable to find an interested team.
He announced his retirement from professional football on June 18, 2012.
While co-hosting KFAN's Paul Allen Project, on January 29, 2013 the host Paul Allen finally convinced Leber that Gus Bradley (head coach of the Jacksonvile Jaguars), and Rod Chudzinski (head coach of the Cleveland Browns), would not be calling anytime soon to draw him out of retirement for the 2013-14 season.
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