Vernon Gholston
Free AgentNo. --
Defensive end
Date of Birth: June 5 1986 (1986-06-05) (age 35)
Place of Birth: Detroit, Michigan
Height: 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)Weight: 260 lb (118 kg)
National Football League debut
No regular season appearances
Career Highlights and Awards
  • First-team All-America (Pro Football Weekly) (2007)
  • Big Ten Defensive Lineman of the Year (2007)
  • First-team All-Big Ten (2007)
  • Second-team All-Big Ten (2006)
Career History
College: Ohio State
NFL Draft: 2008 / Round: 1 / Pick: 6
Career stats to date
Stats at

Vernon Gholston was born on June 5, 1986 in Detroit, Michigan and is an American football defensive end in the National Football League who is currently a free agent. He was drafted by the New York Jets sixth overall in the 2008 NFL Draft. He played college football at Ohio State where he earned the 2007 Big Ten Conference Defensive Lineman of the Year award.

Early years

Gholston attended Cass Technical High School in Detroit, Michigan and was a student and a letterman in football where he played for head coach Thomas Wilcher. In football, as a senior, Gholston was an All-State honoree as an offensive guard while racking up 75 tackles and six sacks on defense. Gholston, whose father was deceased, was mentored by Wilcher. He also has a cousin named Dre' Gholston.[1] Gholston's mother's name is Cheryl Gholston.[2]

Gholston did not play football at Cass until his sophomore year and did not play on defense (at linebacker) until his senior year.[3] He was originally interested in bodybuilding and working out, buying fitness magazines and working out in his basement before he was a teenager.[4]

College career

On November 3, 2007, Gholston tied two Ohio State team records for quarterback sacks in a game when he dropped Wisconsin QB Tyler Donovan four times for a total loss of 32 yards. Two weeks later he recorded three sacks against the Michigan Wolverines to lead Ohio State to its fourth consecutive win over the Wolverines. During the 2007 season Gholston recorded 37 tackles (15 1/2 for a loss) and set a school record with 14 sacks in 13 games, breaking the former record of 13 sacks in a single season set in 1995 by Mike Vrabel.[5] He was named All-America by Pro Football Weekly and was First-team All-Big Ten.

In 2006 he earned Second-team All-Big Ten honors from both the league's coaches and media while starting 13 games. Gholston had 49 tackles and his 15 tackles behind the line of scrimmage led the team included 7.5 quarterback sacks, which ranked second on the team. He also intercepted his first pass in the win over Bowling Green.

Gholton redshirted in 2005 after suffering a broken left hand in the season opener. In his Freshman season he played defensive end (even though he was recruited as a linebacker). He played his way on to the depth chart and moved up to the No. 2 spot behind Mike Kudla.

During his tenure at Ohio State, Gholston started 25 games. He finished with 87 tackles (47 solo) and 30.5 stops for a loss. He also had 22.5 sacks, which ranks fifth in school history.

Gholston has declared for the 2008 NFL Draft and is projected as a top 10 pick. He tied the highest bench press score at the NFL combine with 37 repetitions at Template:Convert/LonAoffDbSoff.[6] Gholston is the only player to record a quarterback sack against two-time consensus All-American and 2008 NFL Draft number one overall selection Jake Long in Long's NCAA career.[6] Gholston was invited to attend the 2008 NFL Draft in New York.

Awards and honors


  • 2007 College Football All-America Team (Pro Football Weekly)
  • 2007 watch-list candidate for Chuck Bednarik Award
  • 2007 watch-list candidate for Ted Hendricks Award


  • 2007 Big Ten Conference Defensive Lineman of the Year (coaches)
  • 2007 All-Big Ten Conference First-Team (coaches and media)
  • 2006 All-Big Ten Conference Second-Team (coaches and media)


  • 4.58 40-yard dash
  • 42 Inch Vertical jump
  • 37 Bench reps
  • 7.12 3-Cone drill
  • 4.40 Short Shuttle
  • 10-foot-5 Broad jump
  • 455 pound bench press [7]

Professional career

New York Jets

Gholston was drafted by the New York Jets sixth overall in the 2008 NFL Draft.[8] Gholston is expected to play outside linebacker in the Jets' 3-4 defense with the Jets citing his speed, strength and “long limbs,” believing they had found the perfect outside pass rusher for their defense.[9][10] The Jets have begun contract negotiations with Gholston in hopes of avoiding a hold out.


  1. Harris, Doug (2008-01-06). From gentle giant to OSU star. Cox Ohio Publishing and Cox Sports TV. Retrieved on 2008-02-13.
  2. Stein, Leland (2007-11-29). DEMOLITIO MAN Ohio State’s Vernon Gholston: A one-man wrecking crew. Michigan Chronicle Online. Retrieved on 2008-02-13.
  3. Spencer, Jon (2007-11-05). Gholston showing he is a beast. Newark Advocate. Retrieved on 2008-03-13.
  4. Lloyd, Jason (2007-11-15). End is sculpting his NFL potential. News-Herald. Retrieved on 2008-02-13.
  5. Defensive notes. Ohio State University Athletic Department. Retrieved on 18 Nov, 2007.
  6. 6.0 6.1 Cabot, Mary Kay (2008-02-25). Buckeyes DE Vernon Gholston turns heads at Combine. Retrieved on 2008-03-13.
  7. New York
  8. Allen, Eric (2008-04-26). Gholston a Jet. Retrieved on 2008-04-26.
  10. New York

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