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Mason Foster
MLB #59
Height:
6-1
Weight:
241
College:
Washington
Hometown:
Seaside, CA
Experience:
4
Defensive
YearTeamGTotalSoloAstSckSFTYPDefIntTDsYdsAvgLng
TOTAL 57 343 243 100 6 0 12 5 2 122 -- 85
2014 TB 10 62 40 22 0 -- 2 -- -- -- -- --
2013 TB 15 92 63 29 2 0 7 3 2 122 40.7 85
2012 TB 16 105 82 23 2 -- 1 1 0 0 -- 0
2011 TB 16 84 58 26 2 -- 2 1 0 0 -- 0

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Biography

ACQUIRED BY BUCS

  • Selected in the third round (84th overall) of the 2011 NFL Draft by the Buccaneers.

 

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS

  • Owns most career tackles among players who entered the league in 2011. Led his class in both 2011 and 2012. Finished second in 2013 despite missing a game.
  • Led NFL rookies in tackles with 126, the third-most ever by a Buccaneers rookie (Hugh Green, Lavonte David).
  • Made NFL debut vs. Detroit (9/11/11).
  • Made first NFL start at middle linebacker at Minnesota (9/18/11) and recorded a team-high 13 tackles, including one for loss, and his first career sack and forced fumble.
  • Finalist for Pepsi Rookie of the Week following Week 2 performance at Minnesota.
  • Registered first NFL fumble recovery at San Francisco (10/9/11).
  • Grabbed first career interception at Jacksonville (12/11/11).
  • Tallied career-high two sacks at New York Jets (9/8/13), one of which tied a franchise record of -18 yards.
  • Intercepted Drew Brees of New Orleans (9/15/13) and returned it 85 yards for first career touchdown, the third-longest in Buccaneers history.
  • One of only nine players in team history to have multiple interceptions returned for a touchdown in the same season (2013). He joined Derrick Brooks (2002) and Hugh Green (1983) as the only linebackers in club annals to accomplish the feat.
  • His 122 interception return yards in 2013 are the second-most in a single-season by a linebacker in team history (Brooks, 2002 - 218).

 

2013 HIGHLIGHTS

  • One of 10 NFL players to have 90+ tackles, 2+ sacks and 3+ interceptions, and one of two of those 10 with two touchdowns.
  • Two interception returns for touchdowns tied for the NFL lead.
  • His 122 interception return yards were the sixth-most in the NFL and the second-most in a season by a Buccaneers linebacker, trailing only Derrick Brooks’ 218 in 2002.
  • Started at New York Jets (9/8), recording eight tackles, including one for loss, a career-high two sacks and one forced fumble. Sack for -18 yards tied a Buccaneers record. Forced fumble was recovered by the Buccaneers at Jets 5-yard line and led to a touchdown on the ensuing play.
  • Against New Orleans (9/15), posted seven tackles, two passes defensed and an interception of Drew Brees, which he returned 85 yards for a touchdown. It was the third-longest interception return in Buccaneers history and his first career touchdown.
  • Recorded eight tackles at New England (9/22).
  • Posted five tackles, including one for loss, and a pass defensed vs. Arizona (9/29).
  • Registered five tackles and a pass defensed vs. Philadelphia (10/13).
  • Notched four tackles at Atlanta (10/20).
  • Recorded five tackles vs. Carolina (10/24).
  • Registered four tackles at Seattle (11/3).
  • Collected six tackles, including two for loss, vs. Miami (11/11). Played an integral role in Buccaneers run defense that allowed a franchise-record two rushing yards.
  • Intercepted Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan and returned it 37 yards for a touchdown vs. Atlanta (11/17).
  • Missed first game of his career at Detroit (11/24).
  • Returned to action at Carolina (12/1) and notched nine tackles.
  • Led team with nine tackles and recorded one interception vs. Buffalo (12/8).
  • Collected seven tackles vs. San Francisco (12/15).
  • Notched seven tackles, including two for loss, at St. Louis (12/22).
  • Tallied three tackles and a pass defensed at New Orleans (12/29).

 

COLLEGE

  • Started 41-of-50 games at Washington (2007-10), totaling 378 tackles, including 241 solo tackles, 38.5 TFL, 10.5 sacks, 15 passes defensed, eight forced fumbles, four fumble recoveries, one blocked kick, and four interceptions, including one for a touchdown.
  • Served as a team captain in 2010, starting all 13 games.
  • His 163 tackles in 2010 ranked first in the Pac-10 and second in the nation, while his career 378 tackles rank him eighth in Washington history.
  • Named Defensive MVP of the 2010 Holiday Bowl win over Nebraska with 12 total tackles, including 3.0 tackles for loss and 2.0 sacks.
  • Invited to play in the 2011 Senior Bowl.
  • Named first-team All-America by Scout.com and Rivals.com, in addition to being named first-team All-Pac-10 and Associated Press third-team honors his senior season.
  • Set a school record and led the Pac-10 with six forced fumbles in 2009, the third-most in the nation.
  • Named the Huskies’ Defensive MVP as a sophomore, after leading the Pac-10 in tackles per game with 8.75 and earning Washington defensive player of the week honors four times throughout the season.
  • One of seven true freshmen to see action in 2007, playing in all 13 games and starting four.
  • Majored in American ethnic studies.

 

COMMUNITY

  • In June 2013, participated in the team’s “Cut for a Cure” charity challenge, having his head shaved by pediatric cancer patients to support the Pediatric Cancer Foundation.
  • Led students through football drills and promoted the importance of health and fitness for the opening of the BUCS CARE School Fitness Zone at Sulphur Springs Elementary in December 2012.
  • Signed autographs and interacted with fans during the team’s annual Kickoff Party, presented by Miller Lite, in September 2011.
  • Joined Buccaneers teammates and more than 100 UnitedHealthcare employees to pack food boxes at Feeding America Tampa Bay in September 2011 and December 2012.
  • Helped teach football drills and spoke on the importance of living a healthy lifestyle to South London school students in October 2011.
  • Greeted fans at the International Series Fan Rally event at Trafalgar Square, London in October 2011.
  • Distributed candy, signed autographs and played games with over 700 underprivileged children at Lowry Park Zoo for the team’s annual Halloween Celebration in October 2011.
  • Visited patients at All Children’s Hospital and sang Christmas carols to residents of Westminster Palms Retirement Home in December 2011.

 

PERSONAL

  • Attended Seaside High School (Seaside, California).
  • In 2006, led Seaside to a 12-1 overall record, 5-0 league record, Monterey Bay league title and CIF Central Coast Section small school state championship.
  • Played linebacker, picking up quarterback duties midway through his senior season and finishing the year having completed 68-of-105 passes for 951 yards and 12 touchdowns, 105 carries for 657 yards and 11 touchdowns, one receiving touchdown, 158 tackles, 8.0 sacks and five interceptions.
  • Named the Monterey County player of the year by the Monterey Herald, defensive player of the year by the Salinas Californian, an All-Central Coast Section first-team linebacker by the San Jose Mercury News, and CalHiSports all-state first-team in 2006.
  • Son of William and Margarette Foster.
  • Born Mason Foster on March 1, 1989, in Seaside, California.

ACQUIRED BY BUCS

  • Selected in the third round (84th overall) of the 2011 NFL Draft by the Buccaneers.

 

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS

  • Owns most career tackles among players who entered the league in 2011. Led his class in both 2011 and 2012. Finished second in 2013 despite missing a game.
  • Led NFL rookies in tackles with 126, the third-most ever by a Buccaneers rookie (Hugh Green, Lavonte David).
  • Made NFL debut vs. Detroit (9/11/11).
  • Made first NFL start at middle linebacker at Minnesota (9/18/11) and recorded a team-high 13 tackles, including one for loss, and his first career sack and forced fumble.
  • Finalist for Pepsi Rookie of the Week following Week 2 performance at Minnesota.
  • Registered first NFL fumble recovery at San Francisco (10/9/11).
  • Grabbed first career interception at Jacksonville (12/11/11).
  • Tallied career-high two sacks at New York Jets (9/8/13), one of which tied a franchise record of -18 yards.
  • Intercepted Drew Brees of New Orleans (9/15/13) and returned it 85 yards for first career touchdown, the third-longest in Buccaneers history.
  • One of only nine players in team history to have multiple interceptions returned for a touchdown in the same season (2013). He joined Derrick Brooks (2002) and Hugh Green (1983) as the only linebackers in club annals to accomplish the feat.
  • His 122 interception return yards in 2013 are the second-most in a single-season by a linebacker in team history (Brooks, 2002 - 218).

 

2013 HIGHLIGHTS

  • One of 10 NFL players to have 90+ tackles, 2+ sacks and 3+ interceptions, and one of two of those 10 with two touchdowns.
  • Two interception returns for touchdowns tied for the NFL lead.
  • His 122 interception return yards were the sixth-most in the NFL and the second-most in a season by a Buccaneers linebacker, trailing only Derrick Brooks’ 218 in 2002.
  • Started at New York Jets (9/8), recording eight tackles, including one for loss, a career-high two sacks and one forced fumble. Sack for -18 yards tied a Buccaneers record. Forced fumble was recovered by the Buccaneers at Jets 5-yard line and led to a touchdown on the ensuing play.
  • Against New Orleans (9/15), posted seven tackles, two passes defensed and an interception of Drew Brees, which he returned 85 yards for a touchdown. It was the third-longest interception return in Buccaneers history and his first career touchdown.
  • Recorded eight tackles at New England (9/22).
  • Posted five tackles, including one for loss, and a pass defensed vs. Arizona (9/29).
  • Registered five tackles and a pass defensed vs. Philadelphia (10/13).
  • Notched four tackles at Atlanta (10/20).
  • Recorded five tackles vs. Carolina (10/24).
  • Registered four tackles at Seattle (11/3).
  • Collected six tackles, including two for loss, vs. Miami (11/11). Played an integral role in Buccaneers run defense that allowed a franchise-record two rushing yards.
  • Intercepted Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan and returned it 37 yards for a touchdown vs. Atlanta (11/17).
  • Missed first game of his career at Detroit (11/24).
  • Returned to action at Carolina (12/1) and notched nine tackles.
  • Led team with nine tackles and recorded one interception vs. Buffalo (12/8).
  • Collected seven tackles vs. San Francisco (12/15).
  • Notched seven tackles, including two for loss, at St. Louis (12/22).
  • Tallied three tackles and a pass defensed at New Orleans (12/29).

 

COLLEGE

  • Started 41-of-50 games at Washington (2007-10), totaling 378 tackles, including 241 solo tackles, 38.5 TFL, 10.5 sacks, 15 passes defensed, eight forced fumbles, four fumble recoveries, one blocked kick, and four interceptions, including one for a touchdown.
  • Served as a team captain in 2010, starting all 13 games.
  • His 163 tackles in 2010 ranked first in the Pac-10 and second in the nation, while his career 378 tackles rank him eighth in Washington history.
  • Named Defensive MVP of the 2010 Holiday Bowl win over Nebraska with 12 total tackles, including 3.0 tackles for loss and 2.0 sacks.
  • Invited to play in the 2011 Senior Bowl.
  • Named first-team All-America by Scout.com and Rivals.com, in addition to being named first-team All-Pac-10 and Associated Press third-team honors his senior season.
  • Set a school record and led the Pac-10 with six forced fumbles in 2009, the third-most in the nation.
  • Named the Huskies’ Defensive MVP as a sophomore, after leading the Pac-10 in tackles per game with 8.75 and earning Washington defensive player of the week honors four times throughout the season.
  • One of seven true freshmen to see action in 2007, playing in all 13 games and starting four.
  • Majored in American ethnic studies.

 

COMMUNITY

  • In June 2013, participated in the team’s “Cut for a Cure” charity challenge, having his head shaved by pediatric cancer patients to support the Pediatric Cancer Foundation.
  • Led students through football drills and promoted the importance of health and fitness for the opening of the BUCS CARE School Fitness Zone at Sulphur Springs Elementary in December 2012.
  • Signed autographs and interacted with fans during the team’s annual Kickoff Party, presented by Miller Lite, in September 2011.
  • Joined Buccaneers teammates and more than 100 UnitedHealthcare employees to pack food boxes at Feeding America Tampa Bay in September 2011 and December 2012.
  • Helped teach football drills and spoke on the importance of living a healthy lifestyle to South London school students in October 2011.
  • Greeted fans at the International Series Fan Rally event at Trafalgar Square, London in October 2011.
  • Distributed candy, signed autographs and played games with over 700 underprivileged children at Lowry Park Zoo for the team’s annual Halloween Celebration in October 2011.
  • Visited patients at All Children’s Hospital and sang Christmas carols to residents of Westminster Palms Retirement Home in December 2011.

 

PERSONAL

  • Attended Seaside High School (Seaside, California).
  • In 2006, led Seaside to a 12-1 overall record, 5-0 league record, Monterey Bay league title and CIF Central Coast Section small school state championship.
  • Played linebacker, picking up quarterback duties midway through his senior season and finishing the year having completed 68-of-105 passes for 951 yards and 12 touchdowns, 105 carries for 657 yards and 11 touchdowns, one receiving touchdown, 158 tackles, 8.0 sacks and five interceptions.
  • Named the Monterey County player of the year by the Monterey Herald, defensive player of the year by the Salinas Californian, an All-Central Coast Section first-team linebacker by the San Jose Mercury News, and CalHiSports all-state first-team in 2006.
  • Son of William and Margarette Foster.
  • Born Mason Foster on March 1, 1989, in Seaside, California.