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Linval Joseph
DT #98
Height:
6-4
Weight:
329
Age:
28
College:
East Carolina
Experience:
8

Quick Stats (2016):

TCKL
77
SCK
4.0
FF
3
INT
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Career Stats
SeasonTeamGamesTacklesInterceptionsFumbles
GGSTotalSoloAstSckSFTYPDefIntYdsAvgLngTDsFFFR
TOTAL 355 213 142 16.5 0 6 0 0 -- 0 0 6 3
2016 MIN 16 16 77 37 40 4.0 -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 3 --
2015 MIN 12 12 56 42 14 0.5 -- 1 -- -- -- -- -- 1 --
2014 MIN 16 16 47 28 19 3.0 -- 1 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
2013 NYG 15 15 59 33 26 3.0 -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 1 1
2012 NYG 16 16 59 33 26 4.0 -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 1 2
2011 NYG 16 15 49 34 15 2.0 -- 4 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
2010 NYG 6 0 8 6 2 0.0 -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --

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BIOGRAPHY

• Veteran DT earned Super Bowl XLVI title as a starter with NY Giants in win over New England to cap the 2011 season. 

• Earned his 1st career Pro Bowl nod after the 2016 season.

• Was born in the U.S. Virgin Islands and moved with his family to Florida when he was 10 years old.

OFF THE FIELD Born in the U.S. Virgin Islands and moved to the U.S. at age 10, settling with his family in Florida...Has a daughter, Elani...Visited Iceland during the 2017 offseason with teammates DE Danielle Hunter and TE Kyle Rudolph as a part of the team’s Viking Heritage trip...Active with Open Door Ministry in his home town of Gainesville, FL...Majored in communications at ECU...Has a Maltese-Yorkie cross named Lucky...Was a state-champion weightlifter as a junior in high school...Had his #76 retired at Santa Fe HS during the 2015 offseason.

PRO Selected to the Pro Bowl following the 2016 season...Named NFC Defensive Player of the Week vs. St. Louis (11/8/15), only the 4th time in Vikings history a DT has been presented the award and the 1st time in his career earning the honor...Signed with the Vikings as an unrestricted free agent in 2014...Starter on Giants run to Super Bowl XLVI title after the 2011 season when the team went from a 9-7 regular season to the Super Bowl win, including road wins in the NFC Divisional Round (at Green Bay) and NFC Championship Game (at San Francisco)...Durable player with 90 starts in 97 career games and has missed only 1 game from 2011-14...Has started all 44 games hes appeared in as a Viking...Originally selected in 2nd round (#46) by Giants in 2010.

• Veteran DT earned Super Bowl XLVI title as a starter with NY Giants in win over New England to cap the 2011 season. 

• Earned his 1st career Pro Bowl nod after the 2016 season.

• Was born in the U.S. Virgin Islands and moved with his family to Florida when he was 10 years old.

OFF THE FIELD Born in the U.S. Virgin Islands and moved to the U.S. at age 10, settling with his family in Florida...Has a daughter, Elani...Visited Iceland during the 2017 offseason with teammates DE Danielle Hunter and TE Kyle Rudolph as a part of the team’s Viking Heritage trip...Active with Open Door Ministry in his home town of Gainesville, FL...Majored in communications at ECU...Has a Maltese-Yorkie cross named Lucky...Was a state-champion weightlifter as a junior in high school...Had his #76 retired at Santa Fe HS during the 2015 offseason.

PRO Selected to the Pro Bowl following the 2016 season...Named NFC Defensive Player of the Week vs. St. Louis (11/8/15), only the 4th time in Vikings history a DT has been presented the award and the 1st time in his career earning the honor...Signed with the Vikings as an unrestricted free agent in 2014...Starter on Giants run to Super Bowl XLVI title after the 2011 season when the team went from a 9-7 regular season to the Super Bowl win, including road wins in the NFC Divisional Round (at Green Bay) and NFC Championship Game (at San Francisco)...Durable player with 90 starts in 97 career games and has missed only 1 game from 2011-14...Has started all 44 games hes appeared in as a Viking...Originally selected in 2nd round (#46) by Giants in 2010.

HONORS Earned his 1st career Pro Bowl nod following the 2016 season...Selected as 2015 Vikings Defensive MVP...Named NFC Defensive Player of the Week vs. St. Louis (11/8/15).

2016 Earned his 1st career Pro Bowl bid...Became the 1st Vikings DT to record 100 tackles in a season since Henry Thomas (100) in 1991...Totaled 100 tackles (48 solo), 7 TFL, 4.0 sacks, 36 QBHs and 3 FF for the NFL’s 3rd-ranked defense (314.9 ypg)...Recorded 7 tackles (2 solo), 1 TFL, 1 sack, 2 QBHs and 1 FF, which was returned 20 yards for a TD by Everson Griffen, vs. Chicago (1/1/17)...Totaled a career-high 15 tackles (8 solo) vs. Indianapolis (12/18)...Registered 5 tackles (2 solo) and 1 QBH, adding a blocked FG, at Jacksonville (12/11)...Led Minnesota’s D-linemen with 7 tackles (4 solo) vs. Arizona (11/20)...Totaled 6 tackles (3 solo), 5 QBHs and 1 FF, which led to a Minnesota TD 4 plays later, at Washington (11/13)...Tabbed 5 tackles (2 solo) and 1 QBH vs. Detroit (11/6)...Lined up in the backfield on both Minnesota TDs against the Lions – a 1-yard reception by Kyle Rudolph and a 1-yard rush by Rhett Ellison...Posted 7 tackles (2 solo), 1 TFL, 1 sack and 3 QBHs at Carolina (9/25)...Recorded 8 tackles (5 solo), 1 sack, a career-high-tying 3 TFL and 5 QBHs vs. Green Bay (9/18)...Totaled 8 tackles (6 solo), 1 TFL, 1 sack, 2 QBHs and 1 FR at Tennessee (9/11).

2015 Helped lead stifling Vikings defense that keyed run to NFC North title...Played big role in Vikings ranking #5 in the NFL in scoring defense, allowing 18.9 points per game and ranking #13 in total defense...Named NFC Defensive Player of the Week for performance vs. St. Louis (11/8), the 1st time in his career being selected for the honor...Had a pair of 9-tackle games at Oakland (11/15) and vs. Green Bay (11/22)...Missed 4 games during the regular season but returned to start Wild Card Playoff game vs. Seattle (1/10/16), his 5th career playoff start.

2014 1 of 3 new starters along the Vikings defensive line in 2014...Started all 16 games after signing with the club as an unrestricted free agent during the offseason...Finished 2nd along the defensive line with 73 tackles, trailing only Everson Griffen (75)...Made his Vikings debut, which included 6 tackles, 1 TFL, 1.0 sack and 4 QB hurries, in the season opening win at St. Louis (9/7)...Helped the Vikings defense become the NFL’s most improved in 2014, allowing 7.1 fewer offensive points per game than in 2013...1 of 8 new defensive starters for the Vikings in 2014.

2013 Started 15 games...Part of NYG defense that ranked #12 in the NFL in total defense...Posted career-high 10 tackles at Carolina (9/22)...Notched 7 tackles and a sack against eventual Super Bowl champion vs. Seattle (12/15)...Missed 1 game with injury, inactive vs. Philadelphia (10/6)...Notched sack in a game at Philadelphia (10/27) when he caught Matt Barkley...Shared sack on Cowboys QB Tony Romo at Dallas (9/8).

2012 Started all 16 games for 1st time in career...Ranked 5th on team with 72 tackles...Notched career-high 4.0 sacks...Posted career-best 2.0 sacks at Dallas (10/28)...Had FF and FR vs. Washington (10/21).

2011 Moved into full-time starter role with 15 starts and played in 16 games...Opened all 4 playoff games en route to Super Bowl XLVI title...Had career-high 9 solo tackles vs. Green Bay (12/4)...Had a tackle and tackle for loss in Super Bowl...Had 3 tackles each in opening 3 playoff games of run to the title...Notched 1st career sack on Dolphins QB Matt Moore vs. Miami (10/30/11).

2010 Saw time in 6 games as a rookie, inactive for 10...Had season-best 5 solo stops at Green Bay (12/26)...Played in 1st NFL game vs. Chicago (10/3). 

COLLEGE  Started 27 of his 41 career games at ECU, opening 9 at NT and 18 at RDE...Earned 1st-Team All-Conference USA as a senior in 2009...Earned Honorable Mention All-Conference USA as a junior...Scored a rushing TD in 2009 for the Pirates on a 1-yard carry.

PREP  Twice named Class AAA All-State and lettered 4 times in football...Earned state title in weightlifting as a junior...Competed in shot put and discus as team advanced to state meet...Holds the school record in the shot put and discus.