LOCALS IN THE NFL
Local NFL Players Named Team Captains For 2022 Season
Sep 5, 2022, 1:36 PM | Updated: Sep 8, 2022, 2:30 pm
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SALT LAKE CITY – Multiple NFL players with ties to the state of Utah were named captains for the their teams for the upcoming 2022 season.
The NFL season kicks off on Thursday, September 8.
Prior to the start of the season, NFL teams announced their rosters and team captains. Multiple local players were named as team captains for 2022.
Bobby Wagner – Linebacker – Los Angeles Rams
Former Utah State linebacker was named as a team captain for the Los Angeles Rams. He was one of six Rams named as captains. It’s Wagner’s first season with the NFC West franchise.
Prior to his time in the NFL, Wagner was a star player for the USU Aggies from 2008-11.
After a college career at Utah State, the Southern California native was selected by the Seahawks during the second round of the 2012 NFL Draft.
Wagner helped Seattle win Super Bowl XLVIII in 2013. Last season, Wagner recorded 170 total tackles, 93 solo tackles, one sack, one forced fumble, one interception, and five pass breakups. The former USU standout was selected to his eighth consecutive Pro Bowl in 2021.
After spending the first 10 seasons of his career with the Seahawks, Wagner joined Seattle’s NFC West rival on March 31. The six-time All-Pro player had been released by the Seahawks on March 8.
Oh captain our captains. pic.twitter.com/V84KIOFSuu
— Los Angeles Rams (@RamsNFL) September 2, 2022
During his 10-year career, Wagner has posted 1,383 total tackles, 818 solo tackles, 23.5 sacks, six forced fumbles, nine fumble recoveries, 11 interceptions, 60 pass breakups, and one touchdown in 150 games.
The Super Bowl champion Rams begin their title defense against the Buffalo Bills on Thursday, September 8 at 6:20 p.m. (MDT) on KSL TV.
Fred Warner – Linebacker – San Francisco 49ers
Former BYU linebacker Fred Warner was picked as a 49ers team captain for the third straight year.
Prior to his time in the NFL, Warner played college football at BYU from 2014-17.
During his four seasons in Provo, the linebacker recorded 264 total tackles, 158 solo tackles, 6.5 sacks, three forced fumbles, five fumble recoveries, seven interceptions, 13 pass breakups, and two touchdowns.
Warner was selected by the Niners with the No. 70 overall pick during the third round of the 2018 NFL Draft. He was selected to the Pro Bowl and honored as a first-team All-Pro in 2020.
Earned their stripes.
Your 2022 team captains 🌟 pic.twitter.com/lAIos4dobu
— San Francisco 49ers (@49ers) September 7, 2022
In his four seasons with San Francisco, the former BYU standout has posted 504 tackles, 332 solo tackles, 4.5 sacks, six forced fumbles, six fumble recoveries, three interceptions, 25 pass breakups, and one touchdown in 64 games.
Last season, Warner and the Niners had a 10-7 record and reached the NFC Conference Championship game, where they fell 20-17 to the eventual Super Bowl champion Rams.
Warner and the 49ers open their 2022 schedule on the road against the Chicago Bears on September 11 at 11 a.m. (MDT) on FOX.
Zach Wilson – Quarterback – New York Jets
Former BYU quarterback Zach Wilson was a named a team captain for the New York Jets for the second consecutive season. Wilson was one of three Jets players named as a team captain.
Before his time in the NFL, the Corner Canyon High School product had a standout career at BYU. Wilson helped the Cougars to an 11-1 record during his final season in Provo.
After his college career, Wilson was selected by the Jets with the No. 2 overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft.
Last season as a rookie, the quarterback was also named a Jets team captain.
Voted on by our team, our 2022 captains:@TreyDeuce32RTR @ZachWilson @jhardee_19 pic.twitter.com/CeIGk1wdC6
— New York Jets (@nyjets) September 5, 2022
During Wilson’s rookie campaign last season, the former BYU signal-caller missed four games because of a knee injury and threw for 2,334 yards, nine touchdowns, and 11 interceptions with a 55.6 completion rate.
The Jets begin their 2022 schedule at home against the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday, September 11 at 11 a.m. (MDT). The game will be televised on CBS.
Miles Killebrew – Safety – Pittsburgh Steelers
Former Southern Utah standout Miles Killebrew was honored as a team captain for the Pittsburgh Steelers. Killebrew was one of five team captains for the Steelers.
Before his NFL career, the Henderson, Nevada native was a star for the Thunderbirds from 2011-14.
After his SUU career, Killebrew was drafted by the Detroit Lions during the fourth round of the 2016 NFL Draft.
Following five seasons with the Lions, the safety signed with the Steelers ahead of the 2021 season.
Our 2⃣0⃣2⃣2⃣ team captains:@ohthatsNajee22@CamHeyward
📝: https://t.co/vyUjtrr6Qt pic.twitter.com/EV4wIgcivI
— Pittsburgh Steelers (@steelers) September 5, 2022
Last season, Killebrew recorded 13 total tackles and nine solo tackles in 17 games. During his NFL career, he’s posted 118 total tackles, 97 solo tackles, one forced fumble, two interceptions, one touchdown, and six pass breakups in 95 games played.
Pittsburgh’s season opener is on the road against the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday, September 11 at 11 a.m. (MDT) on CBS.
Kyle Ireland is a Locals in the NFL Insider for KSLSports.com and host of the Yards After College Podcast. Follow him on Twitter (@kyleireland) and Instagram (@kyleirelandksl).