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Will Poole

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Position: Defensive back
Personal information
Date of birth: (1981-07-24) July 24, 1981 (age 38)
Place of birth: Beckley, West Virginia
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Career information
College: Southern California
NFL draft: 2004 / Round: 4 / Pick: 102
Career history
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CFL status: International
Career highlights and awards
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William Starling Poole[1] (born July 24, 1981) is a former American football defensive back. He was drafted by the Miami Dolphins in the fourth round of the 2004 NFL Draft. He played college football at Southern California.

Poole was also a member of the Kansas City Chiefs, Toronto Argonauts, Hamilton Tiger-Cats, Sacramento Mountain and San Antonio Talons.

Early years

Poole was a top high school player at Christ The King Regional High School in New York and a Parade All-American his junior year. He also competed on their nationally ranked basketball team.

College career

He is a University of Southern California graduate whose senior team split the collegiate national championship with Louisiana State University. He first went to Boston College, but had to leave for violations. Following that he went to Ventura College. Best known for his standout performance against Michigan which included two sacks in the 2004 Rose Bowl (played on January 1) en route to a USC 28-14 victory.

Awards and honors

  • Junior College Athletic Bureau All-American (2002)
  • SuperPrep JUCO 100 (2002)
  • Western State Conference Mountain Division Defensive MVP (2002)
  • Ventura College Team MVP (2002)
  • Pac-10 Defensive Player of the Week (November 5, 2003)
  • First-team All-Pac-10 selection by, and (2003)
  • Second-team All-American by the AP and
  • Honorable mention All-American (2003)
  • USC Co-Special Teams Player of the Year (2003)

Professional career

Miami Dolphins

He was drafted in the fourth round by the Miami Dolphins in 2004. Plagued with knee injuries throughout his career, he played during a promising rookie season and was placed on IR during the 2005 and 2006 seasons then was waived by Miami on December 19, 2006. He tried out for the New Orleans Saints on the weekend of May 12–13, 2007.

First stint with Chiefs

Poole signed a two-year deal with the Kansas City Chiefs on July 27, 2007. However, he was released by the team on September 1 during final cuts.

First stint with Argonauts

On October 4, 2007, Poole was signed by the Toronto Argonauts of the Canadian Football League and assigned to their practice roster. He was later released by the team on October 10, 2007.

Second stint with Chiefs

On May 27, 2008, Poole was re-signed by the Chiefs. He was released on August 10.

Second stint with Argonauts

Less than a year after being signed to the Toronto Argonauts' practice squad, Poole re-joined the Argonauts on September 8, 2008.

Sacramento Mountain Lions

On May 25, 2011, Poole signed with the Sacramento Mountain Lions of the United Football League.


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