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At 5’10, 211 pounds, TJ’s hard-hitting and aggressive playing style has earned him the nickname “Boss Ward.”

Originally from the San Francisco Bay Area, TJ was the 38th overall NFL Draft Pick in 2010. During his first pro season TJ led the Browns with 123 tackles while earning 1st team All NFL rookie honors and being named a finalist for the Defensive Rookie of the Year. After his tremendous rookie season TJ has continued to play at a very high level while earning numerous accolades over the past 3 seasons including being named as a 1st team All Pro by Sports Illustrated in 2012. TJ has distinguished himself as one of the premiere safeties in the NFL with his stellar playmaking abilities in coverage and against the run. His hard work, dedication, and on the field leadership were key factors in the four year contract offered by the Denver Broncos in 2014.

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Career Timeline

Denver Broncos

Denver Broncos: A New Era

On March 11, 2014, Ward signed with the Denver Broncos for a four year contract.

2014
Cleveland Browns

Pro Bowl

2013
Cleveland Browns

Second-team All-Pro

2013
Cleveland Browns

Defining Moment

Ward had a breakout season, starting all 16 games, earning Second-Team All-Pro honors from the Associated Press. He finished the year with 123 Tackles, 1.5 sacks, 2 Interceptions, 1 forced fumble, and 10 passes defended.

2013
Cleveland Browns

The return

Ward returned to form in 2012, starting 14 games and was quite good in coverage. As an up and coming player, he finished with 68 tackles, a sack, and an interception.

2012
Cleveland Browns

Second Season

Ward stepped into a larger role in his second season, but injuries held him to only 8 games. He finished the season with 39 tackles, and a sack.

2011
Cleveland Browns

Ward is drafted by the Cleveland Browns

Ward was drafted 38th overall by the Cleveland Browns. He started all 16 games of his rookie season, recording 123 combined tackles and 2 interceptions. Ward gained national recognition for an illegal hit on Bengals receiver Jordan Shipley, where he had a helmet to helmet hit to force the ball out of Shipley's hands. Ward was fined for the hit.

2010
Oregon Ducks

Oregon Ducks

After returning to the starting lineup Oct. 31 vs. USC, shared the team-lead in tackles in four of his final six appearances to leap to fifth on the team in stops (68) despite missing five games ... Lost for nearly half of the season after suffering an ankle injury in the opener at Boise State ... Ended his collegiate playing career with a 10-tackle performance vs. Ohio State in the Rose Bowl ... Credited with a season-high 12 stops at Stanford, in addition to forcing one fumble and securing one TFL ... Led the Ducks with 10 stops against the Trojans in addition to intercepting a pass on the final play of the game ... Posted a game-high 11 tackles and added 1.0 TFL and two pass breakups versus the Broncos despite leaving the contest early in the second half with an ankle injury.

2009
Oregon Ducks

Oregon Ducks

Oregon’s leader in tackles (101) tied for fifth in the conference (7.8 avg.) as a first-year starter ... Earned third team (Phil Steele Publications) and honorable mention (coaches) Pacific-10 all-conference accolades ... Tied for second on the squad with eight pass breakups ... His 5.5 tackles for loss were the second most by a defensive back ... Made 10 or more tackles on four occasions, including a career-best 14 vs. Stanford ... Forced a pair of fumbles at California while recording 10 tackles ... Also contributed 11 tackles against UCLA as well as 10 vs. Arizona ... Had eight tackles and a forced fumble at Oregon State ... Made just one tackle at Arizona State, but forced a fumble ... Returned an interception 16 yards at Purdue ... Joined a pair of teammates in equaling the program’s best power clean lift of all time (330 lbs.) among defensive backs during 2008 winter testing, in addition to posting the position’s top squat mark (495 lbs.).

2008
Oregon Ducks

Honorable mention All-Pac-10

2008
Oregon Ducks

Oregon Ducks

The former walk-on parlayed his role as one of the secondary’s top reserves with his development as one of team’s top special teams standouts ... The bulk of his 21 tackles in 13 appearances occurred while covering kickoffs, including a career-high four takedowns against Washington State as well as three others vs. Fresno State and Stanford ... Also recovered a fourth-quarter fumble against the Cardinal ... Worked his way into the lineup for a season-high 50 snaps vs. South Florida in the Sun Bowl, where he had two solo stops including a tackle for loss.

2007
Oregon Ducks

Oregon Ducks

Emerged from spring drills as a starter at cornerback yet a knee injury early in fall camp placed those plans on hold ... Delayed his collegiate debut until Sept. 30, coming up with a key interception in the end zone to curtail an Arizona State scoring drive ... Yet injuries prevented his next action until the regular-season finale, finishing the season playing in only three games ... Stepped onto the field for a season-high 16 snaps in the Las Vegas Bowl.

2006
Oregon Ducks

Oregon Ducks

Honored as scout team’s defensive player of the week for his part in Ducks’ preparations vs. USC as well as weekly defensive and special teams acclaim prior to game against California during his redshirt year.

2005
De La Salle Spartans

De La Salle

TJ played high school football at prep powerhouse De La Salle during their 151 game winning streak. An injury early in his senior year deterred many scouts, leading to him walking-on with the Oregon Ducks.

High School