Player Bio

Henry Melton
DT #69
Height:
6-3
Weight:
295
College:
Texas
Experience:
5
Defensive
YearTeamGTotalSoloAstSckSFTYPDefIntTDsYdsAvgLng
TOTAL 64 104 77 27 20.5 0 5 0 0 0 -- 0
2014 DAL 16 15 11 4 5 -- 4 -- -- -- -- --
2013 CHI 3 5 3 2 0 -- 0 -- -- -- -- --
2012 CHI 14 44 32 12 6 -- 0 -- -- -- -- --
2011 CHI 15 24 18 6 7 -- 0 -- -- -- -- --
2010 CHI 16 16 13 3 2.5 -- 1 -- -- -- -- --

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Biography

PRO CAREER: Voted to his first-career Pro Bowl in 2012... Accumulated 15.5 sacks, 9 TFLs, 66 tackles (46 solo), 3 forced fumbles and 1 fumble recovery in 45 career games (29 starts) in three seasons (2010-12) for the Bears after seeing his rookie season in 2009 derailed by injury... Has 2 career multi-sack games... Added 1 PBU and 6 special teams tackles.
PRO CAREER: Voted to his first-career Pro Bowl in 2012... Accumulated 15.5 sacks, 9 TFLs, 66 tackles (46 solo), 3 forced fumbles and 1 fumble recovery in 45 career games (29 starts) in three seasons (2010-12) for the Bears after seeing his rookie season in 2009 derailed by injury... Has 2 career multi-sack games... Added 1 PBU and 6 special teams tackles.

HONORS & AWARDS: 2012 - Pro Bowl.

CAREER TRANSACTIONS: Drafted in the fourth round (105th overall) by the Bears in the 2009 NFL Draft… Agreed to a 4-year contract with Chicago (5/29/09)... Designated franchise player (3/1/13). SIGNED THROUGH 2013

2012 SEASON: Named to Pro Bowl after starting all 14 games played, recording 6 sacks which ranked third among NFL DTs... Had 33 tackles (27 solo), 2 FF and 5 TFLs… Inactive vs. GB (12/16) and at ARZ (12/23) with a chest injury. GAMES PLAYED-STARTED: 14-14

PREVIOUS SEASONS: 2011 - Started all 15 games played, leading all NFC defensive tackles with 7 sacks, which ranked tied for third among the position in the NFL... 42 sack yards were tied for second among NFL defensive tackles... Had 16 tackles and 4 TFLs... Inactive Week 15 vs. SEA due to shin injury. 2010 - Made an immediate impact as a reserve defensive lineman, playing in all 16 games... Saw action at both defensive end and defensive tackle, picking up 17 tackles (9 solo) and 2.5 sacks... Added 1 PBU, 1 forced fumble and 1 fumble recovery... Credited with 6 special teams tackles. 2009 - Played in the preseason, but was placed on Injured Reserve (9/5) prior to the season opener.

COLLEGE: Versatile former running back who switched to defensive end during his career at Texas (2005-08)... Played in 49 games (24 at defensive end and 25 at running back) with 11 starts (10 at DE and 1 at RB)... Registered 40 tackles, 4.0 sacks, 11 TFLs, 20 QB pressures, 3 PBUs, 2 forced fumbles, 2 fumble recoveries and a blocked FG... Tabbed honorable mention all-Big 12 by the league's coaches as a senior... Rushed for 625 yards and 16 TDs on 132 carries (4.7 ypc) during his first two seasons with the Longhorns… As a senior, tabbed honorable mention all-Big 12 by the league's coaches, posting 29 tackles, 4.0 sacks, 10 TFLs, 17 QB pressures, 2 PBUs, 1 forced fumble, 1 fumble recovery and 1 blocked FG... As a junior, saw action in 10 games at defensive end after playing on offense his first two seasons... Credited with 11 tackles, 1 TFL, 3 QB pressures, 1 PBU, 1 forced fumble, 1 fumble recovery and 3 special teams stops… During sophomore season saw action in all 13 games, 12 at RB and 1 on defense... Rushed for 193 yards on 45 carries (4.3 avg) to go along with 6 TDs... Gained 63 yards on a career-high 19 carries with two TDs in his first-career start against Sam Houston State… Played in all 13 games at running back as a freshman... Ran for 432 yards on 87 carries to go along with 10 TDs... His 10 rushing TDs ranked third on UT's all-time freshman list... Scored 2 TDs and posted 34 yards on 13 carries in the Big 12 Championship Game.

PERSONAL: Four-year letterman at Grapevine (TX) High School… Second-team all-USA selection by USA Today in 2004... An all-district pick as a running back, posting over 800 yards in each of his final three seasons at Grapevine... Lettered his freshman year and scored the game-winning TD in Grapevine's opening-round playoff win over Azle... Competed in track and field as a freshman, sophomore and junior and played baseball as a freshman... Born in Cedar Hill, TX, and also lived in San Diego, CA, and Yokosuka, Japan, as a child... Graduated with a degree in education... His uncle, Ray Crockett, played 14 years in the NFL with Detroit (1989-93), Denver (1994-2000) and Kansas City (2001-02)... His sister, Kameshia, played volleyball at Auburn (2003-04).

Recent Articles

  • Collins won't change his approach despite new role

    Posted Sep 25, 2013

    Although he is expected to start in place of the injured Henry Melton, Bears defensive tackle Nate Collins doesn't intend to change his mentality.

  • Henry Melton out for year with torn ACL

    Posted Sep 23, 2013

    Bears defensive tackle Henry Melton will miss the rest of the season after suffering a torn ACL in Sunday night's 40-23 win over the Steelers.

  • Melton part of new wrinkle in Tucker's defense

    Posted Aug 7, 2013

    Defensive tackle Henry Melton got out of his customary three-point stance and rushed the passer from a stand-up position in practice, something first-year defensive coordinator Mel Tucker is experimenting with in training camp.

  • Bears' 'rush men' boast speed, athleticism

    Posted Aug 22, 2012

    The only rims at Halas Hall are on luxury cars in the players’ parking lot. But that doesn’t prevent Rod Marinelli from envisioning a basketball team when he looks at the Bears’ nickel pass rush.

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