NFL Draft: Atmore’s Linam Signs With San Diego Chargers

April 30, 2012

Former Atmore resident Josh Linam signed with the San Diego Chargers Saturday night on the last day of the 2012 NFL Draft as an undrafted free agent. Linam (6-3, 240) is coming off a successful college career as a middle linebacker for the University of Central Florida Knights.

“It feels great. I’m just really excited and fortunate to get a chance to play football. I’m just going to go up there and try to make the most of my opportunity,” Linam told the Orlando Sentinel.

Linam had announced on his Twitter page that he was headed to the Cleveland Browns, but with a last minute offer he was headed to San Diego. Since San Diego did not draft any other linebackers, he said he feels his chances of making the final roster are good. He flies to San Diego on May 10 to being working on making the cut to the 52-man roster.

Linam started 25 of UCF’s last 26 games at middle linebacker, ranking third on the team in 2011 with 66 tackles including a season-high nine vs. East Carolina and UTEP. He also collected 10 tackles for loss, two sacks and a pair of interceptions. Linam received College Football Performance Awards Honorable Mention National Linebacker of the Week honors for his effort against UTEP, which featured 1.5 tackles for loss and an interception.

For his career, Linam registered 165 tackles with 20 tackles for loss and three interceptions in 50 games played.

Linam’s dad, Kevin Linam of Atmore, grew up in San Diego and was an All CIF lineman at Castle Park High School and an All Conference JUDO lineman at Southwestern College.

“This was my dream as a boy and now Josh’s goal since age 8, to play in the NFL,” Kevin Linam said Sunday.


5 Responses to “NFL Draft: Atmore’s Linam Signs With San Diego Chargers”

  1. Destinee Sawyer on April 30th, 2012 2:47 pm

    Congratulations Josh! I don’t think we have ever met, or maybe once when I was a little girl, but we our 2nd cousins. Your grandmother, Joan & my grandmother, Jean, are sisters. So your dad, Kevin & my dad, Lawrence are cousins, which makes us 2nd cousins. What a crazy world! Anyway, good luck with your future and dreams. My family & I will be pulling for you to make the BIG TIMES! GO CHARGERS!!!
    Sincerely, Destinee

  2. lawful citzen on April 30th, 2012 7:52 am

    Congratulations Josh!
    Wishing you the best

  3. 429SCJ on April 30th, 2012 6:32 am

    Welcome to the NFL rookie. Invest your money wisely.

  4. Old Goldie on April 30th, 2012 3:28 am

    Congrats and good luck!

  5. Christopher Scott on April 30th, 2012 1:38 am

    Congratulations Josh!
    Kevin, I can only imagine how proud you must be!!!!
    Good luck the rest of the way, and we will be pulling and praying that we all get the chance to kick back and watch Josh play every Sunday!!!!!!!!!!!!