Muhammad Wilkerson (born October 22, 1989) is an American football defensive end for the New York Jets of the National Football League. He was drafted by the Jets in the first round of the 2011 NFL Draft. He played college football at Temple.
Wilkerson attended Linden High School in his hometown of Linden, New Jersey. He helped lead Linden to state titles during his junior and senior years in basketball.
After high school, Wilkerson spent a year at Hargrave Military Academy and subsequently enrolled at Temple University. As a freshman at Temple in 2008, Wilkerson played in 11 games and recorded 13 tackles and a sack. As a sophomore in 2009 he started all 13 games and recorded 58 tackles and six sacks. As a junior in 2010 Wilkerson recorded 68 tackles and 10 sacks. Following his junior season, he was named to the first-team All-MAC selection and the team defensive MVP.
Wilkerson was drafted by the New York Jets with the thirtieth overall selection in the 2011 NFL Draft. He was the fourth Temple player to be drafted by the Jets, Wilkerson recorded his first career sack on September 18, 2011, sacking Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Luke McCown in the end zone for a safety.
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- Height: 6’5"
- Weight: 315
- Wingspan: 85.25 inches (7.1 Feet)
- Shoe Size: 14
- 40 Time: 4.83
- Max Bench Press: 27 Reps at 225lbs
- Max Squat: 465lbs
- Non-Traditional Training: Sprints
- Food: Nana’s Mac & Cheese and Mom’s Beef BBQ Ribs
- Pre-Game Song: Big Dreams by Meek Mill
- Favorite Musicians: Jay-Z, Styles P, Drake, Young Jeezy, Meek Mill, Rick Ross and Coldplay
- "Other" Favorite Sports: Basketball & Bowling
- Athlete I Looked Up To: Justin Tuck
- My Hero: My Mom
- Book: Art of War
- Video Game: Madden and NBA 2K
- Movie: Friday, Four Brothers, The Wood and That’s My Boy
- Actor: Denzel Washington, Robert DeNiro
- Actress: Eva Mendes
- Car: Mercedes-Benz CL 550
- Inspirational Quote: “Veni, Vidi, Vici; I came, I saw, I conquered”
- Advice for Young Athletes: “Key to success is consistency."