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Sean Gilbert

Football ∙ Aliquippa

 

 

 

 

To say that Aliquippa High School has made its mark on the National Football League would be an understatement. Names like Hall of Famer Mike Ditka, future Hall of Famer Ty Law and current All-Pro Darrelle Revis have left an indelible imprint on football’s highest level. Sean Gilbert is part of that fraternity, and he not only built on the Quips’ NFL legacy, he enhanced it. Gilbert spent 11 seasons in the NFL, earning Pro Bowl recognition in 1993.

But that was par for the course for Gilbert, who established himself among the best football players in the nation at every level – high school, college and professional. Gilbert first jumped into the football conscience of America during his senior season at Aliquippa, being selected as The USA Today’s National Defensive Player of the Year. Parade magazine also selected Gilbert to its prestigious All-American team and the Associated Press named him to its first team all-state team. The Atlanta Touchdown Club named him its “Lineman of the Year” and he was selected to play in the Big 33 Classic. That season, Gilbert made 91 tackles as he led Aliquippa to a 14-1 record, a WPIAL championship and a spot in the PIAA championship game.

One of the most heavily recruited players in the nation, Gilbert took his talents to the University of Pittsburgh, where he would establish himself as one of the best defensive lineman in the school’s history. In 1990, Gilbert was named first team all Big East and was an Associated Press All East first team defensive selection. In 1991 Gilbert earned All-American honors with the Panthers, finishing his college career on a high note in a game against rival Penn State by making 16 tackles and 1½ sacks. The 6'-5", 318-pound Gilbert opted for the NFL after his junior season and became the number one draft pick of the Los Angeles Rams, and the third overall selection in the 1992 draft. He established himself as a force from the very start, as he was named to the NFL All-Rookie team by the Pro Football Writers Association. One year later, Gilbert became regarded as one of the best defensive lineman in the NFL, recording 10½ sacks that season and culminating with his selection to the Pro Bowl. He went on to play with the Washington Redskins, Carolina Panthers and Oakland Raiders. He finished his career with 475 tackles and 42½ sacks.

Gilbert has gone on to an equally successful career as a businessman since retiring from the NFL. He is the founder of Sean Gilbert Associates, Inc; the CEO of Nerih, Inc; the owner of Obediah Records, LLC; and a partner in Esquire Big & Tall Men’s Clothing Store in Charlotte, NC. Gilbert now resides in Charlotte with his wife, Nicole, and their four children, Deshaun, A’lexus, Zaccheaus, and A’lea.