Joseph Anthony Bosa is an American football outside linebacker who plays for the Los Angeles Chargers of the National Football League (NFL). Also known as Joey Bosa he made way into the NFL in 2016 and soon became one of the best pass rushers in the NFL.
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Bosa was born on July 11, 1995, in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. He attended St. Thomas Aquinas High School where he played high school football and basketball for the Riders. He played college football at Ohio State University in April 2012.
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Bosa's father, John Bosa, played in the NFL from 1987 to 1989. His brother, Nick Bosa, also played defensive end at Ohio State, and was drafted by the San Francisco 49ers with the second overall pick in 2019.
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As a true freshman in 2013, Bosa started 10 of 14 games, recording 44 tackles and 7.5 sacks. Bosa was a highly decorated Buckeye receiving National and Conference honors beginning his Freshman year.
On December 31, 2015, he announced his intentions to enter the 2016 NFL Draft.
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Bosa was projected to be a top 10 pick in the 2016 NFL Draft by NFL analysts. Bosa received an invitation to the NFL combine as a top prospect in the upcoming draft. He completed all of the required combine drills and also participated in positional drills.
Bosa was drafted in the first round with the third overall selection by the San Diego Chargers.
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In 2017, Bosa followed his impressive rookie season with a solid second season, which began with the Chargers' move from San Diego to Los Angeles.
In 2018, Bosa suffered a foot injury, which sidelined him until Week 11 of the season. In even games, he recorded 5.5 sacks, 23 combined tackles, nine quarterback hits, and one fumble recovery.
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On April 12, 2019, Bosa switched his jersey number from 99 to 97. He wore 97 during his tenure with Ohio State. He was named the AFC Defensive Player of the Week for his performance.
In 2020 season, Bosa signed a five-year, $135 million contract extension with the Chargers, making him the highest-paid defensive player in the league. In Week 12 against the Buffalo Bills, Bosa recorded three sacks on Josh Allen and recovered a fumble lost by Allen during the 27–17 loss.
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