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Eric Bakhtiari
LB #99
Height:
6-3
Weight:
250
College:
San Diego
Experience:
1

Biography

PRO: Eric Bakhtiari is a speed-rushing defensive end that excels on special teams coverage units.  He was elevated to the 53-man roster from the Titans’ practice squad on Dec. 12, 2009 after Jason Jones was placed on injured reserve.  He posted six special teams tackles in three games.

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS:
• In 2009, he appeared in three games with the Titans and collected six special teams tackles.    

TITANS TIDBITS: 
• Bakhtiari started growing his hair out two years ago for Locks of Love, a public non-profit organization that provides hairpieces to financially disadvantaged children suffering from long-term medical hair loss from any diagnosis.  He will cut and donate his hair following the 2010 season.
• His last name is of Persian descent and is pronounced BOK-tee-R-ee.
• Bakhtiari has two youngers brothers that play collegiately.  Andrew is a defensive end at San Diego and David is a left tackle at Colorado.

CAREER TRANSACTIONS:
• The Burlingame, Calif., native was originally signed as a rookie free agent by the San Diego Chargers on May 2, 2008.
• Released by the Chargers prior to the 2008 regular season and spent two weeks on the Chargers’ practice squad before spending the remainder of the 2008 campaign on the San Francisco 49ers practice squad.
• Re-signed with the Chargers on Jan. 7, 2009, but was waived at the end of the preseason.
• Signed to the Titans’ practice squad on Nov. 11, 2009 after spending two weeks on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers practice squad earlier in the 2009 season.

COLLEGE:
• Was a two-time Pioneer League Defensive Player of the Year (2006-07) and three-time first-team All-PFL (2005-07).  Named an All-American by the Associated Press and Walter Camp as senior.  Named three-time first-team All-American by Sports Network (2005-07).  Named third-team AP All-America as junior.
• Was invited to 2008 Texas vs. Nation All-Star Game in El Paso, Texas.
• Finished his career at San Diego (2003-07) with 236 tackles, 35 sacks, six forced fumbles and 67 tackles for loss.
• Registered an FCS-leading 20 sacks and 24.5 tackles for loss as a senior in 2007.
• Was named Pioneer League Defensive Player of the Week after games against Drake (five sacks and three forced fumbles) and Morehead State (three sacks and four tackles for loss) in 2007.
• Was redshirted in 2003.
• Earned a degree in business administration from San Diego.

PERSONAL: 
• Earned first-team all-county and all-league in football at Burlingame (Calif.) High School.  Also lettered in track.
• His hobbies include water-skiing and wakeboarding.
• Born Eric Assad Bakhtiari on Dec. 2, 1984 in San Mateo, Calif.

PRO: Eric Bakhtiari is a speed-rushing defensive end that excels on special teams coverage units.  He was elevated to the 53-man roster from the Titans’ practice squad on Dec. 12, 2009 after Jason Jones was placed on injured reserve.  He posted six special teams tackles in three games.

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS:
• In 2009, he appeared in three games with the Titans and collected six special teams tackles.    

TITANS TIDBITS: 
• Bakhtiari started growing his hair out two years ago for Locks of Love, a public non-profit organization that provides hairpieces to financially disadvantaged children suffering from long-term medical hair loss from any diagnosis.  He will cut and donate his hair following the 2010 season.
• His last name is of Persian descent and is pronounced BOK-tee-R-ee.
• Bakhtiari has two youngers brothers that play collegiately.  Andrew is a defensive end at San Diego and David is a left tackle at Colorado.

CAREER TRANSACTIONS:
• The Burlingame, Calif., native was originally signed as a rookie free agent by the San Diego Chargers on May 2, 2008.
• Released by the Chargers prior to the 2008 regular season and spent two weeks on the Chargers’ practice squad before spending the remainder of the 2008 campaign on the San Francisco 49ers practice squad.
• Re-signed with the Chargers on Jan. 7, 2009, but was waived at the end of the preseason.
• Signed to the Titans’ practice squad on Nov. 11, 2009 after spending two weeks on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers practice squad earlier in the 2009 season.

COLLEGE:
• Was a two-time Pioneer League Defensive Player of the Year (2006-07) and three-time first-team All-PFL (2005-07).  Named an All-American by the Associated Press and Walter Camp as senior.  Named three-time first-team All-American by Sports Network (2005-07).  Named third-team AP All-America as junior.
• Was invited to 2008 Texas vs. Nation All-Star Game in El Paso, Texas.
• Finished his career at San Diego (2003-07) with 236 tackles, 35 sacks, six forced fumbles and 67 tackles for loss.
• Registered an FCS-leading 20 sacks and 24.5 tackles for loss as a senior in 2007.
• Was named Pioneer League Defensive Player of the Week after games against Drake (five sacks and three forced fumbles) and Morehead State (three sacks and four tackles for loss) in 2007.
• Was redshirted in 2003.
• Earned a degree in business administration from San Diego.

PERSONAL: 
• Earned first-team all-county and all-league in football at Burlingame (Calif.) High School.  Also lettered in track.
• His hobbies include water-skiing and wakeboarding.
• Born Eric Assad Bakhtiari on Dec. 2, 1984 in San Mateo, Calif.

Defensive
YearTeamGTotalSoloAstSckSFTYPDefIntTDsYdsAvgLng
TOTAL 8 4 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 -- 0
2012 SF 5 0 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2009 TEN 3 4 4 0 0 -- 0 -- -- -- -- --

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