Najee Goode (born June 4, 1989) is an American football linebacker for the Philadelphia Eagles of the National Football League (NFL). He was drafted in the fifth round of the 2012 NFL draft by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He played college football at West Virginia.



Early years

Goode attended Benedictine High School where he lettered in football and track & field. In football, he was a dual-threat quarterback as well as a linebacker. He was named the Most Valuable Player (MVP) of the Cuyahoga County East-West high school All-star game. In track & field, he won the Division II state championship in the discus throw with a school record of 172’1”.[7]

He then attended West Virginia University (WVU) where he majored in industrial engineering.[7] While at West Virginia, in 2011, he tied for fourth on the single season list for tackles-for-loss with 15.[7]

Professional career

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

After being drafted by the Buccaneers, Goode took part in the Buccaneers rookie mini-camp. On May 14, 2012, announced Goode had signed a four-year deal to become an official member of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers NFL roster, the same day as college roommate, and Tampa Bay Buccaneers teammate Keith Tandy signed his rookie deal.

He was released on September 1, 2013, when the Buccaneers trimmed their roster to 53 players.

Philadelphia Eagles

Goode was signed to the Philadelphia Eagles on September 2, 2013. On September 9, 2014, he was placed on injured reserve after injuring his pectoral muscle in the season opening win against the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Goode was released by the Eagles on September 5, 2015 for final roster cuts. He was re-signed on September 22.[8] On December 6, 2015, Goode scored his first career touchdown on a blocked punt by Chris Maragos.[9] The Eagles won over the New England Patriots, 35–28. In February 2016 he re-signed with the Eagles.[9] On September 3, 2016, Goode was released by the Eagles during final cuts.[10] On September 10, 2016, he was re-signed by the Eagles.[11]

On March 8, 2017, Goode signed a one-year contract extension with the Eagles.[12]

Career statistics

NFL career statistics[13]
YearTeamGP/GSTacklesSacksPass defenseFumblesSafetiesTDs
2012TB3 / 000000000000
2013PHI14 / 115621--1040000
2014PHI1 / 000000000000
2015PHI14 / 09211--0000000
Career32 / 124832--1040000

Personal life

He is the son of Fatimah and John Goode.[7] Goode had a daughter born in June 2016.[7]