Josh James Sitton ( /ˈsɪtən/ SIT-ən; born June 16, 1986) is an American football guard for the Chicago Bears of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at UCF, and was drafted by the Green Bay Packers in the fourth round of the 2008 NFL Draft. won with them against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

High school career

Sitton attended Catholic High School in Pensacola, Florida, where he lettered four times in football and twice in basketball. A two-way lineman, Sitton allowed just three quarterback sacks over two seasons on the offensive side, while adding 50 tackles and six sacks as a defensive lineman as a senior. He earned second-team all-state and first-team all-area honors as an offensive lineman as a senior.

Regarded as only a two-star recruit by both and , [2] [3] Sitton was not listed among the best offensive lineman prospects in the class of 2004. He chose UCF over offers from Nicholls State University and the University of Alabama at Birmingham.

College career

In his true freshman season at UCF, Sitton played in all 11 games with four starts at right guard. He was moved to right tackle for his sophomore season, where he started all 13 games for the Knights. He remained a starter at right tackle for the rest of his college career, blocking the way for Kevin Smith, as he rushed for 2,567 yards in 2007, just 62 yards short of breaking Barry Sanders's NCAA single-season rushing record (2,628) set in 1988.

Professional career

Pre-draft measurables
Ht Wt 40‑yd dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20‑ss 3‑cone Vert jump Broad BP
6 ft 3 1 2 in
(1.92 m)
319 lb
(145 kg)
5.20 s 1.76 s 2.96 s 4.50 s 7.55 s 9 ft 0 in
(2.74 m)
28 reps
All values from UCF Pro Day (March 20, 2008) [4]

Green Bay Packers

Sitton was drafted by the Green Bay Packers in the 4th round of the 2008 NFL Draft. In 2010, he was named Offensive Lineman of the Year by the NFL Alumni Association and was selected as a Pro Bowl alternate. [5] Sitton was a key part of the Packers offensive line, as the team won Super Bowl XLV. Sitton started every game at right guard during the 2009 and 2010 seasons, including all the team's playoff games. [9]

Following the 2012 season, Sitton was moved to left guard. He had spent the first five years of his career at right guard. [10]

On September 2, 2011, the Packers signed Sitton to a five-year contract extension. [6] On January 21, 2013, Sitton was chosen to replace Mike Iupati in the Pro Bowl, his first selection. [7] On January 3, 2016, Sitton started his first career game at left tackle in place of the injured David Bakhtiari as the Packers played the Minnesota Vikings in the regular season finale that decided the NFC North champion.

On September 3, 2016, Sitton was released by the Green Bay Packers, in an unexpected move. [11] Packers head coach Mike McCarthy later said that Sitton's release "isn't just one thing." Sitton was entering the final year of his contract, and had criticized McCarthy's offensive game plan following a 2015 game against Arizona. [2]

"I really don't want to talk, man," Sitton told ESPN following his release. "I'm thankful to the organization. It's a tough business." From 2009-2015, Sitton started 110 of 112 regular season games and 13 playoff games. [2]

Chicago Bears

On September 4, 2016, Sitton signed a three-year contract with the Chicago Bears worth $21.75 million with $10 million guaranteed. [2]

Sitton revealed that his reasons for signing with the Bears included: how quickly the deal got done, the weather in the midwest compared to "too damn hot" in the south and close proximity to where he had lived in the Green Bay area. He denied that the signing had anything to do with wanting "revenge" by playing Green Bay twice a year. [2]

Sitton was forced to miss the team's first meeting against the Packers, a game at Green Bay on October 20. Sitton had suffered an ankle injury on one of the final plays of Chicago's prior game against Jacksonville. [2] Sitton did play in the game at home against Green Bay on December 18, though he noted that "it was just another game."

"I don't think too much about that. I'm not really that type of person in general. I don't get too emotional or too high or low about anything. So it's just the next game for us, a division opponent," Sitton said. [2] The Bears narrowly lost to Green Bay in one of the coldest games ever played at Soldier Field.

Despite missing three games due to an ankle injury, and the Bears' worst record in a 16-game season in franchise history, Sitton was named to the Pro Bowl replacing former teammate T.J. Lang. Sitton's presence on the offensive line helped rookie running back Jordan Howard finish second in the league in rushing, and helped Bears quarterbacks pass for the third-most yards in team history. [2]

It was Sitton's third Pro Bowl selection in a row and fourth overall. "The older you get, the more you appreciate them," Sitton said. "You can't play at a high level in this game forever. I don't know if I'll ever get back. The whole age thing makes it even more special. I'm still young, though, damn it." [2]

In March of 2017, Sitton revealed that he felt like he was hitting a milestone achievement entering his 10th NFL season. "I have been lucky. A lot of guys are not lucky. They get the injury bug and things like that. I have been blessed to avoid that. And really, that is the difference maker in this business is being able to stay healthy. and I have been able," Sitton said. [2]

Personal life

Sitton went to high school with Roman Reigns and played football together. [2]

Sitton and his wife have been married since July 2016. They were married in Pensacola. [3] In late July 2017, the couple's first daughter was born. [3]

Since 2014, Sitton has returned to his high school to host the Josh Sitton Football ProCamp for youth in the area. [3]