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Cason (6-1, 195) is a five-year cornerback in his fifth year with the Chargers. San Diego selected him with the 27th overall pick in the 2008 NFL Draft.
After leading the team with four interceptions and 11 passes defensed in 2010, Antoine Cason had high expectations for the 2011 season. Cason overcame mid-season struggles and once again finished the year on a high note, ending the season as the team’s leader with 15 passes defensed. Cason recorded a season-high four passes defensed in the Chargers’ season-ending win over the Oakland Raiders and he combined for nine passes defensed in late season wins over the Raiders, Jacksonville Jaguars and Buffalo Bills.
A Jim Thorpe Award winner at Arizona in 2007 as the nation’s top collegiate defensive back, Cason had his jersey retired by the school in 2010. He is one of more than a dozen family members to play Division I college football. His father, Wendell, was a defensive back at the University of Oregon and went on to play for the Atlanta Falcons. His brother, Dione, ran track at Washington State and cousin, Ken-yon Rambo, was a receiver at Ohio State before playing for the Dallas Cowboys and New York Jets. Another cousin, Aveion Cason, was an All-America tailback at Illinois State and played for the Detroit Lions, St. Louis Rams and Cowboys.
Cason has a long history of community service. At Arizona, he and former Wildcat teammate, Matt Brooks, created a campaign to fight cancer known as “Cason Cares.” Cason became involved after losing his grandfather, Royce Rambo, to cancer in Feb. 2006. Cason and Brooks sold rubber wristbands for $3 apiece and the pair made a generous donation to the American Cancer Society for cancer research before an Arizona men’s basketball game in December 2007.
Away from football, Cason enjoys spending time with his young son, Antoine, bowling and training.
TRANSACTION HISTORY: Chargers’ first-round pick (27), April 26, 2008...signed four-year contract, July 25, 2008.
2011: Game-high two passes defensed Week 1 against Minnesota...both came on third down plays to force Minnesota punts...the last gave the ball to the Chargers for the go-ahead touchdown drive...Made a huge play to break up a pass to Brandon Lloyd in the end zone on a two-point conversion attempt after Denver scored to get within 26-24 with 3:30 left in the fourth quarter in Week 5...Had an interception and career-long 64-yard return in the fourth quarter Week 11 against Chicago...it was the Chargers’ longest interception return since 2007...Cason led the team with three passes defensed Week 14 against Buffalo.
2010: Career-high two interceptions Sept. 19 vs. Jacksonville...both in first half...first Charger with two-or-more interceptions in game since 2008...interception, team-high three passes defensed and career-high nine tackles Nov. 22 vs. Denver...closed out Nov. 28 win at Indianapolis with team-leading fourth interception of season...42-yard punt return set up touchdown for final points in 31-0 win over Kansas City Dec. 12...season-long 62-yard punt return led to field goal in 33-28 win at Denver Jan. 2.
2009: Sealed season-opening ESPN Monday Night Football win in Oakland with late-game interception.
2008: First-career interception in end zone off Jay Cutler in fourth quarter Week 2 at Denver…iced Dec. 21 victory at Tampa Bay with 59-yard interception return for touchdown in late foruth quarter…season-high three special teams tackles in Dec. 28 AFC West-clinching win over Denver...paced squad with two special teams tacjkes in Jan. 5 Wild Card Playoffs vs. Indianapolis...first quarter sack of Ben Roethlisberger on 3rd-down play late in first quarter of Divisional Playoffs at Pittsubrgh Jan. 11.
COLLEGE: 2007 Jim Thorpe Award…finished career with 15 interceptions, fourth-most in school history...set school recordsfor return yards (349) and return average (23.3)…2007 Walter Camp first-team All-America…first-team All-Pac-10 in 2006-07...Pac-10 Player of Week following games against Oregon
(2007), Washington State (2006), Cal (2006) and Northern Arizona (2004)...NAU game was first of career...honorable mention all-conference as frosh and soph...Sporting News and Football Writers Association Frosh All-America and All-Pac- 10…played from 2004-07…ran track from 2006-07 (200 and 4x100 meter relay)…political science major…co-President of U of A Student-Athlete Advisory Board (2006-07).
PERSONAL: Born in Long Beach, California…All-CIF DB at Los Alamitos (Calif.) HS...Sunset League Defensive Back of Year as senior and first-team all-league as junior and senior…first-team all-county by Orange County Register…lettered in track.
The San Diego Chargers tied for the top record in the AFC West last year with an 8-8 mark. Relive each memorable win as we break down some of the greatest moments from the 2011 season. We continue with Week 15’s impressive victory over the Baltimore Ravens.
The San Diego Chargers tied for the top record in the AFC West last year with an 8-8 mark. Relive each memorable win as we break down some of the greatest moments from the 2011 season. We continue with Week 13’s triumph in Jacksonville on Monday Night Football.
The San Diego Chargers tied for the top record in the AFC West last year with an 8-8 mark. Relive each memorable win as we break down some of the greatest moments from the 2011 season. We continue with Week 5’s victory in Denver.
The San Diego Chargers tied for the top record in the AFC West last year with an 8-8 mark. Relive each memorable win as we break down some of the greatest moments from the 2011 season. First up is the opening day victory vs. Minnesota.
The gracious cornerback pulled back the curtain on his mental approach and preparation after his three-turnover performance keyed a 38-13 win against Jacksonville.