Willie Colon (American football)

Willie Colon
No. --Free agent
Position: Offensive guard
Personal information
Date of birth: (1983-04-09) April 9, 1983
Place of birth: Bronx, New York
Height: 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Weight: 315 lb (143 kg)
Career information
College: Hofstra
NFL Draft: 2006 / Round: 4 / Pick: 131
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of 2015
Games played: 100
Games started: 100
Player stats at NFL.com

Willie Colon (born April 9, 1983) is an American football offensive guard who is currently a free agent. He was drafted by the Pittsburgh Steelers in the fourth round of the 2006 NFL Draft. He was part of the Steelers' Super Bowl XLIII victory over the Arizona Cardinals. He played college football at Hofstra University.

High school/college career

Colon attended Cardinal Hayes High School in The Bronx. As a senior, he received the Cardinal Hayes Outstanding Defensive Player Award as the defensive MVP. Colon chose to attend Hofstra, majoring in interdisciplinary studies. Colon is of Puerto Rican Descent.

Professional career

Pittsburgh Steelers

Colon was selected by the Pittsburgh Steelers in the fourth round (131st overall) of the 2006 NFL Draft. He started the first two games of his career in Weeks 16 and 17 of the 2006 season, replacing an injured Max Starks. This sparked a position battle with Max Starks for starting right tackle, which continued through an unspectacular 2007 season.[1] Colon was a member of the Steelers' Super Bowl XLIII championship team. He re-signed with the Steelers after the 2008 season for a one-year deal worth $2.2 million.[2]

While working out during the offseason in June 2010, Colon tore his Achilles tendon, forcing him to miss the entire 2010 NFL Season.

On July 29, 2011, Colon signed a five-year deal worth $29 million with the Pittsburgh Steelers.[3]

In week 1 against the Baltimore Ravens, Colon tore his triceps and missed the rest of the season.

He was released from the Steelers on March 13, 2013.[4]

New York Jets

The New York Jets signed Colon to a one–year contract on March 15, 2013.[5] The New York Jets re-signed Colon to a one-year contract worth $2 million on March 19, 2014.


  1. http://news.steelers.com/team/player/64035/ Steelers Player Bio
  2. Steelers Re-sign OL Colon SI.com, March 11, 2009
  3. Steelers Sign Willie Colon & Jonathan ScottMike Vukovcan, CBSLocal (Pittsburgh)
  4. Orr, Conor (15 March 2013). "Jets sign veteran guard Willie Colon". The Star-Ledger. Archived from the original on 15 March 2013. Retrieved 15 March 2013.
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