Vincent Valentine was drafted by the New England Patriots in the third round (96h overall) of the 2016 NFL Draft.
2016 (13/2, 3/0)
- Recorded his first career sack on a 3-yard drop of QB Carson Palmer in the first quarter and added three tackles in his NFL debut in the win at Arizona (9/11).
- Appeared as a reserve at defensive tackle and recorded one tackle in the win vs. Miami (9/18).
- Recorded three tackles as a reserve at defensive tackle in the win vs. Houston (9/22).
- Recorded two tackles vs. Buffalo (10/2).
- Was inactive due to injury in the win at Cleveland (10/9), vs. Cincinnati (10/16) and at Pittsburgh (10/23).
- Returned to action at defensive tackle totaling one tackle in the win at Buffalo (10/30).
- Played in a reserve role at defensive tackle and recorded two sacks vs. Seattle (11/13).
- Saw time in a reserve role at defensive tackle and registered two tackles, including one for a loss at San Francisco (11/20).
- Subbed as a defensive tackle on defense and assisted on one tackle in the win at N.Y. Jets (11/27).
- Posted one tackle in the win vs. Los Angeles (12/4).
- Saw snaps as a reserve defensive tackle and on special teams in the victory vs. Baltimore (12/12).
- Contributed on defense as a reserve defensive tackle in the win at Denver (12/18).
- Made his first NFL start in the win vs. N.Y. Jets (12/24) and recorded two tackles.
- Started at defensive tackle and contributed with one tackle in the win at Miami (1/1).
- Made his NFL postseason debut in the Divisional Round win vs. Houston (1/14) and totaled one tackle.
- Contributed on defense with a key tackle for loss on a goal line stand that kept Pittsburgh out of the end zone at the end of the first half of the victory in the AFC Championship game (1/22).
- Played in a reserve role at defensive tackle in the victory over Atlanta in Super Bowl LI (2/5).
- Vincent Valentine was a mainstay on the defensive line for three seasons. The 6-3, 320-pound Valentine was an imposing run-stopper, while also showing great athleticism for his size. Valentine made the decision to forgo his final season of eligibility to enter the NFL Draft.
- Named Honorable-Mention Big Ten All-Freshman Team in 2013.
- Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll (Spring 2013).
- Played in 36 games with 24 starts and registered 76 tackles, seven sacks, one forced fumble and two passes defensed.
- Redshirted as a freshman in 2012
2015 - Junior Year:
- Appeared in 10 games with seven starts and registered 10 tackles and three sacks.
- Missed three games due to injury.
2014 - Sophomore Year:
- Played in all 13 games with 11 starts and totaled 45 tackles, three sacks, one forced fumble and two passes defensed.
- Totaled at least four tackles in six contests.
- Recorded career highs at Fresno State with two sacks for 12 yards.
- Set a career high with six tackles against Miami.
- Tied his career high with six tackles in each of the final two contests against Iowa and USC.
2013 - Redshirt Freshman Year:
- Played in all 13 games with six starts and made 21 tackles and a sack.
- Posted a season - high five stops against Iowa.
2012 - Freshman Year
- Redshirted as a freshman in 2012.
- Born Feb. 23, 1994, to Vincent Sr. and Angreha Valentine.
- Majored in journalism at Nebraska.