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Nick Eason Camp returns to the Pit

LYONS, GA- Booster Stadium “The Pit” of Lyons, GA, normally the home of the Toombs County High School Bulldogs will host the 4th Annual Nick Eason Skills & Drills Football Camp on Tuesday July 7, 2015. The camp will be managed by Greenville, SC sport management company Wyatt Sports, LLC and its sports training entity, Wyatt Sports Academy. The camp is for boys and girls ages 5-15, and will include football fundamentals, obstacle courses, lunch, and bouncy stations for those ages 4 and under. The cost is only $20.00 per camper and registration is currently open at www.wyattacademy.com.  They are encouraging campers to pre-register online now as limited space is available for the camp. Check in on the day of the camp begins at 8 a.m. followed by a short devotion, and then three hours of football training culminating in lunch at 12 noon.

Eason is coming back to his high school alma mater Toombs County High School where he laid the foundation for getting collegiate football offers and committing to Clemson University. He finished his collegiate career with 153 tackles, including 15 sacks in 47 games and a first team All-ACC selection in 2002. He went on to be drafted in the fourth round of the NFL Draft to the Denver Broncos in 2003. He ended up playing for four NFL franchises in a 10 year career in which he won Super Bowl XLIII with the Pittsburgh Steelers. After his playing days he has worked on getting in the coaching profession and is currently the Assistant Defensive Line Coach for the NFL’s Tennessee Titans. 

Eason is very proud of his Lyons, GA roots and it is a great honor for him to be able to come back to where he grew up  to give back to the community that raised him. He will be joining the Toombs County coaching staff to teach the kids football skills and interact with them about what’s important in life. An extra bonus for the campers is that they will each receive a camp t-shirt, poster and lunch. 

Eason talks on Titan TV

Nick Eason, who is a first year assistant defensive line coach with the NFL's Tennessee Titans, appeared on Titans TV to discuss National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Eason, who lost his mother Toombs County High School teacher Iris Wilcox to breast cancer, discussed that tragic event and his Nick Eason Foundation which helps cancer patients with expenses such as travel while undergoing treatment. Watch Nick on Titans TV  

The 2-4 Titans are coming off a 16-14 home win over Jacksonville. Nick's defensive line recorded two of the Tennesssee's six sacks and the Titan defense held the Jaquars to 82 rushing yards. The Titans won their season opener 26-10 at Kansas City using the same formula. The Chiefs on ran for 67 yards while Titans sacked the quarterback four times.   

Call him- Coach Eason

Nick Eason coaching the youth at his summer camp in the Pit 

As his 10-year NFL playing career was coming to an end former Toombs County Bulldog Nick Eason had a plan for his future. He wanted to become an NFL head coach. Eason took the first step toward accomplishing his goal by serving as an intern coach for the Cleveland Browns during the 2013 season. Nick took the second step when he was named the defensive line coach for the Tennessee Titans.

The Titans head coach is Ken Whisenhunt. Eason played for him in Arizona. Ray Horton is the Titans' defensive coordinator and Eason also played for him at Pittsburgh and Arizona where Horton was an assistant coach and a defensive coordinator respectively.  

Camp Eason grows in 2nd year

Nick Eason addresses the young campers at his youth skill camp 

The second annual Nick Eason Youth Football Skills Camp was much larger than the first. Over 300 youngsters participated- 243 kindergarten age to sixth grade in the morning session and around 70 in the afternoon segment for middle school and high school athletes. "I am really glad I had the camp again this year and it was free so more kids showed up," said Eason. "It gave a lot of kids who maybe aren't fortunate enough to be able to pay to get in the camp and this might be the only camp they may be able to do this summer. They get some great coaching, from a great group of guys, that they can use on the field as well as learn a couple of things, from myself, about life off the field.” Watch some camp action and listen to Nick You Tube

Eason retires as a player, coaching is next

Nick's 10-year career as a NFL player has come to an end. Eason, in an April Y-101 Radio appearance, said that coaching would be the next phase of his professional career and now it is official. “I have decided that I am going to start coaching and where ever that leads me I don't know,” said Nick. “I had the opportunity to enter in to the minority coaching program with the Cleveland Browns and then I will be an assistant after that. So, I am excited. My goal is to coach at the pro level and be a head coach and I really feel that God will bless me to allow me to make that happen."

Nick was drafted in 2003 in the fourth round, out of Clemson, by the Denver Broncos. He moved on to the Browns, the Pittsburgh Steelers and finished his career with the Arizona Cardinals. Nick started 17 games and played a variety of positions, as a back up, on the defensive line. In 117 games he had 128 tackles and seven sacks. NFL quarterbacks who were sacked by the 300 pounder were Christian Ponder (Vikings, last sack in 2012), Alex Smith (49er's), Josh Freeman (Bucaneers), Ryan Fitzpatrick (1/2 sack Bills), Matt Schaub (1/2 sack Texans), Jason Campell (Redskins), Kerry Collins (Raiders) and Ben Rothlisberger (Steelers, first sack in 2005). Eason played in two Super Bowls and won one ring in 2008 in one of the most exciting Super Bowls ever. Pittsburgh edge Arizona 27-23 on an amazing catch by Santonio Holmes, with 42 seconds to play.    

Eason steps up in in fight vs. cancer

 

Nick Eason has stepped up many times, in his athletic career, for his teams. However, the former Toombs County Bulldog has never stepped up to the extent in which he did on April 25, 2013. Nick made a major financial contribution to the Cancer Center at Meadows Regional Medical Center in the name of his mother Iris Wilcox. Mrs. Wilcox lost her fight against breast cancer on August 8, 2012. The new center will be called the Irish H. Wilcox Cancer Center. Watch the Ceremony You Tube

"This is for my mother and other care takers and those who are battling cancer," said the 10-year NFL pro. "Once I thought about it, this should be a really good thing. It is just the beginning of a miraculous thing that I am going to try to plant in this community. Not only this but there will be other things to come- other surprises."

Eason had to keep his large contribution a secret, "It was a long time planning. Just being around here and trying to hide it and be real discreet about it. Now that it is out there I can kind of relax and just enjoy."

2012 Season 
 
Cardinals finally win 5th game

Nick Eason (middle) prepares for third quarter play  

The Arizona Cardinals went 77 days between their fourth and fifth wins of the 2012 season. Their nine game losing streak finally came to an end with a 38-10 home win over Matthew Stafford and the Detroit Lions.

Despite totaling only 196 yards of offense, the Cardinals scored 24 straight points in the first half and the final fourteen points of the game. Arizona scored two touchdowns on defense on pick-six interceptions. Rashad Johnson returned an interception 53-yards for a touchdown in the second quarter and Greg Toler nearly doubled that with his 102 yard pick-six.

Former Toombs County Bulldog Nick Eason was credited with a third quarter solo tackle of running back Mike Leshoure. The former University of Illinois back gained only two-yards on a first and ten play at the Detroit 45-yard line. Nick now has 129 career NFL tackles- 84 solo's and 45 assists.

Eason and Cards "D" up in losses
 

 Nick Eason crushes Viking QB Christian Ponder

and celebrates his seventh career sack 

The 2012 season has been a frustrating one for former Toombs County Bulldog Nick Eason and all of his defensive teammates with the Arizona Cardinals. The Cardinal "D" has played well enough to put the NFC West team in contention for a playoff birth. Unfortunately, the Arizona offense has been dreadful.

Three Arizona quarterbacks have combined to complete just 55% of their passes and they have thrown just 10 touchdown passes in 12 games. The Cardinals' running game has been just as inefficient averaging just 81.5 yards per game. Meanwhile, the Cardinals defense has accumulated 33 sacks and 18 interceptions. Arizona menaced Atlanta Falcon quarterback Matt Ryan in to five picks.

The Cardinals opened the season with four consecutive wins over Seattle, New England, Philadelphia and Miami and then they went on a still active eight game losing streak. The Cardinals have only scored 95 points during this run and are averaging just 12 points per game.

Nick has started one game in his 10th NFL season and he has played as a reserve, on the defensive line, in the other 11 games. Eason has been in on seven tackles and he had a sack- the seventh of his career- against the Minnesota Vikings. Watch Nick's sack Video  

Eason visits Georgia Dome

Former Toombs County Bulldog Nick Eason made his second visit to the Georgia Dome in his 10-year NFL career and the result was his first loss in his home state. Despite a dominating performance by Nick and his fellow Arizona Cardinal defensive teammates, the Atlanta Falcons pulled out a 23-19 win.

The Arizona defense forced the Falcons in to six turnovers and lured quarterback Matt Ryan in to a career high five interceptions. Arizona led 13-0 after a quarter. However, the Cardinals continued a season long trend of struggling on offense. In their first 10 games they still have not scored 30 of more points in a game. Against the Falcons the Cardinals outrushed the home team 137 to 58-yards. However, the Cardinals second and third string quarterbacks only completed 11-of-27 passes for a mere 41 yards. Starter Kevin Kolb was out with an injury.  

Nick played defensive tackle and backed up starter Darnell Dockett on numerous first and second down situations. In Eason's other Georgia Dome visit back in his Cleveland Browns days, the Browns defeated the Falcons 17-13. On that Sunday, back in 2006, Cleveland forced then Falcons quarterback Michael Vick in to a miserable passing day- 16-of-40 with two interceptions.   

Nick returns to the Pit to see the Dawgs
 

Pampino Purple and Nick Eason in the Pit 

 
 Camp Eason in the Pit

Nick Eason, former Toombs County Bulldog and Clemson Tiger and now current Arizona Cardinal, returned to the Pit and staged his first football camp for kids ages 5-14. Helping out with the instructing were Toombs County head coach Shane Williamson and members of his staff and former head coach Mark Stroud and many of the players from his days at TCHS including Derrick Mincey. Watch the sites and the sounds from the camp You Tube

Eason coming home for football camp

 

Eason sheds weight for 10th season
 

300+ lb. Eason hits Cam Newton 

 

Nick, 41 pounds lighter, in May

Prior to the start of his tenth NFL season, former Toombs County Bulldogs Nick Eason is coming home to run the first annual Nick Eason Camp for youngsters age 5-14 at the Pit on Saturday, June 9 between nine a.m and noon.

"I just want all the kids to have a really good time and enjoy themselves and give them the opportunity to hang out with some NFL players including myself," said Eason. "I am going to have stations set up to do some competitive drills, especially for the younger kids. For the older kids I'll work on technique and footwork that will make them better football players." For more camp info click here

The average NFL career lasts only 3.3 years. Nick will more than triple that when he opens his tenth season on September 9 in a home game against Seattle. "I have been very fortunate. I am in a very small percentage of high school players that get to go off and play in the National Football League and now I am in a small percentage of guys in to their double-digits," said Eason.

Nick will start his tenth season much lighter than he ended his ninth. During the off season Nick incorporated boxing in to his workouts and he has lost 41 pounds and is down to 288. He wants to carry 295 pounds on his 6-3 frame. "I feel great. I feel faster and stronger and I will have more endurance to beat down lineman for four quarters," said Nick.

Listen to Nick talk about his camp and his career Audio

2011 Season 

Eason and the Cards win in OT

Nick Eason (#98) celebrates the Cards fumble recovery 

While Tebowmania took a pause for a week in Denver, there wasn't a hault to the Arizona Cardinals late season run as Nick Eason's new team beat one of his old teams, the Cleveland Browns, 20-17 in overtime. The Cardinals have won six out of their last seven games as they reached the .500 level (7-7) after a 1-6 start. The Cardinals, Seahawks and slumping Bears are all 7-7, two games behind the Falcons and the Lions, who are currently holding a wildcard invitation to the playoffs with two regular season games remaining. Arizona's final two games are at Cincinnati and at home versus Seattle.

For the first time in three games Nick was not in the starting lineup, however, he was on the field late in regulation and made a tackle on a four-yard run with less than a minute to go before overtime.

Eason and the Cardinals sack the 49ers

 

Nick Eason (#98) pursues 49er 

 

 and celebrates sack

Since becoming a starter at nose tackle, Nick Eason and the Arizona Cardinals have won three straight games. Their latest victory was a come-from-behind job against the already playoff bound San Francisco 49ers. Arizona trailed 19-7 in the third quarter, however, the Cardinals rallied and scored touchdowns in the third and fourth quarter and won their home game 21-19. The Cardinals, who are 6-7, have five out of their last six games.

Eason had his most active game of the season. He made back-to-back tackles for short rushing gains of one and two yards in the first quarter and then in the second he made a tackle on a pass play and then he sacked quarterback Alex Smith for a loss of eight yards- his sixth career sack. Nick has now started 16 games in his NFL career and has a total of 116 tackles- 75 solos and 41 assists.

Eason moves from special teams to starter

Nick Eason (#98) playing special teams against Pittsburgh

Nick Eason has always been on standby in his nine years in the NFL, ready to fill in as a starter when there is an injury. Nick got his chance to start the last two games with the Arizona Cardinals at St. Louis and on Sunday at home against the Dallas Cowboys and both were Cardinal victories. Starting nose tackle Dan Williams broke his arm and Eason moved from special teams and backup defensive lineman in to the starting lineup for the 14th and 15th time in his NFL career.

In the win at St. Louis, Jay Freely kicked a 22-yard field goal with 4:09 to play in the fourth quarter to give Arizona a 23-20 victory. Then on Sunday the Cardinals scored a game-tying touchdown with 13:08 to play in the fourth and won the game in overtime 19-13 on a 52-yard pass play. Eason made a tackle on the second play of the game stopping DeMarco Murray on a 3-yard run. Eason now has 112 total tackles in his career- 72 solo stops and 40 assists.

The Cardinals after a losing six straight games have won four out of their last five and are 5-7 on the season with four games remaining- San Francisco (home), Cleveland (home), Cincinnati (away) and Seattle (home). The Cardinals are tied with Seattle for second place in the NFC West behind the 10-2 49ers.

Eason and Cardinals win 2nd game

Nick Eason leaves Patrick Peterson's TD celebration 

In his four seasons with the Pittsburgh Steelers, Nick Eason played on the winning side 67% of the time. From 2007-2010 Pittsburgh won 48 of 71 games including five out seven in the playoffs and a Super Bowl victory over the Arizona Cardinals.

This season, Nick's first with those Cardinals, has been a challenge. Arizona opened up with a 28-21 win over Cam Newton's Carolina Panthers. However, a one, a three and a four point loss to Washington, Seattle and the New York Giants was followed by double-digit losses to Minnesota and Pittsburgh and then a four-point defeat at Baltimore. Add it up and you get a six game losing streak.

The Cardinals tough run finally came to an end with a 19-13 overtime home victory over the one-win St. Louis Rams. Arizona overcame a feeble offense which scored just one offensive touchdown while giving up four points on two safeties in the third quarter. The Cardinals won the game in OT on an amazing 99-yard punt return by rookie Patrick Paterson- from LSU. Eason, who is second team at nose tackle, contributed a second quarter tackle- his third stop of the season. On Sunday Arizona plays at Philadelphia.

Nick versus Newton

 

Eason hits Newton on the goal line 

 

Nick meets Cam after the Cardinals win 

Nick Eason's Arizona Cardinal regular season debut was a success. Despite yielding 422 passing yards to rookie quarterback Cam Newton, the Cardinals hung on to a 28-21 win. Nick had one tackle and it was an important fourth quarter hit on the Heisman Trophy winning quarterback stopping him for a one-yard gain.   

Eason and Sharpe play against Super Bowl champs

Eason pressures QB Matt Flynn 

Eason (#98) finds an opening between center and guard 

The last time Nick Eason faced the Green Bay Packers was on February 6 in Arlington, Texas when the Packers pulled out a 31-25 win over Nick's Pittsburgh Steelers. On Friday, at historic Lambeau Field, Eason and his fellow former Toombs County Bulldog Brandon Sharpe both played against the defending Super Bowl champs in Arizona's second preseason game. Once again Green Bay won a close game 28-20. The Packers scored two touchdowns in the fourth quarter on a 97-yard pass play and an 84-yard drive.

Neither Eason (defensive line) of Sharpe (outside linebacker) were credited with a tackle. However, Eason did consistently apply a lot of pressure on the Green Bay quarterback Matt Flynn while working with the second unit. Nick was called out for a tackle on a running play by the Cardinals radio play-by-play announcer. Sharpe, who had a sack in the in the first preseason game and two total tackles, played in the second half at Lambeau.

Bulldogs become teammates in Arizona 

Nick Eason now wears #98 in Arizona 

Sharpe #48 pursues WR Andre Roberts a rookie from the Citadel 

Brandon (left) next to Ray Horton (Defensive Coordinator) 

What are the odds that two former Toombs County Bulldogs would be teammates in the National Football League? Nick Eason and Brandon Sharpe missed each other at TCHS by six years, but now for the first time they are teammates with the Arizona Cardinals. Nick signed a two-year contract when the lockout ended and Sharpe is a free agent.

Brandon has been in camp for one week and has been wearing number 48 and playing outside linebacker. Nick started practicing with the team on Thursday and he is wearing number 98 and playing defensive tackle. He wore 98 for the Cleveland Browns. Nick might have an advantage over some of his Cardinal defense teammates in the knowledge department because Arizona's new defensive coordinator is Ray Horton, who spent the last seven seasons as a defensive coach with the Pittsburgh Steelers. Horton has been installing the defense and is using some of the principles that Nick encountered when he was a Steeler including the "Ghost Front" when the defensive lineman stand up instead of putting a hand on the ground

Eason signs with the Arizona Cardinals

Due to the now ended NFL lockout Nick Eason was a free agent longer than usual. After wrapping up his fourth season with the Pittsburgh Steelers Nick's one-year contract ended and he became an unrestricted free agent. After four months in limbo, because of the unsettled labor situation, Eason signed to a two-year deal with the NFC Arizona Cardinals on Thursday evening.

Eason visited the Cardinals last season when he was on his free agent tour and their mutual admiration was not forgotten. Arizona's head coach is Ken Whisenhunt, who prior was the offensive coordinator for the Steelers. When training camp begins on Saturday afternoon Nick won't be the only former Toombs County Bulldog dressed out for the Cardinals. Brandon Sharpe was signed by Arizona and will wear number 48 in camp.

Arizona will be Nick's fourth NFL home. He was drafted by Denver, spent three seasons with the Cleveland Browns and the past four with the Steelers. Eason was an unsung hero for the Steelers in their two trips to the Super Bowl. In each season he played an important role by filling in for injured starters on the defensive line. Last season Eason was named the Steelers Ed Bloch Award winner for his courage returning to the team so quickly and successfully after a serious medical issue. Eason, who played in two Super Bowls, earned a ring when Pittsburgh defeated, coincidentally, Arizona 27-23 in Super Bowl 43. 

Eason has been in on 107 tackles in his NFL career including 69 solo stops and five sacks. The nine-year pro veteran recently turned 31-years old. Story         

2010 Season 

Eason is pictured in Sports Illustrated

Nick Eason (#93 upper right) is pictured on page 37 of the Super Bowl issue of Sports Illustrated. Nick was subbing for Brett Keisel at right defensive end and he is taking on Chad Clifton. Clifton, a two-time Pro Bowler also has southern connections. The Packer left offensive tackle is from Tennessee and played for the Volunteers. Nick is also pictured in the "Leading Off" section of the magazine. However, you will be hard-pressed to find him. The picture is a wide shot of the opening kick-off. Nick plays on the Steelers' kick-off return team. Question- is Eason the first former Toombs County Bulldog to be pictured in SI?     

Packers deny Eason another Super Bowl ring

Nick Eason (#93) battles on the line in the 1st quarter 

Eason pressures the Super Bowl MVP in the 4th quarter 

In their first playoff game the Pittsburgh Steelers overcame a 14 points deficit and defeated the Baltimore Ravens. In Super Bowl XLV, the Steelers trailed Green Bay by 11 at half and although they rallied and pulled to within three points with 7:34 to play in the game- the Green Bay Packers drove 70-yards in 10 plays and added a field goal with 2:07 to play to win 31-25.

Toombs County's Nick Eason, who was seeking his second Super Bowl ring, played on the Steelers defensive line in both halves and he also played on special teams. Watch Nick in this Super Bowl slideshow

Nick Eason's second Super Bowl

Why not- Nick Eason dons a sombrero for a wacky Media Day interview

In Nick Eason's second Super Bowl trip he has once again experienced the fun and the serious aspects of the nation's number one sporting event. For fun Nick attended a Dallas Mavericks NBA game, watched movies and messed around with the media. Eason was mentioned in USA Today after throwing around a pink, fur stripped football with an intern from the Tonight Show with Jay Leno and. as pictured above, he wore a sombrero while being interviewed by a Spanish speaking reporter dressed as a matador. Nick was also featured in a United Kingdom newspaper story which tied him to a season in which he played for the Scottish Claymores.

Nick has been a Steeler for four seasons and he said, "I take pride in playing on this defense. When you look back on the great players that played on this defense it’s an honor. I have been with other organizations, to be here is like night and day. And I am on a team with guys who love each other and play hard for one another. You can’t beat that."

Eason is going back to the Super Bowl

Nick Eason (#93) played DE in the final five minutes of the AFC title game

For the second time in three seasons former Toombs County Bulldog Nick Eason is going to the Super Bowl. Nick and the Pittsburgh Steelers couldn't have been more dominant in the first half opening up a 24-0 lead and a 24-3 advantage at halftime. However, Pittsburgh didn't score in the second half and the New York Jets rallied with two touchdowns and a safety. The comeback for the sixth seeded Jets ended when the Steelers picked up a crucial first down securing a 24-19 AFC Championship win for a franchise that is seeking it's seventh Super Bowl title.

Eason played on special teams and at right defensive end in the final five minutes of the fourth quarter. Nick will try to win his second Super Bowl ring on February 6 against the NFC champion Green bay Packers on Fox-TV. The game will be played at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas. Nick will be the second former Bulldog to play in that 1.3 billion dollar facility. Brandon Sharp and his Texas Tech Red Raiders beat Baylor 20-13 at Cowboys Stadium in 2009.  

The morning after the game Nick called Y-101 Radio and talked about going back to the Super Bowl Audio       

Eason is one win away from 2nd Super Bowl

Nick Eason (far right) applies pressure on QB in first half  

Rashard Mendenhall scored on a 2-yard run with 1:33 to play to complete a second half comeback and give the Pittsurgh Steelers a 31-24 win over Baltimore in the AFC Semifinals. The Steelers trailed 21-7 at half because of two Pittsburgh fumbles. However, in the second half Pittsburgh allowed just three points on a field goal that tied the thriller with 3:54 left in the game.

As usual the Steeler defense was stout. The Ravens had only 126 yards of total offense including a mere 35 on the ground. Pittsburgh controlled the line of scrimmage and accumulated five sacks, including three by James Harrison. Former Toombs County Bulldog Nick Eason played both defensive end positions as a reserve and he also played on kickoff return. A win in the AFC Championship game over New England or the New York Jets will give Nick a chance for a second Super Bowl ring. Check out a Nick Eason slideshow

Eason & Steelers are back in the playoffs

QB Ben Roethlisberger and Nick in Cleveland in regular season finale

After missing the playoffs in 2009, Nick Eason and the Pittsburgh Steelers wrapped up a 12-4 season with a 41-9 win at Cleveland. The victory clinched the AFC North title and secured a first round bye in the NFL playoffs for the Super Bowl 43 champs. Nick talked to Y-101 about the regular season and the playoffs. Y-101 Stories    

Eason is a gamer and the Steelers are a winner

Nick Eason congratulates Isaac Redmond after game-winning TD

One week after straining his MCL in his left knee former Toombs County Bulldog Nick Eason was ready to go and played in the Pittsburgh Steelers 13-10 win at Baltimore. Isaac Redmond caught a short pass from Ben Roethlisberger and ran through Raven linebacker Ray Lewis for the game-winner with 2:51 to play in the fourth quarter. The win pushed 9-3 Pittsburgh into the lead in the AFC North by one game over Baltimore. Nick, who had started five of the last six Steeler games, backed up Brett Keisel at right defensive end. Watch Nick's Slideshow

Nick Eason is a gamer

 

In an injury plagued season Nick Eason keeps proving that he is one of the Pittsburgh Steelers best gamers. Prior to training camp Nick had surgery to remove his appendix and part of his colon and yet when camp began Eason was out in the heat getting ready for the 2010 season. Nick's teammates appreciated that commitment so much that they voted him the Steelers' recipient of the Ed Block Courage Award. Then during the week leading up to a home game against Oakland on November 21 Eason missed two days of practice with an illness, but on game day he started and helped lead the defense in a dominating 35-3 win in which the Raiders had only 61 rushing yards.

On Sunday the Steelers pulled out a 19-16 overtime win at Buffalo. Eason started his fifth game out of the Steelers' last six and he made five tackles and knocked down a pass near the line of scrimmage. unfortunately, early in the fourth quarter Nick was injured on a running play and had to leave the game for good. The diagnosis is a strained MCL in his left knee. Normally it takes a couple of weeks to heal before you can play after an injury like this. However, it was announced on Wednesday that Eason is expected to play in a big rivalry game at Baltimore. Both teams are 8-3 and are tied for first place in the AFC North Division. The Ravens won the first game between the two 17-14 in Pittsburgh. 

Pats take down the Steelers

Nick Eason (#93) is double teamed as he pursues  QB Tom Brady  

Tom Brady was on his "A game" completing 30 of 43 passes and throwing for 350 yards and three touchdowns as the New England Patriots knocked off the Pittsburgh Steelers 39-26 on NBC's Sunday Night Football. For the first time this season Pittsburgh allowed more than 75 rushing yards as the Patriots ran for 103. Nick started the game at defensive end and he led the D-Line in  tackles with three- one solo and two assists. His solo tackle was a stop on third down and four that forced the Patriots to punt.  Watch Nick in this Slideshow

Eason helps Steelers beat Bengals

Nick Eason and the Pittsburgh Steelers held off a late Cincinnati Bengals rally and won on the road 27-21. Nick played most of the Steelers' downs on the defensive line and was on the field for the final play which was an incomplete pass in the red zone with 34 seconds remaining. Watch Nick in this Slideshow  

Eason makes 11th NFL start on NBC

Former TCHS Bulldog Nick Eason made his 11th start of his NFL career on NBC's Sunday Night Football. The game matched the last two Super Bowl Champs- Pittsburgh at New Orleans. Nick played every down on defense and made one tackle from his right defensive end position. New Orleans scored two touchdowns in the fourth quarter and won 20-10, giving the Steelers their second loss of the season. Watch Nick in this Slideshow

Steelers eek out win in Eason's 10th NFL start

With starting defensive end Brett Keisel out with a hamstring injury, former Toombs County Bulldog Nick Eason was chosen by Pittsburgh head coach Mike Tomlin to make his 10th NFL start as the Steelers pulled out a 23-22 win at Miami. Eason was selected because, even though he has been a reserve, he entered the game with 1 1/2 sacks- the most recorded by any of the Steeler defensive lineman. Nick told the Pittsburgh Tribune, "I'm going to try to make this my best season. I want my life to be a testimony to people that may be going through something." Eason survived life-threatening surgery to remove part of his stomach and colon prior to training camp. 

Nick pressured the Miami QB into throwing the ball out of bounds on third down in the opening quarter and he tackled Ronnie Williams for a 4-yard gain near midfield in the second quarter. The Steelers won the game on a Jeff Reed 18-yard field goal with 2:30 to play in the game. Seven seconds earlier quarterback Ben Roethlisberger lost a fumble diving into the endzone. The review by the booth ruled it not a fumble. Pittsburgh is 5-1 and leads the AFC North.   

Nick Eason sacks a tall Buc

 

Nick Eason, Toombs County's only professional athlete, collected his first sack of the 2010 season in Tampa Bay, the site where the former Bulldog earned a Super Bowl ring in February of 2009. Eason sacked six-foot-six Josh Freeman for a nine yard loss early in the third quarter of the Steelers' 38-13 victory over the Bucaneers. Nick, who is playing in his fourth with the Steelers, is a backup at right defensive end.

The Steelers have opened up the season winning their first three games despite not having number one quarterback Ben Roethlisberger. Roethlisberger was suspended for the first four games of the season for his actions in Milledgeville. Pittsburgh's defense has stepped up and allowed only two touchdowns and an average of 11 points per game.

Eason signs for 2010 season with Steelers

Nick Eason, the Pittsburgh Steelers and Y-101 Radio have had an eerie link over the years. When the former Toombs County Bulldog was a free agent following his 2006 season with the Cleveland Browns he got a call from the Pittsburgh Steelers while making an appearance on Y-101 radio. Eason later signed a one-year deal with the Steelers and then when that expired Pittsburgh signed him for two additional seasons. Now, three years later, Eason announced on Y-101 Radio that he had signed for another year with Pittsburgh. The news was on Y-101 Radio a full day before it hit the Pittsburgh or national media. Nick spent an hour meeting fans and discussing his career on a Y-101 remote from C&C Pawn City.  Y-101 Story

Eason, who started five games in 2009, was in on 16 tackles and he finished the season playing his best ball. He had a season-high four tackles in the Steelers final regular season game against Miami. As an unrestricted free agent Eason visited the Arizona Cardinals in March. However, his goal was to remain a Steeler 

2009 Season

No playoffs- Steelers win, but get no help

Nick Eason started his fifth game of the season 

After losing five straight games the Pittsburgh Steelers had to win their final three and get help to make the playoffs. The Steelers did their part including a 30-24 victory at Miami, however, they didn't get any help from the Oakland Raiders. The Raiders, one of the teams that beat the Steelers during their slump, lost to Baltimore meaning Pittsburgh want be able to defend its Super Bowl title. Former Bulldog Nick Eason started the game at right defensive end and had a season high four solo tackles.

Eason and Steelers seeking wild-card

   

Former Bulldog Nick Eason played a key role in the second half of the Pittsburgh Steelers 23-20 home win over Baltimore. Nick had back-to-back tackles in the third quarter for one yard gains and he also had a sack that was waved off because of a penalty. On Sunday at 1 p.m. the 8-7 Steelers need to beat Miami and they need some help to make it back to the playoffs as a wild-card team. There is a possibility that safety Troy Polamalu, who has missed 10 games with a knee injury, will play. Y-101 Story

Eason plays a lot as Steelers beat Farve

Nick (#93) and the Steelers battle on the line of scrimmage  

Nick Eason and the Pittsburgh Steelers are the first team to beat Brett Farve as a Minnesota Viking. Pittsburgh's Steel Curtain D scored two defensive touchdowns late in the fourth quarter in a 27-17 home win. Nick was in the game when Lamar Woodley scooped up a loose ball and returned it 77-yards for a touchdown. Nick was part of a convoy of defensive lineman that raced up field to block and he knocked Farve off the play with a push. Eason, who played a lot of snaps, was credited with a tackle when he moved to his left and dropped running back Adrian Peterson. Eason called Y-101 Radio on Monday morning to talk about the game Audio     

2008 Season

Eason and Wilcher meet Obama

On Thursday, May 21 two natives of  Toombs County met President Barack Obama. Nick Eason and the Pittsburgh Steelers were in Washington to celebrate their Super Bowl championship at the White House and Chad Wilcher was one of 50 Wounded Warriors who was invited to the ceremony. Listen to Nick talk about his big day Audio

Nick Eason talks to Y-101

On Friday Pittsburgh Steeler Nick Eason was featured on Y-101 Radio talking about Super Bowl 43. Y-101 Story  Listen to an extended interview with the former Toombs County Bulldog Audio

Nick's Super Bowl dream comes true

Thanks to Holmes's amazing snag

   

Nick pressures Kurt Warner 

 

Eason after a play 

 

Nick checks on Harrison 

   

Eason walking on to field  

 

Nick (background) during anthem  

 

Eason and a Cardinal 

What little boy playing football at Partin Park or teenager playing for the Toombs County Bulldogs, in the Pit, hasn't dreamed about playing on a Super Bowl winning team? Nick Eason dreamed those dreams and thanks to an amazing catch by Santonio Holmes, with 42 seconds to play, they came true. The Steelers, who led 20-7 in the third quarter, had to rally at the end to pull out a 27-23 win over the Arizona Cardinals. Eason played quite a bit at left defensive end and on special teams.  Check out Nick's Super Bowl Moments on NBC 1st Half  2nd Half  Slide Show  

Nick's brother, Calvin Wilcox, was in Tampa and he talks about an exciting night at Super Bowl 43 Audio

Nick's children watched the games in Lyons and they were excited Audio

Eason calls Y-101 from the locker room

On Thursday, prior to the Pittsburgh Steelers practice for Super Bowl 43, Nick Eason called at the end of Y-101's Midday Memory Show to give the home folks an update on what he has been doing during the biggest week of his football career. Listen to the conversation Audio   

Nick's Gatorade episode

Nick Eason pictured on the back row with the big guys. He is the fourth player from the left.   

This week at Super Bowl 43, former Toombs County Bulldog Nick Eason is getting a lot of attention for an episode that followed the Pittsburgh Steelers' AFC Title win. Allegedly, Eason and teammate Arnold Harrison (on injured reserve) doused head coach Mike Tomlin with the old Gatorade bath. Apparently Tomlin is no fan of this ritual that started with the New York Giants back in 1985. Nick said in several media reports of the incident, "I’m pretty sure [Tomlin will] have something for me at some point in time, if he remembers. You can kind of tell he was kind of looking for [the shower]. His face was facing the sideline, watching everybody. But, as soon as he turned his back, we got him." So, everybody in Tampa is wondering if the Steelers win, will Nick and Harrison pull the same stunt again?  

Eason has also been in the subject of other stories involving the Super Bowl: Nick's Cleveland link to Steelers' offensive cordinator Bruce Arians  Eason comments on Troy Polomalu's foundation of faith  Nick gets treated like a rock star at Media Day  Eason's Clemson connection  Nick's days with the Scottish Claymores

Nick survives Media Day

Finding Nick Eason- the former TC Bulldog is somewhere in that mass of humanity  

On Tuesday Nick Eason and the Pittsburgh Steelers spent the noon time hour at Media Day at Super Bowl 43. This is a yearly ritual in which 50-some-odd players and coaches are swarmed by hundreds of television, radio and print reporters. Nick was seen on the NFL feed talking to both newspaper and television reporters. Also, Nick has made it to the big time in the media world. He was quoted in a New York Times article on Steelers owner Dan Rooney, "Some owners treat you like a rental property,” said defensive end Nick Eason, who has played in Denver and in Cleveland. "They have some maintenance guy to take care of it, they just come by to check on it, they look and they leave. Mr. Rooney comes around, he always sticks his hand out to you. "Hey, Nick, he knows my name?" Story

According to the Steelers' website- Super Bowl Media Day also is about someone like Nick Eason getting his chance to shine. Barring something unforeseen, Eason will play somewhere between eight and 15 snaps against the Cardinals, but on Media Day he was the star of Sporting News Radio, which was broadcasting live from the event. Eason had them in stitches.

Eason and the Steelers arrive in Tampa

 

NT Chris Hoke with Nick Eason 

 

The Steelers arrive in Tampa  

Nick Eason and the Pittsburgh Steelers boarded a U.S. Air charter on Monday and lifted off at 9:45 a.m. with the temperature in the teens and snow on the ground. When the the team arrived in Tampa shortly after noon they were welcomed by a sunny sky and 75 degree weather.

Steelers are on SI front cover

 

For the second time in the month the Pittsburgh Steelers are on the front of Sports Illustrated. The Steeler defense was featured in December and this week, following the AFC Championship Game win over Baltimore, Steeler safety Troy Polamalu is on the cover. This is the second time Polamalu has been on the SI cover. In the picture above, on the right, former Toombs County Bulldog Nick Eason is walking off the field with Polamalu after the AFC Championship.  

Eason goes to a big pep rally

 

On Friday Heinz Field was the site of a big pep rally for the Super Bowl bound Pittsburgh Steelers. Nick Eason said, â€œIt’s wonderful to have the opportunity to go to the Super Bowl and see the city is behind us for a pep rally. It’s crazy. To see the turnout, it’s so huge. But with the support we had all season I am not surprised to see that many people out there. It’s exciting for us and the fans. It’s great to know the city will be behind as we head to Tampa. The fans have done an awesome job this year, helping us on third down and being a factor. It makes a big difference in a game. It helps the momentum in a game and keeps us pumped. It gives us a lot of energy at times when we might be tired, so it's a big game.€

Nick is going to the SUPER BOWL!

Former Toombs County Bulldog (#93) Nick Eason and Troy Polamalu walk off the field after the Pittsburgh Steelers 23-14 win over Baltimore. Eason got to know the Pro Bowl safety during Bible study class. Nick was one of a select few who attended Polamalu's son's Baptism. Nick told the Pittsburgh Tribune that Polamalu is quiet, but he also is a prankster, "He probably ranks among the top three pranksters on the team. He's not really a vocal tell-a-joke type person, but he does a lot of things around here that people don't know he's responsible for."

Nick soaks in his AFC Championshp win 

AP Defensive Player of the Year (#92) James Harrison looks to the sky as the rest of the Steel Curtain, including Toombs County's (#93) Nick Eason, prepare to stop the Baltimore Ravens on another offensive play. The Steelers held the Ravens to 198 total yards. 

Nick Eason and the Pittsburgh Steelers are going to Tampa for Super Bowl XLIII. The Steelers, who opened up a 13-0 lead over visiting Baltimore, held on to a 23-14 win in the AFC Championship game. Nick will be the first former Toombs County Bulldog to play in the biggest sporting event in the USA. Travares Tillman, another former TCHS Bulldog, was on the roster of the Carolina Panthers in 2003. However, he did not dress out for Super XXXVIII which was won by New England 32-29. Eason was on the field on Sunday on special teams and he played some on the defensive line and he was credited with a tackle in the second quarter after a three-yard gain by Willis McGahee.  Nick Eason Slide Show  Listen to CBS highlights featuring Nick Audio

Eason talked to Y-101 Radio about the AFC Championship win over Baltimore and about getting ready for his first trip to the Super Bowl. Listen to the conversation Audio  

Nick's family, including his brother and mother who attended the AFC Championship Game, talk about going to the Super Bowl and more Audio

Eason on CBS in AFC title game

 

Eason & Steelers one win away from

Super Bowl  XLIII

On Friday, to support former Toombs County Bulldog Nick Eason, the TCHS staff wore the Pittsburgh Steelers' colors.     

 
Nick Eason (#93) getting ready to block for PAT after Santonio Holmes 67-yard punt return in the first quarter       Eason and the Steelers line keep the Chargers away from place kicker Jeff Reed. Nick also played defensive end in a snowy and cold Pittsburgh. It was 26 degrees at kickoff. 

Former Toombs County Bulldog Nick Eason and his Pittsburgh Steelers are just one win away form playing in the Super Bowl in Tampa. The Steelers scored 28 straight after falling behind 7-0 and they beat the San Diego Chargers 35-24. Nick played a little on the defensive line and on special teams. The Steelers will play Baltimore for the AFC title on Sunday at 6:30 p.m. in Pittsburgh and on CBS-TV (channel 11 locally). The Steelers beat their AFC North rival twice during the regular season, 23-20 in OT on September 29 in Pittsburgh and 13-9 on December 14 in Baltimore. The Ravens upset Tennessee on Saturday 13-10 in the other AFC semifinal. 

Eason and the Steelers end regular season with shutout

 

The 12-4 Pittsburgh Steelers wrapped up their regular season with their first shutout of the season- a 31-0 home win over Cleveland. Former Toombs County Bulldog Nick Eason was credited with one assisted tackle in the game. The North Division champion Steelers will now have a week off before they open up play in the NFL post season. The Steelers will play on January 11 at Heinz Field against either Miami, Indianapolis or San Diego. Slide Show    

Eason and the Steelers lose in Tennessee

Nick Eason (pictured left) plays off a block against the Titans  

 

Nick lines up against the Cowboys

 

Eason and the Steel Curtain swarm Dallas  

The Pittsburgh Steelers lost their AFC showdown game at Tennessee 31-14. The Titans win the AFC and they have home field advantage throughout the conference playoffs. The Steelers, who won the AFC North, will have home field advantage in their first round game. Former Toombs County Bulldog Nick Eason had a solo tackle in the Tennessee game. Check out Nick's Slide Show    

Nick's bad weather Steelers beat the Pats

In their last three games Nick Eason and the Pittsburgh Steelers have either played in rain or snow. Nick (#93 pictured lower right assisting on a tackle in a rainy game versus the Bengals) was in on two tackles as the Steelers beat the New England Patriots 33-10 on the road on Sunday. For the season Eason has 13 tackles including eight solos, five assists and 1 1/2 sacks. Pittsburgh limited the Patriots to 64 rushing yards and 267 total yards. The Steel Curtain is the number one ranked defense in the NFL. It is first against the pass and second against the run. The Steelers are 9-3 and they lead their division by one full game over the Ravens.    

Eason plays in one-of-a-kind game

Nick Eason (#93) waiting to get into the Charger game  

The NFL has been around in some form since 1920. Amazingly, for the first time in league history a game was decided by an 11-10 score and former Toombs County Bulldog Nick Eason played in it. Nick's Pittsburgh Steelers beat the San Diego Chargers without scoring a touchdown. The Steelers kicked three field goals and had one safety as they improved their record to 7-3. The game was played in Pittsburgh on a rain soaked field. Eason was not credited with a tackle in the game. So far this season Nick has 13 tackles (eight solos and five assists) and 1.5 sacks.    

Eason keeps contributing to Steelers' D 

Nick gets airborne against Ravens  

Eason chases Philly's Donovan McNabb 

Nick blocks a little guy (Nick Sorenson) from his old team

Former Toombs County Bulldog Nick Eason is still getting a lot of playing time at defensive end for the Pittsburgh Steelers. In his last game against the Baltimore Ravens, on Monday Night Football on ESPN, Eason had two solo tackles and one assist and he knocked down a pass early in the third quarter. So far this season Nick has five solo tackles, three assists and a 1/2 sack for the 3-1 Steelers.  Listen to Nick's highlights on NBC and ESPN Audio  

Eason opens 6th NFL season with four tackles

Nick stretches out to block  

Nick and Farrior meet at QB 

 Eason & the Steel Curtain

Former Toombs County Bulldog Nick Eason opened his sixth NFL season by contributing four tackles (two solos and two assists) to the Pittsburgh Steelers 38-17 home win over Houston. One of Eason's tackles was a first quarter sack of quarterback Matt Schaub (-14 yards) in which he and linebacker James Farrior were each credited with a half a sack. That gives Nick 2 1/2 sacks in his pro career. Eason's other three tackles came on first down and 10 plays in the second and fourth quarters. His solo tackles were for minus one and two yards.  Video Highlights  

Eason wraps up preseason and makes the 53-man roster

   

 Former Toombs County Bulldog Nick Eason wrapped up his preseason with the Pittsburgh Steelers by contributing two tackles in the Steelers 19-16 home win over Carolina. In the second quarter Nick assisted on a tackle of Troy Flemming for two-yards and then he made a solo tackle on DeCori Birmingham for no gain. Nick ends the preseason with seven tackles and one sack and he made the Steelers 53-man roster for the second straight season. Eason is a backup defensive end. The Steelers won three of their four games.  Video Highlights
Nick Eason upped his tackle total to five through three preseason games by stopping Minnesota Viking running back Maurice Hicks after a five-yard gain. The third and 10 play at the Vikings' 25-yard line play came late in the fourth quarter of the Pittsburgh Steelers 12-10 win. In addition to his five tackles Nick also has a sack.  Video Highlights    
Nick Eason had two tackles in the Pittsburgh Steelers 24-21 loss to Buffalo in a game played in Toronto. In the second quarter, on first and 10, Eason deflected a J.P. Losman pass at the line of scrimmage. In the third quarter he assisted on a tackle on a five-yard gain that made it fourth and one. Then on the Bills' next possession, Nick tackled a Buffalo lineman, who had recovered a Bills' fumble, for a one-yard loss.   Video Highlights   
Nick Eason opened the preseason with a sack in the Pittsburgh Steelers 16-10 win over the Philadelphia Eagles. Nick sacked back up quarterback Kevin Kolb for an eight-yard loss on third down and ten from the Eagles' 35-yard line on the last play of the opening half. Nick also tackled running back Lorenzo Brooker for a one-yard gain on second and two at the Philly 31 earlier in the second quarter. The Steelers won the game 16-10 on two Jeff Reed field goals in the fourth quarter.    

2007 Season
 

 Eason starts in Steelers' win

Former Toombs County Bulldog Nick Eason made the fourth start of his NFL career and his his first as a Pittsburgh Steeler at Cincinnati. Nick, who was replacing the injured Aaron Smith at defensive end, was in on three tackles in the Steelers' 24-13 win over the Bengals. Nick had a solo tackle and two assists and contributed to a Steeler defense that held the Bengals to 91 yards of rushing offense and kept them out of the end zone for the first three quarters of the game. Nick talks about his first Steeler start  Audio  

 Steelers lose their first game

The Pittsburgh Steelers gave up two long drives and a long punt return in losing their first game of the season 21-14 at Arizona. The Steelers led 7-0 at half. Former Toombs County Bulldog Nick Eason had one tackle in the game. Early in the second quarter Eason stopped Edgerrin James after a four-yard gain on a second and one running play. Nick talks about earlier games with Toombs Now Audio 

 Steelers go 3-0 for first time since '92

The Pittsburgh Steelers, under new head coach Mike Tomlin, improved to 3-0 with a 37-16 home win over San Francisco. The Steeler defense held the 49ers to 289 total yards, sacked quarterback Alex Smith twice and picked off one pass and ran it in for a TD. Nick was in the game when Bryant McFadden ran the interception in from 50-yards out. Nick had one tackle in the game. He stopped Frank Gore after a five-yard gain. Audio highlight from Fox TV 

 Eason and Steelers put up curtain again

The Pittsburgh Steelers defense, which shutout Cleveland holding the Browns to just 221 total yards, put up their "Steel Curtain" again in a 26-3 home win over Buffalo. The Bills had just 223 yards of total offense and on their first five possessions they ran five plays or less. Former Toombs County Bulldog Nick Eason had one tackle in the game. Late in the third quarter the Steeler reserve defensive lineman tackled Bills' QB J.P. Losman after a 15-yard run on first down. Nick has three tackles in two games. Nick talks about both the Cleveland and Buffalo games with Toombs Now Audio   

 Steelers overwhelm Eason's old team

The Pittsburgh Steelers defense had six sacks, forced three fumbles and picked off two passes in a 34-3 rout at Cleveland. Nick Eason, playing his first regular season game with the Steelers, had two tackles against his old team. Nick was credited with two solo tackles on one Cleveland possesion in the second quarter. He stopped Lawrence Vickers for four yards on a third and one play and he tackled Jason Wright for a three-yard gain on first and ten. The Steelers defense limited the Browns to 221 total yards and just 46 on the ground.  

 Eason is definately a Steeler

In the competitive world of the NFL nobody's job is safe. Toombs County's Nick Eason, who signed a one-year contract as a free agent with the Pittsburgh Steelers, survived a competitive camp and the Steelers' final cut. Nick is one of 53 Steelers who will open up the season on Sunday at Cleveland. The Steelers cut two defensive lineman who were in competition with Eason- rookie defensive end Ryan McBean (4th round pick) and defensive end Shuan Nua (7th round pick in 2005). Nick called Toombs Now on Sunday night  Audio

 Steelers end preseason with win at Carolina

The Pittsburgh Steelers whipped the Carolina Panthers 19-3 on Thursday night in Charlotte. The Steelers scored 16 points in the second half and the defense held the Panthers to just 87 rushing yards. Former Toombs County Bulldog Nick Eason had one tackle in the game. On Carolina's last possession of the first half, Nick Goings carried the ball four straight times. Eason tackled Goings for a two-yard gain on second and one. The Panthers ended up punting the ball after five offensive plays. Nick called Toombs Now and you can listen to him talk about training camp with the Steelers. Audio 

Steelers beat Eagles on NBC

The Pittsburgh Steelers beat instate rival Philadelphia 27-13 in a Sunday night nationally televised game on NBC. Former Toombs County Bulldog Nick Eason made two tackles in the game. Both came on the Eagles first possession of the second half. Eason stopped Tony Hunt for a one-yard gain on a run up the middle and then later on the drive, on a second and twelve play from the Steelers 26, Nick beat his man and stuffed Hunt for a one-yard loss. The Eagles ended up kicking a field goal on that drive. Listen to NBC's Al Michaels call out Nick's second tackle. Audio Nick called Toombs Now and you can listen to him talk about training camp with the Steelers. Audio  

 Steelers win and Eason has 3 tackles

The Pittsburgh Steelers kicked three fourth quarter field goals to overcome a 10-3 deficit and beat the Washington Redskins 12-10. Nick Eason was credited with three tackles- two solos and one assist. On back-to-back plays in the third quarter, Nick had a solo tackle stopping Marcus Mason for a four-yard gain and he assisted in stopping Mason for no gain. In the fourth quarter Eason tackled Mason after a one-yard gain.  

Steelers lose second preseason game

The Pittsburgh Steelers lost to the Green Bay Packers 13-9 in their second preseason game. Former Toombs County Bulldog Nick Eason came off the bench at defensive end and was credited with an assisted tackle. Eason and Shaun Nua combined to stop Noah Herron on a two-yard gain on first and 10 at the Steeler 17. Green Bay kicked a field goal to finish that drive with two seconds remaining in the half to cut the Steeler lead to 9-3.  

 Nick Eason makes Steelers debut

Nick Eason made his preseason debut with the Pittsburgh Steelers in their 20-7 win over the New Orleans Saints in the Hall of Fame Game in Canton, Ohio. Eason made three tackles. He stopped the Saints Aaron Stecker for gains of three and five yards on two first and ten plays in the first half. He tackled QB Jason Fife for a two-yard gain on second and five at the Steelers 15 in the second half. Eason also pressured Fife, here is a poor quality Audio highlight from WWL Radio. Nick (93)- pictured to the left in training camp is chasing down Najeh Davenport

 
2006 Season
 

 Eason and Browns end season with loss at Houston

Former Bulldog Nick Eason started his second straight game and the third of the season, but unfortunately for Nick, Cleveland went 0-3 in those starts. The Browns ended their season on Sunday with a 14-6 loss at Houston. Eason had four tackles- 3 solo's and one assist.

In the first half the Browns shutout the Texans and held them to just 70 total yards and three first downs. Eason had one solo tackle in the opening half. After the Browns had a pass intercepted in the end zone on the game’s first possession, Eason wrapped up Wali Lundy after a 3-yard gain on 3rd and 13 forcing the Texans to punt from their own 20-yard line. The Browns scored the only points in the first half on a 43-yard field goal with just five seconds remaining before the break.

On their first possession of the second half the Texans drove 70 yards in nine plays and score a touchdown on Taylor's 5-yard run. Eason was injured on that play, but he returned to action and made three tackles on one of Houston's possessions late in the fourth quarter. Nick tackled quarterback David Carr after a 3-yard gain, Chris Taylor after a 5-yard run and he teamed up with Baba Oshinowo to stop Taylor for a 2-yard gain. Eason was called for a defensive holding penalty during this drive, but the Texans declined the 5-yard penalty. Houston was eventually forced to punt on 4th down and 14 at the Cleveland 42.

 Nick Eason starts his second game of his NFL career

Former Bulldog Nick Eason started at right defensive end and made three total tackles (2 solo's and 1 assist) in the Cleveland Browns' 22-7 loss at Tampa Bay. Nick started in place of Alvin McKinley, who was deactivated with a shoulder injury. Eason played at less than 100 percent with a foot injury. Eason also started a game on November 5 at San Diego.

On Tampa's first possession, which resulted in a field goal, Nick helped tackle JaVonne Parker smash Earnest Graham for no gain on a 1st and 10 play at the Cleveland 29-yard line. On the Buccaneers next possession Nick stopped Graham, by himself, after a 4-yard gain to the Tampa Bay 35-yard line, on a 2nd and 10 play. Two plays later, the Bucs were forced to punt. Eason's next tackle came on the first play of the third quarter on a 1st and 10 play. Mark Alstott ran off left guard and he was stuffed by Eason on a 2-yard run at the Tampa 28. The Buccaneers eventually scored a touchdown on that drive and took a 12-0 lead. 

Nick Eason's Cleveland Browns hung in there all day with the Baltimore Raven before losing 27-17. Eason, who was listed as questionable with a foot injury, did play and he was credited with one assisted tackle. In the first quarter, on first and 10, Ravens quarterback Kyle Boller ran from the Baltimore 15-yard line to the 19 where he was tackled by the combination of Kamerion Wimbley and Eason.  In the eleven games he has played this season, Eason has 12 solo tackles and 6 assists.  For his career Nick has 22 solo tackles and 15 assists in 28 games played.

 Steelers' Parker runs over, around and thru the Browns on Thursday night  

It was a real tough night for former Bulldog Nick Eason and the Cleveland Browns defense. Pittsburgh ran the ball 51 times and Willie Parker carried it 32 times for a Steelers record 223 yards.  He averaged seven yards a carry, had a long run of 39 yards and scored a touchdown in the Steelers 27-7 win.

For the second straight week Eason was used as a reserve in a two-man rotation to fill in for the injured Orpheus Roye at left defensive end.  Simon Frazer started the game and had seven total tackles while Nick had three tackles- a solo and two assists.  One of Eason's assists was on a 3-yard run by Parker. The other was behind the line of scrimmage on a 1-yard loss by Najeh Davenport.  His primary tackle was on a 2-yard run by Davenport.

In the ten games he has played this season, Eason has 12 solo tackles and 5 assists.  For his career Nick has 22 solo tackles and 14 assists in 27 games played. 

 Eason's Browns beat Kansas City in overtime

The Cleveland Browns had a controversial lead up to their game with Kansas City.  Wide receiver Braylon Edwards, got in the face of the starting quarterback, Charlie Frye last Sunday and head coach Romeo Crenel's job status was questioned by the media.  So what did the Browns do come Sunday? They upset the Kansas City Chiefs 31-28 in overtime and they did it after Frye left the game with a broken wrist. Former Bulldog Nick Eason, who was playing on an injured ankle, was used in a 2-man rotation at left defensive end. Starter Orpheus Roye was out with an injury. Simon Fraser started and had a sack and forced a fumble. Nick had 2 solo tackles and an assist.

The Cincinnati Bengals continued their dominance over instate rival Cleveland with a 30-0 shutout of the Browns in Cleveland. The Bengals have now have beaten the Browns five straight which is their longest winning streak against Cleveland in the 36-year history of the series.

Former Bulldog Nick Eason had to fill in for Orpheus Roye, once again, after Roye was forced out of the game in the second quarter with a knee injury. Earlier in the month Nick made his first NFL start of his career subbing for an injured Roye.

Nick Eason and the Browns lose heartbreaker to rival Steelers

For three quarters it looked like the Cleveland Browns were going to reverse their bad luck against arch rival Pittsburgh with a home victory over the Steelers in the rain. But in the fourth quarter Pittsburgh scored 21 points as quarterback Ben Roethlisberger led his team to a come-from-behind 24-20 win.

The winning touchdown came with 32 seconds remaining when Roethlisberger dumped the ball off to Willie Parker who scored on a 4-yard play.  Former Bulldog Nick Eason tried to prevent the touchdown. Eason played off his block on the line, but by the time he was free to pursue, Parker had already moved on by. Eason almost had a sack of Roethlisberger on another Steeler touchdown. With 9:33 left in the game Nick beat his man on the line and chased Roethlisberger out of the pocket and toward the boundary, but 'Big Ben' was able to get the pass off which end up being a caught by Santonio Holmes for a 20-yard TD.  

Nick had one tackle in the game in the opening quarter. On second down and six from the Cleveland 49-yard line, Nejah Davenport ran three yards down to the 46 where he was tackled by Eason. For the season Nick has six tackles in seven games- 4 solo tackles and 2 assists. In 23 NFL games he has 26 total tackles- 15 solos and 11 assist including 2 sacks.

 Nick Eason returns to Georgia and plays in the Browns 17-13 win over the Falcons

Former Bulldog Nick Eason was back in his home state on Sunday for a Georgia Dome match up with the Atlanta Falcons.  Nick didn't start the game nor was he credited with a tackle. But, Eason played alot in the second half and he did his best to pressure Falcon QB Michael Vick.  The Browns' defense forced Vick into some miserable passing numbers. He was 16-of-40 with two interceptions. The Browns are 3-6 and the Falcons are 5-4.  Here is an audio story on Nick's day in the dome with highlights courtesy of CBS.  Audio  

 Nick Eason starts the first game of his NFL career 

Former Toombs County Bulldog Nick Eason made the first start of his four year NFL career. Eason replaced Orpheus Roye at left defensive end in the Browns' game at San Diego. Roye had a hamstring injury. Eason got the start over Simon Fraser because  he plays the run better. Browns' coach Romeo Crennel said this in the Canton Rep, "He (Nick) understands the system. He has versatility to swing from the left to the right side.  He has first-step quickness as an inside rusher on third downs."

San Diego beat Cleveland 32-25, but the Browns and their defense were hanging in there, down only 17-15 in the fourth quarter, until LaDainian Tomlinson took over. Tomlinson ran for 172 yards on 18 carries and his eight-yard touchdown run with 3:53 to play put the Chargers on top 32-18. Eason assisted on a tackle in that 5-play, 86 yard drive Chargers' scoring drive.  On first and 10 from the San Diego 35, Tomlinson ran up the middle for four yards until he was stopped by Eason and outside linebacker Matt Stewart (Vanderbilt). That was Eason's only tackle of the game.