Wes Horton

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Wes Horton
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Horton in 2016
No. 96 – Carolina Panthers
Position: Defensive end
Personal information
Born: (1990-01-18) January 18, 1990 (age 28)
Chatsworth, California
Height: 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)
Weight: 265 lb (120 kg)
Career information
High school: Notre Dame
(Sherman Oaks, California)
College: USC
Undrafted: 2013
Career history
Roster status: Active
Career NFL statistics as of Week 1, 2018
Total tackles: 72
Sacks: 15.5
Forced fumbles: 6
Fumble recoveries: 2
Player stats at NFL.com

Wes Chandler Horton[1] (born January 18, 1990) is an American football defensive end for the Carolina Panthers of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at USC. He is the brother of former Toronto Argonauts linebacker Shane Horton.[2]

Early years

Horton playing at USC in 2012.

Horton was born and raised in Los Angeles, California.[3] He attended Notre Dame High School. As a junior, he was selected to the Cal-Hi Sports All-State Underclass second team and also was named to Los Angeles Daily News All-Area first team and All-Serra League first team.[2] As a senior, he was selected to the Prep Star All-American, Super Prep All-Farwest, Prep Star All-West teams.[2] He also was selected to the All-CIF Pac-5 Division first team and Los Angeles Daily News All-Area second team.[2]

Professional career

On April 28, 2013, he signed with the Carolina Panthers as an undrafted free agent.[4] In his rookie season, Horton played in 10 games and recorded eight tackles and two sacks.

On November 23, 2015, Horton was suspended for four games by the National Football League for violating the NFL Performance Enhancement Drug Policy after testing positive for a performance-enhancing substance.[5] On December 28, 2015, the Carolina Panthers waived Horton.[6]

On February 7, 2016, Horton's Panthers played in Super Bowl 50. In the game, the Panthers fell to the Denver Broncos by a score of 24–10.[7]

Horton re-signed with the Panthers on a one-year deal on February 16, 2016.[8] On September 4, 2016, Horton was released by the Panthers.[9] He was re-signed by the team on October 14, 2016.[10]

On February 27, 2017, Horton signed a two-year contract extension with the Panthers through the 2018 season.[11]

On September 10, 2017, Horton sacked quarterback Brian Hoyer and forced a fumble, which the Panthers recovered, in the season opening 23–3 victory over the San Francisco 49ers.[12]

Personal life

Wes Horton's father is Michael (Myke) Horton, former UCLA offensive lineman who played nine years as a backup on various NFL, CFL, and USFL teams before becoming nationally known as "Gemini", one of the original American Gladiators (1989–1992).[13][14]


  1. ^ "ESPN Profile". ESPN.com.
  2. ^ a b c d "USC Profile". usctrojans.com.
  3. ^ "Q&A: Carolina Panthers defensive end Wes Horton". charlotteobserver.com. Retrieved December 6, 2013.
  4. ^ "Panthers agree to terms with 13 undrafted rookies". observernewsonline.com. Retrieved April 30, 2013.
  5. ^ "Panthers DE Horton suspended 4 games for PEDs". ESPN.com. Retrieved 2015-12-30.
  6. ^ "Carolina Panthers waive DE Wes Horton". FanSided. Retrieved 2015-12-30.
  7. ^ "Super Bowl 50 - Denver Broncos vs. Carolina Panthers - February 7th, 2016". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved 7 August 2017.
  8. ^ Sessler, Marc (February 16, 2016). "Panthers re-sign DE Wes Horton to one-year deal". NFL.com. Retrieved February 19, 2016.
  9. ^ Gantt, Darin. "Panthers claim defensive end Lavar Edwards from the Bills". NBCSports.com.
  10. ^ "Panthers sign Wes Horton, waive Damiere Byrd". Panthers.com. October 14, 2016.
  11. ^ Strickland, Bryan (February 27, 2017). "Panthers re-sign Wes Horton". Panthers.com.
  12. ^ "Carolina Panthers at San Francisco 49ers - September 10th, 2017". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved 7 October 2017.
  13. ^ Eric Sondheimer, Signs Are Good for These Sons of `Gemini', Los Angeles Times, October 6, 2006, accessed June 21, 2015.
  14. ^ David Newton, Meet Wes Horton, son of a TV 'gladiator', ESPN.com, September 19, 2014, accessed June 21, 2015.

External links

  • USC Trojans bio
  • Carolina Panthers bio

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