Tyrone Poole (born February 3, 1972) is a retired American professional football player who played 13 seasons as a cornerback in the National Football League. He was drafted by the Carolina Panthers 22nd overall of the 1995 NFL Draft. He played college football at Fort Valley State.
Poole as also played for Indianapolis Colts, Denver Broncos, New England Patriots, Oakland Raiders and Tennessee Titans. He earned Super Bowl rings with the Patriots in Super Bowl XXXVIII and Super Bowl XXXIX.
- Early years 1
- College career 2
Professional career 3
- Carolina Panthers 3.1
- Indianapolis Colts 3.2
- First stint with Broncos 3.3
- New England Patriots 3.4
- Oakland Raiders 3.5
- Houston Texans 3.6
- Second stint with Broncos 3.7
- Tennessee Titans 3.8
- External links 4
Poole was as a four-year starter at Fort Valley State University and became the first player from that school to ever be selected in the first round of the NFL draft. His career numbers included 41 starts in 42 games with 17 interceptions (262 yards) and 70 punt returns for 934 yards (13.3 avg). Poole also set the school record for the 200-meter dash and finished second in the national finals.
He majored in business.
Poole was selected by the Carolina Panthers in the first round (22nd overall) of the 1995 NFL Draft out of Fort Valley State University. He was the second draft choice in Panthers history behind Kerry Collins. He spent three years anchoring the Panthers' secondary.
Poole was traded to the Indianapolis Colts in 1998. He played three years for the Colts, starting almost every game.
First stint with Broncos
New England Patriots
Poole signed with the New England Patriots before the 2003 NFL season. Poole was a starting cornerback the Patriots defense that led them to a 14-2 record and a victory in Super Bowl XXXVIII over the Carolina Panthers. He started the 2004 season again as a starting cornerback, but injured his knee in Week 6 and did not play again for the rest of the season. Still, the Patriots went on to win Super Bowl XXXIV, giving Poole his second Super Bowl ring, even though Poole did not play in the game due to his knee injury.
Poole signed with the Oakland Raiders in the 2006 offseason where he saw action as a reserve player. He was released after the 2006 season.
Second stint with Broncos
Poole signed with the Denver Broncos on August 13, 2008, but was released on August 30.