100 Moments: Pleasant Becomes a Pro
Monday, November 5, 2012
100 Moments: Pleasant Becomes a Pro

The 100 Moments of TSU Athletics presented by Taco Bell® series continues by looking back at one of the most successful NFL careers that a Tennessee State player has ever had.

Defensive End Anthony Pleasant was an Associated Press All-American selection his senior season at Tennessee State in 1989.

After graduating from TSU, Pleasant was drafted by the Cleveland Browns in the third round, 73rd overall, one of four Tigers to get drafted in 1990. He is also the last defensive lineman from TSU to get drafted.

During his career, he played for the Baltimore Ravens ('96), Atlanta Falcons ('97), New York Jets ('98-99), San Francisco 49ers (2000) and New England Patriots (2001-03), where he was a member of two Super Bowl championship teams.

He played in more than 202 regular season games (157 starts), amassed 531 tackles (407 solo), recorded 58 sacks, forced 13 fumbles, two fumble recoveries and had two interceptions. He also started seven career playoff games.

During the 1993 season with Cleveland, the Century, Florida, native had a career-high 11 sacks. Two years later, he tallied eight sacks to go along with six forced fumbles.

Pleasant is currently in his third season as the defensive line coach for the Kansas City Chiefs. He served an NFL Minority Coaching Fellowship with the Chiefs in 2009, working closely with the club's defensive ends, before being promoted to his current role in 2010.

The 100 Moments of TSU Athletics presented by Taco Bell® highlights some of the greatest moments in honor of Tennessee State's centennial celebration. A new moment will be released each weekday for a total of 100. These moments were chosen by the TSU 100 Moments committee, which consists of alums from various departments. TSU has so many great moments, not all can be represented in these 100.

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