Jonathan Vilma is a college football studio analyst for ESPN. Previously, he worked as an analyst for Notre Dame Football telecasts on NBC. He also made select appearances on NBC Sports Network’s Pro Football Talk, and appeared as a guest co-host on The Dan Patrick Show.
In 2014, Jonathan worked as an NFL studio analyst for Bleacher Report.
Jonathan is a former All-Pro NFL linebacker and Super Bowl Champion. He played six seasons for the New Orleans Saints. Jonathan was the captain of the team’s defense and emotional leader. He was a key member of the Saints’ Super Bowl XLIV winning team. Prior to joining the Saints, he spent four seasons with the New York Jets. Jonathan was selected to the Pro Bowl three times.
Jonathan emerged as the leader of the New York Jets before suffering a knee injury that sidelined him for most of the 2007 season. Jonathan was one of the Jets team captains and was the physical and emotional leader of the defense. He was instrumental in leading the Jets to the playoffs in 2006. Not only was Jonathan one of the best all around players on the Jets, he was one of the most visible off the field.
As the middle linebacker for the Jets, Jonathan led the NFL in tackles in 2005 earning him his first trip to the Pro Bowl. The # 12 overall selection in the 2004 Draft, Jonathan was named AP Defensive Rookie of the Year that year, only the third Jet in history to earn that award.
Off the field, Jonathan was featured in an NFL United Way campaign during the 2006 season. In addition, he has served as a spokesperson for Under Armour, Rocawear, Authentic Memorabilia, Sprint, and Cadillac. Jonathan has also appeared regularly on WFAN and on Sportsnet New York, the television home of the Jets.
Jonathan was named as a Board Member of the National Football Foundation’s Play It Smart Program, launched in 1998 as an educational program designed to use football as a vehicle to foster the academic, personal and career development of at-risk student athletes.
Jonathan was a three-time Academic All-Big East Conference and two-time Butkus Award nominee at the University of Miami. He led the Hurricanes in tackles in each of his last three seasons and in 2001 was a part of the Hurricanes National Championship team . He graduated with a degree in Finance.