Pro Highlights

  • Saw action in 14 games with 12 starts in 2016 and led the team with a career-high 11 sacks, which was tied for No. 8 in the NFL. Also posted a career-best 60 tackles (43 solo), 15 QB hits (No. 2 on the team), four passes defensed and the first interception of his career.
  • Posted a half-sack or more in 10 games during the 2016 season, tied for No. 2 in the league.
  • Registered a sack in the 2016 postseason, giving him seven career postseason sacks to rank No. 3 in franchise history (since 1982) behind Clay Matthews (11) and Reggie White (eight).
  • Since entering the league in 2012, his seven postseason sacks are the most in the NFL over that span.
  • Played in 14 games with one start in 2015 and recorded 35 tackles (23 solo), 3½ sacks, a forced fumble, seven QB pressures, a QB hit and a pass defensed. Also played in both postseason games and recorded eight tackles (six solo), two QB hits, four pressures and a forced fumble, and tied the franchise single-postseason record with 3½ sacks (Matthews, 2010).
  • Started four of a career-high 15 games played in 2014, recording 24 tackles (21 solo), three sacks, six pressures, a QB hit, a forced fumble, a fumble recovery and a career-high two passes defensed.
  • Appeared in both playoff contests in ’14, including his first postseason start, and finished No. 3 on the team with 1½ sacks.
  • Battled foot and ankle injuries during the 2013 season, but was productive when healthy and posted new career highs in every statistical category, including starts (six), tackles (42), solo tackles (22), sacks (four) and forced fumbles (three).
  • Top draft choice who made the difficult transition from playing defensive end in college to stand-up outside linebacker at the pro level. Opened five of the first six contests of his rookie season in 2012, collecting 29 tackles (18 solo) and two sacks from the LOLB position.
  • Suffered a knee injury in Week 6 of 2012 at Houston (Oct. 14), and later had surgery on a lingering wrist ailment that ultimately ended his season. Placed on injured reserve on Nov. 7.
  • Drafted by the Packers with the No. 28 overall selection in the first round of the 2012 NFL Draft. Was the first defensive player from Southern California to be selected in the first round of the NFL Draft since the Packers picked Matthews with the No. 26 overall selection in 2009.
  • Re-signed with the Packers as an unrestricted free agent on March 9, 2017.


A three-year letterman and a two-year starter, he appeared in 37 games during his three seasons (22 starts) and totaled 103 tackles (62 solo), 21½ sacks, six passes defensed, five forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries for the Trojans…Majored in economics...Junior season (2011): Started all 12 games at DE and led the team with a career-high 9½ sacks…His sack total was tied for No. 14 nationally and led the Pacific-12…Finished the season with 54 tackles (31 solo), including a team-high 13 for a loss, three passes defensed, three forced fumbles and a fumble recovery…Was one of six finalists for the Hendricks Award, which is given to the country’s top defensive end…Was named first-team All-Pac-12 and was a second-team All-America selection by…Also earned all-conference honors from,, and Phil Steele’s College Football…Won USC’s 2011 Defensive Lineman of the Year award…Registered a career-high 2½ sacks vs. Washington (Nov. 12)…Recorded four tackles, two sacks and a forced fumble in USC’s 38-35 upset win of No. 4-ranked Oregon (Nov. 19)…Sophomore season (2010): Played in 12 games with nine starts at DE, missing the season opener at Hawai’i with a sprained ankle…Posted 25 tackles (15 solo), including 7½ for a loss, four sacks, three passes defensed, two forced fumbles and a fumble recovery on the season…Redshirt freshman season (2009): Appeared in all 13 contests with one start at DE as a redshirt freshman and led the team with eight sacks…Finished the season with 24 tackles (16 solo), including nine tackles for a loss…Was named a first-team Freshman All-American by the Football Writers Association of America, Sporting News, Phil Steele’s College Football and…Earned Pac-10 All-Freshman Team recognition from and Sporting News…Posted his third two-sack game in his fourth college contest vs. Washington State (Sept. 26).


Given name Nicholas Joel Perry…Born in Detroit…Married, wife’s name is Audrianna…The couple has a son, Nicholas Jr. …Uncle, Gilvanni Johnson, played wide receiver at the University of Michigan from 1982-85…Worked at the USC administration office the summer before his junior year, doing programming and data entry…High school: Recorded a state-record 36 sacks and 147 tackles as a senior at Martin Luther King High in Detroit, helping lead the team to a 14-0 mark and a state championship…His honors that season included first-team All-USA by USA Today, Parade All-American, PrepStar All-American, first-team All-American from EA Sports and All-Midwest from SuperPrep…Earned first-team all-state recognition…Named all-metro, all-city and Dream Team MVP by Detroit News…Also played tight end as a senior, catching 14 passes for 310 yards (22.1 avg.) and eight TDs…Attended Mackenzie High in Detroit for his first three seasons of high school before the school closed, earning all-metro and all-city honors as a junior when he registered 75 tackles and 11 sacks…Also lettered twice in basketball…Community involvement: Spoke to De Pere elementary students as part of a Fuel Up to Play 60 event…Signed autographs to raise money for The Salvation Army…Has spoken to kids at schools in Detroit and to youth football teams in the area…Residence: De Pere, Wis.