Background and College
Born June 17, 1976, in Erie Pennsylvania, Hicks attended Mercyhurst Preparatory School in Erie, Pennsylvania from 1991 to 1994 after transferring there before his sophomore year. As a senior, he posted 6.0 sacks, and 68 tackles. He was also named First Team All-Metro. In 2006, he received the Distinguished Alumni Award. Hicks attended the University of Maryland, College Park, majoring in criminology and criminal justice, where he finished his career with 9.5 sacks, 147 tackles (26 for losses), three forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries, and three pass deflections.
Before the Jets
Hicks was an undrafted free agent in 1998 when he made the Kansas City Chiefs opening day roster, the only rookie free agent to make the club’s opening day roster that year. Hicks started 90 of the 96 games he has played in and ranked fifth in franchise history with 40.5 career sacks. He recorded a career high 14.0 sacks in just 11 starts during the 2000 campaign, becoming just the fourth Kansas City Chiefs player to ever reach the 14.0-sack mark. In 9 seasons with the Chiefs, Hicks racked up 496 tackles (232 solo), 40.5 sacks (-258.0 yards),154 QB pressures, 13 passes defensed, seven forced fumbles, and five fumble recoveries, one of which he returned for a 44-yard TD. Hicks had four tackles (three solo) in his lone postseason start in 2003. With the arrival of Herman Edwards he saw a decline in playing time in 2006 and as a result, a decline in production as well. Only registered two solo tackles and five assisted tackles in 16 games. Signed to a six-year contract in 2004 but became a salary cap casualty before the 2007 season and was cut.
As a Jet
Hicks signed with the Jets in May 2007. He played 11 games, with 17 tackles but was waived in December.