PRO CAREER: Two-time Pro Bowler (2011-12) is in his first season in Chicago after starting 62 of 66 games played in six seasons (2007-12) at left tackle for New Orleans… During his time as a starter for New Orleans (2009-12), Saints offense allowed just 96 sacks, tied for fewest in the NFL, led the NFL in total offense (413.6 ypg) and was second in scoring offense (29.7 ppg)… While a starter along Saints line (2009-12), offense ranked in the top five in NFL for fewest sacks allowed each season… Started all 16 contests in each of the last three seasons and anchored the Saints offensive line during their Super Bowl Championship season in 2009, starting 14 of 15 games played… Started all six postseason contests played at left tackle, including Super Bowl XLIV.
HONORS AND AWARDS: 2012 - Pro Bowl. 2011 - Pro Bowl; Madden Most Valuable Protectors of the Year (Offensive Line
Award); Madden Most Valuable Protectors Award (Week 9). 2010 - Madden Most Valuable Protectors Award (Week 6).
2009 - Madden Most Valuable Protectors of the Year.
CAREER TRANSACTIONS: Drafted in the fourth round (125th overall) by New Orleans in the 2007 NFL Draft… Signed 3-year contract with the Saints (6/20/07)… Signed 1-year contract with New Orleans (4/13/10)… Signed 2-year contract with Saints
(7/29/11)… Signed 5-year contract with Chicago (3/12/13). SIGNED through 2017
2012 SEASON: Named to second-consecutive Pro Bowl after starting all 16 games at LT for New Orleans, anchoring line that was tied for third in the NFL in fewest sacks allowed… Saints were second in the NFL in total offense (410.9 yards per game) and third in scoring (28.8 points per game)… Helped block for Drew Brees who became first QB in NFL history with multiple 5,000-yard passing seasons (2011 and 2012), as he threw for 5,177 yards, third most in NFL single-season history… Offense compiled 6,574 total net yards, 11th most in NFL single-season history. GAMES PLAYED-STARTED: 16-16
PREVIOUS SEASONS: 2011 - Named to first career Pro Bowl after starting all 16 games at LT for Saints, as offensive line allowed just 24 sacks, tied for second fewest in the NFL… Saints offense set an NFL single-season record with 7,474 net yards and ranks fifth in NFL history in total points (547)… Anchored offensive line that was key to helping Saints lead the NFL in total offense (467.1 yards per game) and finished second in scoring (34.2 points per game)… Helped block for QB Drew Brees who set an NFL single-season record with 5,476 passing yards… Started both postseason contests at LT. 2010 - Anchored New Orleans offensive line by starting all 16 games at LT as line allowed 26 sacks, fifth fewest in the NFL… Saints offense was sixth in the NFL in total offense (372.5 yards per game) and third in passing offense (277.6 net yards per game)… Started New Orleans’ lone postseason contest at LT. 2009 - Started 14 of 15 games played at LT for Super Bowl Champion Saints…
Offensive line allowed just 20 sacks, fourth fewest in the NFL… New Orleans led NFL in scoring offense (31.9 points per game) and total offense (403.8 yards per game)… Started all 3 postseason contests at LT, including Super Bowl XLIV… Inactive vs. NYJ (10/4) with knee and ankle injuries. 2008 - Appeared in 2 contests on special teams… Inactive for 12 games, DNP in 2 contets. 2007 - Saw action in 1 contest, his NFL debut at HOU (11/18), on special teams… Inactive for 14 games, DNP in 1 contest.
COLLEGE: Four-year starter at Towson… All-Atlantic 10 selection at LT in 2006… Finished career with a streak of 38 consecutive starts… Earned third-team all-league honors as a junior… Posted 72 knockdown blocks and was third-team all-Atlantic 10 as a sophomore, his first full season as a starter… Started 5 games in 2003 after redshirting in 2002.
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