Atlanta Falcons Outstanding Player Award

Jonathan Babineaux

Transaction:
Selected as a second round (59th pick overall) draft choice by Atlanta in 2005

Career:
Posted his highest tackle total in 2007 with 53 stops (37 solo) while setting a new game high with a two sack performance against Jacksonville in Week 2. Experienced an active first three seasons, seeing action in 46 games with 16 starts, as he lined up at both defensive end and defensive tackle positions. Ranked third among NFL defensive tackles in tackels for loss with seven in 2006 and 2007 (Falcons).

Totaled 53 tackles (37 solo) while adding a season-high three sacks and two forced fumbles. Also recorded one fumble recovery and notched two passes defensed.

Started at defensive tackle and collared a career-high two sacks at Jacksonville (9/16) in addition to posting two tackles and one forced fumble.

Collared seven tackles at Tampa Bay (12/16) for a defensive unit that allowed a season-low 109 passing yards.

Led all defensive linemen with a career high eight tackles and one pass defensed at Arizona (12/23) for a defensive unit that allowed only 76 rushing yards.

Posted five tackles, one sack (eight yards), one forced fumble and one fumble recovery vs Seattle (12/30) for a defense that produced three turnover in the 44-41 victory.

College:
Four-year letterman at Iowa, starting 31 of 42 games and recording 131 tackles, 19 sacks, five forced fumbles, four fumble recoveries and one interception. Earned All-America and first team All-Big 10 honors as the team's Most Valuable Player on defense after leading the Conference with 11 sacks as a senior. Also named the recipient of the Big 10 Conference Sportsmanship Award.

Personal:
Lettered in football, baseball and basketball at Lincoln (Port Arthur, TX) High School.

First team All-Conference linebacker and team captain as a senior, while also competing at defensive end, fullback and punter. Also a member of the number one ranked basketball team in the state of Texas.

Jonathan's brother, Jordan, is a defensive back for the Seattle Seahawks. He is the youngest of five children. Born Jonathan Babineaux on October 12, 1981 in Port Arthur, Texas.


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