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Barrett Ruud
LB #55
Height:
6-2
Weight:
241
College:
Nebraska
Hometown:
Lincoln, Neb.
Experience:
8
Defensive
YearTeamGTotalSoloAstSckSFTYPDefIntTDsYdsAvgLng
TOTAL 116 658 481 177 6 0 25 7 0 45 -- 21
2012 HOU 9 16 12 4 1 -- 2 -- -- -- -- --
2012 NO 3 0 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2011 TEN 9 57 40 17 0 -- 3 1 0 4 4 4
2010 TB 16 118 85 33 2 -- 4 1 0 1 1 1
2009 TB 16 142 107 35 0 -- 7 1 0 23 23 21
2008 TB 16 137 102 35 3 -- 6 2 0 10 5 10
2007 TB 15 114 83 31 0 -- 3 2 0 7 3.5 5
2006 TB 16 57 37 20 0 -- 0 -- -- -- -- --
2005 TB 16 17 15 2 0 -- 0 -- -- -- -- --

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NFL CAREER – Ruud joined the Saints in the preseason after being acquired from Seattle, with whom he joined as an unrestricted free agent following the 2011 season. He spent last season with the Tennessee Titans after he was originally drafted out in the second round (36th overall) of the 2005 NFL Draft by the Buccaneers. Ruud enjoyed a highly successful six-year tenure in Tampa Bay, where he led them in tackles for four consecutive years (2007-10), including a career-high in 2009, making him the first Tampa Bay player to eclipse the 200-tackle plateau since 1993. In 68 career starts with the Buccaneers, he led or tied for the team lead in tackles 41 times and missed only one game due to injury. In seven total seasons, Ruud has registered 847 tackles, five sacks, seven interceptions, 26 pass defenses, six forced fumbles and four fumble recoveries in 104 games (77 starts).

NFL CAREER – Ruud joined the Saints in the preseason after being acquired from Seattle, with whom he joined as an unrestricted free agent following the 2011 season. He spent last season with the Tennessee Titans after he was originally drafted out in the second round (36th overall) of the 2005 NFL Draft by the Buccaneers. Ruud enjoyed a highly successful six-year tenure in Tampa Bay, where he led them in tackles for four consecutive years (2007-10), including a career-high in 2009, making him the first Tampa Bay player to eclipse the 200-tackle plateau since 1993. In 68 career starts with the Buccaneers, he led or tied for the team lead in tackles 41 times and missed only one game due to injury. In seven total seasons, Ruud has registered 847 tackles, five sacks, seven interceptions, 26 pass defenses, six forced fumbles and four fumble recoveries in 104 games (77 starts).

CAREER TRANSACTIONS – Acquired by Saints from Seahawks in exchange for an undisclosed draft pick, 8/20/12; Signed by Seattle Seahawks to one-year contract (UFA-Ten.), 4/12/12; Placed on reserve/injured by Titans, 12/13/11; Signed by Tennessee Titans to a one-year contract (UFA-TB), 7/30/11; Re-signed by Buccaneers to one-year contract (RFA), 4/20/10; Signed by Buccaneers to five-year contract, 7/27/05; Chosen by Tampa Bay Buccaneers in second round (36th overall) of 2005 NFL Draft.

HONORS – 2007: NFC Defensive Player of the Month (September); NFC Defensive Player of the Week (Week 2).

2011 – Started nine games at MLB for Titans before being placed on injured reserve with a groin injury…Recorded 68 tackles (51 solo), one interception and three pass defenses…In season opener at Jacksonville, Sept. 11, finished with a season-best 12 tackles (nine solo)…Recorded 10 tackles (seven solo) at Pittsburgh, Oct. 9…Finished with 11 tackles (eight solo) vs. Houston, Oct. 23…Recorded seven tackles (five solo), one interception and two pass defenses vs. Indianapolis, Oct. 30. 2010 – Started all 16 games for the third consecutive season and led the team in tackles for a fourth consecutive season…Registered 161 tackles, two sacks, one interception, four pass defenses and two forced fumbles…Led the team in tackles in eight games…Vs. Cleveland, Sept. 12, recorded 11 tackles and one forced fumble in the season opener…At Carolina, Sept. 19, tied for the team lead with 11 tackles…Vs. Pittsburgh, Sept. 26, recorded team-high 11 tackles…Vs. New Orleans, Oct. 17, tied for a team-leading nine tackles…Vs. St. Louis, Oct. 24, finished second on team with 12 tackles…At Arizona, Oct. 31, tied for a team-leading 11 tackles to go with his first interception of the season and two pass defenses…In week 10 vs. Carolina, Nov. 14, finished with team-high 11 tackles and recorded his first sack of the season…At San Francisco, Nov. 21, in week 11, recorded team-high 11 tackles to go with one pass defense…At Baltimore, Nov. 28, recorded a team-high 10 tackles…Vs. Detroit, Dec. 19, finished tied with a team-leading 11 tackles…Vs. Seattle, Dec. 26, recorded eight tackles to go with one sack…At New Orleans, 1/2/11, finished with team-leading 12 tackles along with a pivotal forced fumble inside the Buccaneers’ five-yard line to stop a Saints drive. 2009 – Started all 16 games…Became the first Buccaneer to surpass the 200-tackle plateau since linebacker Hardy Nickerson accomplished the feat in 1993…Led or tied for the team lead in tackles in 14 games…For the third consecutive season, led the team in tackles while establishing a new career-high with 205 stops...Vs. Dallas, tied for the team lead with eight tackles in opener…At Buffalo, Sept. 20, led the team with a career-high 20 tackles. Also returned a lateral from S Sabby Piscatelli 21 yards after an interception...Vs. N.Y. Giants, Sept. 27, led the team with 19 tackles…At Philadelphia, Oct. 11, led team with 14 stops…Vs. Carolina, Oct. 18, led the team with 14 tackles and three pass defense, while recording his first interception of 2009 off Jake Delhomme…At Miami, Nov. 15, led team with 13 tackles…Vs. New Orleans, Nov. 22, led team with 13 tackles and added one pass defense…At Atlanta, Nov. 29, posted 11 tackles and one forced fumble…vs. N.Y. Jets, led the team with 14 tackles…At Seattle, Dec. 20, led team with 13 tackles, adding two passes defense…Vs. Atlanta, 1/3/10, matched career-high with 20 tackles. 2008 – Started all 16 games and led team with 178 tackles. Also two interceptions, three sacks, one fumble recovery and seven passes defense. Tied for fourth on team with two interceptions. Ranked fifth on the team with three sacks…At New Orleans, Sept. 7, led the team with 10 tackles in season opener…At Chicago, Sept. 21, recorded first interception of the season off Kyle Orton. Led team with 13 tackles and tallied two pass defenses against the Bears…Against Green Bay, Sept. 28, posted his first career sack, dropping Aaron Rodgers. Also added his second interception of the season while finishing the contest with a team-leading nine tackles…Vs. Seattle, Oct. 19, tied for team high with six tackles and added one fumble recovery and one pass defense. Deflected a pass that led to an Aqib Talib interception…At Dallas, Oct. 26, led the team with 16 tackles and added one pass defense…At Kansas City, Nov. 2, tied his then-career-high with a season-high 18 tackles. Added his second sack of the season against the Chiefs, dropping Tyler Thigpen on the game’s first play from scrimmage…Vs. Minnesota, Nov. 16, had eight tackles and one sack…Vs. New Orleans, Nov. 30, led the team with 13 tackles and added one pass defense…At Atlanta, Dec. 14, led team with 17 tackles. 2007 – Started 15 contests and inactive for one (vs. Carolina). Also started lone playoff contest. Led team with a then-career-high 169 tackles. Tied for second on team with three forced fumbles. Ranked second on team with three fumble recoveries. Tied for third on team with two interceptions. Finished with two interceptions, three forced fumbles, three fumble recoveries and four passes defensed…Named NFC Player of the Month for September and Conference Defensive Player of the week for his effort in week two vs. New Orleans…At Seattle, Sept. 9, finished with a then-career-high 12 tackles and one fumble recovery…Vs. New Orleans, Sept. 16, established a then-career-high in tackles for the second consecutive game with 16 stops, adding two forced fumbles and one fumble recovery…Vs. St. Louis, Sept. 23, recorded first career interception and finished contest with 15 tackles and one pass defense…At Carolina, Sept. 30, tied for the team lead with eight tackles and added one forced fumble and one pass defense against the Panthers…At Indianapolis, Oct. 7, matched his then-career-high with 16 tackles…Vs. Tennessee, Oct. 14, established a then-career-high with 18 tackles…At Atlanta, Nov. 18, posted 12 tackles, one interception and one pass defense…Vs. Atlanta, Dec. 16, led the team with eight tackles and one fumble recovery…Vs. N.Y. Giants in NFC Wild Card game, 1/6/08, totaled 10 tackles. 2006 – Played in all 16 games with five starts and finished tenth on the team with 59 tackles and added 12 special teams stops…Vs. Baltimore, made his first career start in opener, replacing the injured Shelton Quarles at MLB and finished with nine tackles…Vs. Carolina, Sept. 24, made second start of season at MLB. Finished with 10 tackles…Vs. New Orleans, Nov. 5, totaled six tackles and two special teams stops…At Carolina, Nov. 13, started at MLB because of injury to Quarles and had 10 tackles and one special teams stops…At Carolina, Nov. 23, led team with a then-career-high 11 tackles. 2005 – Played in all 16 games and club’s playoff contest and finished with 18 special teams tackles and a fumble recovery, while defensively, adding seven stops…Led or tied for the team lead in special teams tackles vs. Buffalo, Sept.18, at Green Bay, Sept. 25 and vs. New Orleans, 1/1/06…At Minnesota, Sept. 11, saw action in first career game on special teams and totaled one special teams tackle…Vs. Miami, Oct. 16, saw first career action on defense recording four tackles at MLB. Added two special teams tackles…Vs. Washington, 1/7/06, posted one special teams tackle in NFC Wild Card contest.

COLLEGE – Started 37-of-50 games during his four-year career at Nebraska and finished as the Huskers’ all-time leading tackler with 432 stops…Added three forced fumbles, seven fumble recoveries, one interception and 13 pass defense…As a senior in 2004, honors included first-team All-American from the NFL Draft Report, third-team All-American from Associated Press, first-team All-Big 12 and Academic All-Big 12...As a junior in 2003, honors included Academic All-Big 12, second-team All-Big 12 (AP), third-team All-Big 12 (Coaches) and Big 12 Commissioner’s Academic Honor Roll…As a sophomore in 2002, his honors included Academic All-Big 12, Big 12 Commissioner’s Academic Honor Roll and All-Big 12 honorable mention (coaches)…Graduated from Nebraska with a degree in business management.

PERSONAL –Attended Lincoln (Neb.) Southeast HS, where he competed as an I-back and LB…Four-year letterman helped the Knights compile a 48-2 record, with four state playoff appearances and Class A state titles in 1997, 1998 and 2000…A two-time All-Nebraska honoree by the Omaha World-Herald and a two-time super-state pick by the Lincoln Journal StarWorld-Herald named him honorary captain of the offense, while the Journal Star named him the offensive player of the year, defensive player of the year and prep athlete of the year…Earned All-American honors as a linebacker from Prep Star and Student Sports…Comes from a long and significant family line of Nebraska Football Players that includes his father, Tom (1972-74); two uncles, Bob Martin (1973-75) and John Ruud (1978-79); great-grandfather Clarence Swanson (1918-21); and brother Bo (2004-07)…Bo was selected in the sixth round (197th overall) of the 2008 NFL Draft by New England...An active supporter of the American Heart Association…Has hosted a golf tournament to benefit the organization and has been a spokesman for the NFL and American Heart Association’s “What Moves U” campaign to promote health and fitness to local youth…Born Barrett James Ruud on May 20, 1983 in Lincoln, Neb.

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