NFL CAREER – After joining the Saints as an unrestricted free agent in 2012, Ben Grubbs has continued to man the left guard position with the consistency that he has brought to offensive lines he has played on since being picked by the Baltimore Ravens in the first round of the 2007 NFL Draft (29th overall). In his eight-year NFL career, Grubbs has played in 106 games with 102 starts. The former Auburn standout has been an integral part of some of the NFL’s most productive offenses both in Baltimore and now in New Orleans where he has started every game at left guard. Grubbs was selected to his first Pro Bowl as a Saint in 2013 and his second overall in blocking for the NFL’s fourth-ranked offense.
CAREER TRANSACTIONS – Signed by New Orleans to a five-year contract (UFA-Bal.), 3/15/12; Signed by Baltimore to a five-year contract, 7/26/07; Selected in the first round (29th overall) of the 2007 NFL Draft by the Baltimore Ravens.
HONORS – 2013: Pro Bowl; 2011: Pro Bowl; 2007: Pro Football Weekly/PFWA All-Rookie Team.
2012 – Started all 16 games at left guard and was selected to the Pro Bowl. Member of a line that helped the Saints rank fourth in the NFL in net yards per game (399.4) and second in passing. Also opened both postseason games and paved the way for a rushing attack that gained 185 yards at Philadelphia in the NFC Wild Card round, 1/4/14…Part of a line that helped produce an NFL-record 40 first downs, team-record 625 total net yards and blocked for a 300-yard passer (Drew Brees), a 100-yard rusher (Mark Ingram) and a 100-yard receiver (Marques Colston) for the first time since week two of 2012 in a win over Dallas, Nov. 10. 2012 – Started all 16 games at left guard in his first season with the Saints. A member of the line that helped the Saints rank second in the NFL in net yards per game (410.9), first in passing and provided excellent protection for Brees, surrendering only 26 sacks, tied for third-lowest in the league. 2011 – Started all 10 regular season games and both postseason contests he appeared in, missing six games due to a toe injury. Earned his first Pro Bowl selection. Helped block for Ray Rice, who set a franchise-record with 15 total TDs and a career-high 1,364 rushing yards. 2010 – Started all 16 regular season games and both postseason contests at left guard…Selected as a Pro Bowl alternate for the second consecutive year…Helped protect Joe Flacco, allowing him to set career-highs in passing yards, touchdowns and rating. 2009 – Started all 16 regular season games and two postseason contests at left guard…Selected as a Pro Bowl alternate…Helped the Ravens set a franchise record for TDs scored in a season and post the second-highest yardage total in franchise history. 2008 – Started all 16 regular season games and three postseason contests at left guard…Part of a line that allowed the second-fewest sacks in club history…Helped pave the way for the Ravens to rush for 2,376 yards and then-franchise record 20 rushing TDs. 2007 – Played in all 16 games with 12 starts at right guard as a rookie…Named Pro Football Weekly/PFWA All-Rookie…One of three Ravens rookies to start on the line that season…Started first career contest at San Francisco, Oct. 7.
COLLEGE –Made 50 appearances, starting final 38 games of his college career at Auburn from 2003-06…Named a first-team All-American and All-SEC selection by The NFL Draft Report as a senior…Named a first-team All-American by Rivals.com…Consensus first-team All-SEC preseason pick as a senior…Named a first-team All-SEC selection by The Sports XChange and The NFL Draft Report as a junior…Selected as an All-American selection by the Sports Page as a sophomore…Penalized only four times in 2,331 career plays…After being initially recruited as a defensive lineman switched over to tight end before making an impact on the line…Graduated with a bachelor’s degree in public administration and a minor in business.
PERSONAL – Attended Elmore County (Eclectic, Ala.) HS…Played on the OL, and at FB and LB as a four-year letterman and starter…Named one of state’s top 10 prospects by SuperPrep…Was a Class 4A All-State selection by the Alabama Sports Writers Association as an OL, in addition to All-County and All-Metro honors as an OLB...Also was a four-year letterman on the basketball team…Active in the community both in Baltimore and now in New Orleans, formed the Ben Grubbs Foundation in 2009 to assist youth in the communities of Baltimore, Eclectic and New Orleans, hosting a charity softball tournament at Zephyr Field in 2013…This past winter teamed up with the Boys & Girls Club of Southeast Louisiana to give out 500 turkeys to local families in need for the holiday season…Full name: Benjamin Richard Grubbs.
New Orleans Saints G Ben Grubbs speaks with reporters after practice on Thursday, January 2, 2014 (New Orleans Saints video)
New Orleans Saints G Ben Grubbs talsk with reporters after practice on Wednesday, January 1, 2014. (New Orleans Saints video)
New Orleans Saints Pro Bowl guard Ben Grubbs speaks with Sean Kelley after the team's game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday, December 29, 2013 (New Orleans Saints video)
New Orleans Saints G Ben Grubbs and some of his teammates hosted a shopping spree for kids from the Boys and Girls club on Monday, December 16, 2013 (New Orleans Saints video)