NFL CAREER – In his second year with the Saints, Lofton was selected by his teammates as a defensive team captain and anchored the New Orleans defense with a team-leading 139 tackles (83 solo), two sacks, five passes defensed and a forced fumble. Originally a second round (37th overall) selection by the Atlanta Falcons in the 2008 NFL Draft, the versatile linebacker has started 95 of the 96 games he has appeared in and has totaled 873 tackles (564 solo), seven sacks, three interceptions, 10 forced fumbles, three fumble recoveries and 30 passes defensed. Lofton totaled double-digit tackle numbers seven times for the second time in his two seasons with the Black and Gold. Extremely durable, Lofton has opened 83 consecutive contests at one of the most physically demanding positions in the NFL, the fourth longest current streak at the position.
CAREER TRANSACTIONS – Agreed to terms on a five-year contract with the New Orleans Saints (UFA-ATL), 3/24/12; Signed to a four-year contract by the Falcons, 7/25/08; Selected by the Atlanta Falcons in the second round (37th overall) of the 2008 NFL Draft.
HONORS – 2011: NFC Defensive Player of the Week (Week 17); 2008: Pro Football Weekly/PFWA All-Rookie; The Sporting News All-Rookie.
2013 – Started all 16 games for the fifth consecutive season, in 2013 at inside linebacker in a 3-4 alignment, while posting double-digit tackle totals seven times, anchoring a defense that ranked fourth in the NFL in both net yardage and scoring. Recorded a team-leading 139 tackles (83 solo), two sacks, five passes defensed and one forced fumble. In the postseason, opened both contests and a team-high posted 18 tackles (four solo) and one sack…In season opener vs. Atlanta, Sept. 8, tied for the team lead with eight tackles (five solo)…Recorded a team-leading 10 tackles (two solo) at Tampa Bay, Sept. 15…Notched a team-leading nine tackles (six solo) and a pass defensed vs. Arizona, Sept. 22…Made three tackles (one solo), one pass defensed and a forced fumble vs. Miami, Sept. 30…Led team with 11 tackles at Chicago, Oct. 6…Led team with 12 tackles (nine solo), adding a sack at New England, Oct. 13…Posted a team-high and season-high 16 tackles (10 solo) at N.Y. Jets, Nov. 3…Posted four stops vs. Dallas, Nov. 10…Posted seven tackles (three solo) in win vs. San Francisco, Nov. 17…tallied 10 tackles (seven solo) at Atlanta, Nov. 21…Started a month where he would record 43 tackles with a 14-stop effort (six solo) to lead team at Seattle, Dec. 2…Recorded 10 tackles (eight solo) vs. Carolina, Dec. 8…Posted five tackles (two solo) and one sack at Carolina, Dec. 22…Posted five stops and a career-high three passes defensed in regular season finale vs. Tampa Bay, Dec. 29…In NFC Wild Card Playoff at Philadelphia, 1/4/14, tallied seven tackles (four solo), including a stop of Eagles TE Brent Celek for a loss…In NFC Divisional Playoff at Seattle, 1/11/14, posted 11 tackles and one sack. 2012 – Started all 16 games at MLB in his first season in New Orleans, while posting double-digit tackle totals seven times. Recorded 157 tackles (94 solo), one sack, 10 passes defensed, two forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries…Registered eight stops (five solo) in his Saints debut vs. Washington, Sept. 9…Tied for the team lead with 13 tackles (eight solo) at Carolina, Sept. 16…Registered a season-high and team-leading 14 tackles (ten solo) and tied a career-high with two passes defensed vs. Kansas City, Sept. 23…Posted double-digit stops, 13 (nine solo), for the third consecutive contest while leading the team at Green Bay, Sept. 30…Recorded nine tackles (eight solo) and a sack of Philip Rivers for a loss of 12 yards vs. San Diego, Oct. 7…Led defense with 12 tackles (seven solo) while also adding a pass defensed and a fumble recovery at Denver, Oct. 28…Posted eight stops (six solo) and forced a fumble vs. Philadelphia, Nov. 5…Totaled team-leading nine tackles (four solo) vs. San Francisco, Nov. 25…Led team with 12 tackles (six solo) including one stop for a loss and a pass defensed at Atlanta, Nov. 29…Ranked first on team with 12 stops (seven solo) at N.Y. Giants, Dec. 9…Tied for team lead with eight tackles (five solo), adding a pass defensed and making a key play to get New Orleans the ball back at the Cowboys five-yard line when he forced RB DeMarco Murray to fumble and picked it up, setting up a quick touchdown at Dallas, Dec. 23…Finished second on team with seven tackles (three solo) and added a pass defensed vs. Carolina, Dec. 30. 2011 – Started all 16 games at MLB, posting a career-high 167 tackles (101 solo) in addition to a sack, two interceptions, one returned for a touchdown, a forced fumble, a fumble recovery and seven passes defensed…Anchored one of league’s top run defenses as the Falcons finished ranked sixth in the NFL (97.0 yards per game)…Recorded double-digit stop totals 10 times…Started at MLB in NFC Wild Card Playoff at N.Y. Giants, 1/8/12, and tied for team lead with 12 tackles…Registered 13 tackles (eight solo), including a stop for a loss at Chicago, Sept. 11…Contributed a team-high 11 tackles (nine solo) and two passes defensed vs. Philadelphia, Sept. 18…Finished with 13 tackles (eight solo), with a stop for a loss at Tampa Bay, Sept. 25…Picked off QB Tavaris Jackson for his second career interception at Seattle, Oct. 2, in addition to nine tackles (four solo)…Made 12 tackles (four solo) vs. Green Bay, Oct. 9…Posted nine tackles (six solo) and a pass defensed vs. Carolina, Oct. 16…Recorded 11 tackles (eight solo) at Detroit, Oct. 23…Posted 12 tackles and forced RB Delone Carter to fumble on the Colts’ second play from scrimmage at Indianapolis, Nov. 6…Made 10 tackles (six solo), including one stop for a loss vs. New Orleans, Nov. 13…Recorded a season-high 14 tackles (11 solo) and first sack of 2011 at Houston, Dec. 4…Registered eight tackles (six solo) and first-career fumble recovery vs. Jacksonville, Dec. 15…Made nine tackles (three solo), one for a loss vs. New Orleans, Dec. 26…Led defense with 14 stops (eight solo), tying his season-high and returned an interception 26 yards for his first-career touchdown vs. Tampa Bay, 1/1/12, as he was named NFC Defensive Player of the Week for the first time in his career. 2010 – Started all 16 games at MLB and finished with 142 tackles (101 solo), two sacks, three forced fumbles, an interception and three passes defensed, as he led team in stops and forced fumbles…Registered double-digit tackles seven times…Tallied 12 tackles (10 solo) and a sack for a nine-yard loss at Pittsburgh, Sept. 12…Registered nine tackles (eight solo), a second quarter sack of QB Alex Smith, an interception and a pass defensed vs. San Francisco, Oct. 3…Recorded season-high 17 tackles (12 solo) at Philadelphia, Oct. 17…Logged nine tackles (six solo), a career-high two forced fumbles and a pass defensed vs. Cincinnati, Oct. 24…Notched 11 tackles (eight solo) vs. Baltimore, Nov. 11…Posted 11 tackles (nine solo) at St. Louis, Nov. 21…Registered six tackles, one pass defensed and forced QB Aaron Rodgers to fumble, which was recovered by Atlanta in the end zone vs. Green Bay, Nov. 28…Finished with 10 tackles (seven solo) at Tampa Bay, Dec. 5…Notched 11 tackles (nine solo) vs. New Orleans, Dec. 27. 2009 – Started all 16 games at MLB and posted a team-high 160 tackles (118 solo), two passes defensed and two forced fumbles…Recorded 13 tackles and one forced fumble in opener vs. Miami, Sept. 13…Registered career-high 19 tackles (13 solo) at New England, Sept. 27…Collared 11 tackles, one stop for a loss and one forced fumble against Chicago, Oct. 18…Finished with a team-high 15 tackles at the N.Y. Giants, Nov. 22, which included 14 solo stops. 2008 – Appeared in all 16 games with 15 starts at MLB as a rookie and finished with 108 tackles, one sack, one forced fumble, three passes defensed and seven special teams stops…Ranked second in the NFL for tackles among all rookies…Earned NFL All-Rookie honors from both The Sporting News and Pro Football Weekly…Had 11 tackles (eight solo) vs. Chicago, Oct. 12…Tallied two tackles, one forced fumble and his first career sack when he took down QB Donovan McNabb for a loss of seven yards at Philadelphia, Oct. 26…Notched a team-high seven tackles at Oakland, Nov. 2, for a defense that did not allow a first down in the first half and allowed a franchise-low three in the entire game…Posted six tackles (five solo) in NFC Wild Card Playoff game at Arizona, 1/3/09.
COLLEGE – Appeared in 38 games with 19 starts as a three-year letterman at Oklahoma from 2004-07…Finished his college career with 197 tackles, 16 stops for a loss, one sack, three interceptions, four forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries and two passes defensed…As a junior, earned FWAA, Sports Illustrated, and The Sporting News first-team All-American honors in addition to Associated Press second-team All-America as a senior when he recorded 157 tackles, tied for the seventh-best season total in school history and the most by a Sooner since 1979…Also named Associated Press Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year in 2007 while garnering All-Big 12 first-team accolades by coaches and AP.
PERSONAL – Attended Kingfisher (Okla.) HS, where he was a three-year letterman at LB and FB…Led the team with 168 tackles as senior and finished career with 505 total stops…2004 Parade first-team All-American…Led team to 3A State Championship in 2003 and semifinals in 2004…Garnered All-State honors by The Oklahoman and first-team Coaches All-State in 2004…Also competed on basketball and track teams…A recent inductee into the Kingfisher High School Hall of Fame…One of the most active Saints players in community, has participated in club’s Play 60 Hometown Huddle event and Christmas bike giveaway, the players Thanksgiving turkey giveaway and is also a regular visitor of patients at Ochsner Medical Center…Born June 2, 1986.
New Orleans Saints LB Curtis speaks with reporters on Monday, January 13, 2014 (New Orleans Saints video)
New Orleans Saints LB Curtis Lofton speaks with reporters after practice on Thursday, January 2, 2014 (New Orleans Saints video)
New Orleans Saints LB Curtis Lofton speaks with reporters after the team's game against the Carolina Panthers on Sunday, December 22, 2013 (New Orleans Saints video)
New Orleans Saints OT Charles Brown talks about being named starter at left tackle for Sunday's game against the Carolina Panthers on Wednesday, December 18, 2013 (New Orleans Saints video)