The first round pick of the Saints in 2013 (15th overall), the versatile, hard-hitting safety has appeared in 29 games with 28 starts over two seasons with New Orleans, notching 206 career tackles, two sacks, three interceptions, 10 passes defensed, one forced fumble and has also been credited with five special teams stops.
NFL CAREER – The first round pick of the Saints in 2013 (15th overall), the versatile, hard-hitting safety has appeared in 29 games with 28 starts over two seasons with New Orleans, notching 206 career tackles, two sacks, three interceptions, 10 passes defensed, one forced fumble and has also been credited with five special teams stops.
CAREER TRANSACTIONS – Placed on Injured Reserve, 12/25/13; Signed to a four-year contract, 5/9/13; Selected by the Saints in the first round (15th overall) of the 2013 NFL Draft.
HONORS – 2013: PFWA All-Rookie.
2014 – Played in 15 games with 14 starts and ranked second on team with 113 tackles, one sack, two interceptions, four passes defensed and two special teams stops…Inactive for season finale (quad) at Tampa Bay, Dec. 28…In 2014 season debut at Atlanta, Sept. 7, registered eight tackles (six solo)…Recorded a team-high 11 tackles (seven solo) at Cleveland, Sept. 14…Made five tackles (two solo) and one pass defensed vs. Minnesota, Sept. 21…Recorded six tackles (five solo) and one sack at Dallas, Sept. 28…Notched 10 tackles (seven solo) and one pass defensed vs. Tampa Bay, Oct. 5…Registered 10 tackles (two solo), a 45-yard interception return and one pass defensed at Detroit, Oct. 19…Posted a career-high and team-best 16 tackles vs. Green Bay, Oct. 26…Made five tackles (two solo) at Carolina, Oct. 30…Collected seven tackles (two solo) vs. San Francisco, Nov. 9…Posted four tackles vs. Cincinnati, Nov. 16…Recorded eight tackles (five solo) vs. Baltimore, Nov. 24…Made six tackles (four solo), one interception of Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger and one pass defensed at Pittsburgh, Nov. 30…Posted eight tackles (four solo) vs. Carolina, Dec. 7…Notched five tackles (four solo) and two special teams stops at Chicago, Dec. 15. 2013 – Started all 14 games he appeared in, finishing with 93 tackles (60 solo), a sack, an interception, six passes defensed, a forced fumble and three special teams stops. Missed the week 11 contest vs. San Francisco after sustaining a concussion the prior week. Suffered a season-ending ankle injury in week 16 that placed him on Injured Reserve and required surgery…Started and appeared in first professional game at nickel cornerback and posted seven tackles (five solo) and a pass defensed that led to a game-clinching interception by safety Roman Harper in opener vs. Atlanta, Sept. 8…Started at safety and recorded six stops (five solo) and an interception returned for 29 yards while also contributing a special teams tackle vs. Arizona, Sept. 22...Totaled six solo tackles, one pass defense and first-career sack for a loss of eight yards at Chicago, Oct. 6…Earned a career-high 10 stops (five solo) while adding a pass defense at Atlanta, Nov. 21…Started at safety and racked up seven tackles (five solo) and one forced fumble while also posting a special teams stop at Seattle, Dec. 2…Tallied three tackles (two solo) before leaving game in first half with season-ending ankle injury at Carolina, Dec. 22…Placed on Injured Reserve, Dec. 25.
COLLEGE – Appeared in 51 games with 32 starts for Longhorns…Totaled 264 tackles (162 solo), two sacks, 16 tackles for a loss, five interceptions for 19 yards in returns, 21 passes defensed, four forced fumbles, a fumble recovery, two blocked punts and 14 special teams tackles (10 solo)…Earned first-team All-American honors as a senior and All-Big 12 first-team recognition from league coaches in his final two years…Played four different positions including both safety spots…Started all 13 games at free safety as a senior and totaled a team-leading and career-high 107 tackles (60 solo), including four stops for a loss, two interceptions for 19 yards in returns, five passes defensed, two forced fumbles and one fumble recovery…As a junior, started all 13 contests at strong safety and totaled 82 tackles (47 solo), two sacks for minus 16 yards, eight stops for a loss, eight passes defensed and two interceptions…Helped Longhorns lead conference and rank sixth in nation in rushing defense (92.2 ypg.) and 11th in total defense (306.1 ypg.)…Appeared in all 12 games on defense and special teams as a sophomore and finished fifth on the team with 56 tackles (42 solo), also adding four stops for minus 22 yards, eight passes defensed, one interception and a forced fumble, also contributing five tackles (four solo) and a blocked punt on special teams…Helped the Longhorns rank sixth in the nation in total defense (300.2 ypg.) and pass defense (161.6 ypg.)…Appeared in all 13 games on defense and special teams as a freshman and recorded 19 tackles (13 solo), one forced fumble, nine special teams stops and one blocked punt…Physical culture and sports major.
PERSONAL – Attended Brownwood (Texas) HS before transferring to Early HS for his senior campaign…Played six different positions in high school while totaling 235 tackles and five interceptions in three years, also seeing action on offense at WR and RB…Earned both All-State and All-District first-team honors at DB…Also played basketball for three years…Uncle, A.J. Johnson, played for the Washington Redskins (1989-94), helping them to a victory in Super Bowl XXVI before spending one season with San Diego (1995)…Brother Kevin, is a senior safety at Texas…Born Feb. 15, 1991 in Brownwood, Texas.
Kenny Vaccaro speaks to the media after the first day of Saints training camp. Video by Ashley Amoss (New Orleans Saints Video).
Kenny Vaccaro speaks with the media after the New Orleans Saints OTA on Thursday, June 4, 2015. Video by Justin Stout (New Orleans Saints video)
New Orleans Saints safety Kenny Vaccaro met with the media Thursday, Dec. 18. Video by Justin Stout (New Orleans Saints video)
Kenny Vaccaro speaks with reporters on Wednesday, November 26, 2014. Video by Justin Stout (New Orleans Saints video)