After being acquired by the Saints via trade in the offseason, Max Unger anchored the middle of the New Orleans offensive line, including being the lone offensive linemen to open all 16 contests in 2015. Originally a second round draft pick of the Seahawks in 2009, Unger has been named a first-team All-Pro by the Associated Press in 2012 and is a two-time Pro Bowler, helping the Seahawks to two Super Bowl appearances and a victory in Super Bowl XLVIII. Unger has opened all 83 games he has played in since 2009.
NFL CAREER – After being acquired by the Saints via trade in the offseason, Max Unger anchored the middle of the New Orleans offensive line, including being the lone offensive linemen to open all 16 contests in 2015. Originally a second round draft pick of the Seahawks in 2009, Unger has been named a first-team All-Pro by the Associated Press in 2012 and is a two-time Pro Bowler, helping the Seahawks to two Super Bowl appearances and a victory in Super Bowl XLVIII. Unger has opened all 83 games he has played in since 2009.
CAREER TRANSACTIONS – Acquired by New Orleans Saints from the Seattle Seahawks, 3/10/15; Re-signed by Seahawks to a multi-year extension, 7/25/12; Placed on reserve/injured by Seahawks, 9/14/10; Signed by Seahawks to a four-year contract, 7/29/09; Selected in the second round (49th overall) of the 2009 NFL Draft by the Seattle Seahawks.
HONORS – 2013: Pro Bowl; 2012: Pro Bowl (starter), Associated Press first-team All-Pro, CBSSports.com second-team All-Pro.
2015 – Handled starting center duties as only member of offensive line to open all 16 games. Part of an offensive line that blocked for an offense that gained 403.8 total net yards per game, good for second in the NFL. The offense’s 310.6 total net passing yards per game was the best mark in the league…Vs. N.Y. Giants, Nov. 1, helping block for an offense that did not surrender a sack and gained 608 total net yards, third-highest in team history. 2014 – Started six regular season games at center for the NFL’s top-ranked rushing offense and missed 10 contests with leg and foot injuries. Blocked for Marshawn Lynch who rushed for 1,000 yards for the fourth-consecutive season and 13 rushing touchdowns. Returned for the postseason and played in all three playoff contests, helping the team average 152 rushing yards per game. 2013 – Started 13 games at center and was selected to the Pro Bowl in helping Lynch to a third-consecutive 1,000 yard season and 12 rushing touchdowns. Started all three playoff games including a win in Super Bowl XLVIII. 2012 – Started all 16 regular season games as well as both postseason contests at center, helping lead Lynch to his second consecutive 1,000-yard season on the ground. Seattle’s ground game ranked third in the league with 2,579 yards. Named Associated Press first-team All-Pro and voted starting center for the NFC in the Pro Bowl. 2011 – Started 15 games, missing a contest at Cleveland, Oct. 23, and helped pave the way for Lynch to become Seattle’s first 1,000-yard rusher since 2005. 2010 – Started the opener vs. San Francisco, Sept. 12, at right guard before suffering a season-ending toe injury and was placed on reserve/injured, Sept. 14. 2009 – Became first Seahawks rookie lineman to start all 16 games since Ray Roberts in 1992. Opened first 13 games at right guard before transitioning to center for the final three contests.
COLLEGE – Started 51 consecutive games at Oregon and earned all-conference honors in every season, including being named first-team All-Pac-10 twice…Also named to several All-American teams…Earned those accolades at two positions: LT in 2005 and 2006 and C in 2007 and 2008…As senior, started all 13 games, including 11 at C…The Ducks led the Pac-10 and finished second in nation with an average of 280.08 yards per game on the ground…They also led the league in scoring (41.92 ppg., seventh in the country) and total offense (484.85 ypg.).
PERSONAL – Attended Hawaii Preparatory (Honaunau, Hi.) Academy, playing for Head Coach Tom Goodspeed…Was ranked among the nation’s top 50 guards by Rivals.com as a senior in 2004…Did not start to play organized football until ninth grade, but in only his second season, Unger was named as a member of the Honolulu Star-Bulletin’s 2002 second-team All-State squad…Playing on both sides of the ball during his last two years, he received first-team All-Big Island interscholastic Federation honors both times…Born Maxwell McCandless Unger on April 14, 1986 in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii.
Saints center Max Unger met with media Thursday, Dec. 22 and talked about the adjustments the offense needed to make after facing the Tampa Bay Buccaneers two weeks ago (New Orleans Saints Video)
Saints center Max Unger recaps today's 25-20 victory over his former team, the Seattle Seahawks (New Orleans Saints Video)
Saints center Max Unger met with media Thursday, Oct. 27 and talked about what it will be like to face his former team, the Seattle Seahawks, for the first time this Sunday (Fox8 Video)
Saints center Max Unger recaps the Saints 27-21 loss vs the Kansas City Chiefs (FOX8 Video)