NFL CAREER – After joining the Saints as an unrestricted free agent in 2012, Ben Grubbs 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 six-year NFL career, Grubbs has played in 90 games with 86 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. After enjoying a breakthrough campaign in 2011, where he was selected to his first career Pro Bowl, Grubbs opened every game at left guard for the Saints in 2012 for the NFL’s second-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 – 2011: Pro Bowl; 2007: Pro Football Weekly/PFWA All-Rookie Team.
2012 – Started all 16 games at left guard in his first season with the Saints. A member of the line that helped the Saints offense rank second in the NFL in net yards per game (410.9), first in passing and provided excellent protection for QB Drew Brees, surrendering only 26 sacks, tied for the third-lowest total in the league. 2011 – Started all 10 games he appeared in, missing six due to a toe injury…Started both postseason games at left guard…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 at left guard…Opened both postseason games…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 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 offensive line that season…Started his first career contest at San Francisco, Oct. 7.
COLLEGE –Made 50 appearances, starting the 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 bachelor’s degree in public administration and a business minor.
PERSONAL – Attended Elmore County (Eclectic, Ala.) HS…Played on the OL, and at FB and LB as a four-year letterman…Named one of state’s top ten prospects by SuperPrep…Was a Class 4A All-State selection by the Alabama Sports Writers Association in addition to All-County and All-Metro honors...Also was a four-year letterman on the basketball team…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.
New Orleans Saints senior writer John DeShazier talks with Ben Grubbs for the Morning Report (New Orleans Saints video)
New Orleans Saints OG Ben Grubbs talks about facing the Seattle Seahawks on Monday Night (New Orleans Saints video)
New Orleans Saints offensive guard Ben Grubbs speaks with the media after practice on Wednesday, July 31, 2013.
Guard Ben Grubbs talks about the New Orleans Saints offensive rookies at a charity softball game on Wednesday, May 15, 2013.