The first round pick of the Saints in 2013, the versatile, hard-hitting safety has appeared in 45 games with 44 starts over three seasons with New Orleans, notching career totals of 342 tackles, five sacks, three interceptions, 16 passes defensed, three forced fumbles, one fumble recovery and five special teams stops. In 2015, Vaccaro started all 16 games at strong safety, and totaled a 136 tackles (87 solo), three sacks for a loss of 36 yards, five passes defensed, two forced fumbles and his first career fumble recovery, setting career-highs in several statistical categories.
NFL CAREER – The first round pick of the Saints in 2013, the versatile, hard-hitting safety has appeared in 45 games with 44 starts over three seasons with New Orleans, notching career totals of 342 tackles, five sacks, three interceptions, 16 passes defensed, three forced fumbles, one fumble recovery and five special teams stops. In 2015, Vaccaro started all 16 games at strong safety, and totaled a 136 tackles (87 solo), three sacks for a loss of 36 yards, five passes defensed, two forced fumbles and his first career fumble recovery, setting career-highs in several statistical categories.
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 – 2014: Jim Finks Good Guy Award Winner; 2013: PFWA All-Rookie.
2015 – Started all 16 games for first time and posted a 136 tackles (87 solo), three sacks, five passes defensed, a two forced fumbles and his first career fumble recovery. Established career-highs in tackles, solo stops, sacks, forced fumbles and fumble recoveries. One of five players on the defense to start every game…At Arizona, Sept. 13, registered three tackles (two solo) and one pass defensed…Recorded ten tackles (six solo) vs. Tampa Bay, Sept. 20…Totaled team-leading nine tackles (six solo) at Carolina, Sept. 27…At Philadelphia, Oct. 11, recorded 12 tackles (nine solo)…Posted seven tackles (six solo), his first sack of the season and a pass defensed at Indianapolis, Oct. 25…Recorded 13 tackles (three solo) and also saw action on special teams vs. N.Y. Giants, Nov. 1…Totaled game-high 13 tackles (nine solo) vs. Tennessee, Nov. 8…At Houston, Nov. 29, posted career-high-tying, game-high and team-high 16 tackles, including a career-high 12 solo stops, one forced fumble and one pass defensed…Recorded 15 tackles (seven solo), a team-high and made the first fumble recovery of his career vs. Carolina, Dec. 6…At Tampa Bay, Dec. 13, tallied a team-high eight tackles (four solo) and one pass defensed, reaching a new single-season career-high for tackles…Started and also played on special teams and had seven tackles (four solo), a career-high two sacks and picked off a two-point conversion attempt by Jaguars QB Blake Bortles vs. Jacksonville, Dec. 27…In the season finale at Atlanta, 1/3/16, posted five tackles (four solo) and one forced fumble. 2014 – Played in 15 games with 14 starts and ranked second on the team with 113 tackles (63 solo), one sack, two interceptions, five passes defensed and two special teams stops…Inactive for the season finale (quad) at Tampa Bay, Dec. 28…In the season opener at Atlanta, Sept. 7, registered eight tackles (six solo)…Recorded team-high 11 tackles (seven solo) at Cleveland, Sept. 14…Made five tackles (two solo) and a pass defensed vs. Minnesota, Sept. 21…Recorded six tackles (five solo) and a sack at Dallas, Sept. 28…Notched 10 tackles (seven solo) and a pass defensed vs. Tampa Bay, Oct. 5…Registered 10 tackles, a 45-yard interception return and a 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…Made six tackles (four solo), a second quarter interception of Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger and one pass defensed at Pittsburgh, Nov. 30…Posted eight tackles (four solo) and one pass defensed 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 Roman Harper in the season 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 defensed at Atlanta, Nov. 21…Started and racked up seven tackles (five solo) and a forced fumble while also posting a special teams stop at Seattle, Dec. 2…Tallied three tackles (two solo) before leaving 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 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 Longhorns rank sixth in nation in total defense (300.2 ypg.) and pass defense (161.6 ypg.)…Appeared in all 13 games on defense and special teams as 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 (Texas) HS for his senior campaign…Played six different positions 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…Played basketball for three years…Uncle, A.J. Johnson, played for Washington (1989-94), helping them to Super Bowl XXVI win before spending a season with San Diego (1995)…In 2015, younger brother Kevin completed his senior season at the University of Texas…Born Feb. 15, 1991 in Brownwood, Texas.
Watch the top plays from safety Kenny Vaccaro during the 2016 regular season (New Orleans Saints Video)
Kenny Vaccaro reflects on win over Rams at the Superdome on November 27, 2016.
New Orleans Saints safety Kenny Vaccaro intercepts a pass from Los Angeles Rams QB Jared Goff on Sunday, Nov. 27
Saints safety Kenny Vaccaro recaps the Saints Thursday Night game vs the Carolina Panthers (Fox8 Video)