NFL CAREER – Originally signed by New Orleans as a free agent following the draft out of Grand Valley State, this lineman proved the jump was not too big from Division II to the NFL as he earned a roster spot out of training camp and appeared in all 16 games with two starts at right guard. Possessing the versatility to play either guard or center, Lelito will take advantage of the offseason to continue to build strength and improve technique to challenge for more extensive playing time on the interior.
CAREER TRANSACTIONS – Agreed to terms with the New Orleans Saints as an undrafted free agent, 4/28/13.
2013 – Appeared in all 16 games with two starts at right guard in the regular season and saw action on special teams in both postseason contests…Received his first career start at right guard in place of an injured Jahri Evans vs. Arizona, Sept. 22, helping block for an offensive unit that gained 423 total yards, including 104 on the ground…Saw action at right guard after Evans left with an injury vs. San Francisco, Nov. 17, as part of a fourth quarter come-from-behind 23-20 win over the 49ers…Received his second career start at Atlanta, Nov. 21, following participation in only one short practice that week in place of Evans for a unit that gained 103 yards on the ground and surrendered only one sack. Received game ball from the team for his inspirational performance, which occurred following the passing of his grandmother, Ardis Lelito, who along with his grandfather adopted him at age four and raised him and his younger brother, Jeffrey.
COLLEGE – Started 45 consecutive games for Grand Valley State and was a two-time first-team All-Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference selection…As a senior, helped the Lakers rank second in conference in total offense (474.4) and scoring offense (41.9) while he was named GLIAC Offensive Lineman of the Year…As a junior, part of an offensive line that led the GLIAC and ranked sixth nationally in fewest sacks allowed (10)…Graduated with a bachelor’s degree in physical education.
PERSONAL – Prepped at St. Clair (Mich.) HS, where he was Detroit Free Press All-State and Associated Press All-State honorable mention as a junior and senior...Two-time Macomb Area Conference and All-Metro East selection...Earned four letters and all-state honors in track and field and one letter in basketball…Born Tim Scott Lelito on July 21, 1989 in Rochester, Mich.
New Orleans Saints rookie OL Tim Lelito talks with Sean Kelley about his tough week. Lelito attended his grandmother's funeral on Wednesday and started in place of Jahri Evans against the Atlanta Falcons on Thursday night. (New Orleans Saints video)