BORN: May 14, 1985 in San Francisco, California
JOINED SAINTS: 2008 / Round: 5 / Pick: 164
YEARS WITH SAINTS: 2008–2011
Carl Nicks' Career Background
Former Saints offensive guard was enshrined in the New Orleans Saints Hall of Fame in 2017 after spending the first four seasons out of his six -year career with the Black and Gold.
The San Francisco native was selected by the Saints in the fifth round (164th overall) of the 2008 NFL Draft out of Nebraska. He was almost immediately thrusted into the starting lineup his rookie year as he appeared in all 16 games with 13 starts. Over the next three seasons in New Orleans, Nicks became a stalwart in the offensive line and started all 16 regular season games games and each playoff contest every year, while being elected to two Pro Bowls and earning one consensus first-team All-Pro honor in 2011 and an Associated Press second-team recognition in 2010. One of the most notable games for Nicks and his teammates on the OL was during his sophomore campaign, when he blocked for Drew Brees in the NFC Championship game against Minnesota and only allowed the quarterback to be sacked once as the Saints secured their first NFC Championship in franchise history and later went on to win their first Super Bowl.
After signing a long-term contract with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2012, Nicks retired from professional football in 2014 due to an ongoing toe issue that cut his promising career short.
Carl Nicks' College Career
Prior to being drafted by the Saints, Nicks played for New Mexico State and Hartnell College before transferring to Nebraska following the 2005 season, when he was ranked the no. 7 junior college prospect from California.
Carl Nicks' Career Honors
Super Bowl champion - XLIV
1st Team All-Pro - 2011
2nd Team All-Pro - 2010
Pro Bowl - 2010, 2011
PFWA All-Rookie Team - 2008
New Orleans Saints Hall of Fame