Barrett Ruud
Barrett Ruud in 2006.
Free Agent
Personal information
Date of birth: (1983-05-20) May 20, 1983 (age 37)
Place of birth: Lincoln, Nebraska
High School: Lincoln (NE) Southeast
Height: 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) Weight: 241 lb (109 kg)
Career information
College: Nebraska
NFL Draft: 2005 / Round: 2 / Pick: 36
Debuted in 2005 for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Career history
* Tampa Bay Buccaneers ( 2005 2010)
*Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Roster status: Active
Career highlights and awards
* NFC Defensive Player of the Month (Sept. 2007)
Career NFL statistics as of Week 17, 2012
Tackles     658
Sacks     6.0
Interceptions     7

Barrett James Ruud (born May 20, 1983) is an American football linebacker who recently played for the Houston Texans of the National Football League (NFL). He was drafted by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the second round of the 2005 NFL Draft. He played college football at Nebraska.

Ruud has also been a member of the Tennessee Titans and Seattle Seahawks.

Early yearsEdit

Ruud attended high school at Lincoln Southeast High School in Lincoln, Nebraska. He was a four-year letterman and helped his team compile a 48-2 record and Class A state titles in 1998, 1999 and 2001. He was a two-time All-American by the Omaha World-Herald and earned All-American honors as a linebacker from Prep Star and Student Sport. He also was a two-time super-state pick and was named offensive player of the year, defensive player of the year and prep athlete of the year by the Lincoln Journal Star.

College careerEdit

Ruud played college football at the University of Nebraska. He earned numerous honors while there including 2004 Third-Team All American, 2004 First-Team All-Big 12, 2003 Second-Team All-Big 12, and 2002 All-Big 12 honorable mention among others. He finished his career starting 37 of 50 games finishing with a school record 432 career tackles.

Professional careerEdit

Tampa Bay BuccaneersEdit

Ruud was drafted by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the second round of the 2005 NFL Draft. As a rookie he played in all 16 games recording 17 tackles. In 2006 he started 5 of 16 games after injuries to Shelton Quarles and Ryan Nece and finished with 57 tackles.

In 2007 Ruud became a full-time starter after the team cut longtime starter Quarles. He finished the season starting all 15 games he played in, recording 114 tackles and two interceptions. He remained the Buccaneers starter through 2008 and ended the season totaling 137 tackles, three sacks and two interceptions.

Tennessee TitansEdit

On July 30, 2011, Ruud signed with the Tennessee Titans. On December 13, 2011, Ruud was placed on injured reserve, ending his season.

Seattle SeahawksEdit

In April 2012, Ruud signed with the Seattle Seahawks.

New Orleans SaintsEdit

On August 20, 2012, Ruud was traded to the New Orleans Saints in exchange for a conditional draft pick. On October 8, 2012, Ruud was cut by the Saints after the team went through a 1-4 start.

Houston TexansEdit

On October 10, 2012 Ruud was signed by the Houston Texans after to provide depth at linebacker after the injury to defensive star Brian Cushing.


Ruud's father, Tom Ruud, played for the Cornhuskers in the early 1970s and later in the National Football League for the Buffalo Bills and Cincinnati Bengals. His younger brother Bo also attended Nebraska.

His mother Jaime Ruud died of a massive heart attack on June 30, 2006.[1]

Barrett hosts an annual summer football camp at Warner University for children ages 7–18.


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