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Bryan Bulaga
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Bulaga blocking Kyle Williams in a 2010 home game against the Buffalo Bills.
No. 75     Green Bay Packers
Offensive Tackle
Personal information
Date of birth: (1989-03-21) March 21, 1989 (age 30)
Place of birth: Barrington, Illinois
High School: Woodstock (IL) Marian Central
Height: 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) Weight: 314 lb (142 kg)
Career information
College: Iowa
NFL Draft: 2010 / Round: 1 / Pick: 23
Debuted in 2010 for the Green Bay Packers
Career history
Roster status: Injured Reserve
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of Week 17, 2012
Games played     37
Games started     33
Stats at NFL.com

Bryan Joseph Bulaga (/bˈlɑːɡə/ boo-LAH-gə; born March 21, 1989) is an American football offensive tackle for the Green Bay Packers of the National Football League. He was drafted by the Packers in the first round of the 2010 NFL Draft. He played college football at Iowa.

Early yearsEdit

His parents are Polish. He had one small Polish word tattooed on each arm (siła-strength, and pycha- pride). He was raised Catholic. [2] Bulaga grew up in Crystal Lake, Illinois. He attended Marian Central Catholic High School in Woodstock, Illinois, where he played offensive tackle and tight end but also at defensive end occasionally, and even at linebacker for the Marian Central Catholic Canes high school football team. He recorded 261 career tackles with 46 tackles for losses, 31 sacks, and one interception, while as a tight end, he had 35 pass receptions for a total of 665 yards, and scored 10 touchdowns. Bulaga and his teammates at the Marian Central High School, coached by Ed Brucker, were undefeated during their regular season in nine games, and they took second place in the state playoffs, losing in the championship to the Springfield Sacred Heart Griffin High School.

Bulaga was considered a four-star college recruit by the service Rivals.com, and he ranked sixth among the college prospects for offensive tackle.[3] He had numerous offers for to play football on athletic scholarships, including ones from the University of Nebraska, Oklahoma State University, and the University of Wisconsin, with a number of other schools recruiting him as either a defensive lineman or a tight end. Bulaga chose to attend the University of Iowa, whose football coaches promised him that he could play in the offensive line.

College careerEdit

Bulaga played left guard in his true freshman year in 2007, and was a starter by mid-season. He was named to Sporting News Freshman All-Big Ten team. In 2008, he made the move to left tackle, and he started every game at that position for the Hawkeyes. He earned a second team All-Big Ten selection by the coaches and a second team Sophomore All-American selection by College Football News.

In 2009, Bulaga was listed at number three on Rivals.com′s preseason offensive tackle power ranking.[4] He was also named to the 2009 Outland Trophy watch list.[5]

After missing three games with a thyroid disease, Bulaga started all of the remaining games for the Hawkeyes, including their 24–14 win over the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets in the 2010 Orange Bowl. He was named the Big Ten's offensive lineman of the year for 2009.

Professional careerEdit

2010 NFL DraftEdit

On January 6, 2010, Bulaga released a statement about his intentions to forgo his final season of college and enter the 2010 NFL Draft.[6] With the 23rd pick in the 2010 NFL Draft, the Green Bay Packers selected Bulaga.

Pre-draft measureables
Ht Wt 40-yd dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert Broad BP Wonderlic
6 ft 5 12 in 314 lb 5.26 s 1.81 s 3.03 s 4.62 s 7.40 s 27 12 in 8 ft 2 in 26 rep

Green Bay PackersEdit

Bulaga began the 2010 season as a back-up offensive lineman before getting his first start in the fifth week against the Washington Redskins. He went to start every game for the rest of the season,[8] eventually being named to the NFL All-Rookie team.[9] At &000000000000002100000021 years, &0000000000000322000000322 days, Bulaga became the youngest player to start in a Super Bowl.[10] The Packers decided to shift him over to the left tackle slot for the 2013 NFL season.[11]

Bulaga suffered a torn ACL during training camp workouts on August 4, 2013. He will miss the entire 2013 season. [12]

ReferencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 Rittenberg, Adam (January 6, 2010). "Iowa's star LT Bulaga entering draft". ESPN. http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/draft10/news/story?id=4803196. Retrieved January 6, 2010.
  2. http://thegazette.com/2009/08/07/bulaga-polish-powerful-and-proud/
  3. "Rivals.com offensive tackles 2007". Rivals.com. http://footballrecruiting.rivals.com/viewrank.asp?ra_key=1480.
  4. Buchanan, Olin; Dienhart, Tom; Fox, David; Huguenin, Mike; Megargee, Steve (August 22, 2009), "Preseason offensive tackle power rankings", Rivals.com, http://rivals100.rivals.com/content.asp?cid=978914
  5. Richardson, Steve (August 11, 2009), 2009 Outland Trophy Watch List Announced, Football Writers Association of America, http://www.sportswriters.net/fwaa/news/2009/outland090811.html
  6. "Iowa's Bryan Bulaga Will Enter 2010 NFL Draft", HawkeyeSports.com, January 6, 2010, http://www.hawkeyesports.com/sports/m-footbl/spec-rel/010610aac.html
  7. "Bryan Bulaga Combine Profile", NFL.com, http://www.nfl.com/combine/profiles/bryan-bulaga?id=496988, retrieved February 27, 2010.
  8. "2010 game logs", NFL.com, http://www.nfl.com/players/gamelogs?id=BUL062007
  9. "Bulaga on all-rookie team", Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, January 18, 2011, http://www.jsonline.com/sports/packers/114057399.html
  10. http://www.hawkeyesports.com/sports/m-footbl/spec-rel/020311aaf.html
  11. http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap1000000166568/article/bryan-bulaga-moving-to-left-side-for-green-bay-packers
  12. "Report: Packers confirm Bulaga is done for the year". Pro Football Talk. August 5, 2013. http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2013/08/05/report-packers-confirm-bulaga-is-done-for-the-year/.

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