|Date of birth:May 12, 1971|
|Place of birth: Washington, D.C.|
|College: UCLA (1990–1993)|
|NFL Draft: 1994 / Round: 5 / Pick: 143|
|No regular season or postseason appearances|
|* New Orleans Saints ( 1994–1997)|
|Career highlights and awards|
|* First-team All-Pac-10 (1993)|
Craig Aaron Novitsky (born May 12, 1971) is a former American football player who played guard for the New Orleans Saints in the National Football League (NFL). He played college football with the UCLA Bruins. As a senior, Novitsky was an all-conference player in the Pacific-10 Conference (now known as the Pac-12). He was drafted by New Orleans in the fifth round of the 1994 NFL draft, and played three seasons with the Saints.
Novitsky was born in Washington, D.C., and grew up in Woodbridge, Virginia. As a youngster, people would make fun of where he was from, his name, and his height. He attended Potomac High School in Prince William County, Virginia, where he was an all-state offensive lineman.
Novitsky chose to play college ball with UCLA over USC, Duke, Penn State and Rutgers. He set a Bruins record with 46 straight starts, while also becoming the first player in school history to start every game of a four-year career.
He was a redshirt in his first year. After four seniors graduated, he became a starter the following season, when he earned second-team Freshman All-American honors. He was an All-Pac-10 selection as a senior in 1993. Normally a left guard, he also played at center and left tackle that season. Due to injuries to teammates, he started at three different positions over three straight weeks.
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 "All-75th Anniversary Offensive Team". InsideNova.com. October 21, 2014. Archived from the original on June 15, 2015. http://www.insidenova.com/special_features/all--th-anniversary-offensive-team/article_deae6af0-5540-11e4-9761-5b1a1939a8ad.html.
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 "Craig Novitsky NFL Football Statistics". pro-football-reference.com. https://www.pro-football-reference.com/players/N/NoviCr20.htm. Retrieved June 15, 2015.
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 Hodges, Jim (September 23, 1993). "Few Can Put UCLA's Novitsky Down Now". Los Angeles Times. Archived from the original on June 15, 2015. http://articles.latimes.com/1993-09-21/sports/sp-37593_1_ucla-football.
- ↑ 4.0 4.1 Dilbeck, Steve (December 28, 1993). "Lineman Novitsky durable fixture for UCLA". The San Bernardino County Sun: p. C-1. https://www.newspapers.com/clip/2616536/. Retrieved June 14, 2015.
- Career statistics and player information from Pro-Football-Reference